Graduate Certificate - Nurse Practitioner - Graduate Certificate

Nurse Practitioner - Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
4025 Nurse Practitioner
Program Level:
Graduate Certification
Award Type:
Graduate Certificate Program
Start Term:
End Term:
College of Nursing
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Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Nursing

Graduate Study

Nurse Practitioner - Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Nurse Practitioner provides both theoretical and clinical content related to meeting adult health care needs and prepares registered nurses who already earned a master’s degree in nursing to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center Nurse Practitioner certification examination.  Successful completion of an approved certification examination is a prerequisite for applying for nurse practitioner licensure at the state level.

The scheduling of the certificate program allows flexibility to accommodate both full-time students and working professionals by offering an online format with clinical placements in collaborating agencies throughout the state.


To be considered for admission into the Graduate Certificate program in Nurse Practitioner, applicants must meet the requirements specified below:

  1. Completion of a master’s degree in nursing from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) accredited program. A clinical focus is preferred.
  2. Current licensure to practice nursing as a Registered Nurse in the applicant’s state or country without restrictions. Applicants who hold Registered Nurse licensure from other states or countries and who are in the Master of Science in Nursing, Nurse Practitioner concentration, may be admitted provisionally with the requirement that a United States and Michigan Registered Nurse license must be obtained prior to progression to clinical courses.
  3. A minimum grade-point average of 3.0 (4.0 scale) for total credits completed during their Master of Science in Nursing program.
  4. One year of clinical practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States prior to the start of the program.
  5. Submit an essay to the College of Nursing stating plans for post-graduate study including professional career goals.
  6. Personal interview with College of Nursing faculty.
  7. If the applicant’s native language is not English, the applicant must complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a total score of 580 (paper version) or 21 (computer version). Equivalent scores on the English Language Center Test may be submitted.
  8. Three references from academic or employment sources.

With the exception of item 2. above, no provisional admission will be allowed. An applicant must meet all of the requirements for admission upon acceptance. Although students may meet all admission requirements, they may be denied admission solely based on space availability in the program.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Nurse Practitioner

Students must complete all of the following courses (33 or 34 credits):

1. All of the following advanced practice nursing courses (9 credits):  
  NUR 805 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3
  NUR 807 Clinical Decision Making 3
  NUR 809 Applied Pharmacology for  Advanced Practice Nursing 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  NUR 820 Health Assessment of the Family 3
  NUR 835 Health Assessment of the Adult and Aged 3
  Credit for these advanced practice nursing courses in items 1. and 2. may be obtained through transfer of previous academic credit or waiver based on a transcript evaluation of previous course work.  
3. One of the following concentrations (21 or 22 credits):  
  Family Advanced Practice Nursing  
  NUR 821 Primary Care Management of the Family 5
  NUR 822 Practicum I: Primary Care for the Family 6
  NUR 823 Primary Care Management of the Family II 3
  NUR 824 Practicum II: Primary Care for the Family 7
  Adult and Gerontological Advanced Practice  
  NUR 832 Practicum I: Primary Care of the Adult and Aged I 6
  NUR 834 Practicum II: Primary Care for the Adult and Aged 7
  NUR 836 Primary Care Management of the Adult and Aged 5
  NUR 837 Primary Care Management of the Adult and Aged II 3
  NUR 838 Care for Aging Individuals Across the Health Care Continuum 1