Graduate Certificate

Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate

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The College of Nursing now offers a Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) certificate program. The certificate, enabled by a grant from Arizona Complete Health, is one of the first programs in the country to prepare pediatric nurse practitioners, family nurse practitioners, psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioners and general practice pediatricians to address the increasing health care challenge of autism.

The prevalence of ASD is growing rapidly, affecting one in every 59 children in the U.S and one in 71 children in Arizona. Although ASD can be diagnosed as early as two years of age, in Arizona, the median age of diagnosis by a community provider is 4 years and 8 months of age. The ASD track will help address the dearth of clinicians in Arizona empowered to make the diagnosis of autism.

The goal of the interdisciplinary program is to prepare pediatric clinicians with the skills necessary to diagnose and manage autism in the pediatric population.

Plan of Study

This program is a Post Master's Certificate in Diagnosis and Management of Autism Spectrum Disorder for advanced practice clinicians.

ASD Certificate Plan of Study

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Program Information

To qualify for entry into the Diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) certificate program, you must be an APRN (FNP, PNP, PMHNP) and/or MD.

  • Advanced Practice Nursing degree (APRN)
  • Last 60 units of Nursing GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Unrestricted RN licensure within the U.S. AND current APRN certification (PNP, FNP or PMHNP)
  • Advanced practice national certification in specialty area
  • Applicants must have at least two years of current and continuous full-time work as an APRN in specialized setting ((i.e. developmental pediatric clinics, behavioral health clinics).

Once admitted to the ASD 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:

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





Application Process

Applicants must submit both the NursingCAS and University of Arizona Graduate College online application.

Applicants must provide:


    • Applicants must submit one reference from a professional colleague (supervisor, faculty, etc.)


    • Applicants must submit transcripts from all post-secondary education institutions

    • All transcripts must be verified by NursingCAS within 2 weeks of the application deadline. No exceptions. 

  • CV


For more information contact:

Layla Salazar
Enrollment Coordinator, Doctoral Programs