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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.

Adult Gerontology
Family
Health Leadership*
Neonatal
Nurse-Midwifery
Nursing and Healthcare Administration*
Pediatric
Psychiatric-Mental Health
Women’s Health/Gender Related

*THIS PROGRAM IS A POST-GRADUATE APN CERTIFICATE

Admissions Requirements

A complete application includes the following:

  • Applicants must submit all unofficial transcripts from their BSN and MSN degree programs that include courses taken in Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology, and Physical Assessment, for the purpose of verifying 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 transferrable. 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 prior to 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

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

Please note the following information for Streamlined applicants:

Our Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care Post-Graduate APRN Certificate is offered online, but  is currently not available in AK, LA, ND, OR, or TN. Please check our website periodically for updates. GREs, proof of a statistics course, TOEFLs, and WES analysis are not required for Streamlined applicants. We only require official transcripts for all courses taken to be eligible for NP certification.

New York applicants, please note:  The University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing is an out-of-state nursing program and 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. As a result we are currently not accepting applications to our Streamlined Adult Gerontology Acute Care Program from applicants who are practicing in New York.  Please check our website periodically for any updates.

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 University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.