Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Pathway

The UAB School of Nursing offers individuals with a minimum of an earned MSN degree and current APRN certificate and licensure to apply to complete a second nurse practitioner specialty as a Post-Graduate Certificate. The Certificate can be completed in four semesters.

Applicants must meet the same criteria required for admission to the MSN program. Applicant transcripts are evaluated to determine if they have completed required foundational level core and support courses required for the degree (e.g., Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Advanced Practice Nursing, and Advanced Practice Nursing Roles). Upon completion of the pathway the individuals is prepared to apply to sit for certification in the specialty area.

The Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Pathway admits cohorts during the summer semester only and is available for the following APRN specialities:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Women’s Health Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
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Admission Requirements

Prospective students must meet the following requirements for admission:

  • Hold an MSN degree from a regionally accredited institution, equivalent to the one offered by the UAB School of Nursing.
  • Possess an unencumbered / unrestricted nursing license to practice in the state where you plan to conduct your clinical practicum.
  • Cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or on the last 60 semester hours.
  • Graduate Exam Requirement:
    • WAIVER CRITERIA: Applicants who have successfully completed a graduate degree from a regionally accredited academic institution may receive a waiver for this requirement if they achieved a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their previous graduate degree program.
    • NOTE: The following individuals are not eligible for the GRE waiver process. International applicants, non-native English speaking applicants, and Dual degree-seeking applicants (e.g. MSN/MP). Minimum required scores are a combined 297 on the verbal and quantitative sections of the GRE, or a 410 on the MAT or score of 480 on the GMAT. For more information on the Test Score Waiver process click here.
  • Submit three letters of professional reference attesting to the applicant's potential for graduate study.
  • Applicants should submit an official transcript from every college or university they have ever attended (even if for only one semester). Transcripts may be emailed electronically by the issuing institution to the UAB Graduate School at or mailed to:
    • UAB Graduate School
      LHL G03
      1720 2nd Ave. S.
      Birmingham, AL 35294-0013


Plan for Coursework

To best accommodate the needs of the nursing workforce, the curriculum is offered via part-time program of study delivered through a distance accessible format that combines asynchronous and synchronous didactic coursework. This includes on-campus intensives, where students participate in planned laboratory and simulation experiences designed to promote mastery of essential skill sets. The curriculum consists of 27 credit hours of coursework (at a minimum), but all Post-MSN APRN students must undergo an evaluation and GAP analysis of previously completed advanced practice core and support coursework after they are admitted and before enrollment. This process ensures that all previously completed course work meets the current standards for post-masters education as required by our certifying bodies to sit for certification.

The GAP analysis process will review a Post-MSN APRN student's previous course work against the following UAB core and support course work. If the course or an equivalent course has not been successfully completed, those course(s) will be added back to the plan for coursework below.

  • NUR 737: Interprofessional Leadership and Role Development for Practice Excellence - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 735: Population Health in Advanced Practice Nursing - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 729: Evidence-Based Practice Design and Translation - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 612: Advanced Pathophysiology - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 614: Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning for Adv Nursing Practice - 3 credit hours
  • NUR 613: Pharmacology and Therapeutics - 3 credit hours**

**Students must have successfully completed NUR 613 (or any course deemed equivalent) within 2 years of starting advanced specialty coursework OR be a currently practicing as a nurse practitioner and provide sufficient evidence that they are prescribing medications in the population of interest (e.g. adult, pediatrics, etc.).

Sample Plan for Coursework 1,2

Semester Course Title Credit Hours
1 NXX 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization 3
2 NXX 621 Advanced NP Nursing I (specialty specific) 5
NXX 685L Practicum I (specialty specific) 3
3 NXX 622 Advanced NP Nursing II (specialty specific) 5
NXX 686 Practicum II (specialty specific) 3
4 NXX 623 Advanced NP Nursing III (specialty specific) 4
NXX 692 Practicum III (specialty specific) 4
Total Credit Hours 27*

1. Program of study is subject to change following the results of the GAP analysis.
2. Students will take at a minimum of 27 credit hours; however, if the GAP analysis results require core or support course work to be re-taken then credit hours totals will increase and length of plan for coursework.*

State Regulations Governing Distance Programs

Out-of-state applicants to any of our distance-accessible programs should become familiar with their state’s regulations governing distance accessible programs. Prospective students residing in states other than Alabama should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to students enrolled in out-of-state programs and are planning to conduct UABSON distance education in their home state. Only those students who reside in Alabama or those states where the UAB School of Nursing programs are available will be eligible to receive an offer of admission.

