Post Graduate Certificate


The post-graduate certificate programs prepare advanced practice nurses (APRN) aka nurse practitioners or certified nurse midwives for an additional area of specialty practice resulting in being qualified to sit for the specialty-specific national APRN certification examination.

*Please email with application questions.



The curriculum for post-graduate certificate programs are based on an analysis of the applicant's original APRN program with the curriculum requirement of the specialty area of study. From this gap analysis, specialty directors at Emory’s School of Nursing craft an individualized curriculum plan which outlines course(s) and clinical work required to complete the certificate in the APRN population focus area. In many cases, the post-graduate certificate requires one to two semesters of part-time study.

* Curriculum, credit hours, and sequencing are subject to change.

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Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, you must submit the following items:

Requirements for Post Master's Certification admission include:

  • A master's or doctoral degree resulting in APRN licensure from an accredited nursing program (CCNE, NLNAC)
  • Unencumbered APRN license
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state of Georgia or a multistate RN license

Admission Requirements:

  • Application for Admission
  • $50 Application Fee
  • Official transcripts from each school attended
  • Resume
  • Personal statement
  • 2-3 References (preference for at least one to be a nursing supervisor)
  • Students with international nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools ( for previous nursing coursework.
  • Students with international transcripts for non-nursing degrees must provide an evaluation from World Education Services ( for previous non-nursing coursework.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or Duolingo scores are required if English is a second language. Read Emory University's accepted tests policy here.

Transcript submission:

* Preferred method: Choose Emory University - School of Nursing in the electronic transcript systems or have your school email your official transcripts to

If your school does not participate in the electronic transcript system or cannot email your transcripts then please have them mail a hard copy to:

Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs
Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
Emory University
1520 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30322

*Please note that all courses and degrees in the application checklist must be verified by the Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs before they are marked as received. 


Application deadlines can be found here.

For questions or concerns about the application process, please contact the School of Nursing's Office of Enrollment and Student Affairs at or call 404.727.7980.


The prerequisites for the Post- Master’s program are:

  • Completed Master of Science in Nursing or Doctorate of Nursing Practitioner or PhD resulting APRN licensure
  • An active, unencumbered Georgia RN License and/or privilege to practice in a state in which the student will have clinical practice.
  • An active APRN license

Distance Accessibility & Your State

Applicants to any of our distance-accessible courses/ programs that may lead to professional licensure or certification should become familiar with the regulations governing distance accessible programs in their state. Licensure requirements vary from state to state and by professional organization. Emory is working toward developing a database to provide this information. Prospective students residing in states other than Georgia and those states identified, should contact their state’s Board of Nursing and Department of Education for specific rules and regulations pertaining to completion of clinical learning experiences in that state when enrolled in a distance-accessible program.

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