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Post-APRN Licensure Certificate

Certificate Overview

The post-APRN licensure certificates are for nurses who are certified in one area of advanced nursing practice and want to expand their area of advanced practice to another population. Students who fulfill the course and practicum requirements will be issued a certificate of completion of training, leading to eligibility to sit for national certification in a new area of care. The program of study will be individualized and variable for each student after a gap analysis has been conducted. Each specialty director will work with their students to develop an individualized program of study.

We offer APRN certificates in the following areas:

  • Adult/Geron Acute Care
  • Certified Nurse-Midwifery
  • Family
  • Women's Health
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health

APRN Admissions & Application

Applicants to the post-graduate certification program must hold a previous graduate nursing degree and national certification in another population foci. Applicants must meet minimum University of Utah and College of Nursing admissions requirements. Applicants to the certification program follow the same application process as those applying for the full Doctor of Nursing Practice program and are reviewed equally. Acceptance into the certificate program is dependent on available space. The certificate program of study will be individualized for each student after a gap analysis has been conducted.

Applications open in September, and completed applications are due on December 1 for the following fall semester. The Post-APRN Certificate program begins in the fall semester.

Minimum Requirements

  • Completion of a graduate degree in nursing from a regionally-accredited university/college, or concurrent enrollment in a University of Utah College of Nursing graduate program
  • Verification of licensure as an RN and APRN in at least one of the jurisdictions of the National Council of State Boards of Nursing
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale

Completed Application Includes

  • Completion of the College of Nursing ApplicationSelect "Certificate Programs" when creating a profile, then select "APRN Certificates" for the certificate option on the second page of application
  • Completion of the University of Utah non-degree seeking student application. Non-degree seeking students are those who wish to enroll in classes, but are not planning to complete a degree
  • Statement of Interest. In your essay, please describe why you are applying for the certificate program and what you expect to achieve and learn
  • Resume
  • PDF copies of all college transcripts
  • Copy of APRN certification
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation
  • An interview may be required

Expected Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate will:

  • Integrate nursing science with knowledge from ethics, the biophysical, psychosocial, analytical, and organizational sciences to provide the basis for advanced nursing practice in the new population foci.
  • Provide, manage and evaluate the care of individuals and populations using evidence-based concepts related to physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, as well as community, environmental, cultural and socioeconomic dimensions of health in the new population foci.
  • Demonstrate advanced levels of clinical judgment and decision-making, and accountability in designing, delivering, and evaluating evidence-based care in the new population foci.
  • Actively engage in interdisciplinary collaborations aimed at improving healthcare delivery and care coordination.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and value lifelong learning.
  • Meet the requirements for board certification eligibility in the new population foci.