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Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Practice Nursing (GCPAPN)

The Graduate Certificate Program in Advanced Practice Nursing (GCPAPN) is available to students who have completed a graduate degree or are currently matriculated in a graduate degree program. A minimum of 15 credits (9 graded) are required for completion of all GCPAPN options. Some elective courses may be applied to both the certificate and a graduate degree at the University of Washington. A GCPAPN will be awarded only to students who:

  1. have previously earned a master's degree or higher, or
  2. are being awarded a UW graduate degree in the same quarter as the GCPAPN

Admissions criteria vary slightly based on the focus of the certificate. Some certificate program options require an RN license and a graduate degree in nursing. All options of the certificate program require:

  • completion or concurrent enrollment in a graduate degree
  • a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 90 quarter (60 semester) credits

GCPAPN Student Resources

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Admissions Information Chart

Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP)** DNP or PhD in Nursing January 15
Advanced Practice Environmental Health   January 15 (Priority)*
Family Psychiatric Mental 
Health Nurse Practitioner**
DNP January 15 (Priority)*
Infant Mental Health   May 1
Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist***

Neonatal Nurse Practitioner***

Nurse-Midwifery** MN or DNP January 15
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner**  ✓ MN or DNP January 15
Perinatal Nurse Specialist** MN or DNP January 15 (Priority)*

*Priority deadline is January 15; after January 15, applications will be accepted based on space availability
**Requires advanced practice graduate degree in nursing
***The Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and Neonatal Clinical Nurse Specialist certificate programs have suspended admissions for the 2014-15 academic year