The GCPAPN application is fully online via the UW Graduate School website.

  • You will submit a fee to the UW Graduate School when you apply.
  • We do not require the GRE.
  • If you have attended non-U.S. post-secondary college-level schools, you must submit an official transcript evaluation for each school attended to the UW School of Nursing (see Graduate Certificate application instructions for details).


Graduate certificate applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time on May 1 to begin study the following autumn.

Eligibility to apply

To apply to a graduate certificate, you must meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Already have a graduate degree in nursing in an advanced practice specialization (required for all nursing advanced practice graduate certificates: Adult Geriatric NP, Midwifery, Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Acute Care, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care, Perinatal Nurse Specialist, Adult Psychiatric Mental Health NP).  Please note: MN and DNP degree prepared applicants are eligible to apply to any of these graduate certificates, with the exception of Psychiatric Mental Health NP.  This graduate certificate requires a DNP degree.
  2. Already have a graduate degree in another appropriate field, when applicable (required for Advanced Practice Environmental and Occupational Health and Palliative Care)
  3. Currently enrolled or have applied to be admitted and enrolled at the University of Washington in an appropriate graduate degree program and would complete the graduate certificate concurrent with this degree (graduate certificates cannot be awarded until a degree is completed).
    • This requirement applies to international applicants. Unless you are in the U.S. on an H visa (work visa), if you do not meet these criteria you cannot apply to a graduate certificate.

If you are bachelors prepared RN and do not meet one of the above criteria, you should apply to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program instead.

Application Requirements