University of South Alabama College of Nursing
Post MSN Certificate Tracks  

The Post-MSN certificate tracks are designed for registered nurses with a graduate degree in nursing who seek academic preparation in a new specialty area of advanced nursing. Post-MSN students can select any of the specialty options offered by the program. Each certificate track is designed to be in compliance with national certification requirements including required support courses, didactic specialty courses, and clinical hours.

All courses are offered completely in the on-line format, for the convenience of working nurses. Students log on anytime and anywhere to complete web-based courses that are expertly designed and highly interactive. Students complete the clinical requirements for the degree in their home communities.

Nurse and patient


1. Graduate of master's or doctoral program with a major in nursing.
2. Current registered nurse licensure with no restrictions.
3. Submission of Nursing CAS application and typed, printed, and signed
MSN supplemental application.
5. Submission of a resume which documents clinical experience.
(Note: Prior to enrolling in a nurse practitioner clinical course,
students are required to have at least two years experience in an area
appropriate to the Specialty track.)
6. After an offer of acceptance is extended - Admission is contingent
upon a completed acceptance packet, negative drug screen, and acceptable
results of a background check.


Students follow the same progression policies as for the MSN program for BSN prepared RN’s.


Students are required to complete all specialty courses and any support courses not previously completed. Post-MSN certificate students are not required to complete graduate core or research courses (please select the curricula options from the Available Tracks within the MSN Program)

Gainful Employment

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Available Tracks within the MSN program:

Nurse Practitioner (NP) Program Options:
Adult-Gerontological Acute NP
Adult-Gerontological NP (Primary Care)
Advanced Emergency Nursing (Family NP/Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Dual Role)
Family NP
Family Psychiatric NP

Neonatal NP

Acute Care Pediatric NP
Pediatric Primary Care NP
Women’s Health NP

Non-Nurse Practitioner Program Options:
Clinical Nurse Leader
Clinical Nurse Specialist
Executive Nursing Administration
Nursing Informatics

Nurse Educator Option

USA offers nurse educator classes to those students wishing to pursue a career in academia. These courses are a subspecialization that can be added onto your current degree plan. Please click this link to learn more:
Nursing Education

For Additional Information

For additional information regarding admission to the College of Nursing write to:

Office of Student Services
USA College of Nursing - HAHN 3082
5721 USA Drive N.
Mobile AL 36688-0002
(251) 445-9400
FAX: (251) 445-9416

The MSN program at the University of South Alabama College of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education,
One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 887-6791
University of South Alabama - Mobile Alabama 36688-0002 (251) 445-9400
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