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Graduate Certificates

The UT College of Nursing is leading the way in nursing education, research, and practice to maximize health and transform health care by offering a variety of graduate certificate options. These programs are open to students who are working on or have already earned an MSN, DNP, or PhD and wish to advance their knowledge and skills.

Certificate Programs

The required number of credits for a chosen certificate program will vary depending on the student’s academic record, clinical experience, and objectives. Minimally, course requirements are the concentration-specific didactic and clinical courses.

NOTE: Graduate programs in the College of Nursing were recently revised. Clinical course names, numbers, and credit hours will be changing effective Fall 2019.

Find information on admission policies and requirements on our Graduate Admissions page.

Admission to graduate certificate programs is dependent on availability/space.

Applications for the 2022 admissions cycle will open in August of 2021 with a priority application deadline of December 15, 2021. Clinical Graduate Certificates (FNP, PMHNP, Acute Care and Primary Care PNP) admit only for the summer, and DNP and PhD Programs admit only for the fall each year. Applications for the Non-clinical Graduate Certificates (Health Policy, Health Informatics, Nurse Education) are accepted on a rolling basis. The priority application deadline must be met for the BSN-DNP, Nurse Anesthesia Program, the Clinical Graduate Certificates and for consideration for any scholarships or fellowships offered by the University or College.

All prospective College of Nursing students must apply online through UT Graduate Admissions. All application materials including transcripts must be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions prior to the application deadline. Please check with UT Graduate Admissions for information about when applications will open for the next recruiting cycle.

With the exception of the Health Policy graduate certificate, a graduate degree in nursing (MSN, DNP, or PhD) is required for admission.

Students seeking admission to a clinical graduate certificate program must have completed the three prerequisite courses listed below or equivalent courses at another institution prior to entry into the graduate certificate curriculum. Consequently, prospective students may need to apply during a different cycle.

  • N639 – Advanced Health/Physical Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • N648 – Advanced Clinical Pharmacology
  • N649 – Advanced Pathophysiology for Nursing Practice
  • Students who hold an advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) license have generally completed the prerequisite courses through their APRN graduate degree program. Transcripts must be reviewed and courses verified to ensure compliance with prerequisite requirements.
  • Students who hold a graduate degree in Nursing Administration, Leadership, Informatics, Education or other non-clinical specialty will likely require enrollment in one or more of the prerequisite courses prior to enrollment in the graduate certificate program.

Students who need to complete prerequisites are welcome to complete them at UT.  Please contact the Graduate Programs Advisor for information about prerequisite course availability (congrad@utk.edu).

Students enrolled in stand-alone graduate certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid. If you need financial assistance for your stand-alone graduate certificate program, please reach out to us in the Graduate Programs Office at congrad@utk.edu. Please be sure to include your first and last name, stand-alone certificate program that you have applied to, and the date of planned enrollment in your email.

Questions?

Graduate Programs Advisor
April Gonzalez
April Gonzalez
M.Ed
Graduate Programs Advisor
agonza16@utk.edu
865-974-2594