Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate


The nurse practitioner (NP) Post-graduate Certificate program builds on the graduate level nursing competencies and knowledge base. Nurses who are already prepared at either the master’s or doctorate level for other roles may apply for the post-graduate certificate program with advanced specialization as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP). The FNP concentration prepares students for certification as an FNP, and the PMHNP concentration prepares students for certification as a PMHNP – across the lifespan. Students in the Post-graduate Certificate program will enroll in existing NP population-focused courses, but they will not be required to complete master’s graduate nursing core courses, such as informatics or theory, or direct care core courses (e.g., advanced physiology/pathophysiology (across the lifespan), advanced health/physical assessment (across the lifespan), and advanced pharmacology) if they were completed in a prior master’s or doctorate program.

Sample Post-Graduate Certificate – Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program of Study

Sample Post-Graduate Certificate – Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Program of Study

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements are consistent with those of the Graduate School. Applicants for the nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate will be considered on a competitive basis. Nurses who are interested in the nurse practitioner post-graduate 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) and 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 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 the Post-Graduate:

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.  

Post-Graduate Application Process

  1. Send unofficial graduate transcripts to be reviewed to Vickie Samuel, Graduate Recruitment and Retention Liaison,, 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 – APA format recommended
  • 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.
  • Complete the writing sample.  See Nurse Practitioner Writing Sample Template (submissions in a different format will be returned)
  • 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 post-graduate program program.