Integrated Nursing Care of Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate

The prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is growing rapidly—affecting one in every thirty-six children in the U.S.—increasing the demand for ASD-specialized nursing care. This program prepares nurses to meet these challenges.

About the Program

Designed for registered nurses, school nurses, or advanced practice nurses who focus on pediatrics, mental health, or the family, this three-semester program will prepare you to design and deliver comprehensive care to this unique and special needs population. This is also an on-campus program for undergraduate, master’s, and PhD level students.The program is offered over Fall and Spring semesters and Summer Session I. The certificate can be obtained in a year.

We offer the opportunity to work with nationally recognized faculty, clinicians, epidemiologists, and scientists in this field through lectures, seminars, interactive discussions, case-based learning, independent guided studies, and clinical fieldwork.

Program Information


Program Length

12 months

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Learning Format

In-person *

Although this program is in-person, to accommodate the busy schedules of our students some courses will be offered in an online or hybrid format. All clinical experiences for this program are in-person on Penn’s campus or at affiliated clinical sites. 

Program Details


To obtain the certification, students will complete three core courses, which can be completed in three semesters through classroom and clinical experiences. 

Click the link below to view the curriculum for this program in the University catalog.

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Minimum qualifications for the program




International Applicants

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Application Deadlines

2025 Enrollment Deadlines: 

Spring Start: October 15, 2024

Decision Notification: mid-December

Summer Start: March 15, 2025

Decision Notification: mid-April

Fall Start: April 1, 2025

Decision Notification: early-May

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Costs & Tuition

Your program costs will depend on how many course units (CU) you take per semester.

Every student’s living situation and personal expenses are different, but below are the projected academic year Summer and Fall/Spring costs per CU. These can be multiplied by the total number of CUs in your part-time plan of study to estimate the total cost of a program:

School of Nursing certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid. However, some tuition assistance may be available to you via alternative loan programs, please follow this link to find out more: Students can always apply for personal loans through their bank.

Students can also sign up for a payment plan if they do not have tuition reimbursement from their employer or if they can’t pay their bill in full. The link for the Penn Payment Plan is: Penn Payment Plan | Penn Student Registration & Financial Services| Penn SRFS (

Program Outcomes

You will develop the skills to screen for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), to provide comprehensive care for the co-occurring behavioral, medical, and psychiatric conditions, and to integrate innovative nursing care into the lives of your ASD patients and their families.

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