Application Process & Requirements for UCF Graduate Certificates

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

 


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, or for out-of-state applicants, the state or country in which you practice. **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. 

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) 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.

 

Nurse Practitioner Certificates (AGACNP, AGPCNP and FNP):


  1. Describe your future career plans and how the program to which you are applying will help you achieve your career goals.
  2. Identify one significant contemporary issue of the problem in U.S. healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.

 

Nurse Educator and Healthcare Simulation:


  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 for the Nurse Educator or Healthcare Simulation graduate certificate programs
    • One page for the AGACNP, AGPCNP and FNP graduate certificate programs
  • 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 Oct. 1 Spring Part-time
       
Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner | hybrid By Oct. 1 Spring Part-time
       
Family Nurse Practitioner | hybrid By Oct. 1 Spring Part-time
       
Nurse Educator | online By April 1 Fall Part-time
  By Oct. 1 Spring Part-time
       
Healthcare Simulation | online By April 1 Fall Part-time
  By Oct. 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.