Post-Graduate Certificates


The UAB School of Nursing offers individuals with a minimum of an MSN degree and current APRN certification and licensure to apply to complete a Post-Graduate Certificate.1

Certificates are offered in four areas: Nurse Executive, Neurological Conditions of Aging, Quality and Safety, and APRN.

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 certificate.

1The Nurse Executive and Quality and Safety Certificate program requires a minimum of a DNP degree.

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  • Advanced Practice Provider Management of Neurological Conditions of Aging

    The Advanced Practice Provider Management of Neurological Conditions of Aging Certificate coursework prepares nurse practitioners and other advanced practice providers with advanced knowledge and skills to manage the care of older adults with memory and movement disorders. The overall aim is to prepare healthcare providers to long term management for older adults with neurological conditions.

    Three, 4-credit hour courses and one 3-credit hour course are offered that together provide a strong foundation for employment in academic and health care settings. All four courses are required to be awarded the certificate in Advanced Practice Provider Management of Neurological Conditions of Aging.

    To best accommodate the needs of the healthcare nursing workforce, the courses are delivered through a distance accessible format that combines asynchronous and synchronous online classes.

    Admission is limited to Summer entry only.
    Summer 2023 deadline: December 31, 2022

    Specific Admission Requirements:

    • Only credentialed advanced practice providers with completed graduate or doctoral degree (nurse practitioner, physician assistant, medical resident, or physician) will be considered for admission.
    • Cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or on the last 60 semester hours.
    • 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 gradschool@uab.edu, or
      • Mailed to UAB Graduate School at LHL G03, 1720 2nd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

    For more information, contact:

    Photo of Jacqueline Lavier
    Jacqueline Lavier, M.Ed
    DNP Pathway Manager
    Office of Student Success
    205.975.7529

    Sample Program of Study1

    Year 1
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    1 SummerNCN 621Q Neurobiological Foundations of Cognition and Movement Disorders4
    NCN 622Q Neuropsychopharmacology4
    2 FallNCN 623Q Diagnosis and Management of Neurological Disorders4
    NCN 624Q Post-Diagnostic Needs of the Neurological Patient, Caregiver, and Care-Systems3
    Total Credit Hours15

    1Program of study is subject to change.

  • Nurse Executive

    The Nurse Executive Certificate pathway prepares graduates at the highest level in executive leadership in healthcare and to address complex health system issues. Graduates of the Nurse Executive Certificate pathway lead population and community based health services with an emphasis on improving access and quality for diverse populations.

    The curriculum is offered in a distance accessible format that combines core courses offered via an online program with required on-campus intensives (4 days each).

    Admission is limited to Spring entry only.
    Spring 2023 deadline: November 15, 2022

    Specific Admission Requirements:

    • Evidence of an unencumbered and unrestricted licensed as a registered nurse.
    • Have a DNP or PhD in nursing and currently working in a mid-level or senior leadership role in a practice or academic setting
    • A graduate GPA of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 scale) or in the last 60 hours of earned credit.
    • 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 to the UAB Graduate School at gradschool@uab.edu, or
      • Mailed to UAB Graduate School at LHL G03, 1720 2nd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294-0013
    • Submission of three favorable evaluations by persons who have knowledge of the applicant’s potential for success in graduate nursing studies and executive leadership.
    • Submission of a personal goal statement that is congruent with the Nurse Executive Certificate (300 words or less).
    • Resume/CV
    • If admitted to the DNP program, students must show proof of completion of a descriptive statistics course, equivalent to UAB’s MA-180, before starting the program.

    For more information, contact:

    Photo of Jacqueline Lavier
    Jacqueline Lavier, M.Ed
    DNP Pathway Manager
    Office of Student Success
    205.975.7529
    Photo of Susie Miltner
    Rebecca Miltner, PhD, RN
    Nurse Executive Certificate Program Director
    205.975.3112

    Sample Program of Study1

    Year 1
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    1 SpringNEX 701 Culture of Health, Quality, and Safety3
    NEX 703 Scientific Underpinnings for Executive Practice3
    2 SummerNEX 708 Strategic Leadership for Healthcare Transformation6
    3 FallNEX 744 Organization Improvement and Program Evaluation5
    Year 2
    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    4 SpringNEX 705 Healthcare Finance Strategies3
    Total Credit Hours20

    1Program of study is subject to change.

