Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs

We offer a post-Master of Science (MS) certificate in four nurse practitioner specialty areas: family, adult-gerontology acute care, psychiatric mental health and pediatric. Each certificate is delivered via the web over four semesters. The online delivery is complemented with campus experiences at the beginning of the courses and then during the first clinical placement course. All specialties are not offered every year. Interested applicants should use the contact information below to verify that the certificate of interest will be offered at the time of application. Certificate availability decisions are made in February of each year, with the applications opening in late February or early March for admission the following fall.   

Certificate Program Overview

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate
As a graduate of the FNP specialty, you will be prepared as a beginning-level primary care provider for families. Upon completion of the program you will be eligible to take an FNP national board certification examination. To qualify for entry into the FNP Graduate Certificate program, you must have a degree in nursing as an advanced practice nurse. The program requires a minimum of 28 credits of clinical course study and 540 clinical practica hours. 

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate 
As a graduate of the AGACNP specialty, you will be prepared as a beginning-level advanced practice provider of care for acutely ill adults with multiple and complex problems. Upon completion of the program you will be eligible to take an AGACNP national board certification examination. To qualify for entry into the AGACNP Graduate Certificate program, you must have a degree in nursing as an advanced practice nurse and experience in an acute care setting. The program requires a minimum of 28 credits and 540 clinical hours.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate 
Graduates of the PNP specialty are registered nurses who have advanced education in pediatric nursing beyond the initial registered nurse preparation. As a PNP student, you will receive a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced nursing practice with children by focusing on prevention, health maintenance and education, and diagnosis and management of common acute and chronic health conditions among well and ill children. To qualify for entry into the PNP Graduate Certificate program, you must have a degree in nursing as an advanced practice nurse. The program requires a minimum of 26 credits and 540 clinical hours.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate
Graduates of the PMHNP specialty are prepared as psychiatric mental health-care providers to treat people across the lifespan with psychiatric disorders at a beginning level of practice. Graduates will receive a broad foundation of educational preparation in advanced psychiatric and mental health nursing practice across the lifespan, nursing theories and nursing research. Health assessment, primary prevention, health-care maintenance, clinical decision-making and illness management are emphasized in the classroom and clinical practica. Upon completion of the program, graduates will be eligible to take an PMHNP national board certification examination. To qualify for entry into the PMHNP Graduate Certificate program, you must have a degree in nursing as an advanced practice nurse. The program requires a minimum of 25 credits of clinical courses study and 540 clinical hours.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility: To qualify for entry into a Certificate program, you must have a degree in nursing as an advanced practice nurse. Additionally, applicants to the AGACNP specialty must have RN experience in an acute care setting. Certificate programs admit for a fall start only.   

  • Advanced practice nursing degree
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Completed online University of Arizona Graduate College application, click here
  • Unrestricted RN licensure within the U.S.
  • Advanced practice national certification 
  • Transcripts: Submit official sealed transcripts of all post-secondary coursework attempted or completed, whether or not it is related to nursing. Please download the Transcript Factsheet for complete instructions on submission of transcripts, click here.
  • Computer literacy

International Applicants: 

  • Submit the UA Graduate College application by the international deadline date
  • Submit a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 paper based (PB), 79 internet based (iBT) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) composite score of 7 (no subject area below a 6).
  • Transcripts and Degrees: Submit CGFNS documentation for nursing degrees earned outside of the United States. Please download the Transcript Factsheet for complete instructions on submission of transcripts, click here.

Enrollment Requirements

Once admitted to a Graduate Certificate program you must submit an Arizona Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card. ARS § 15-1881 is a condition of final acceptance. Complete information about the statute can be found at the following web sites:

Financial Assistance

Graduate certificate students are generally not eligible to receive federal financial aid. College of Nursing scholarship opportunities are limited for graduate certificate students.

For more information contact:

Office of Student Affairs
College of Nursing, Room 112
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Phone: (520) 626-3808 or 1-800-288-6158
Email: advanced@nursing.arizona.edu