Decker School of Nursing

Certificate Programs

General information 

Post-graduate nurse practitioner certificate programs exist in all Decker School of Nursing clinical areas (see below). These programs are available to students already holding a master's degree in nursing who desire preparation as a nurse practitioner. Students are expected to be competent in research and knowledgeable about nursing theory and professional issues.

Advanced certificate programs are available in the following areas: disaster management, forensic health or nursing education. The certificates programs in disaster management and nursing education are open to both matriculated graduate and post-master's graduate students in the Decker School of Nursing, while the certificate program in forensic health is open to all students who have a baccalaureate degree and are interested in forensics.

Certificate programs available

Post-graduate nurse practitioner certificate programs

 Advanced certificate programs

Admissions requirements

Although each applicant is considered on an individual basis, the general admissions requirements are: 

  • A master's degree in nursing from an ACEN- (formerly NLNAC), CCNE- or CNEA-accredited school of nursing program
  • A bachelor's degree in nursing from an ACEN- (formerly NLNAC), CCNE- or CNEA-accredited school of nursing program
  • A current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered professional nurse in the United States
  • Two satisfactory academic or professional references
  • Personal statement
  • Résumé or curriculum vitae
  • International applicants must provide official TOEFL or IELTS scores, International Student Financial Statement Form and official bank statement/proof of support
  • International applicants must supply evidence of successfully passing the NCLEX-RN exam by providing a copy of their current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the United States; they must ALSO provide a copy of their current, unencumbered RN license to practice in their home country

Last Updated: 4/25/17