How to Apply – Graduate Certificates

Advanced Degree

The Participatory Health Research and Care Management Graduate Certificates do not require students to have an advanced degree.

Application Deadlines

Graduate certificate application deadline for a fall semester start is February 15.
Graduate certificate application deadline for a spring semester start is September 30.
The following graduate certificates can start in spring: AGCNS, FNP, PCNS
The following graduate certificates can start in fall: AGCNS, FNP, PCNS, PMHNP

Steps to Apply

Following is a checklist of items that are required for application.  All recommendations, Kira interview and application materials need to be completed by DEADLINE.
1. Visit to start an application or log into your existing account for MS NP degrees. If you need help with NursingCAS, visit the applicant help center or contact applicant support with questions: 
2. Unofficial copies of all transcripts. For MU alumni, visit the MU Registrars Office.
3. Copies of current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s).
4. Curriculum vitae using the official MU Sinclair School of Nursing template.
5. Copies of all advanced practice nursing certification and/or credentialing/recognition documents for applicants with a master’s degree as applicable.
6. Professional Recommendations: Submission of two (2) professional recommendations supporting the applicant’s potential success in the Graduate Certificate program. See the References section for details. 
7. As part of the Nursing Consolidated Application System (NCAS), a written and recorded interview utilizing Kira Talent will be requested of the applicant. There is a minimal fee to complete the Kira Talent interview. The Kira Talent process consists of several written questions and recorded interview question(s).

You do need to have the following courses already taken 3 separate classes before starting our program: Advanced Physical or Health Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology which should be across the lifespan.

Documentation of English-Language Proficiency is required for non-native English speaking applicants. Applicants must submit documentation of English-language proficiency, demonstrated through a satisfactory proficiency score within the last two years.  Please upload your results to the Tests Score section.

Holistic Review and Admission Criteria Process

A holistic review process is utilized for admission, however, students interested in the Advanced Practice Nursing Graduate Certificate programs should meet the following admission criteria:

International Degree Programs

If your degree is from a college or university outside of the United States, the institution must be recognized and approved by the Ministry of Education or Commission responsible for higher education in the country where the degree is earned. The degree must be equivalent to a four year U.S. bachelor’s degree, or higher degree. Contact with questions regarding degree equivalency.

International Applicants

  1. Satisfactory English language test score within the last 2 years (non-native English speaking applicants only).
  2. International students must submit a photocopy of a current RN license from their home country with their Masters application.
  3. International nurses must obtain a Missouri RN license prior to beginning coursework. In order to obtain a Missouri RN license, the applicant will need to pass the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) exam and the NCLEX exam. Applicants are encouraged to take the CGFNS exam in their home country. For more information, contact the Missouri State Board of Nursing at: or by telephone 573-751-0681.

Distance CG Students

Due to higher education regulation changes, the University of Missouri is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs from students residing in several states. Please see Missouri Online for details. 

Transfer of Graduate Credits

Students may be able to transfer up to 1 graduate course with the approval of the program director.  If students have combined classes, e.g., patho/pharm or physiology/health assessment, they would need to take each class individually to be eligible to sit for certification.

Questions? Contact Us

For the Participatory Health Research Graduate certificate program contact Susan Silvey

For more information about applying to the Care Management Graduate certificate program contact Dr. Kari Lane.

For questions about our programs or applying to our programs, contact Sinclair School of Nursing student services at 573-882-0277 or 800-437-4339, or email