Post-Master's Certificate - Nurse Practitioner

Post-Master's Certificate - Nurse Practitioner

The post-graduate certificate program builds upon and expands the knowledge, values, and skills of the Master's prepared nurse. The College offers the option of advanced study for Primary Care Nurse Practitioner leading to a Post Masters Certificate. In addition to specialty courses which prepare for expanded clinical roles in adult and gerontological health, family health, or psychiatric/mental health, the student is prepared for prescriptive authority in advanced pathophysiology, assessment, and pharmacology. The program is 100% online and primary care based practicum hours are set up where you reside.


Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Apply theories and scientific evidence to provide holistic care to the individual
  2. Provide leadership within clinical and organizational settings to provide high quality, safe patient care
  3. Apply clinical reasoning to promote health and prevent disease for the individual, family, and community
  4. Critically appraise and apply current evidence in a clinical setting to ensure quality patient outcomes
  5. Use technology in the clinical setting to enhance safe and effective patient care
  6. Evaluate emerging trends, policy issues, and programmatic problems to improve health care delivery
  7. Use therapeutic, patient-centered communication in the delivery of health care
  8. Collaborate in inter/intra-professional care teams
  9. Provide patient-centered, culturally competent healthcare to diverse patient populations
  10. Use an ethical framework for clinical practice and clinical expertise to care for patients

Requirements for certificate:

  • Completion of 25-34 credits at the graduate level (depending on previous degree and Rx authority)
  • A grade of "B" or more in all nursing courses
  • Completion of certificate requirements within six years
Post-Master’s Certificate – Nurse Practitioner Curriculum
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Admissions Requirements

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for all previous course work
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resumé
  • Completion of an accredited Master's degree in nursing program
  • Current unrestricted Registered Nurse License from the state where you practice during practicum rotations
  • Passing score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your native language is not English.
  • Submission of all application materials by posted deadlines

Note: Applicants with course-work from any foreign college to submit a course-by-course foreign transcript evaluation by a NACES or AICE member. (Please note: Official evaluations received directly from SpanTranWES and ECE credential agencies may enable more efficient review and processing of transfer credit by UCCS.)

* Upon the successful completion of your online application, you will receive a private link to upload each foreign post-secondary transcript from institutions you have attended. These transcripts must include all courses and grades, must be issued in the original language, and be accompanied by certified English translations when applicable.
This service is provided at no cost for UCCS applicants.

More details will be communicated to you via email. Please make sure to check your email for the uploading instructions.

Due to individual state regulations, we are accepting students from these states:

  • Arizona
  • Colorado
  • California
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • Oklahoma
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Virginia
  • Wyoming
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Application Process


Application Process

The Graduate Nursing Department’s MSN and DNP options have a rolling admission cycle. 
Completed applications are reviewed each month by the Graduate Option Coordinators. 
A prospective student may apply for a Spring, Summer, or Fall start for any of our MSN, DNP, or Post Masters Certificate options.


Completed applications will be considered up to January 5th for the Spring term, up to May 5th for the Summer term, and up to August 5th for the Fall term.


The Admission Committee will review all completed applications 30 business days after the deadline. You will be notified by email as to your admission status.

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