Certificate Programs

College of Nursing Post-Masters Certificates

The College of Nursing offers two non-degree Certificate programs in conjunction with the College of Public Health:

The criteria for admission to these Graduate Certificate Programs include:

  1. A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. A minimum undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

Application materials which must be submitted to the School of Graduate Studies include:

  1. An application;
  2. Three (3) letters of recommendation; and
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges attended.

All applications will be evaluated by an admission committee. Letters of recommendation are waived for applicants of the Tennessee Workforce Development Consortium.

Questions?  email Amy Bower ( )  in the Office of Student Services

Post MSN Certificates

The Post Master's graduate certificate is a degree level that is intermediate between the Master's degree and the doctorate. It is an option designed to provide individuals who already hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree or Master of Science in a field of nursing with the core courses and clinical experiences necessary for national exam eligibility. In your continuing education pursuit, the Post Master's certificate provides a systematic and unified way to achieve your goals.

The College of Nursing offers three post MSN certificates:

  • Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner
    • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate program provides a formal program of study for Master's-prepared nurses interested in taking the national certification exam to practice as a Family Nurse Practitioner. To be eligible for the certification exam, students must "successfully complete graduate didactic and clinical requirements of a Master's nurse practitioner program through a formal Master's level Nurse Practitioner program in the desired area of practice." The FNP Certificate program offers a formal program of study to meet this need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring them to complete a second Master's degree.
  • Post Master's Nursing Administration
    • The Post Master's Certificate in Nursing Administration provides a flexible learning environment and a highly individualized experience for students who hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree in another specialty. Through this program, students will gain a strong foundation in complex systems, organizational theory, financial management, and leadership practice.
  • Post Master's Nursing Education
    • The Nursing Education Concentration is designed to prepare students to meet established nurse educator competencies in one of five advanced clinical focus areas: Adult Health Nursing; Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing; Critical Care Nursing; Women's Health & Perinatal Nursing; and Pediatric Nursing. Students acquire knowledge, develop skills, and internalize values needed for success as a nurse educator in areas such as:
      • Teaching as a faculty member in a pre-licensure program
      • Continuing education for clinical staff
      • Patient education
    • A firm foundation in teaching/learning principles, curriculum/program development and evaluation, methods to evaluate learning, and implementation of the educator role prepares graduates to assume these responsibilities with competence and confidence.


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You may also contact , in the Office of Student Services with questions related to the DNP program.

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