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Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing

The Post-Graduate Certificate program through Creighton’s College of Nursing will help you build on your skills and knowledge, explore new professional avenues and expand your leadership role in health care.

Perhaps you’ve already earned your graduate nursing degree, but now you have new goals. Maybe you’d like to expand your nursing role—or maybe you have an interest in an area outside of what you studied during your time in a graduate nursing program. If any of these situations sound familiar, a post-graduate nursing certificate could be just what you're looking for.

Earning a post-graduate nursing certificate from Creighton sets you apart

The post-graduate certificate program in nursing will develop your strengths in evidence-based practice, enhance the scientific knowledge and skills you already have, and prepare you for even more success in the ever-changing field of health care. A post-graduate nursing certificate indicates that you’ve not only expanded your knowledge of patient care, but that you’ve also advanced your skills in communication, leadership and critical thinking.

You’ll be able to address, prevent and resolve ethical dilemmas and situations using moral reasoning and values-based dialogue that you strengthened while in the program. These highly sought skills are an essential part of your Creighton education, and they position you for success in a variety of practice environments, including schools, correctional facilities, private companies, home health agencies, mental health settings, long-term care facilities and more.

Advance your nursing career at your own pace

The online post-graduate certificate program is extremely flexible and can be tailored to your own interests and goals. You can complete the courses at your own pace, meaning you can make this program work around your career. Plus, you’ll choose a nursing specialty path that will develop just the set of skills you’re looking for.

BECOME A NURSE EDUCATOR—JOIN OUR NEWEST PROGRAM

Creighton recently launched a Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education track to meet the demand of the nursing faculty shortage identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nurses. The program is designed to help you achieve a career as an innovative educator in academic or clinical settings.  You’ll learn about teaching and learning principles, assessment of student learning and curricular design. Graduates will be eligible candidates for the Certified Nurse Educator CNE® exam, which is administered through the National League for Nursing.   

Creighton’s College of Nursing is a recipient of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). Students enrolled in the MSN in Nursing Education program and the Nursing Education Post Graduate Certificate Program are eligible to apply for NFLP funding. Loan recipients may have up to 85% of their loan forgiven by working full-time as a Nurse Educator after graduating from their program. There is also a loan forgiveness option for Nurse Practitioners who complete the Nursing Education Post Graduate Certificate Program and serve as full-time preceptors for NP students after completion. For more information on the NFLP program and how to apply for loan forgiveness, see details below in Nursing Faculty Loan Program section.

Program At A Glance

Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

*Application deadlines are specific to certificate programs

FOR JANUARY ENROLLMENT
Apply by May 1

FOR MAY ENROLLMENT
Apply by October 1

Requirements

  • 3.0 GPA Minimum (on a 4.0 Scale)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited college of university
  • Active, unencumbered RN license
  • Active, unencumbered APRN license for Nurse Practitioner Tracks
  • Professional work experience required for certain tracks
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, one from a supervisor/employer
  • $50 application fee

PROGRAM DETAILS

Specializations

Through the Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing program, you’ll gain the advanced knowledge and skills you need to be a leader in today’s challenging health care environment.

To help you achieve your goals, our post-graduate certificate program offers these specializations:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care — Specialize in care for adults and geriatric individuals. Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology ACNP certificate program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). View the course requirements of this specialization.
  • Family Nurse Practitioner — Manage care throughout the lifespan of individuals and families. Graduates who complete the Family NP certificate program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB). View the course requirements of this specialization.
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner — Care for newborns in level III neonatal intensive care units. Graduates who complete the Neonatal NP certificate program meet eligibility for national certification through the National Certification Corporation (NCC). View the course requirements of this specialization.
  • Nursing Education — Work as an innovative educator in academic or clinical settings using foundational knowledge in teaching and learning principles, assessment, and curricular design. View the course requirements of this specialization.
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner — Practice within a variety of pediatric acute care settings. Graduates who complete the Pediatric Acute Care NP certificate program meet eligibility for national certification through the Pediatric Nurse Credentialing Board (PNCB). View the course requirements of this specialization.
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner — Specialize in the provision of psychiatric-mental health care and treatment for individuals and families across the lifespan. Students who complete the certificate program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. View the course requirements of this specialization.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Creighton University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

State Regulatory Requirements

Due to regulatory requirements in the states listed below, we are unable to accept or enroll students in the Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing program who intend to reside in any of these states while pursuing their certificate: Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee and Oregon.**

** In Oregon, neonatal NP students are still eligible to apply.
This information will be updated as state regulatory requirements change.
For all other states not listed above, regulations vary depending on the program and/or individual situation. Please contact Creighton University College of Nursing at 402.280.3492 for questions regarding a specific state.

PROGRAM OUTCOMES

  • Formulate a professional framework integrating reflective practice that facilitates ethical reasoning, cultural humility, and advocacy anchored in social justice.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing and utilizing evidence form nursing and other relevant disciplines to improve practice.
  • Demonstrate competency in the new advance nursing role.

Creighton University’s Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing program holds accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This accreditation is earned thanks to Creighton’s carefully designed program curricula and standards, as well as the talented faculty who work to ensure student success.

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Specific Application Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing program, applicants must:

  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited college of university, with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Active, unencumbered RN license
  • Active, unencumbered APRN license for Nurse Practitioner Tracks
  • Professional nursing work experience required prior to clinical courses:
    • Family NP and Adult-Gerontology Acute Care NP – minimum 2,000 hours of professional nursing work experience in direct patient care
    • Psychiatric Mental Health Across the Lifespan NP – minimum 2,000 hours of direct patient care in psychiatric mental health
    • Neonatal NP – minimum 4,000 hours of direct care in level III or IV NICU
    • Pediatric Acute and Primary Care NP – minimum 2,000 hours of direct care in pediatrics
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended. Read more about sending transcripts here
    • Must include verification of clinical/practicum hours completed in master’s or certificate program
  • Submit three letters of recommendations; one from a supervisor/employer, who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting
  • Submit a personal statement speaking to your long- and short-term goals

A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

Due to the specific features and requirements of this program, international students cannot be admitted. Unique situations may be discussed with your enrollment specialist.

INTERNATIONAL TRANSCRIPTS

Any course work taken at an accredited institution outside of the United States must be evaluated course-by-course by a NACES approved credentialing agency. A list of approved agencies can be found here. Official evaluations must be sent directly from the agency to Creighton University.

Tuition and Financial Aid

Tuition rates change in the fall of each year. Visit the Tuition and Fees page for more details.

Financial Aid
To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. We also encourage you to apply for available graduate student scholarships and fellowships.

Learn more about funding your education

Have questions? Email or call a friendly financial specialist at 402.280.2731 for any additional questions you may have.

NURSE FACULTY LOAN PROGRAM (NFLP)

Creighton’s College of Nursing is a recipient of the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). Students enrolled in the MSN in Nursing Education program and the Nursing Education Post Graduate Certificate Program are eligible to apply for NFLP funding. Loan recipients may have up to 85% of their loan forgiven by working full-time as a Nurse Educator after graduating from their program. There is also a loan forgiveness option for Nurse Practitioners who complete the Nursing Education Post Graduate Certificate Program and serve as full-time preceptors for NP students after completion.

Students must meet the following eligibility:

  • Be a citizen of the U.S. or a lawful, permanent resident of the U.S. and its territories.
  • Be in good academic standing (as defined by the College of Nursing)
  • Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Enrolled in MSN in Nursing Education program or Nursing Education Post Graduate Certificate Program
  • Student may be enrolled part time or full time

Read through this document for additional details about borrowing limits, loan forgiveness work, employment eligibility, repayment and other details related to the NFLP.

APPLICATION PROCESS

If you believe you meet the above criteria, have reviewed the posted NFLP Guidelines and are interested in applying for the grant, please contact the Nursing Education Post-Graduate Certificate Track Lead, Anne Schoening, at 402-280-4777.

Dates and Deadlines

The table below details the enrollment deadlines and starting dates of courses for the current academic year. If you have any questions about dates, deadlines, or application materials, please contact an enrollment specialist for personalized assistance.

ONLINE

JANUARY ENROLLMENT

APPLY BY MAY 1

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Certificate

Nursing Education Certificate

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Certificate
 

MAY ENROLLMENT

APPLY BY OCTOBER 1

Psychiatric-Mental Health Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner Certificate

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

 

STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

As a Creighton College of Nursing student, you will have the opportunity to contribute to the greater good. See some of the student organizations and service opportunities available to you.

STATE LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS and Certification Eligibility

Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Graduates who complete the Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board (AANPCB).

Graduates who complete the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program meet eligibility for national certification through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).

Graduates who complete the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program are eligible to take the acute care national certification exam through the Pediatric Nurse Certification Board (PNCB).

Graduates who complete the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Post-Graduate Certificate Program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

All of the above national certification credentialing agencies are accepted in all 50 states as the initial step in seeking licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN).

Tuition & Financial Aid

Learn about how to fund your investment in education at the Creighton Financial Aid Office.

Funding Your Education