    Note: Students must successfully complete the five courses listed in the table above (total 20 credit hours) to be awarded the Nurse Executive Certificate. However, students may elect to also complete the following additional courses:

    NEX 706 Contemporary Issues: Global and National Perspectives (fall semester only)
    NEX 709 Population Health for Healthcare Transformation (fall semester only)
    NEX 707 Executive Fellowship (must be scheduled with program faculty)
    NEX 702 Executive Coaching (must be approved and scheduled with program faculty)

  • Nurse Leadership in Quality & Safety

    This post-graduate certificate program prepares advanced practice nurses with the competencies necessary to leading efforts to improve the quality and safety of the health care systems in which they work. Key competencies include patient-centered care, teamwork and collaboration, evidence-based practice, quality improvement, informatics and safety.

    Nurses who complete the certificate program are prepared to lead health system change that supports the delivery of quality nursing care in care environments designed to eliminate threats to patient safety informed by clinical data used to identify populations at highest risk for poor outcomes and scientific evidence in support of best-practices.

    Admission is limited to Fall entry only.
    Fall 2023 deadline: May 1, 2023

    Specific Admission Requirements:

    • Evidence of an unencumbered and unrestricted licensed as a registered nurse.
    • Have a DNP or PhD in nursing.
    • A graduate GPA of at least 3.0 overall (based on a 4.0 scale) or in the last 60 hours of earned credit.
    • 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 gradschool@uab.edu, or
      • Mailed to UAB Graduate School at LHL G03, 1720 2nd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

    For more information, contact:

    Photo of Jacqueline Lavier
    Jacqueline Lavier, M.Ed
    Program Manager
    Office of Student Success
    205.975.7529

    Sample Program of Study1

    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    FallNQI 701 Improvement Science for Nursing Practice and Education4
    Fall/SpringNQI 702 Clinical Data Management and Application for Improvement3
    SummerNQI 703 Introduction to Implementation Science4
    FallNQI 704 Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Education in Nursing4
    SpringNHP 701 Essentials of Population Health3
    Total Credit Hours18

    1Program of study is subject to change.

  • 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 and 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 is available for 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 and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner.

    Admission is limited to Summer entry only.
    Summer 2023 deadline: October 11, 2022

    Specific Admission Requirements:

    • 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 gradschool@uab.edu, or
      • Mailed to UAB Graduate School at LHL G03, 1720 2nd Ave. South, Birmingham, AL 35294-0013

    CORE PERFORMANCE STANDARDS

    For more information, contact:

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    Charlene Bender, MPH
    MSN Program Manager
    Office of Student Success
    205.975.7529
    Photo of Tedra Smith
    Tedra Smith, DNP, CRNP
    Assistant Dean for Graduate Clinical Education – MSN
    205.996.4193

    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. 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 Coursework1,2

    SemesterCourse TitleCredit Hours
    1NXX 618 Focus on Advanced Nursing Practice Specialization3
    2NXX 621 Advanced NP Nursing I (specialty specific)5
    NXX 685L Practicum I (specialty specific)3
    3NXX 622 Advanced NP Nursing II (specialty specific)5
    NXX 686 Practicum II (specialty specific)3
    4NXX 623 Advanced NP Nursing III (specialty specific)4
    NXX 692 Practicum III (specialty specific)4
    Total Credit Hours27

    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/Instructions
  • Outcomes

    Upon completion of the Post-Graduate 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
    Resident
    Charge ($)
    Non-resident
    Charge ($)
    Post-Graduate 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
    Email: IntlAdmin@uab.edu
    Phone: 205.934.4686
    Fax: 205.934.8664

    The table below provides information on eligibility requirements for the Post-Graduate Certificate Programs.

     Post-Graduate
    F1 or J1 Visa AcceptableNot Eligible
    College DegreeX - MSN Equivalent or higher
    Foreign Transcripts EvaluatedX
    English ProficiencyX
    Graduate Record Exam (GRE)X
    Licensure as a Registered Nurse in the U.S.X
    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
        Website: www.ece.org
      • World Education Services
        Bowling Green Station
        P.O. Box 5087
        New York, NY 10274-5087 USA
        Website: www.wes.org
    • 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.