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.

Womens Health Concentration

The Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Women's Health

Are you interested in a career that includes research and/or the care of women throughout the lifecycle? Are you interested in learning about women's health from alternative perspectives?

If the answer is YES then check out the Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Women's Health sponsored by the UIC National Center of Excellence in Women's Health and UIC Center for Research on Women and Gender 

The Interdepartmental Graduate Concentration in Women's Health is open to students within any of the existing Concentration programs within either the School of Public Health or the College of Nursing or the Department of Sociology. The Concentration include 12 credits in women's health from the perspective of multiple disciplines.
Read more about the concentration here

Please visit any of the sponsoring units' websites for information or contact:

Carrie Klima CNM, PhD 
Concentration Director UIC College of Nursing

email: cklima@uic.edu phone: 312.996.1863

Post-DNP Certificate

The University of Illinois College of Nursing is developing a Post-Doctor of Nursing Practice Certificate designed for nurses who have already received a DNP degree.  Our certificate will allow DNP-prepared nurses to qualify for national credentialing in a specialty in which they are not currently credentialed.  Please note that the certificate is currently still in the proposal stage. We plan to offer the post-DNP Certificate in the following areas:

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

We anticipate accepting applications for the Post-DNP Certificate for the fall 2018 semester. Applications for the Certificate should be available in late winter/early spring 2018. Please complete the following survey to demonstrate your interest in the Certificate. All who complete this survey will be notified by e-mail as soon as the application becomes available. More information will be added to this website in the future.