Please note: In an effort to serve our students safely and efficiently, the College of Nursing is conducting all advising appointments via phone or Zoom. Once an appointment has been scheduled, students will receive a confirmation email with their Zoom advising appointment call-in details. Students should contact their advisor using the provided Zoom web link or call-in number at their scheduled appointment time. Please continue to monitor the university’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) website for updates.


Application Process & Requirements for UCF Graduate Certificates

Ready to enhance your nursing career? Follow the steps below to begin the graduate certificate admissions process for the UCF College of Nursing.

 


Meet Application Criteria

No GREBelow are the minimum program requirements for a graduate certificate program at UCF:

  • Fulfill general UCF graduate admissions requirements. Visit the Admissions section of the Graduate Catalog for details.
  • Passed an undergraduate statistics course.
  • Degree(s) from a regionally accredited institution or equivalent:
    • Earned a bachelor’s degree or higher in nursing or non-nursing field for the interdisciplinary Healthcare Simulation certificate program.
    • Earned an MSN degree (or higher) for the nurse educator and nurse practitioner certificate programs.

For the nurse practitioner graduate certificate programs only:

  • Must be licensed APRN in the State of Florida. **If you do not meet this requirement, please refer to the post-baccalaureate Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs for AGACNP, AGPNP and FNP.
  • Must have completed prerequisite courses for the respective program: AGACNP, AGPCNP, FNP

 


International Applicants

Applicants who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.


Please note: Online programs do not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status. If you have questions, please contact the International Services Center at global.ucf.edu or call 407-823-2337.

Meet Physical Location Requirement (Hybrid Certificates for APRNs)

AGACNP, AGPCNP and FNP Certificate Programs


The nurse practitioner post-graduate certificate programs for APRNs are taught primarily in Florida. If there are online components allowed during this certificate program, you may enroll in these online components as long as you will be physically located in a Nurse Licensure Compact state for the duration of your education. 

UCF College of Nursing faculty are authorized to teach in Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) states. Due to nursing education restrictions imposed by non-NLC states, UCF is unable to offer courses, clinicals, or other educational services regardless of modality within non-NLC states. Should you be physically located within a non-NLC state for more than a vacation or brief visit, regardless of your legal state of residence or the type of license you have, you will be unable to apply or continue your nursing degree program at the UCF College of Nursing. This includes, but is not limited to, students accepting traveling nurse positions in a non-NLC state.

Applicants may contact the College of Nursing’s Assistant Dean of Students with any questions regarding non-NLC states.

Meet Physical Location Requirement (Online Certificates)

Healthcare Simulation and Nurse Educator Certificate Programs


Applicants must be physically located in a Nurse Licensure Compact state for the duration of their education.

UCF College of Nursing faculty are authorized to teach in Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) states. Due to nursing education restrictions imposed by non-NLC states, UCF is unable to offer courses, clinicals, or other educational services regardless of modality within non-NLC states. Should you be physically located within a non-NLC state for more than a vacation or brief visit, regardless of your legal state of residence or the type of license you have, you will be unable to apply or continue your nursing degree program at the UCF College of Nursing. This includes, but is not limited to, students accepting traveling nurse positions in a non-NLC state.

Applicants may contact the College of Nursing’s Assistant Dean of Students with any questions regarding non-NLC states.


Please note: Online programs do not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status. If you have questions, please contact the International Services Center at global.ucf.edu or call 407-823-2337.

Attend an Information Session

In addition to learning more about the programs and application process, you’ll gain tips on writing your essay, how often you need to come to campus (if at all) and more. Register now.

Schedule an Advising Appointment

Before submitting your application and writing your essay, it is recommended that you schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss the essay and your goals for graduate study. To schedule your appointment, contact the College of Nursing’s Graduate Student Services Office.

Gather Documents to Submit
  • Official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) reflecting prior education, recent clinical and/or practice accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications, presentations, grants and/or research participation), awards and scholarships received, additional professional certifications, volunteer activities, and membership, leadership and activities with professional organizations and community service organizations. For recent graduates, this can include accomplishments as a student.
  • Three (3) professional recommendations.
  • Written essay (see below)
  • Note: GRE is not required.
Write Essay

Your essay will need to address the following and meet the requirements below.

 

  1. Describe your future career plans and how the program to which you are applying will help you achieve your career goals.
  2. Describe the changes you would make in your personal and professional life to ensure success in your graduate nursing education.
  3. Identify one significant contemporary issue or problem in U.S. healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.

 

Written essay requirements:


  • Length:
    • 500 words or less for entire essay – not each question
  • Double spaced
  • 12-point Times New Roman font
  • 1-inch margins

 

An interview with faculty may also be required.

 

Apply by Application Deadlines

Graduate Certificates


Program Apply to UCF Admission Type
Adult/Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner | hybrid By Sept. 1 Spring Part-time
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner | hybrid By Sept. 1 Spring Part-time
Family Nurse Practitioner | hybrid By Sept. 1 Spring Part-time
Nurse Educator | online By April 1 Fall Part-time
By Sept. 1 Spring Part-time
Healthcare Simulation | online By April 1 Fall Part-time
By Sept. 1 Spring Part-time
Begin the Application Process

Admissions are decided by a committee of faculty and staff within the College of Nursing, based on an applicant’s overall GPA, GPA of the last 60 hours of undergraduate program, CV, and written essay.

Apply online at the UCF College of Graduate Studies.