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Post-Graduate Certificate Programs

>>> Interviews will be held according focus area – see for specific interviews dates.

The University of Iowa College of Nursing meets the needs for continuing formal education for nurses with a previous graduate degree by offering Post-Graduate Certificate (PGC) Programs. PGC programs are available to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs), Advanced Practice Providers (APPs), and Health System Nurse Leaders who seek to complement their practice and career interests with formal study that equips them with extended knowledge, skills, and abilities in a parallel or complementary focus area.

PGC Program Outcomes

Post-Graduate Certificate Program Plans of Study

For students interested in a Health Systems/Administration Post-Master's

For students interested in a second APRN certification. Admission is available on a limited basis.


Requirements Specifically for Post-Graduate Certificate Students

  • MSN or DNP for APRNs, and Master's or Doctorate for PAs
  • Proof of certification as an APRN or PA (for the HS/APP PGC; not needed for Health Systems/Administration PGC)
  • Copy of license: RN or PA (for the HS/APP PGC)
  • Copy of certification card: APRN or PA (for the HS/APP PGC; not needed for the Health Systems/Administration PGC)
  • A minimum of a 3.0 grade point average
  • Graduate from an accredited program 

>>> Please contact the Graduate Programs Office at prior to applying <<<

**The online application to Graduate Admissions is not necessary. Instead, you will complete the Graduate Nondegree Application at the following website: Be sure to indicate Certificate for the Purpose of Attending and then indicate which certificate program you are applying to. Submit all documents to


>>> Applications after the deadline may be considered as space allows; interviews for applications after the deadline TBD <<<

*Notification of admission: Applicants will be notified regarding admission mid-March

  • Goal Statement
  • Statement of Disclosure
  • Transcripts (we will accept unofficial or student copies) University of Iowa transcripts do not need to be provided. Note, once admitted, Graduate Admission will require official transcripts from all colleges except the University of Iowa.
  • Resume
  • Copy of RN license
  • Copy of APRN certification card (*not needed for Health Systems/Administration PGC)
  • Three (3) professional recommendations (University of Iowa recommendation forms required). Recommendation to be sent electronically by recommender to

Fee Tuition Technology Fee Total:
1 hr $560 130.25 $690.25
2 hrs $1,120 130.25 $1,250.25
3 hrs $1,680 130.25 $1,810.25
4 hrs $2,240 195.50 $2,435.50
5 hrs $2,800 195.50 $2,995.50
6 hrs $3,360 195.50 $3,555.50
7 hrs $3,920 195.50 $4,115.50
8 hrs $4,480 195.50 $4,675.50
9+ hrs $5,039.50 260.50 $5,300

*Tuition is the same for residents and non-residents
**financial aid is not available for PGC programs as they are not degree granting