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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.

The deadline to apply to a Graduate Certificate program varies based on the applicant’s need to complete prerequisite coursework:

  • Students who have outstanding prerequisites: June 1, 2019 to enroll for Fall 2019 and/or Spring 2020 prerequisites
  • Students who have completed all prerequisites: December 15, 2019 to enroll for Summer 2020 graduate certificate coursework

NOTE: The Health Policy Graduate Certificate accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the academic year.

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.

  • Nursing 504 – Advanced Health Assessment
  • Nursing 505 – Advanced Pharmacology
  • Nursing 515 – 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..

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