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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.

Graduate Certificates- The application deadline is December 15 for a Summer enrollment.

Please note that applicants that have outstanding prerequisites to meet must have those completed by May 15 to enroll for summer. This applies to students applying for PNP-Acute and Primary, FNP and PMH Graduate Certificate Programs.

Note: Health Policy and Nurse Education Graduate Certificates accept 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..

Questions?

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