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Post-Graduate Certificate Programs - Testimonials

Megan Hart-FernandezThe 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.”—Megan Hart-Fernández, DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC, PMHNP Certificate ’20


Anasara HenryAs 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.”—Anasara Henry, DNP, ARNP, AGPCNP-BC, PMHNP-c, PMHNP Certificate ’20

Teresa IsaacsonWorking in health care means you never stop learning. In realizing the need to expand my knowledge base to treat children more effective and safely, the University of Iowa’s Post Masters Certificate PNP program was my first choice. As an already practicing FNP, I wanted a flexible but rigorous program. I sought out faculty with experience in an environment that promotes learning and professional growth. I completed my BSN at Iowa 15 years ago … coming back was an easy and worthwhile choice.”—Teresa Isaacson, MSN, ARNP, PNP-PC Certificate ’20

Peggy GuitherI graduated from the University of Iowa College of Nursing with my MSN in the Family Nurse Practitioner tract in 2004. Since that time, the utilization of Advanced Practice Providers has increased greatly at University of Iowa Healthcare, expanding from mostly clinic-based positions to inpatient care as a hospitalist.

“In 2017, it became clear that the need for Acute Care Nurse Practitioner certification was the gold standard for hiring within my department. As the Lead for the Department of Surgery, I felt I could lead the way and encourage the other NPs in my cohort with an FNP certification to return for the ACNP certification.

“I evaluated many programs and chose UI’s College of Nursing for several reasons. The most important factor in my decision was the reputation the College had as a leader in Nurse Practitioner education. During the time I was working on my master’s degree I was able to see firsthand, the dedication of the professors to my education and the college’s commitment to excellence. I did not see that same level of dedication in other programs. Another major factor in choosing the college for my post-grad certificate was their ability to mesh the experience I had as an NP with the knowledge I needed for a new certification, and determine the classes needed for an additional certification.

“I was not disappointed in my experience with the college during the post grad certificate program. Even though I had been an NP for many years prior to obtaining my Acute Care NP certificate, I learned so much from the program and encourage all my colleagues to consider the college for their post grad certification education.”—Peggy Guither, MSN, ARNP, ACNP-AG, FNP-C, AG-ACNP Certificate ’18