With the increased adoption of the Consensus Model for APRN Regulation there is a growing awareness of the need to have formal academic preparation and APRN certification match the population served. The Post Graduate Certificate Program (PGC) is designed to allow masters or doctorally prepared APRNs the opportunity for additional education in a new practice population in order to obtain expanded certification for practice.
APRN PGC Outcomes
- Demonstrate expertise in the advanced practice care of a new patient population focus (for example, a Family Nurse Practitioner becomes also certified as a Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner).
- Utilize scientific underpinnings for the advanced practice care of a new patient population focus.
Trailblazing health care systems require Advanced Practice Provider leaders (APRNs and PAs) to have the knowledge and strategies to operationalize the infrastructures for Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) across multiple environments of care. The Post Graduate Health Systems/Administration - Practice Management for Advanced Practice Providers certificate meets this need.
Health Systems PGC-APP Outcome
- Demonstrate leadership to collaborate effectively across disciplines in clinical practice settings to influence advanced practice and the roles of APPs in organizations.
The Post Graduate Health Systems/Administration certificate program provides guided study in leadership and management of health systems and is ideal for nurses and nurse leaders who are looking for further knowledge and skills in leading health care delivery for quality and innovation. A certificate is given at completion.
Health Systems PGC Outcome
- Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership and management for patient care quality and safety and for continuous improvement of care delivery across the continuum.
Post-Graduate Certificate Program Plans of Study
For students interested in a Health Systems/Administration Post-Master's
- Post-Graduate Health Systems/Administration
- Post-Graduate Health Systems/Administration focusing on Advanced Practice Providers (APP)
For students interested in a second APRN certification. Admission is available on a limited basis.
Megan Hart-Fernández, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, PMHNP Certificate ’20
The post-graduate PMHNP certificate program prepared me well to start a dual FNP/PMHNP independent practice upon graduation. As a practicing Family Nurse Practitioner, the PMHNP certificate program was an affordable and feasible option for me continue my education while maintaining a part-time practice. The faculty-arranged clinical experiences ensured a well-rounded education. I will be forever appreciative of the high-quality education I received from the faculty at the University of Iowa.
Anasara Henry, DNP, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC, PMHNP-c, PMHNP Certificate ’20
As a former graduate, there was no question about where I wanted to go to complete my post-graduate PMHNP certificate. The University of Iowa’s hybrid design offered the convenience of taking online classes and allowed an opportunity to meet my professors and classmates in a face-to-face atmosphere. The combination of virtual case studies, didactic lectures, and clinical emersion prepared me for smoothly transitioning into practice after graduation. In addition to having unparalleled standards for excellence in education, faculty truly cares about their students. I can honestly say that going back to the University of Iowa was one of the best decisions of my life.”
Requirements Specifically for Post-Graduate Certificate Students
- MSN or DNP for APRNs, and Master's or Doctorate for PAs
- Proof of certification as an APRN or PA (for the HS/APP PGC; not needed for Health Systems/Administration PGC)
- Copy of license: RN or PA (for the HS/APP PGC)
- Copy of certification card: APRN or PA (for the HS/APP PGG; not needed for the Health Systems/Administration PGC)
- A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average
- Graduate from an accredited program
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**The online application to Graduate Admissions is not necessary. Instead, you will complete the Graduate Nondegree Application at the following website: grad.admissions.uiowa.edu. Be sure to indicate Certificate for the Purpose of Attending and then indicate which certificate program you are applying to. Submit all documents to email@example.com.
Applications after the deadline may be considered as space allows; interviews for applications after the deadline TBD
*Notification of admission: Applicants will be notified regarding admission mid-March
How To Apply
- Goal Statement
- Statement of Disclosure
- Transcripts (we will accept unofficial or student copies) University of Iowa transcripts do not need to be provided. Note, once admitted, Graduate Admission will require official transcripts from all colleges except the University of Iowa.
- Copy of RN license
- Copy of APRN certification card (*not needed for Health Systems/Administration PGC)
- Three (3) professional recommendations (University of Iowa recommendation forms required). Recommendation to be sent electronically by recommender to firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuition & Fees
*Tuition is the same for residents and non-residents
**financial aid is not available for PGC programs as they are not degree granting