Graduate Certificate Programs: How to Apply

The Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Practice Nursing (GCPAPN) is available to students who have completed a graduate degree or are currently matriculated in a graduate degree program.  A minimum of 15 credits (9 graded) are required for completion of all GCPAPN options.  Some elective courses may be applied to both the graduate certificate and a graduate degree at the University of Washington. A GCPAPN will be awarded only to students who:

  • have previously earned a master's degree or higher, or
  • are being awarded a UW graduate degree in the same quarter as the GCPAPN


Graduate certificate program deadlines vary (please refer to the chart below).  For those with "priority" deadlines, applications will continue to be accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis.

Admissions Requirements: All Graduate Certificate Programs

Admissions to all graduate certificate options requires:

  • an earned graduate degree (some specialties require a graduate degree in nursing) OR current matriculation in a graduate degree-granting program plus an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • meeting Essential Behaviors
  • minimum grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the last 90 graded credits

Some graduate certificate programs require RN licensure or a graduate degree in nursing - please refer to the chart below.

Graduate Certificate Program

RN License Required

In-Process or Earned
Graduate Degree

Application Deadline

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner**MN, DNP, or PhD in NursingJanuary 15
Advanced Practice Environmental Health January 15 (Priority)*
Advanced Practice Pediatric Nursing**MN or DNPJanuary 15
Infant Mental Health May 1
Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist***   
Neonatal Nurse Practitioner***   
Nurse-Midwifery**MN or DNPJanuary 15
Perinatal Clinical Nurse Specialist**MN or DNPJanuary 15
Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner**DNPJanuary 15

*Priority deadline is January 15.  After January 15, applications are accepted on a space-available basis.
**Requires an advanced practice graduate degree in nursing.
***The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist graduate certificate programs have suspended admissions for the 2014-15 academic year.

Required Application Materials

Download both the Graduate Certificate application instructions, where you will find more detailed information about the following required application materials:

  1. Online Graduate Certificate application, including School of Nursing Supplemental Form
  2. Current resume
  3. 3 letters of recommendation
  4. Responses to the admissions questions (see instructions for prompts)
  5. Authorization for Background Check form (do NOT run the background check when you apply)
  6. Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended; foreign transcripts must include translated evaluations