Advanced Certificate

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On the front lines of healthcare delivery, nurses are experts in a variety of sub-specialties. As a nurse, you're able to focus on particular types of nursing to advance your career. If you already have a master's degree and would like to refine your practice to a specific patient population, an advanced certificate program at NYU Meyers is a terrific way to demonstrate that knowledge.  

We offer Advanced Certificates in:


AC programs

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner

Clinical Research Nursing

Family Nurse Practitioner

Pediatrics Nurse Practitioner Primary Care

Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner


Nursing Administration

Nursing Education

Nursing Informatics

Graduates of the NYU Meyers Advanced Certificate programs in nursing are educated and prepared to work in various advanced practice roles according to their specified population and degree/advanced certificate. Graduation from these programs provides eligibility to sit for national board certification in their respective populations (where applicable). Advanced practice roles include: 

  • Nurse practitioners (specialized by patient population to include pediatrics, adult-gerontology primary care, psychiatric-mental health across the lifespan, family, and adult-gerontology acute care)
  • Nurse-midwifery
  • functional roles to include nurse educator, nurse administrator, nurse informaticist, or clinical research nurse. 

Students preparing for advanced practice roles may also specialize in areas such as substance use and abuse; palliative care (board eligibility for Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse [ACHPN]); and advanced practice holistic nursing (APHN).


Advanced Certificate program outcomes

The overall outcomes for the Advanced Certificate (AC) programs are:

  • Demonstrate critical thinking and decision-making based on a synthesis of appropriate theories and evidence from nursing and other sciences as related to the roles of nurse practitioners, nurse-midwives, and/or roles as educators, administrators, or informaticists.
  • Perform role competencies defined by national professional organizations for nurse practitioners, or nurse-midwifery roles and/or roles as educator, administrator, or informaticist.
  • Demonstrate evidence-informed decision-making related to a specific advanced practice role.
  • Advocate for universal access to quality and cost-effective healthcare for all populations across the lifespan.
  • Collaborate as members of interprofessional teams to achieve high-quality and cost-effective health outcomes.
  • Demonstrate advanced professional practice role competencies related to educational, leadership, policy, organizational, and management outcomes.
  • Demonstrate ethical decision-making in the context of personal and professional codes and guidelines.
  • Articulate a personal and professional philosophy about the Advanced Practice Nursing role that reflects patient-centered care, respect for diversity, cultural values, and a commitment to the preservation of human rights based on professional standards of practice, scope of practice, and respective professional codes of ethics.
  • Evaluate patient outcomes in relation to improving quality and patient safety.
  • Demonstrate effective written, verbal, and technological communication skills that influence the achievement of professional and health-related client outcomes in organizational, legislative, and policy settings.

The Master’s, Advanced Certificate, and DNP Program Outcomes are reaffirmed or revised annually by the Graduate Workgroup. The 2019-2020 Masters and AC and DNP Program Outcomes were approved on 09/17/2019 by the combined Graduate (MS/AC/DNP) Workgroup.

Admission criteria

  • Master's degree in nursing
  • GPA of 3.0
  • NYS nursing license prior to beginning coursework
  • Ability to successfully complete the academic and clinical requirements of the advanced certificate programs
  • Prior to entering the specialty courses of a respective nursing master's program, at least one year of full-time clinical experience as a registered nurse is required
  • At least one year of clinical nursing experience with adults and older adults is required

Additional program-specific requirements

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care NP

Must have at least one year of clinical nursing experience is required at the time of application.

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP

Must have at least one year of clinical nursing experience with adults and older adults is required at the time of application. Critical care experience preferred.

Pediatrics Primary Care NP

Prior to entering the specialty courses of the pediatrics program, at least one year of full-time clinical experience as a registered nurse in pediatrics is required.

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certification is required prior to entering the first clinical pediatric clinical course.

Psychiatric-Mental Health NP

At least one year of full-time clinical experience as a registered nurse in psychiatric mental health is required at the time of application.

One year of full-time clinical experience as a registered nurse may be substituted by other equivalent experience in the psychiatric field, psychology, or another closely related social science field subject to approval. Please contact to find out if your experience can substitute for RN work experience. 



