Post Master Certificate Programs

Advanced practice nurses have opportunities to serve as innovative leaders and skilled practitioners, and contribute to the improvement of nursing and health care practice. The demand for nurse practitioners, clinical nurse leaders/specialists, nurse educators, and nurse administrators/executives continues to grow in the rapidly changing and expanding systems of health care.

Graduate study provides the opportunity to examine existing theory and practice by the combined use of academic, clinical, and research activities, to contribute to the developing body of theory relevant to the knowledge and skills necessary to practice at a high level of expertise, and the opportunity of specialization in advanced practice.

Students enter graduate study with considerable diversity in background; their growth is facilitated by program planning to meet individual needs. Students assume responsibility for self-growth through individual planning, continued learning, self-direction, and self-evaluation.

The Mission Statement of the Department of Nursing is to provide and promote baccalaureate, graduate, and doctoral nursing education in an environment which emphasizes the development of individuals as professional nurses with a vision of their own power, and a clear sense of self and their professional role. The department endeavors to prepare graduates who are critical thinkers, who utilize, transmit, and develop new knowledge through systematic models of scholarly inquiry, and who demonstrate a commitment to lifelong learning. Preparation for excellence in nursing practice is achieved through the integration of arts and sciences, humanistic concern for the health and well-being of others, and an awareness and appreciation of cultural diversity in a pluralistic society. The Sage Colleges strives to prepare graduates who are assertive and practice client advocates, enabling clients to maximize their own potential. The global and technological context in which the nursing profession continues to evolve is emphasized, with the expectation that our graduates will assume leadership roles as professionals, and citizens in organizations to influence health care delivery, nursing education, and the welfare of society.

The Sage Graduate Program in Nursing:

  1. Provides advanced study in a specialized area of clinical nursing.
  2. Prepares graduates for the role of educator, clinical specialist, nurse practitioner, or administrator/executive in nursing.
  3. Educates nurses for leadership roles in the advancement of nursing theory and science.

The Department of Nursing has earned a reputation for excellence among its graduates, and one of the strengths of the program is faculty advisement and guidance.

Accreditation and Certification

The Sage Colleges is accredited by the Middle States Association Commission on Higher Education.

The Department of Nursing is a member agency of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, the National League for Nursing, and the Council of Deans of Nursing in Senior Colleges and Universities in New York State.

The Baccalaureate and Masters Degree Programs in Nursing at The Sage Colleges are accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C., 20036, (202) 887-6791. All nursing programs are registered with the New York State Education Department.

The Nursing Department has also been a participant in the John A. Hartford Foundation Baccalaureate Program Partner for disseminating Best Nursing Practices in Care for Older Adults

Graduates with the required number of clinical hours are eligible to take the advanced level certification examinations offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for clinical nurse leaders/specialists, administrators/executives, or nurse practitioners.

The Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program at Sage is one of the top programs in the United States for percentage of graduates passing the ANCC Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam.

Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing

Post-Master's Certificates are available for nurses with a Master of Science Degree with a major in nursing in preparation for advanced practice nursing. Programs are individually designed considering the individual Master's Degree curriculum, the Sage M.S. curriculum and the type of certificate. Total credits required range between 12 and 36.

Post-Master's Certificates are conferred in May, August, and December. Students must file a completed application for graduation with the Student's Services Office. Filing deadlines are: February 1st for May, June 1st for August, and October 1 for December.

Post-Master's Certificates are available in advanced practice areas:

Adult Gerontology Advanced Practice Nursing (currently not accepting applications)

  • Clinical Nurse Specialist 
  • Nurse Educator 
  • Nurse Executive-Administrator

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing (Across the Lifespan) (currently not accepting applications)

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Executive-Administrator

Community Health Nursing (currently not accepting applications)

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Executive-Administrator

Nurse Practitioner Tracks 

  • Adult Gerontology 
  • Family 
  • Psychiatric Mental Health
  • Adult Gerontology Acute Care

General Information

Students taking clinical courses need to submit evidence of the following, one month prior to each clinical course:

  1. Current licensure as a registered professional nurse
  2. Professional liability insurance (as a student nurse practitioner for NPs)
  3. Required immunizations, titers, and tuberculin test
  4. Recent physical exam
  5. Current CPR preparation

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Department of Nursing must meet Sage Graduate School admission requirements:

  1. Official transcripts of ALL previous undergraduate/graduate study
  2. Two letters of reference (academic or professional)
  3. Statement of professional goals and a resume or curriculum vitae.
  4. International Students - please check requirements through the Graduate Admissions Office.

Post-Master's Certificate Requirements: (in addition to Graduate Admission Requirements)

  1. Master's Degree in Nursing
  2. Interview with Graduate Program Director

Application Procedure

Sage Graduate School uses a self-managed application process. With this process the student accumulates all of the admissions materials required, including a completed application, all academic transcripts, two letters of recommendation (sealed), a resume, and a goals statement, and send them to the Graduate Admissions office with the application fee. Applications are accepted year round.


The Department of Nursing is located in Ackerman Hall on the Troy Campus. There are two college nursing facilities, one for Health Assessment, and one for practice in an acute care environment. Most of the clinical experiences in nursing are in the health care agencies in the Capital District. RNs from outside the Capital District may choose to arrange some of their clinical placements in their home community.

Gainful Employment

Nursing certificate programs are subject to Gainful Employment Regulations.

Gainful Employment Certificate Disclosure Information: