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The curriculum for the Postgraduate APRN Certificate program is designed for nurses with a doctoral degree who wish to earn a nurse practitioner certificate in a primary care track (AGNP, FNP, or PMHNP*). Graduates are prepared to complete national certification examinations aligned with their program of study (AGNP, FNP).

Applicants will undergo a gap analysis to determine which courses will be required to earn the postgraduate NP certificate.

  • If the applicant is not an APRN, the appropriate population focus track courses will be required.
  • If the applicant is an APRN who has been out of APRN practice for greater than five years, the applicant will need to either take Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Health Assessment or pass challenge exams for these three courses.
  • If the applicant is currently in practice as an APRN and wishes to complete the population focus track for an additional population focus, a gap analysis will be completed to determine which courses will be required.

See curriculum sheets for list of program courses.

* PMHNP track currently not accepting students.

Admission Requirements

  • RN licensure and an earned doctoral degree (DNP, PhD, EdD) are required for admission to the postgraduate APRN certificate AGNP or FNP track.
  • If intrested in applying, please email

GREs are not required. Review of the application, including gap analysis, will be completed by the graduate program director.

Application Process

Admissions requirements include: 

  • (3) Letters of Recommendation
  • Official transcript(s) from all schools attended
  • Essay describing your rationale for seeking an APRN certificat

GREs are not required.

Financial Aid

For information about financing your education, contact the UVM Financial Aid Office.

For More Information

UVM College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
002 Rowell Building
106 Carrigan Dr.
Burlington, VT 05405-0068
Phone: (802) 656-3858

Curriculum and Program Requirements

The UVM Course Catalogue details specific requirements as designated by catalogue year. Academic standards are outlined in the CNHS Nursing Graduate Student Handbook.

Contact Us

College of Nursing & Health Sciences
Office of Student Services
(802) 656-3858


The post-graduate APRN certificate program at the University of Vermont is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (