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Nurses holding a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited university are eligible to take coursework to achieve a Post Graduate Certificate in an area of Advanced Nursing Practice (ANP). Program requirements are tailored to the individual student, depending on past academic work, clinical experience, the student’s goals, and specialty requirements. This individualization affects the length of the program and the specific plan of study for each student and certificate. Upon completion of the post-graduate requirements, a graduate certificate is awarded by the College of Nursing and Graduate School. Graduates are eligible to apply to take board certification exams in the advanced practice role and population for which they have been prepared.

UMSL offers post graduate nursing certificates in the following areas:

  • Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Geriatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Women's Health Nurse Practitioner

A minimum of 18 graduate credit hours are required for the Post Graduate Certificate. Students may be awarded credit for previous coursework based upon successful completion of equivalent courses in a prior master’s program, if these courses were completed less than six years ago. Graduates are eligible to apply to take board certification exams in the advanced practice role and population for which they have been prepared. 

Learn more about the program curriculum.

What UMSL Nursing has to offer

Since its founding in 1981, the UMSL College of Nursing has grown exponentially. Why? Because the UMSL College of Nursing has been at the forefront of delivering quality, affordable nursing education to the St. Louis region and beyond. Born out of a desire to meet the ever-growing need for a competently trained, professional nursing workforce, today nearly 1,000 students call the College of Nursing home. Of these, more than 20 percent are minority students and approximately 40 percent are first-generation students.

The college has developed innovative partnerships with local health-care agencies to deliver state-of-the-art clinical experiences to its students and prides itself particularly on its impact on the local region, as nearly 90 percent of its alumni stay and work in St. Louis after graduation. Offering traditional BSN, RN to BSN and doctorate-level degrees in multiple formats – including online, off-campus and accelerated options – the college is a recognized leader in delivering compassionate, innovative, evidence-based care that quite literally results in a healthier St. Louis.

The UMSL College of Nursing is fully accredited/approved by the following bodies:the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, the Missouri State Board of Nursing (pre-licensure program), and the Pediatric Nursing Certificate Board (PNCB, PNP program).

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