The University of Iowa College of Nursing meets the needs for continuing formal education for nurses with a previous graduate degree by offering Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) Programs. PGC programs are available to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), and Health System Nurse Leaders who seek to complement their practice and career interests with formal study that equips them with extended knowledge, skills, and abilities in a parallel or complementary focus area.

Program Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate high quality, evidence-based clinical competence in the advanced practice care of a new patient population focus.
  2. Utilize scientific underpinnings for the advanced practice care of a new patient population focus.
  3. Incorporate principles of inclusive, compassionate, person-centered care into the delivery of healthcare. 

Health Systems PGC

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 APP PGC

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.


  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to innovate, influence, and transform healthcare delivery and health equity

  • Foster interprofessional partnerships to impact inclusive, person-centered care for sustainable outcomes at the individual, community, or population level 

  • Design advanced leadership opportunities to collaborate with healthcare leaders that impact professional growth for self, the workforce, and health outcomes 

Student Testimonials

Jennifer Hutchinson

Jen Hutchinson, DNP, ARNP, AGNP-BC PMHNP Certificate ‘22

I have been a practicing nurse practitioner for five years with my DNP from Iowa. I came to realize that almost every patient I saw would benefit from more thorough psychiatric evaluation and treatment. To feel more prepared to do that, and to prepare for my semi-retirement (someday), I wanted more tools in my arsenal. Adding psych to my knowledge base enables me to someday work remotely for telehealth if I choose, but also enables me to treat my patients more holistically in the clinic setting. Therapeutic alliance with primary care is an essential component, so being able to manage their psychiatric illness within that context can allow for better access, immediate treatment, and provide a more streamlined approach to treatment. Adding this certificate through Iowa was a simple process, with a concise schedule of four semesters and hybrid format with online and in-person meetings. Our cohort became very close, despite remote format, and are valuable resources as I go forward. Go Hawkeyes!

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Anna Spykerman, DNP, PNP-PC, PNP-AC Certificate '22

The post-graduate pediatric acute care certificate program was an excellent way to supplement my learning and continue to grow in my current role as an inpatient nurse practitioner. The University of Iowa's program is primarily online, which allowed me the flexibility to continue working full time. The professors were supportive and understanding of myself and my classmates and treated us as colleagues. They listened to our feedback and were always available and flexible. The clinical hours allowed me to build a solid foundation of understanding across multiple disciplines, and the professors worked with me to find clinical sites that would allow me to reach my learning goals. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to further my knowledge and achieve this next step in my career

Admission Requirements for Post-Graduate Certificate Program

  • 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 

Feb. 1*

Application deadline

*Applications after the deadline may be considered as space allows. 

Application Requirements:

  1. Goal Statement
  2. Statement of Disclosure
  3. Transcripts (we will accept unofficial or student copies)  Once admitted, you will be required to submit official transcripts to Graduate Admissions. Please note: current and former UI students do not need to provide unofficial or official UI transcripts.
  4. Resume
  5. Copy of RN license
  6. Copy of APRN certification card (*not needed for Health Systems/Administration PGC)
  7. Three (3) professional recommendations (University of Iowa recommendation forms required). Recommendation to be sent electronically by recommender to

Complete the Graduate Non-degree Application. Be sure to indicate Certificate for the Purpose of Attending and which certificate program you are applying to. Submit all required documents to

Tuition & Fees (resident and non-resident)

Fee Tuition Technology Fee Total
1 hrs $626 $90 $716
2 hrs $1,252 $90 $1,342
3 hrs $1,848 $90 $1,968
4 hrs $2,504 $135 $2,639
5 hrs $3,130 $135 $3,265
6 hrs $3,756 $135 $3,891
7 hrs $4,382 $135 $4,517
8 hrs $5, 008 $135 $5,143
9+ hrs $5,628 $180 $5,808

Financial aid is not available for PGC programs as they are not degree seeking.


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