Apply to a Post-Graduate Nursing Certificate Program

A nursing professor instructing students using a breathing apparatus on a plastic model Our graduate academic certificates are designed for nurses who have a Master of Science in nursing.   

The Graduate Academic Certificate in Health Care Education is designed for registered nurses who seek knowledge and skills for teaching in educational and health care settings. Students will receive a graduate academic certificate after just 12 semester hours of study. This program is available online, or on campus.

Students who complete the Post Master's Certificate in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) or Neonatal Nurse Practitioner (NNP) specialization are eligible to sit for the national certification examinations in their specialty focus. Housed on the main campus in Denver, Colorado, these certificates are specifically intended for those who want to pursue specialization in a clinical area of advanced practice nursing.

Take the next step toward expanding your skills and knowledge.

ELIGIBILITY

POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATE, ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER

  • A transcript demonstrating an earned master's degree in nursing (or equivalent) from an NLN or AACN-CCNE accredited school, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Evidence of a minimum two years of recent work experience in acute care setting.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Essay describing professional goals and reason for selecting Regis University.
  • Evidence of a current unrestricted of unencumbered Registered Nurse licensure in the state, in which the student will complete the required clinical practicum.
  • Minimum competence levels in both written English and computational skills.  Students with English as a second language (ESL) are required to pass the TOEFL examination with a minimum score of 213 (computer-based) or complete and ELS Language Center’s level 109-Academic within one (1) year prior to acceptance in the program.
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for health care professionals’ certification; Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) required prior to the start of classes if accepted into the program.
  • Submission of completed NursingCas application with application fee.
  • Personal interview may be required.

GRADUATE ACADEMIC CERTIFICATE IN HEALTH CARE EDUCATION

  • Official transcripts reflecting a nursing baccalaureate degree from a NLN or AACN-CCNE accredited program, with a grade of "C" or better in all undergraduate nursing courses.
  • Official transcripts reflecting study in and/or completion of a master’s degree in nursing from a NLN or AACN-CCNE accredited program, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.000.

POST-MASTER'S CERTIFICATE, FAMILY NURSE OR NEONATAL NURSE PRACTITIONER SPECIALIZATION

  • A master's degree in nursing from an NLN or AACN-CCNE accredited program, with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  • Evidence of a minimum two years work experience in nursing.
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Post-Master’s Certificate applicants must show evidence of two years experience in a Level III high risk neonatal intensive care unit and Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification.


ADDITIONAL ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS FOR CERTIFICATES
  • An active, unrestricted or unencumbered Registered Nurse (RN) license in the state in which your clinical/practicum experience will be completed.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of "C" or better.
  • Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Certification for Health Care Providers.
  • Eligibility for this program is pending the successful completion of a drug screening and a criminal background check. For a complete list of Disqualifying Offenses, click here.
  • A complete health history and physical examination record indicating that the student is physically able to meet the objectives of the program, and is appropriately immunized is required after admission to the program.
  • If English is not your native/first language, you must meet the following language proficiency requirement:
    • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) – Internet-based: Minimum score of 82 (24 Writing, 20 Speaking, 22 Reading, 16 Listening), Computer-based: Minimum score of 213. Regis University's TOEFL code is 4656.
    • Applicants that have successfully completed an undergraduate or graduate degree at an accredited US institution do not need to provide a TOEFL score.

RANKING

  • Applications for the Graduate Academic Certificate in Health Care Education are evaluated on a rolling admission basis. An application is reviewed and an enrollment decision is made once all required application materials are submitted.
  • Applications for the Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate will be evaluated on a competitive basis after the deadline.
  • Applications for the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate will be evaluated on a competitive basis after the deadline.

You are encouraged to submit all required application materials at once, with the exception of official transcripts.

  • The application opens August 1, 2015 for the Summer 2016 Family Nurse Practitioner Post-Master's Certificate program.
  • The application deadline is December 1, 2015 for the Summer 2016 NNP- Post Master’s Certificate program. Applications received after the priority deadline will be reviewed as they are completed.
  • Submit a completed online application form.
  • Request official transcripts to be sent directly to Regis University from all post-secondary educational institutions attended. Transcripts must be official. Official transcripts can be mailed or sent electronically. Regis accepts electronic transcripts from the following services: Scrip-Safe, Docufide, Avow Systems.
    • Submit mailed transcripts to:
      Regis University
      Office of Admissions
      3333 Regis Boulevard 
      Mail Code: P-28
      Denver, CO 80221-1099
    • Submit electronic transcripts to sendtranscripttoRU@regis.edu.
  • Submit a one-page typewritten personal statement (double-spaced) that addresses the essay question in the application. Instructions are given when you reach the essay portion of the online application.
  • Submit three recommendation forms. Select professional and academic references that can address your academic, professional, and leadership potential.  One recommendation must be from your current employer or supervisor. The recommendation forms provided must be used. (NOTE: This requirement is waived for Regis University MS in Nursing Graduates who are applying for the Graduate Academic Certificate in Health Care Education.)
  • NursingCas Application fee of $65.00. Instructions are given when you complete the payment portion of the online application.
  • Direct all written materials and inquiries to:
    Regis University
    Office of Admissions
    3333 Regis Blvd.
    Mail Code P-28
    Denver, CO 80221-1099
    Phone: 303.458.4344 or 800.944.7667
    Fax: 303.964.5534
    Email: healthcare@regis.edu

Materials in support of an application for admission become the property of Regis University and will not be provided or returned to an applicant.