Graduate Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs

We offer post-Master of Science (MS) Certificates in four nurse practitioner specialty areas: Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Pediatric Nurse Practitioner. Each certificate is a 4-semester, part-time opportunity for the working RN. Web delivery of course content is complemented with campus experiences for learning and demonstrating health assessment skills. 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 Program Overview

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate - Currently not accepting applications
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 MS degree in nursing. The program requires a minimum of 28 credits of clinical course study and 540 clinical practica hours. 

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate - Currently not accepting applications
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 MS degree in nursing and RN experience in an acute care setting. Participation in a Clinical Skills Intensive (CSI) scheduled on campus just prior to the start of the second fall semester is required. Additionally, the certificate requires a minimum of 28 credits and 540 clinical hours.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Certificate - Currently not accepting applications
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 MS degree in nursing. The program requires a minimum of 26 credits and 540 clinical hours.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate - Currently not accepting applications 
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, students must have a MS degree in nursing. The program requires a minimum of 25 credits of clinical courses study and 540 clinical practica hours.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility: To qualify for entry into an FNP, AGACNP, PNP or PMHNP post-master’s Certificate program, you must have a MS degree in nursing. Additionally, applicants to the AGACNP specialty must have RN experience in an acute care setting. Fall admission only.   

  • Advanced nursing degree, master's in 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 (for current Nurse Practitioners only)
  • 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