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Certificate Programs

Overview and Admission

The KU School of Nursing offers several certificate programs for post-graduate study. The certificate programs build on the nursing graduate degree (MS, DNP or PhD) to provide nurses with the opportunity to explore areas in advanced nursing practice that will expand their roles within the profession. Students are admitted according to the following deadlines: July 1 for Fall semester; November 1 for the Spring semester; April 1 for Summer session.

Advanced Practice Clinical Certificates

The advanced practice clinical certificate programs require applicants to have earned a master’s or DNP degree from a nationally accredited school of nursing. Applicants must also have completed the following advanced practice prerequisite courses, either as part of their previous graduate degree or as post-graduate study through an accredited university: advanced health assessment, advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, and health promotion.

Leadership Certificates

The leadership certificate programs require applicants to have earned a master’s in nursing or DNP degree, or a graduate degree in a health-related discipline. As part of the certificate curriculum, students will complete at least one course from the Leadership core in addition to their specific certificate program requirements.

Educator Certificate Program

Certificate Application and Admission Process

The following materials are required for application to the graduate certificate programs. Prospective students can apply to a certificate program online, and all applications must be received by the following deadlines: July 1 for Fall semester; November 1 for Spring semester; April 1 for Summer session.  

  • Graduate application to the School of Nursing, online at 
  • $60 nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcript(s) of all college coursework (must show conferral of graduate degree)
  • Letter clearly stating applicant's detailed personal objectives and specific career goals
  • Resume/curriculum vitae, describing the applicant’s educational and experiential background
    Include information about the following: education, certification/licensure, work experience, clinical leadership, community/organizational involvement, scholarship/research, and honors/awards
  • Evidence of current registered nurse licensure in at least one state of the United States
  • Upon admission, students will need to meet additional licensure and participation requirements.

    Please see enrollment requirements for graduate nursing students for more information

Background Check Requirement

For KU programs to maintain accreditation status, the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations requires that all persons, employees, volunteers and students involved in patient care activities to have background checks. This status is very important to healthcare organizations to demonstrate to patients and professionals that they meet the highest of standards for patient care.

This background check will be done at the applicant’s expense after provisional acceptance has been granted. The information from this report is held in confidence by the school. More information regarding background checks for students

Questions? Contact Us!

The University of Kansas School of Nursing
Office of Student Affairs
Mail Stop 2029
3901 Rainbow Blvd. 
Kansas City, KS 66160

toll-free: 1-888-588-1619
TTY 711

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