At UCSF School of Nursing, the Post-Master’s certificate program is a special studies program for Master’s prepared nurses pursuing State certification in a specialty area or seeking a program of study that may lead to a change in role (e.g. a CNL or CNS seeking an NP specialty certificate). UCSF offers Post-Master's options for specialized study as a clinical nurse specialist, nurse practitioner or health policy specialist. The curriculum meets state and national credentialing requirements, and provides a certificate upon completion. Successful students are eligible to apply for national certification examinations.

Specialty areas are available on a year to year basis, depending on faculty and funding resources. For details on which specialty areas offer post-master's options, and supplemental specialty-specific details and requirements, see each specialty area on the following list:

General Requirements

Applicants must have a Master’s in the discipline of Nursing (MS), MSN, or MN. If accepted, applicants must become licensed by the California Board of Registered Nursing and the license must be recognized as valid for practice within the State of California during the complete course of study. Before beginning their studies, students must complete a background check and obtain any necessary immunizations.


The Post-Masters Certificate Program does not have a single separate curriculum. Please visit the Specialties page to find out more information about specific courses and curriculum.

The average time commitment is 4 - 8 quarters depending on the specialty area selected. Students are required to attend classes at UCSF an average of two days each week and attend clinical a minimum of 1 - 2 days each week. Students are not required to find their own clinical placements. Post-master's programs cannot be taken through on-line or distance learning options.


For post-masters students in 2013-14, the resident/in state tuition and the out of state tuition is $8,455.00 for each quarter (summer, fall, winter, or spring).
All fees are subject to change without notice.
The fee reduction policy for UCSF employees is not applicable to the Post-Master’s certificate program.
Financial aid opportunities are available to post-master's students.

Background Check and Immunization requirements

Post-Master's students must verify immunizations, carry professional liability insurance, and complete a Criminal Background Check prior to their first clinical experience. Details will be provided after acceptance. For further information, application, and admission guidelines, access the link for your preferred specialty area.

Tax Reporting

The University of California has contracted with the Tax Credit Reporting Service (TCRS) to electronically produce your IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement. This email is to inform you that your IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement is available online in an electronic format.

To obtain your form please go to and select "Access My Record". You will be required to login to a secure portion of the web site to access your individual 1098-T information using your student ID or Social Security Number. From your student record page you will be able to print the form by selecting "View My 1098-T Tax Form" and choosing print.

If assistance is required accessing your record please call 877-467-3821. The IRS Form 1098-T Tuition Statement is used to assist the taxpayer in determining eligibility for an educational tax credit and/or deduction.


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