Applying to the Nursing Education Certificate


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Recommended Application Deadlines

We recommend that you apply at least 60 days before the start of your first term. Approximate recommended deadlines:

  • Summer term: March 15
  • Fall term: June 15
  • Spring term: November 15

Students can generally still apply after these dates, but if the date has passed please contact the Program Coordinator to determine whether you should still apply for and/or begin classes in the upcoming term.

Application Process

U.S. applicants (outside of Colorado) for online programs: please be sure to check your eligibility by state of residence.

Applicants must apply to the program through the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS). Please submit all required materials by the application deadline to avoid a delay in the evaluation and screening of your application. All official transcripts that will be required for program admission will be submitted to NursingCAS, and do not need to be resubmitted to UNC.

The UNC School of Nursing will review applications following the application deadline. Official admission notifications will be sent in the 2-4 weeks that follow.

Start Your NursingCAS Application

Apply via NursingCAS. The following bullets will support you as you complete the application and material submission process.

  • In the Nursing CAS application system, click on the "Add Program" tab, search for "University of Northern Colorado" and choose the following program via the "+" icon:

    • Nursing Education Graduate Certificate

Items You Will Submit for This Program

You will then continue in the Nursing CAS system (or log back in) to complete the following:

  • All applicants will need to request one official transcript from each regionally accredited college or university where a bachelor's degree or higher was earned (or is in progress). Some applicants may need to provide additional transcripts. Situations that require this are listed on the Graduate School website (choose Domestic or International). Directions for having your official transcript(s) sent are listed in the Application Portal.

  • Current vita or resume.

  • Copy of current, unencumbered RN license (verification printout or link required).

  • Personal Statement of future goals/interest in nursing (two page maximum, 12 point font, one inch paper margins).

  • GRE scores are NOT required for this program.

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If you are admitted to the program:

  • International applicants: please visit the International Students Admission Requirements page for information about additional requirements.

  • Veterans: if you intend to use Veteran’s Education Benefits, an official transcript from all colleges or universities attended will be required in order to maintain compliance with Veteran’s Affairs policies. Directions can be found on the graduate admissions pages.