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 for students who are either working on a master’s degree or have already completed a master’s degree and wish to advance their knowledge and skills.
A master’s degree in nursing is required for admission. The required credits will vary depending on the student’s academic record, clinical experience, and objectives. Minimally, course requirements are the concentration specific didactic and clinical courses.
Applicants who are pursuing a nurse practitioner role and have not completed MSN-level advanced health/physical assessment, advanced pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology will need to complete these courses as part of the graduate certificate. Additional courses may be required by the college. Consequently, prospective students may need to apply during a different cycle; contact the college’s Graduate Program Office to explore your options.
Admission to the program is dependent on availability/space.
Students enrolled in graduate certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Graduates are prepared for advanced practice in delivering primary care to individuals across the lifespan. Students have access to patients in clinical sites thanks to a large number of community professionals who volunteer as preceptors.
Students develop knowledge and reasoning skills in promoting health and managing acute and chronic conditions in neonates, infants, and children.
Graduates are prepared to care for people with both acute and chronic mental health problems. Students examine mental health theories in the classroom and work with preceptors in clinical settings to develop reasoning, patient assessment, and patient management skills.
Graduates are prepared for managerial positions in a variety of health care settings. Students explore, analyze, and apply selected organizational, management, and leadership theories and financial principles to the delivery of nursing services.
Students are exposed to cardiothoracic, neurosurgical, genitourinary, gynecologic, head and neck, plastic, orthopedic, trauma, obstetric, pediatric, and outpatient procedures. Students have access to sophisticated anesthesia equipment under the guidance of expert CRNA and physician anesthesiologist faculty.
Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificates
An interdisciplinary graduate certificate allows students to develop specialized knowledge and skill in a specialty concentration. A master’s degree in nursing is not required for admission.
Offered in conjunction with the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences (CEHHS); students develop specialized knowledge and skill in nursing education.
Health Policy Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate
Offered in conjunction with the Department of Public Health; the aim of the program is to prepare leaders, practitioners, researchers, and educators to be active in all aspects of policy making. Course experiences foster the examination and application of current policy research and the development of skills related to policy analysis, research, program evaluation, and advocacy.
The health policy certificate has flexible admission. Contact CONgrad@utk.edu for details.
Non-Nursing Graduate Certificates and Minor Options
Other non-nursing graduate certificates and minor options may be of interest for nursing students. Click a program title to view more information.
- IGSP Applied Statistical Strategies Statistics
- Online Teaching and Learning
- Grief, Loss, and Trauma
- Evaluation, Statistics, and Measurement