Nurse Practitioner Certificate TX

Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program

Enhance Your MSN With Nurse Practitioner Credentials

A growing need for health care services has galvanized demand for qualified nurse practitioners in the United States. The University of Texas at Tyler’s nurse practitioner certificate program provides an avenue for those who hold an MSN degree to acquire the much sought-after nurse practitioner designation. After completing the program you must sit for the national certification exam in your area of specialization.

  • Attend a Web-enhanced nursing education program that includes both online coursework and on-site clinicals.
  • Work with preceptors to assess and treat patients during your approximately 675 clinical hours undertaken through the certificate program.
  • Complete a program that has a 100% pass rate on the national certification examination.

A full 100% of graduates of the nurse practitioner certificate program find positions in their area of specialization.

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Nurse Practitioner Certificate: Focused, Hands-On Learning

  • Combine the convenience of online study with the personal touch of face-to-face interaction on campus and with patients.
  • Gain the skills to take on an advanced practice role in a medical office, clinic or hospital.
  • Be ready to sit for the national certification examination in your area of specialty within the nurse practitioner field.

Nurse Practitioner Faculty: Experienced Nurses. Outstanding Mentors.

  • Learn with faculty who are well experienced in the field, working with patients at such facilities as Children’s Medical Center, Dallas; Travis County Health Department, Austin; and Trinity Mother Francis Clinic, Jacksonville.
  • Study with educators who enjoy mentoring students and helping them reach their professional goals.
  • Work side-by-side with instructors on research projects that enhance your education and benefit the community.

Nurse Practitioner Courses. Demanding. Personally Rewarding.

The Advanced Practice Role – Study the Advanced Practice Nurse (APN) role. Explore the evolution of the role, current and continuing issues relevant to advanced practice nursing, and clinical practice issues related to health promotion and disease prevention.

Diagnostic Methods and Procedures for Advanced Practice – Learn clinical decision-making for selecting appropriate tests, procedures and interpretation of diagnostic test results. Use evidence-based research to appropriately gather, interpret and manage diagnostic data.

Advanced Health Assessment – Apply advanced health assessment principles and skills for comprehensive examination of clients. Focus is on common deviations from normal. Populations across the life span are included.

More about UT Tyler’s nurse practitioner certificate program of study

Career Outlook for Nurse Practitioners

The future looks bright for all in the nursing profession. However, those who hold a nurse practitioner or other advanced qualification are in especially high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 22% rate of growth for nursing positions through the decade. For more information, go to The Bureau of Labor Statistics.


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Admission Information

How to Apply

To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Submit a one-page personal statement.
  • Submit transcripts verifying a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 for the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work*.
  • Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  • Complete an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of “C" or better.
  • Show proof of current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state(s) where clinical practicum will occur.
  • Applicants to advanced practice degree programs are strongly encouraged to submit a CV or a resume. 
  • Applicants from countries other than the United States must also meet the admission requirements for international students seeking a graduate degree as listed in the University catalog.
  • Consideration for admission is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant’s demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study; socioeconomic background; and involvement and level of responsibility related to other factors, including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, first generation of family to graduate from an undergraduate program, family responsibility for raising children, multilingual proficiency, or geographic region of residence.
International Students

Applicants from countries other than the United States must also meet the admission requirements for international students seeking a graduate degree. Review all admission requirements for international students.

Applicants must submit evidence of English proficiency before the university grants admission. Applicants whose primary language is not English (the undergraduate degree is from a foreign institution) must submit results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language, Pearson Test of English or the International English Language Testing System. The minimum score requirements are as follows:

  • 79 TOEFL iBT (internet-based test)
  • 550 TOEFL PBT (paper-based test)
  • 53 PTE
  • 6.5 overall band score and 6.0 in each subsection IELTS
Other Admissions Considerations

UT Tyler also gives consideration for admission to one or more of the following:

  • The applicant's demonstrated commitment to their chosen field of study.
  • Socioeconomic background.
  • The involvement and level of responsibility in other matters, including extracurricular activities, employment and community service.
  • First generation of family to graduate from an undergraduate program.
  • Family responsibility or raising children.
  • Multilingual proficiency.
  • Geographic region of residence.

