Certificate Programs at The School of Health Sciences

Post-Master’s certificates in Nursing 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.

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 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 1 for May, June 1 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:

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

Admission Requirements

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

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

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

  • Master’s Degree in Nursing
  • 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.

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.

Gainful Employment

Nursing certificate programs are subject to Gainful Employment Regulations.

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