Graduate Certificate Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Master of Science or doctoral degree in nursing (preferred)
  • Completed application to the UK College of Nursing Certificate Option (form is located on the "Applying" page)
  • Minimum score of 550 (or 213 on computer-based test or 79 on iBT) on Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) for all applicants whose native language is not English
  • Unencumbered registered nurse licensure in the state where clinical work will take place
  • Two references, one of which must be from your current supervisor, the other from your master's or doctoral degree program advisor (preferred) or other nursing faculty member
  • Interview(s) with graduate faculty member(s)

Apply

Read carefully through all of the instructions below so that you will have all necessary materials available to you before you begin the process. 

Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS)

Effective with the Fall 2018 application cycle the College will participate in Nursing’s Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS), which provides you with an online application. NursingCAS collects and processes your application documents and verifies your transcripts. We receive your application information from NursingCAS and use it to make our admission decisions. Do not apply directly to UK.

NursingCAS provides detailed instructions on their website.  Review information under the “Prepare to Apply” tab. The system provides you with updates on your progression as you work through the application and allows you to check your status online to track the receipt of your application, transcripts and references. You will be able to see when they receive your materials and when your application is marked complete and submitted to the UK College of Nursing.

Questions on how to upload required documents or questions regarding receipt of transcripts should be directed to NursingCAS and not to the College of Nursing.

Questions regarding admission requirements should be directed to the UK College of Nursing conss@uky.edu

All required items must be uploaded and transcripts verified by NursingCAS on or before the January 15th deadline.   The transcript verification process can take several weeks after receipt of transcript, so please see that all materials are received by NursingCAS no later than January 1.  This should ensure your application is complete prior to the deadline of January 15th.

 

Application Timeline 

Qualified, complete applicants will be contacted after the January 15th application deadline to schedule interviews with graduate nursing faculty.  Those interviews will occur in late January - February.

Following interviews applications will be reviewed and decision letters mailed to all applicants no later than March 15th.

Admission is competitive based on the number of qualified applications received and the space available.  We do not admit students from all states.

 

Additional Information

All admitted students will be required to undergo background check, drug screen and submit proof of immunizations and CPR to a medical document service.

 

HOW TO APPLY:

The application fee is $70.00, payable through NursingCAS. For information on application fee waivers, visit the NursingCAS website. There is no additional application fee to the University of Kentucky College of Nursing.  Applicants to the Certificate option must select one specialty in their application. Specialty options are:

  • Adult Gero Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult Gero Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Adult Gero Nurse Practitioner (primary care)
  • Executive Nursing Leadership
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Acute Care
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner

Prospective applicants must complete the following sections on the NursingCAS application.

NursingCAS sections:

  1. Personal Information
  2. Academic History

Send official post-secondary transcripts from all institutions where you earned a degree or completed any coursework. Transcripts can take up to 7-10 business days to process once they are received by NursingCAS.

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions where you earned a degree or completed any coursework (including post-secondary institutions where credit was granted through completion of a course during high school) are required for admission consideration.

  • The official transcripts must be sent to NursingCAS.
  • Applicants applying to a graduate program are not required to submit high school transcripts for admission consideration. 
  • Transcripts sent directly to the University of Kentucky will not be accepted. If you have any questions regarding the process of submitting transcripts, contact NursingCAS directly through their contact page
  • Current or previous University of Kentucky students are required to request transcripts to be sent to NursingCAS through the Office of the Registrar.
  • Supporting Materials: 
  • Achievements
  • Experiences
  • Licensure and Certification
  • Program Materials Section
  • Current CV/resume - You should have your current/updated Curriculum Vitea or resume in hand prior to beginning the application. This will provide you with needed information regarding prior schools attended, dates, prior employment and dates, etc. needed for the application. Applicants are required to upload current CV/resume. See sample format
  • Recommendations - You will need current contact information on each of your two references (full name, employer name and email address) before beginning the application. These individuals will be required to upload a letter of recommendation to NursingCAS. 
    • You will want to select references to attest to the applicant's expertise in nursing or health care. Faculty prefer professional references from a current supervisor, the other from your master's or doctoral degree program advisor (preferred) or other nursing faculty member.

Identifying your selected references and initiating the recommendation request is part of the NursingCAS application.  Hard copy or electronic versions of recommendations sent directly to the school will not be accepted.

  • Licensure: Applicants must upload copy of the State Board of Nursing validation of their current, unencumbered RN license(s), and APRN license if applicable. 

 

Qualified applicants who submit completed applications by the December 15th deadline will be contacted after the December 15th deadline for interviews by graduate nursing faculty.

Admission to the certificate option is made on a competitive, space-available basis.

Questions? E-mail conss@uky.edu or call (859) 323-5108.