Get More Out of Your Nursing Career 


Ball State’s post-master’s certificate program (PMC) in nursing gives you two directions to follow, depending on your career aspirations. You can choose from our nurse educator or family nurse practitioner options.

So, imagine where these options can lead . . .

Nurse Educator

Nurse educators take their experience in nursing and their talent for teaching to the classrooms of colleges and universities, trade schools, and junior colleges, although some opportunities are found in general medical and surgical hospitals. 

Job duties include:

  • Planning a curriculum for undergraduate courses
  • Lecturing on various topics
  • Preparing class syllabus and other course materials
  • Encouraging and moderate class discussions
  • Assigning and grading homework while also overseeing students’ lab and clinical work

Ball State’s post-master’s certificate nurse educator option can lead you in this direction.

Family Nurse Practitioner

In an advanced practice role, nurse practitioners practice in private practices, schools and colleges, hospice centers, community clinics, Veterans Affairs facilities, and private and public health departments.

Job duties include:

  • Diagnosing and treating acute illnesses, infections, and injuries
  • Writing prescriptions for medications, including dosage and frequency
  • Ordering and interpreting diagnostic tests
  • Educating patients about managing their health and designing patient treatment plans

Our post-master’s certificate family nurse practitioner option is designed to put you in this setting.

Learn More

Learn more about our admission requirements and how to apply, as well as tuition costs. Students within the post-master’s certificates offered by the School of Nursing are not eligible for federal aid. 

If you have specific questions, contact Graduate Advisor Shantelle Estes.


  Designated a National League for Nursing Center of Excellence, an honor bestowed to only a handful of programs in the nation.
CCNE accreditation  The MS in nursing at Ball State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 
Top Ranked  Ranked No. 24 in 2015 among online graduate nursing programs by U.S. News & World Report.
Quality Matters Implementation Plan Seal  Granted the Quality Matters Implementation Plan designation that ensures that the online components of our courses promote learner engagement and provide students with all the tools and information they need to be successful learners. 
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