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Health care is constantly evolving. Enhancing or updating your knowledge and competencies can expand your professional opportunities. At the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, we offer six certificate programs for both bachelor's and master's prepared nurses. You’ll take courses taught by Loyola faculty and participate in advanced practice clinical experiences.
Post-Graduate Certificate Programs
Loyola's post-graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certificate programs are geared toward master’s and DNP prepared nurses who need additional content and clinical expertise to prepare for a Nurse Practitioner (NP) or Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) national certification examination. The student works with the Program Director to develop an individual plan of study. After the Spring 2022 admission cycle, completion of a DNP degree will be needed to apply to the post-graduate certificate program.
The goal of the post-graduate Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certificate programs is to prepare APRNs in a selected role and population, with the option of a specialty focus, by building on previous graduate level nursing education.
Upon the successful completion of the Post-Graduate Certificate Program, the graduate will be able to:
- Integrate scientific findings from nursing, healthcare, biopsychosocial fields and public health into values-based advanced practice nursing care.
- Function as a clinical leader, emphasizing ethical and critical decision-making and effective working relationships in the delivery of safe, high quality, patient-centered care.
- Use translational science to integrate evidence into practice.
- Employ advocacy strategies in advanced nursing practice.
- Collaborate with patients, families, and communities, utilizing culturally sensitive, evidencebased strategies for health promotion and disease prevention.
- Communicate, collaborate, and consult with members of the interprofessional team in the improvement of patient and population health outcomes.
FAMILY NURSE PRACTITIONER
Care for individuals and families throughout their lives. Learn more.
Darlie Simerson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CEN
ADULT-GERONTOLOGY PRIMARY CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER
Learn to treat chronic conditions in a wide-range of patients – from adolescents to older adults. Learn More.
Amanda (Mandy) Peacock, DNP, RN, AGPCNP-C
WOMEN'S HEALTH/GENDER RELATED NURSE PRACTITIONER
Develop expertise in reproductive, women's, and gender health. Learn more.
Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, RN, APN
ADULT-GERONTOLOGY ACUTE CARE NURSE PRACTITIONER
Gain the competencies and knowledge to treat adult patients with conditions ranging from acute to critical. Learn more.
Vicki Bacidore, DNP, APN, ACNP-BC, CEN, TNS
ADULT-GERONTOLOGY CLINICAL NURSE SPECIALIST
Take a systems-wide view of health care procedures and the delivery of care. Learn more.
Patricia Friend, PhD, APN-CNS, AOCNS, AGN-BC
Online Certificate Programs
Develop specialized skills and knowledge to care for the unique needs of patients with cancer. Open to nurses with a baccalaureate or graduate degree. Learn more about Oncology Nursing.
- Fall: July 1
- Spring: December 1
If you have questions about our programs or application requirements, please send us an email. You can also schedule an appointment with us to learn more.
Tuition and Financial Aid
The Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.
The post-graduate APRN certificate program at Loyola University Chicago School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, (202) 887-6791.
The U.S. Department of Education requires any institution offering distance education/online programs to students outside of its home state to acquire authorization from the states in which students reside. Regulations vary from state to state. While Loyola University Chicago is authorized, exempt or pursuing authorization in most states, some restrictions apply. Please see our State Authorization page for current information.