Post-Master’s Certificate Admissions

Academics & Admissions

​​Application Deadline

Summer deadline

October 15th
for SUMMER admission

Fall deadline

April 15th deadline for FALL admission

Application DeadlinePost-Master’s Certificate Program
April 15th for FallAdult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
April 15th for FallFamily Nurse Practitioner
April 15th for FallNurse Midwifery
April 15th for FallPediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
October 15th for SummerAdult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
October 15th for SummerFamily Nurse Practitioner in Emergency Care
October 15th for SummerPediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Admission Criteria

We consider the following elements in your application:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing and advanced practice degree (MSN or DNP) from nationally accredited programs
  • GPA of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Current RN license in NJ
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate descriptive/inferential statistics course and physical assessment course.
  • Post -Master’s Certificate Nurse Practitioner students who did not complete Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and/or Advanced Physical Assessment during their previous graduate studies or prior to admission will be required to take these courses. A gap analysis to determine what/if any additional courses are required for the respective program will be completed by the Specialty/Program Director upon admission.
  • The Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate requires current certification as an PNP/FNP from PNCB or ANCC as well as a current APRN license in NJ. Applicants should already have an MSN or DNP degree as a Pediatric or Family Nurse Practitioner.

Application Requirements

When applying, make sure you submit the following:

  • Completed online application including personal statement, resume, and proof of RN licensure
  • Official transcript of all prior college work
  • Two scholarly papers in which you’re the main author, like a published article, book chapter, or paper completed for school
  • Two letters of reference from graduate-prepared nurses or faculty
  • Paid application fee

If necessary, we will contact you to schedule a faculty interview.

Supporting Documents

For transcript submissions, we encourage applicants to submit official transcripts electronically. We suggest that applicants upload required supporting materials (resume, writing samples, etc.) directly to their online application. This can be done using the upload supporting materials feature.

Office of Admissions & Recruitment
School of Nursing
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
65 Bergen St., Room 601
Newark, NJ 07107
Phone: (973) 972-3067
Fax: (973) 972-2672

International Applicants

In addition to the criteria and requirements above, you must submit an official review of your transcript by either World Education Services or CGFNS International, Inc., as well as your IELTS results. 

Even if you hold a master’s-level degree from the U.S. or another English-speaking country, you are still required to take the TOEFL or IELTS. Your scores must be current within two years of the semester you’re applying for, and you must have at minimum the following scores:

  • Paper-based TOEFL: 550
  • Computer-based TOEFL: 213
  • IBT internet-based TOEFL: 22 in writing, 23 in speaking, 21 in reading, and 17 in listening

Learn more about your application process.