More information is available at the State Approval Website for Online Degree Programs at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Application for Admission/Application Deadlines

Application Deadlines

Deadline: October 12, 2021
Summer 2023: October 11, 2022


Upon completion of the Post-Graduate APRN Certificate, students will be able to:

  • Synthesize research, theoretical formulations, and principles of scientific inquiry to provide evidence-based practice.
  • Assume leadership in managing and evaluating continuous quality improvement processes.
  • Use information systems/technology to evaluate programs of care, outcomes of care, and care systems.
  • Advocate and implement health-care policies that improve access, equity, efficiency, and social justice in the delivery of health care.
  • Provide ethical, culturally sensitive care in an advanced nursing role independently and collaboratively with professionals from multiple disciplines.
  • Monitor the quality of one's own nursing practice based on professional practice standards and relevant statutes and regulations.
  • Apply theories and principles of marketing, economics, consultation, management, and leadership to comprehensively perform an advanced nursing role.

Tuition and Fees

The following tuition and fees are valid for the 2022-2023 academic year. Tuition and fees and are SUBJECT TO CHANGE annually based on approval from the University of Alabama Board of Trustees and/or university.

The estimates below are based on the costs listed at the UAB Office of Planning and Analysis Web site.

Each student’s costs will vary depending upon a number of factors including state of residence, the number of credits taken in a semester, or whether the student attends class live or through a distance-accessible format. Fees vary by program and course.

Tuition and Fees
UAB School of Nursing 2022-2023
Charge ($)
Charge ($)
MSN Coursework (distance-accessible format per semester hour)682682
Fees - UAB School of NursingCost ($)
Educational Support and Technology Fee (per course)235
Other Related Expenses (Estimated)Cost ($)
Books and supplies (estimate per term)600
Student Hospitalization Insurance Fee1 (estimate per month)200
Background Check (annual estimate)88
1May be waived with documented proof of equal or greater coverage

Information for International Students

NOTE: Prospective International students must first contact UAB International Admissions to determine eligibility to study in the U.S. and/or submit an application for admission to UAB.

UAB International Admissions
Phone: (205) 934-4686
Fax: (205) 934-8664

The table below provides information on eligibility requirements for the MSN Program.

 MSNPost Masters
F1 or J1 Visa AcceptableNot EligibleNot Eligible
College DegreeX - BSN EquivalentX - MSN Equivalent or higher
Foreign Transcripts EvaluatedXX
English ProficiencyXX
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)XX
Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the U.S.XX
X = Requirement must be completed or condition met

Application Requirements

  • Prospective students must have a bachelors degree in nursing equivalent to that offered by a U.S. regionally accredited educational institution.
  • For Graduate Clinical Programs such as the Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program, prospective students must also be licensed as a registered nurse in the U.S., in the state in which they will reside while completing the program.
  • International applicants must, as part of their application, provide a detailed course by course evaluation of their academic transcripts and verification of their academic credentials. Students may use one of the following firms for transcript evaluation; a report of the evaluation must be submitted directly to the UAB School of Nursing prior to admission decisions.
    • Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
      P.O. Box 514070
      Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470 USA
    • World Education Services
      Bowling Green Station
      P.O. Box 5087
      New York, NY 10274-5087 USA
  • Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on prior college/university course work.
  • Applicants must complete and submit their scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) as part of the application process. If the GRE was completed prior to application, only scores completed within the previous 5 years are accepted.
  • Completion of a formal admission interview.
  • Meet English language requirements. Students must submit scores on Tests of English Language (TOEFL or IELTS) and achieve the following minimum scores:
    • TOEFL iBT 80 and minimum of 18 in each of the 4 test sections, or
    • IELTS 6.5 and minimum of 6.0 in at least 2 of the 4 test sections.