FAQ for Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education
What graduate nursing programs are offered?
We currently offer two specializations for the M.S. degree in Nursing:
Family nurse practitioner
We also offer a post-master’s certificate in nursing education.
How long do I have to complete my degree?
You have six years to complete the program.
Can graduate courses taken at another university count toward a degree at NIU?
All coursework for the post-master’s certificate must be taken at NIU.
Do I have to start the program in the fall semester?
No, students are admitted to the graduate nursing programs in both the spring and fall.
What does it mean to be a "student-at-large"?
Before being admitted to the program, applicants may take up to nine credit hours as a student-at-large. Once admitted, approved credits are applied to your degree. Students-at-large are not guaranteed admission to the program and are not given priority registration.
For more information or to apply as a student-at-large, go to the Graduate School website.
Where are graduate nursing courses held?
All graduate programs are online.
Is it possible to take classes part-time?
Yes, the majority of our students attend school part-time (one or two courses per semester).
How do I know what courses will be required?
Course requirements for each of the graduate specializations are listed in the graduate catalog.
How do I know when courses are offered?
You can check MyNIU for scheduled courses for the upcoming semester as registration approaches. Contact Ms. Sara Lyons, Academic Advisor, regarding course offerings.
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