Post-Master’s Certificate in Case Management

Post-master’s Certificate in Case Management

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, upon which the post-master’s track is based, is designed to prepare advanced practice nurses at the master’s level to practice as case managers for rural populations. Nurses who are already prepared at the master’s level for roles such as nurse practitioner, clinical specialist, or nurse administrator and who need case management knowledge and expertise to enact the nurse case manager role can apply for the post-master’s track. Students in the post-master’s track will enroll in the existing case management courses, but they will not be required to complete the nursing core courses, such as research and theory, if they were completed in the master’s program.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the Post Masters Certificate in Case Management are encouraged to contact the Capstone College of Nursing (CCN) Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison.

The following are requirements for admission:

  1. Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited graduate program in nursing or a master’s degree in a health-related field with a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program.
  2. For unconditional admission, a grade point average of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work is required.
  3. For conditional admission, a grade point average of at least 2.5 overall (based on a 4.0 grading scale) for undergraduate work, and a score of at least 300* on the revised Graduate Record Exam (GRE) OR a 900** on the GRE general test OR at least in the 40th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required.
  4. Current unencumbered RN licensure in the United States.
  5. Final admission is contingent upon drug and background screen results that are deemed acceptable by appropriate University officials.

Application Process for MSN:

Enrollment into the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is available for fall semester each year.  Your completed application must be received by the March 1st deadline.  

MSN Application Process

  1. Send unofficial graduate transcripts to be reviewed to Vickie Samuel, Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison vsamuel@ua.edu, prior to applying.
  2. Begin your graduate application at the Graduate School’s Application Center.
  3. Request transcripts following the Graduate School’s transcript instructions.
  4. Submit supporting documents.  Within 48 hours of submitting the initial part of your application, you will receive an e-mail with your Campus-Wide Identification (CWID) number.  It is very important that you safeguard this number.  Once you have received this e-mail, you will need to submit the following documents through Managing Document System..
  • Statement of purpose 
  • Resume or curriculum vitae 
  • Contact information for two references – The references should be professionals who can provide insight regarding your potential for success in the doctoral program.  The Graduate School will contact these references via e-mail.
  • Copy of active RN license from every state in which you are licensed.  Note: Licensure must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Additionally, we may require the following:
  • Official MAT or GRE score – If your grade point average (GPA) is lower than a 3.0, based on a 4.0 sytem, either overall or in your last 60 hours, an acceptable Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or must be submitted by the testing service to the Graduate School, Box 870118, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487.  Test scores may not be older than 5 years of the application date.  Use school code 1012 for MAT and 1830 for GRE.
  • English proficiency exam score – Whether an international or a permanent resident, if your first language is not English, you must submit an official score report from one of the following proficiency examinations: Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE). Please refer to the Graduate Catalog for further information.

Upon admission, you will receive written notification of admission from the Dean of the Graduate School. You will also receive a letter from the Assistant Dean of Graduate Programs at CCN outlining requirements for entry into the MSN program.

Sample Program of Study

Sample Case Management Post-Master’s Certificate Program of Study