2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Jun 04, 2020  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

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College: Nursing Degree: CRT
Department: Nursing
Program Websites: http://www.nursing.ucf.edu

Program Description

The post-master’s Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate prepares nurses who already have received a master’s degree in nursing for positions as Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners.

Program Objectives

  • Analyze social, economic, ethical, cultural, legal and political issues influencing nursing practice and health care in a global context.
  • Collaborate with leaders in nursing and other disciplines to improve the quality of professional nursing practice and the healthcare system.
  • Develop and implement leadership, management and teaching strategies for the improvement of health and healthcare.
  • Develop practice models of evidence-based nursing practice incorporating nursing research.
  • Influence health and public policy to improve the health of communities.
  • Participate in lifelong learning activities.
  • Participate in research and disseminate research findings through presentation and publication.
  • Synthesize advanced knowledge from the sciences, humanities and nursing theories to support an advanced nursing practice.
  • Plan, evaluate and implement the delivery of health care using critical thinking skills.
  • Practice in an advanced nursing role.

For information on how this program may prepare you for professional licensure, please visit the program website.


The program is 18 credit hours and includes up to 660 hours of clinical practice. There are 12 credit hours of prerequisite requirements.

Total Credit Hours Required: 18 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree

Prerequisite Courses—12 Credit Hours

Students must demonstrate successful completion of the following courses:

Required Courses—18 Credit Hours

In addition, students must successfully complete all of the following DNP Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Track courses:

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Admission is open to those with MSN Degrees and are licensed as an advanced practice registered nurse, but who are not prepared as Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners. In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • BSN and MSN degree from an accredited institution.
  • Undergraduate Statistics course.
  • Licensure as an advanced registered nurse practitioner in the State of Florida. (Out of state applicants must be eligible for licensure in Florida and must achieve licensure to begin clinical courses.)
  • Address the following 2 items in a written essay. Responses to both questions should not exceed 1 page, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins:
    • Describe your future career plans and how the program to which you are applying will help you achieve your career goals.
    • Identify one significant contemporary issue of the problem in U.S. healthcare and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
  • Curriculum Vitae which reflects prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications, and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates, this can include accomplishments as a student.
  • An interview with faculty may also be required.

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with an adviser to discuss your goals for graduate study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for post-master’s preparation for advanced nursing practice.

Upon admission to the program student will be required to complete FDLE/FBI fingerprinting and certified background checks, and health screening. Students must be able to meet clinical partner background requirements to continue in the program.

The College of Nursing has implemented a database, LEAP*RN to manage information regarding student coursework and plans of study, clinical placements, and all evaluation data. This database will assist us in maintaining standards required for CCNE accreditation, facilitate student progression, and enhance clinical tracking. All students will be responsible for an annual subscription for a fee payable directly to LEAP*RN. Holds will be placed on registration and enrollment if the subscription cost is not paid. 

Application Deadlines

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants     Oct 1  
International Applicants        
*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.

Contact Info

Graduate Program

Melanie Keiffer, PhD
Assistant Professor
Telephone: 407-823-5463
UTWR 419

Graduate Admissions

Jennifer Yuhas
Telephone: 407-823-2766
Millican Hall 230  
Online Application
Graduate Admissions

Mailing Address

UCF College of Graduate Studies
Millican Hall 230
PO Box 160112
Orlando, FL  32816-0112

Institution Codes
GRE: 5233
TOEFL: 5233
ETS PPI: 5233

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