Post-Graduate Certificate

The post-graduate certificate programs at WVU offer masters-prepared nurses the opportunity to earn a post-graduate certificate in family (FNP) nurse practitioner specialty; a post-graduate certificate in a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner specialty; and a post-graduate  certificate in nurse executive leadership.

Please note: Students enrolled in certificate programs are not eligible for financial aid. Visit Student Financial Support & Services for additional information.

Areas of Study

The Post-Graduate Certificate Programs prepare graduate level nurses to sit for a national certification examination based on their chose area of study, either FNP, PMHNP or NEL. Please click on an area of study below to learn more, including program descriptions, program outcomes, progression plans and course descriptions. 

Additional student information can also be found in our Student Handbook

State Approvals for Clinical Placements

Universities offering distance education must abide by the laws of each state in which students are placed for their practicum experience. There are several states at this time that may not allow WVU nursing students to participate in a practicum experience, and therefore a site placement cannot be guaranteed. A State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) must be in place to allow a WVU nursing student to participate in clinicals. To determine if your state has been approved for clinical placements, go to WVU Online

Please contact with questions about State Authorization for clinicals:

Information Request

Our Student Services staff will be glad to answer your questions in person or by phone/e-mail. Please fill out the information request form via WVU Online and someone will be in touch.

Brenna Lansden.

Nursing was a second career for me. Prior to receiving my BSN, I was a news anchor and a public relations professional. I’ve always wanted to help make a positive impact within Appalachia, but wasn’t quite sure how to accomplish that in my previous roles. After much thought, I decided to leave the field of journalism completely, and came to WVU to pursue my BSN. Looking back, the decision was difficult and scary but worth it. Now, I am fortunate enough to provide care to patients in every stage of their lives, hopefully helping them live healthier lives.

Brenna Lansden
BSN, 2015; Post-MSN FNP Certificate, 2023
Morgantown Campus