About the Program

The objective of this option is to prepare nurses for eligibility and licensure for national certification in an advanced practice specialty. Students will progress through a specialized curriculum that focuses on the student's area of interest APRNs holding a master’s degree and registered nurses who have earned a terminal degree (ie. PhD, EdD, DNP) are eligible to apply.

Adult Gerontology Acute and Psychiatric Mental Health are the two post graduate certificates available.


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The bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing, and doctor of nursing practice programs at University of Louisville are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Prerequisites for the Adult Gerontology Acute Care Program certificate and Psychiatric Mental Health certificate are:

  • Advanced Pathophysiology for the nurse clinician
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Physical Assessment



Rolling admissions through December 1.  Applications will be reviewed pending space availability.

Completed Graduate School Application including an application fee.

  1. Official transcripts representing all college course work with a recommended cumulative graduate grade point average of at least 3.25 on 4.0 scale.  Baccalaureate and Graduate degree must be earned from an accredited nursing program (by NLN, CCNE or ACEN). A Master’s or Doctorate degree from a regionally accredited university is required. Applicants for this program must be nationally certified to practice as an advanced practice nurse
  2. Two letters of recommendation from individuals chosen from among:  former faculty, current or immediate past employer, or other nursing/health professional who can speak of academic and/ or professional nursing capabilities and potential.  These letters should accompany the Letter of Evaluation form required by the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
  3. Goal Statement that discusses career goals, areas of expertise, and reasons for pursuing a Post-Graduate degree. Maximum of 2 pages; double spaced; 12-point font.
  4. Current Resume or CV.
  5. RN verification of licensure from the Board of Nursing.  Eligibility for an RN license from the Kentucky Board of Nursing.
  6. Verification of advanced practice certification from a national certification agency (i.e. AANP, AACN, NAPNAP) if applicable.
  7. Proof of English Proficiency. International students for whom English is not their primary language must show English language proficiency by 1) demonstration of a degree awarded from an acceptable English language institution or 2) acceptable examinations:  TOEFL; International English Language Testing System (IELTS); successful completion of the exit examination for the advanced level of the intensive English as a Second Language Program.   Recommended test scores are available on the University International Student website.
  8. A Certified Background Check - Please complete the background check through this link.  The school code is Ni53bc.  You will not send this information to the School of Nursing, as it is handled through the outside agency.

*Please note that all nursing students are required to have background checks. As a result, the Kentucky Board of Nursing requires nursing students to report all misdemeanors and felonies to them. Carefully read the guidelines on the Kentucky Board of Nursing website.


    School of Nursing Costs

    Background Check

    $58; at point of application to SON

    Cardinal Card (Student ID)

    $10 Replacement Costs


    Visit Campus Health website for individual costs.

    Liability Insurance

    $75-$100 estimate per year

    Major Medical Health Insurance

    Visit Campus Health website for individual costs. Required by UofL. May waive with proof of insurance

    Parking Permit

    Required for UofL campus parking. Costs vary.


    $85-$100 estimate pending model

    Student Health Fee

    $52.50 per semester, Campus Health Services

    Financial Aid

      Contact us:

      School of Nursing Office of Student Services

      Phone502.852.1196 or
      1.877.81NURSE (816-8773)

      Health Science Campus
      555 S. Floyd Street
      Third Floor, School of Nursing
      Louisville, KY 40292


      UofL Office of Admissions


      Office of Graduate Admissions