Technical standards requirements

Applicants must meet the Technical Standards for Core Professional Nursing Competency Performance in order to be eligible for admission to, progress in, and graduate from the nursing program.

Criminal background check policy

All nursing students will be required to complete a series of clinical learning experiences in order to successfully meet the learning outcomes for a given program of study. Prior to participating in clinical learning experiences at any off-campus healthcare facility, students are required to complete a criminal background check and a drug test. Each clinical facility has policies regarding possible convictions and potential drug use that may bar students from being accepted at the facility for clinical placement. You may read more about this policy.

Equal opportunity statement

NYU Meyers does not discriminate due to race, color, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender and/or gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national origin, ethnicity, citizenship status, veteran or military status, age, disability, or any other legally protected basis. Prospective students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for all of our programs.

The Advanced Certificate program closely aligns with the Master's curriculum. Please review the Master's page to find the coursework for each specialization. 

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Spring 2024

Early Action Deadline: November 1, 2023
Final Deadline: December 1, 2023

Summer 2024
Final Deadline: February 15, 2024

*The summer semester accepts applications for Family NP, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, and Palliative Care (Advanced Certificate). Family NP and Palliative Care admit students for the summer semester only.

Fall 2024
Early Action Deadline: March 1, 2024
Final Deadline: June 15, 2024

*The Psychiatric-Mental Health NP (Advanced Certificate) admits students for the Fall semester only. 

Application requirements

The application for our Advanced Certificate programs is available. All applicants to our Advanced Certificate programs are required to submit the following documents at the time of application:

  1. One (1) transcript from each post-secondary school attended. We can review applications with unofficial transcripts. Admitted students will be asked to submit official transcripts prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers.
  2. Resume.
  3. A two- to three-page personal statement.
  4. At least two (2) letters of recommendation.
  5. RN license and registration certificate. You may submit an application with an out-of-state license, but admitted students must obtain a New York State RN license prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers.

Applicants who have attended a post-secondary institution outside of the United States are required to upload one (1) transcript from each post-secondary school attended and submit one (1) official course-by-course evaluation of each foreign transcript directly to our office at the time of application. Your application will not be reviewed without these documents. Please mail your official course-by-course evaluation(s) to:

NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Office of Student Affairs and Admissions
433 First Avenue, LL1
New York, NY 10010

For applicants whose native language is not English, a copy of your latest TOEFL or IELTS score is required. Admitted students will be asked to submit official test scores prior to beginning coursework at NYU Meyers. We require a minimum TOEFL internet-based score of 100 and an IELTS Band score of 7.

Important notes

We encourage you to fill out a FAFSA form at the time that you apply.

Applicants are encouraged to apply early. All deadlines listed are 'in-office' deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is always to the candidate's best advantage to apply early, especially when applying for financial aid. Should any of the dates listed fall on a weekend, the deadline will be the next working day.

After submitting your application, you may check on your admissions status using your application login. Should you have any questions about the admissions process, you are encouraged to call the Office of Student Affairs and Admissions at (212) 998-5317.

Application fee

The application fee is $85 dollars. Your application will not be processed until your application fee has been paid. Application fees are non-refundable and must be received by the stated application deadlines.

Fee waivers

NYU Meyers waives fees for applications based on financial hardship or US military service/US veteran status. To request that the application fee is waived, please submit a request to before submitting your application. The request should include your full name and the program to which you are applying. We will notify you via email when your request for an application fee waiver has been approved. 


FAQ section of Advanced Certificate

The program starts in September (fall), January (spring), or May (summer).

Applicants must be registered nurses and licensed to practice nursing in the New York State. The GRE is not required for graduate admission.

Your letter of recommendation should comment on your maturity, intellectual potential, and motivation to further your career in nursing. Recommendation letters should be on letterhead and written by a nurse with a minimum of a master's degree, a physician, or former professor.

After submitting your application, you may check on your admissions status using your application login.

Spring Term:
Early Action: Late November
Final Deadline: Late December

Summer Term:
Final Deadline: Late March

Fall Term:
Early Action: Early April
Final Deadline:Late July