Online Post-Master's Certificate Nurse Practitioner

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Expand the scope of your practice—and your influence on health care.

You’re already a master’s-prepared nurse. Now is the time to broaden your impact in a field that urgently needs your leadership.

Hawai‘i Pacific University’s online Post-Master’s Certificate Nurse Practitioner program is designed for working professionals like you who are looking for licensure in an additional specialty or the opportunity to pivot to a new role. By adding a post-master’s certificate from HPU to your resume, you can help distinguish yourself in the health care field and pursue board certification in one of three NP specializations:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

True to the Hawaiian value of kuleana—or “concern and responsibility for others”—we take an active role in ensuring your success as an online student. At HPU, you’ll have our dedicated support with clinical placement. We’ll help you select a qualified site in your community so you have more time to focus on building your clinical competencies.

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Length: 12 months
Total Credits: 24 – 27 credits

Start Dates:
3 starts per year (fall, spring, and summer)

 Application Deadline:
Fall: 7/17/2023

Upcoming Start Date:
Fall: 8/23/2023

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100% online coursework

Join Hawai‘i’s first online post-MSN certificate program

student transfer

Transfer up to 12 credits from a previous institution

Focus your certificate in one of three NP specialties

Student support

Receive dedicated clinical placement assistance

small class size

Complete the program in as few as 12 months

Tap into the culture of Hawai‘i. Learn to practice in a global society.

Choosing to expand your clinical expertise with a university at the nexus of East and West can help you shape health care at every level. From improving your patients’ quality of life to tackling health disparities in your community to leading large-scale change within your organization, an HPU education prepares you to be a globally ready, culturally competent leader.

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Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP)

Provide primary care services to patients throughout their lives

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Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP)

Deliver a wide range of mental health services to patients of all ages

View PMC-PMHNP Program

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Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (AGACNP)

Treat vulnerable and at-risk populations who suffer from acute, chronic illnesses

View PMC-AGACNP Program

Member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, post-graduate APRN certificate program, and Doctor of Nursing Practice at Hawai‘i Pacific University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF)

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Accredited by the Senior College and University Commission of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC/WSCUC)

Participant in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) to offer distance education in member states

The School of Nursing is committed to preparing globally ready, culturally responsible, and community-engaged leaders and professionals who focus on creating an inclusive and healthy society. Our deep commitment to making a positive difference in the world will lift individuals, families, and communities and encourage basic civility across cultures, peoples, and locations.”

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Online Post-Master’s Certificate NP Admission Requirements

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited university
  • 3.0 undergraduate GPA preferred
  • Undergraduate statistics course
  • Nurse practitioner license
  • U.S. state RN license
  • Application and application fee
  • Transcripts
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose