Certificate Program

Beginning in Spring 2020 the University of Florida College of Nursing will be accepting applications to the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track and the Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track Certificate program for the Spring term.

The post-master’s certificate program is available to students who already have a master’s degree in nursing or higher and hold licensure as an ARNP in the state of Florida.

Clinical Tracks

This program is for nurse practitioners who wish to be nationally certified in an additional specialty area. The following specialty tracks are available on a space-available basis, start date varies by clinical track:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (lifespan)

Please Note: Students enrolled in the certificate program do not qualify for federal financial aid, school certified private loans or College of Nursing scholarships

Admission Criteria

Applicants are required to show evidence of the following:

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree or higher from a CCNE/NLNAC/ACEN.
    • Accredited program that included separate courses in pathophysiology, health assessment and pharmacology.
  • Licensure to practice as an ARNP in Florida.
  • National certification as an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner
  • International students or students whose native language is not English are required to pass one of the following tests with a satisfactory score of:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
      • Computer-based: 213
      • Paper-based: 550
      • Web-based: 80
      • iBT Speaking Component: 26
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):
      • Overall score: 6.5
      • Speaking Component: 7
    • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB):
      • Overall score: 79
    • Successful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute Program.
    • International students or students whose native language is not English with unsatisfactory scores on the TOEFL and TOEFL iBT Speaking Component, IELTS, or MELAB; unsuccessful completion of the UF English Language Institute Program; or an unacceptable score on the verbal part of the GRE must achieve an acceptable score on an essay administered by the Academic Written English Program at UF.
  • Students must be either a U.S. citizen, legal U.S. resident, or hold a valid visa.

Application Process

The University of Florida College of Nursing NursingCAS application for Spring 2020 will open October 1, 2019 for the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner track and the Pediatric Acute Care track. Preference is given to applicants who submit all application materials by December 1, 2019 deadline.
The University of Florida College of Nursing NursingCAS application for Fall 2020 will open on November 1, 2019. Preference is given to applicants who submit all application materials by March 1, 2020. Applicants will be accepted on a space-available basis.

The application process for the post-master certificate program is a two-part application process. All applicants are required to complete the following:

  • Submit the University of Florida Certificate Program Application
    • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended must be sent to the University of Florida in addition to the Certificate Program Application.
    • Any necessary test scores must be sent to the University of Florida in addition to the Certificate Program Application.
    • Please refer to the University of Florida Office of Admissions website for more information.
  • Submit the NursingCAS application for the University of Florida Certificate program.
    • A personal statement, two letters of reference, a CV or resume must be submitted with the NursingCAS application.
    • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges/universities attended are submitted with the NursingCAS application.
    • Please refer to the NursingCAS website for further instructions.