Nursing (Post-Graduate Certificate)

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You’ve already earned your graduate nursing degree, but now you have new goals. Maybe you’d like to expand on your nursing role—or maybe you have an interest in an area outside of what you studied during your time in a graduate nursing program.

The Post-Graduate Certificate program through Creighton’s College of Nursing will help you build on your skills and knowledge, explore new professional avenues and expand your leadership role in healthcare.


By earning your Post-Graduate Certificate through Creighton’s College of Nursing, you’ll enhance the scientific knowledge and skills you already have and gain preparation for even more success in the ever-changing field of healthcare. Through your courses, you’ll gain communication and critical and creative thinking skills—and graduate even better prepared to make an impact in your career—and in your life.

Completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate program prepares students to:

  1. Analyze theoretical concepts and knowledge from nursing and other disciplines relevant to advanced nursing practice in the provision and improvement of health care.
  2. Assume leadership in designing, managing and implementing quality, cost-effective, and innovative services to clients in a variety of health care settings.
  3. Incorporate knowledge of population-based care and cultural influences in ensuring appropriate and sensitive health care.
  4. Influence health policy formulation and implementation to address socioeconomic and health care issues.
  5. Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing and utilizing research from nursing and other relevant disciplines to improve practice.
  6. Engage in a systematic process of moral reasoning and values-based dialogue to resolve/address ethical dilemmas/situations.
  7. Demonstrate competency in an advanced nursing role.


You can earn a Post-Graduate Certificate in the following areas:

  • Adult-Gerontology Acute Care—Specialize in care for adults and geriatric individuals. Graduates who complete the Adult-Gerontology ACNP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).
  • Family Nurse Practitioner—Manage care throughout the lifespan of individuals and families. Graduates who complete the Family NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP).
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner—Care for newborns in level III neonatal intensive care units. Graduates who complete the Neonatal NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the National Certification Corporation (NCC).
  • Nursing Education—Work as an innovative educator in academic or clinical settings using foundational knowledge in teaching and learning principles, assessment, and curricular design.
  • Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner—Practice within in a variety of pediatric acute care settings. Graduates who complete the Pediatric Acute Care NP program meet eligibility for national certification through the Pediatric Nurse Credentialing Board (PNCB).
  • Psychiatric-Mental Health Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner—Specialize in the provision of psychiatric-mental health care and treatment for individuals and families across the lifespan. Students who complete the program meet eligibility for national certification through the American Nurses Credentialing Center. 

What You'll Learn

  • Gain advanced scientific knowledge
  • Get hands-on experience in clinical settings
  • Develop effective communication skills
  • Hone your leadership skills
  • Learn creative and critical thinking skills


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Creighton University has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928.  For information regarding the University’s accreditation status, visit

Creighton University’s Advanced Practice Registered Nursing Post-Graduate Certificate programs also hold accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additional information regarding academic programs which hold specialized accreditation can be found on this page.


Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Master’s degree in nursing* in a nurse practitioner track with 3.0 GPA or higher. Must be from a college or university accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLN) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Active, unencumbered APRN license or active, unencumbered RN license (Clinical Nursing Leader certificate only)
    • Must include Nebraska eligibility
    • 2,000 hours of professional nursing work experience in direct patient care (prior to clinical courses only)
    • 4,000 hours of direct care in level III NICU (prior to clinical neonatal courses only)
    • 2,000 hours of direct care in pediatrics (prior to clinical courses in pediatric track only)
  • Official transcripts from all educational institutions attended
    • Must include verification of clinical/practicum hours completed in master’s or certificate program
  • Three letters of recommendations; one from a supervisor/employer who can speak to your performance in an academic or professional setting.


A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

*Requirements differ for students pursuing one of these tracks as part of the BSN to DNP program. See the College of Nursing website for additional information.

International Applicants

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.

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