Levels of admissions:

  • Full Acceptance Status: Applicants who have met all admission requirements.
  • Conditional Acceptance Status: UT Tyler may accept MSN applicants who have met some but not all of the requirements listed above into the graduate program on a conditional basis following review by the Graduate Studies Committee. After the successful completion of designated coursework from the student's degree plan, the university grants full acceptance status.
  • Provisional Acceptance Status: Students may be admitted provisionally to the MSN-Nursing Administration program. Refer to the Provisional Admission section for more information: Graduate School FAQs.

STEP 1: Apply to the University

All applicants must apply to the university prior to applying to the nursing program. Go to The Graduate School to complete the application.

Current or previous UT Tyler students must complete a new application if applying for a higher level of degree (i.e., BSN to MSN, MSN to PhD, MSN to DNP, MSN to post-master’s certificate).

If you are an online out-of-state applicant, please be aware of reciprocity agreements that may impact clinical hours: State Authorization.

How Much Does It Cost to Apply?

The application cost is $50 for domestic students; $75 for international students. The fee is nonrefundable and required before your application is processed. Make credit card payments at the time of application by Visa or MasterCard only.

The university waives fees for all UT Tyler alumni. Please select the “Pay by Check” option. The fee is waived once your application is processed. Please do NOT send a check, as no refunds are given.

STEP 2: Submit Official Transcripts

MSN Domestic Applicants: The university requires an official transcript showing a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited institution. Previous institutions should send official copies directly to UT Tyler at UT Tyler transcripts are available from the Registrar's Office; applicants need not forward them.

If your BSN transcript does not contain at least 60 credit hours of coursework, you are required to submit community or junior college transcripts directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions.

MSN International Applicants: Please send an official transcript showing a four-year baccalaureate degree in nursing or its U.S. equivalent from an accredited institution of higher learning and official transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions, TOEFL scores, entrance exams scores (GRE or GMAT for MBA) and evidence of financial support (Affidavit of Support) to:

Office of Graduate Admissions STE 345
The University of Texas at Tyler
3900 University Blvd.
Tyler TX 75799

For details and a list of forms, visit the International Students page.

Transfer Students: You must submit an official letter from your previous institution’s nursing department stating you are in good standing and eligible to return to their program. To review individual transfer course eligibility, you must also submit course syllabi from the time of enrollment. The maximum allowed transfer credit hours is nine, subject to review for equivalency. Submit both the letter of eligibility and any syllabi to with the subject line “Transfer Student Application Documents.”

STEP 3: Submit Nursing Documents

  • Submit via the Nursing Document link.
  • Submit a personal statement via the above link. View prompts by selecting the program of choice on the nursing application page.
  • Submit a résumé/CV including your academic history, work history (with particular attention to nursing experience), certifications and any other service or activities you wish to include.
  • Show proof of current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state(s) where the clinical practicum will occur.
  • Complete an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of “C" or better.
  • Submit three professional and/or academic references. Please provide your references with the Reference Form. You will receive a confirmation email once your reference submits their form.
  • Submit transcripts verifying a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 for the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work. The university may grant Conditional admission to students who do not meet the GPA requirement for full admission based on satisfactory scores on the verbal/quantitative portions of the GRE in combination with GPA for the last 60 semester hours of undergraduate work.
  • Applicants from countries other than the United States must also meet the admission requirements for international students seeking a graduate degree. Review international admission requirements.
  • June 15 (Fall)
  • Nov. 1 (Spring)

The UT Tyler School of Nursing makes admissions decisions for the Nursing Administration program on a rolling basis. Applications received after these dates are processed as time permits but may not be processed in time for the listed term.

Applicants offered acceptance into a graduate nursing program may be assessed a non-refundable seat deposit of $200 by the date indicated in the acceptance letter. Failure to pay the deposit will result in forfeiture of the acceptance. The university applies the $200 toward the first semester’s tuition. Applicants who accept an offer of admission but later decide not to attend forfeit the seat deposit.