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Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Programs

The Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Program is for nurse practitioners who are seeking to earn a nurse practitioner certification in another NP specialty.

Our APRN Certificate Programs

Penn Nursing offers APRN certificates for the programs listed below, and more information can be found on our Post-Graduate APRN Certificate page under Academics.

Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care
Neonatal
Pediatric Acute Care

Admissions Requirements

A complete application includes the following:

  • Applicants must submit all unofficial transcripts from their Nurse Practitioner coursework that include courses taken in Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment, to verify the requirements for NP certification. Official transcripts are only required if offered admission and can be sent electronically (from the issuing institution) or sent via postal mail. Note: mailed transcripts can take up to six weeks to arrive at the School of Nursing after the initial request.
  • Verification that you’ve completed the required statistics class. If you are applying for the online Streamlined AGACNP Program, this is not required. 
  • One letter of recommendation: from a direct supervisor
  • Responses to essay questions
  • Copy of your active RN License
  • Copy of your active NP Certification
  • Interview: we will contact you if you qualify for this step in the application process.

International applicants

Please visit our International Applicants page for further information.

Gap Analysis

If you are admitted, we will generate a DRAFT plan of study. Upon acceptance of our offer of admission, you must submit a $300 fee so we can conduct a formal gap analysis to determine your actual plan of study. You will need to submit syllabi and course calendars for each of the courses preliminarily considered transferable. We will conduct a thorough curriculum review to develop a final plan of study and formal gap analysis.

Licensure

You are required to have a Pennsylvania Registered Nursing License prior to beginning clinical rotations. If you do not have a Pennsylvania license but you are licensed to practice in another country, you must complete the CGFNS Certification Program. We need proof you’ve passed the CGFNS Qualifying Examination before reviewing your admissions application. See the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing website for more details.

Applicants to the Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP program are not required to obtain a Pennsylvania nursing license, unless they will be completing their clinical rotations in Pennsylvania.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition for Post-Graduate APRN Certificate programs are based on graduate tuition rates.  Certificate programs are not eligible for federal educational loans. 

Please note the following information for Streamlined applicants:

The Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP program is offered online but currently cannot serve students in the following states: Louisiana, New York*, North Dakota, and Tennessee. Please check our website periodically for updates. GREs, proof of a statistics course, TOEFLs, and WES analysis is not required for streamlined applicants. We only require official transcripts for all courses taken to be eligible for NP certification.

*New York prospective applicants:  We are granted authorization by the New York State Board of Regents on the number of clinical placements we are permitted in the state.  Due to the high demand of interest in this program from applicants who are licensed in New York, we have reached the allowable capacity of enrollments for this program. 

Please fill out this form to indicate your interest in pursuing the Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care NP program if it becomes available in your state.  

Please be aware that we are currently unable to initiate new contracts. If we do not have an agreement with the site where you plan to do your clinical hours, and you are unable to complete your clinical hours at a site where we have an agreement, you are currently not eligible to apply to our program. At this time we are unable to initiate new agreements. Before you start an application, please reach out to Carrie Doherty at ctl@nursing.upenn.edu to see if we have a contract/affiliation agreement with the site where you plan to do your clinical hours. If we do not have a contract, we will review the options for sites in your area where we currently have a contract in place.

If you will be fulfilling this program’s clinical training requirements at your place of employment, please note that you may not earn academic credit for activities for which you receive compensation.  Therefore, clinical training hours must be separate from employment (compensated) time.