NKU’s Nursing Department offers two types of post-graduate certificate programs: the Post-Master's of Science in Nursing certificate and the Nurse Practitioner Advancement certificate. Both are geared toward flexibility for the working nurse, with part-time and fully online curricula. Graduates of the programs are qualified to take the certification exam for their nursing specialty.
Our online Post Graduate certificates offer the flexibility that most working RNs desire. Unique features of this program include:
Concentrations vary between 33 and 47 credit hours. Students may take courses year round (fall, spring, and summer). Students can expect to finish in two years or less depending on the concentration and full/part-time status.
Most students work full time and have family responsibilities. Our fully online Post-Master's graduate certificate provides the needed flexibility to successfully complete your degree.
1. Submit a complete application for graduate admission.
2. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
3. Master of Science in Nursing degree from an ACEN, CCNE or CNEA accredited program of nursing.
4. Preferred applicants should have a Master of Science in Nursing program GPA of at least 3.0.
5. A copy of your current, unencumbered RN license with expiration date in the state(s) you are licensed and practice.
6. Completion of certification and currently licensed as nurse practitioner, if you are a nurse practitioner.
7. Proof of 1,000 clinical hours of practice over the previous year for all Post-MSN certificates. Download the Employment Verification Form here.
1. In order to be considered for admission to the NP Advancement Program the university requires all applicants to fulfill the following requirements:
2. Submit a complete application for graduate admission.
3. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Please note that the transcripts sent should reflect the all previous conferred degrees (BSN, MSN, previous NP) and any additional courses that you plan to transfer.
4. Master of Science in Nursing degree from an ACEN, CCNE or CNEA accredited program of nursing.
5. Preferred applicants should have a Master of Science in Nursing program GPA of at least a 3.0.
6. A copy of your unencumbered nursing license and National NP certification. Proof of licensure should include expiration date.
7. Proof of 1000 hours clinical experience over the previous year and satisfactory performance evaluations. Download the Employment Verification from on the Office of Graduate Education website, Employment Verification Form.
Neither submission of all application materials nor meeting program requirements guarantees admission into the program.
Submit all documents by deadline for consideration to:
Northern Kentucky University
Office of Graduate Education
302 Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099
Advanced Nursing Studies post-graduate certification programs equip working nurses for more specialized roles, such as: