Certificate programs

Certificate for undergraduate and graduate students

Graduate-level certificates:

  • Certificate in health informatics 
  • Post-master's certificate in nursing education

Advanced practice certificates:

  • Post-master's adult-gerontology acute care nurse practitioner
  • Post-master's acute care pediatric nurse practitioner
  • Post-master's adult-gerontology primary care nurse practitioner 
  • Post-master's primary care family nurse practitioner
  • Post-master's nurse-midwifery
  • Post-master's primary care pediatric nurse practitioner

*All advanced practice certificates are available on campus only. 

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Contact the Recruiting & Admissions team at UMSN-GradAdmissions@med.umich.edu.

U-M School of Nursing
426 N. Ingalls Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2003

Application deadline

The NursingCAS application opens September 1, 2019. 

Application deadline announcement forthcoming.

Admission requirements

To be considered for a post-master's certificate in nursing education or advanced practice certificate, applicants must have:

  • Earned a Master of Science – MSN, MN, or MS in nursing with a specialty focus in advanced practice nursing and a BS in nursing from an AACNCCNE or NLN accredited institution. Note: Successful completion of the MS in nursing must occur prior to the term of admission.
  • Minimum 'B' average in all undergraduate and graduate nursing coursework, this is usually equivalent to a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale (U.S. equivalency). The University of Michigan School of Nursing will include all courses taken to satisfy the degree requirements for a BS in nursing and the MS in nursing in calculating the cumulative GPA. 
  • Applicants for admission consideration to the University of Michigan School of Nursing may only apply to one program and one term. Individuals that submit an application for multiple programs and/or terms will be immediately denied further admission consideration.
  • International applicants are not eligible for consideration to a post-master's certificate program.
Current students interested in pursuing one of these certificates should speak to their advisor. Nurses and non-nurses can earn a certificate in health informatics.

Application requirements

Prospective students must complete the following sections on the NursingCAS application. The application fee is $70, payable through NursingCAS. Application fee waivers may be requested through NursingCAS.
Personal information section
Academic history section
  • Send official post-secondary transcripts from all institutions where you earned a degree or completed any coursework. Transcripts can take up to 4-6 weeks to process. 
    • Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions where you earned a degree or completed any coursework (including post-secondary institutions where credit was granted through completion of a course during high school) are required for admission consideration. 
    • The official transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS directly. Applicants applying to a graduate program are not required to submit high school transcripts for admission consideration. 
    • Transcripts sent directly to the University of Michigan School of Nursing will not be accepted. If you have any questions regarding the process of submitting transcripts contact NursingCAS directly through their contact page. Current or previous University of Michigan students are required to request transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS through the Office of the Registrar.
    • International applicants: Visit the international applicants page for special transcript requirements. 
Supporting materials section
  • Experiences
  • Release statement
Program materials section
  • Personal statement 
    • Provide a comprehensive answer to the following question: What are your professional and educational goals as they relate to the graduate program to which you are applying? (700 words maximum). The statement should clearly state your rationale for pursuing the program to which you are applying. It is most effective when you have researched the program and can communicate an understanding of the scope of practice. You should elaborate on how the program you are applying to best fits your professional and educational goals.
  • References
    • Required for admission consideration are three recommendations from individuals who can comment on your potential success as a graduate student and as an advanced practice nurse in the area for which you are applying. It is recommended that references have a master's level nursing degree or higher.
    • Identifying your selected references and initiating the recommendation request is part of the NursingCAS application. 
    • Hard copy or electronic versions of recommendations sent directly to the school will not be accepted.
    • Note: Health informatics certificate applicants are not required to submit letters of recommendation. 
  • Resume
    • The University of Michigan School of Nursing requires the submission of a one-page (maximum two pages) resume with your NursingCAS application.
    • The School of nursing does not require specific work experience prior to applying for a program. 
    • Your resume should be professionally written, well-formatted, and easily readable
    • Highlight relevant educational and professional experiences, including volunteering, professional associations, leadership, research, and job shadowing. 
All application materials must be received by NursingCAS by the deadline in order be considered for admission.

GRE guidelines

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission consideration to any of the University of Michigan School of Nursing post-master's certificate programs.


Applicants selected for an admissions interview will be notified via email by the Admissions Committee. Graduate admission interviews for the Fall 2019 admission term will be held either in an in-person format, or online. In-person interviews will take place at the School of Nursing on Saturday, February 23, 2019.

If offered admission, you will be required to submit a non-refundable enrollment deposit of $300 to matriculate and reserve a seat in the class. We will only accept online payment for the enrollment deposit. The deposit will be applied towards your first term tuition. Matriculated students must also complete compliance requirements before enrollment, and are required to attend the school’s new student orientation.