Certificate Programs



Advances in healthcare happen constantly, we can help you keep up.

Certificates are a great way to advance your education in a specialty area when you are not interested in another degree. Certificate programs provide graduate academic credit that can be applied to an advanced degree at a later date. All that is needed is a bachelor’s degree and a desire to learn from the best in the field.

Please note: The University of Illinois is not authorized to offer online distance education programs to students residing in the State of Maryland. As of December 15, 2014, no new Maryland residents will be allowed to enroll in online programs.

Advanced Practice Palliative Care Nursing

The Advanced Practice Palliative Care Nursing (APPCN) Certificate was developed to educate nurses to better meet the needs of caring for patients who are seriously ill and dying and who require end-of-life and palliative care treatment. It is grounded in a holistic perspective that recognizes that the individual is part of a family, a community and a society.

School Nurse

The School Nurse Certificate Program is designed for progressive nurses looking to increase their expertise as independent practitioners in a school environment. The demands of contemporary school nurses are increasingly complex and the curriculum in the certificate courses prepares seasoned and novice nurses with the competencies required for confident, independent practice in current educational settings.

Teaching/Learning in Nursing and Health Sciences

The Teaching-Learning Certificate program is ideal for master's prepared nurses who are interested in transitioning to an academic teaching position, and for those experienced educators who are preparing for the National League for Nursings (NLN) Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE) Examination.

The three didactic courses, content in instructional design & delivery, curriculum development & processes, and assessment & evaluation methods and the synthesis practicum are based on the NLN Core Competencies for Nurse Educators, and meet the graduate education hours requirement for NLN CNE eligibility. The three didactic courses are online and can be completed in less than one calendar year, in only three semesters. 

It has been predicted that nearly fifty percent of nursing educators will be retiring within the next ten years and yet the need to transform nursing education looms large with our evolving healthcare system. Now is the time to enhance your skills and be a part of transforming nursing education.