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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 healthcare.

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 healthcare. A post-master’s 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-MSN 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.

Program At A Glance

Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing

This program is offered Online

Application Deadline

FOR AUGUST ENROLLMENT
May 1

FOR JANUARY ENROLLMENT
October 1

FOR MAY ENROLLMENT
October 1

Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • RN license with NE eligibility
  • 2,000 hours of professional nursing work experience (prior to clinical courses only)
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
  • Three letters of recommendation, one from a supervisor/employer
  • Application
  • $50 application fee
  • Additional requirements for international students

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.
  • Clinical Nurse Leader—The CNL post-graduate certificate is designed for nurses who have a master’s degree in nursing and want to be eligible to take the CNL certification examination. 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 Program (AANPCP). 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 in 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.

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.

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:

  • Complete an application & submit a $50 application fee
  • Possess an MSN in a nurse practitioner track, from an NLN- or CCNE-accredited college or university, with a GPA of at least 3.0
  • Have an active, unencumbered RN license
    • Must include Nebraska eligibility
    • 2,000 hours of professional nursing experience in direct patient care prior to enrollment in clinical courses
    • 4,000 hours of direct care in level III NICU prior to enrollment in clinical neonatal courses
    • 2,000 hours of direct care in pediatrics prior to enrollment in clinical courses (for students following a pediatric track)
    • 2,000 hours of direct care in psychiatric mental health (for students following psychiatric mental health track)
  • Provide official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
    • 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

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

Additional requirements for international students

Any course work taken at an accredited institution outside of the United States must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES). Creighton’s admissions committee must receive an official evaluation from WES directly. Photo copies will not be accepted.

World Education Services
PO Box 745, Old Chelsea Station
New York, NY 10113-0745;
Phone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 966-6395
http://www.wes.org

This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant international students. Ability to speak and write correct grammatical English is imperative. All applicants who are not native speakers of English or who have obtained a high school diploma or degree outside of the United States must present a TOEFL score of 600 on the Paper-Based Test (PBT) or iBT score of at least 100. Scores over 2 years old will not be accepted. Students must ask the ETS (the testing agency) to send original TOEFL scores to Creighton University (Institutional Code 6121). The College of Nursing reserves the right to require students to re-take the exam. It is also at the discretion of the College of Nursing as to whether a TOEFL score is required of applicants who have earned a college degree from a United States university.

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International applicants must also meet English language proficiency requirements.

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

Still have questions? Email or call a financial aid specialist at 402.280.2731. Want to talk to someone in person? Stop by the Office of Financial Aid in Suite 1100 in the Harper Center (602 N 20th St, Omaha, NE 68102).

Dates & 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.

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May 1

January

October 1

May

October 1

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STUDENT ORGANIZATIONS

Creighton’s Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing program is supported by several student organizations that help enrich the overall experience for those pursing a certificate in nursing.

Creighton University Student Nurse Association (CUSNA)

As a member of the Creighton University Student Nurse Association, you’ll serve as a leader in the College of Nursing community and beyond. The CUSNA is a chapter of a national student nurse organization, enabling members to have a voice for nursing students across the state, as well as nationwide.

Nursing Senate

The Nursing Senate serves as one voice for the nursing student body. As a member, you’ll positively contribute to the nursing profession, Creighton University and the College of Nursing by:

  • Extending service and social opportunities to all nursing students
  • Collaborating with students, faculty, staff and other Creighton professionals
  • Working together to strengthen the College of Nursing community

Hastings Association of Nursing Students (HANdS)

HANdS represents and speaks as one voice for the nursing student body. The organization coordinates activities and embraces issues to serve as a channel of communication between College of Nursing faculty and students on the Hastings campus.

Tuition & Financial Aid

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

Funding Your Education