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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
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.


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.

If you are completing the NCLEX® in another state, please review the requirements to obtain a Pennsylvania Registered Nursing License. See Item 6: Licensure by Endorsement With Temporary Practice Permit.


Tuition for Post-Graduate APRN Certificate programs are based on graduate tuition rates

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: California, 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 for 2020. 

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 will need an affiliation agreement with your site of employment where you will be doing your clinical hours. Before applying, we recommend that you confirm with your contracts office/nursing education department/practice manager that they will be willing to sign an affiliation agreement/contract with the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.

Applicants should be aware that if your workplace/agency will not enter into a clinical agreement with the University of Pennsylvania, or if you are unable to secure a clinical placement where a clinical affiliation agreement is already in place, you will not be able to complete this post-master’s certificate program.  In addition, if you move to a state where the University of Pennsylvania does not have permission to operate, you may not be able to complete this post-master’s certificate program.

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.