Nursing Graduate Certificate Programs Admissions

If you have questions, contact our Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or

Application Deadlines

UC College of Nursing’s graduate certificate programs use a rolling-admissions process and close the application window when programs reach capacity. Individuals who submit their application by the priority deadline have the best chance of acceptance. Application windows could close sooner than the posted deadline if maximum capacity has been reached.

Nurse Educator and Public Health Nursing Certificate Deadlines by Semester Start
Summer Fall

Oct. 15 (Submission deadline)

Nov. 15 (Verification deadline)

Mar. 1 (Submission deadline)

Apri 1 (Verification deadline)

May 1 (Submission deadline)

June 1 (Verification deadline)

Spring 2023 deadline extension for Nurse Educator and Public Health Nursing Certificate programs:

  • Nov. 7: Part 1 & NursingCAS Fee
  • Nov. 31: Transcripts & references
  • Dec. 16: Confirmation deadline

State Restrictions

Federal and state regulations prevent the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing from accepting applications for our online graduate certificate programs from students residing in the following states:

  • Arizona
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • Tennessee

Washington: The University of Cincinnati is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality Assurance Commission to provide practice experiences in the state of Washington for the Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate. For more information, visit the state's Department of Health site.

Apply Now

The application includes three parts: 1. a NursingCAS application, 2. transcripts and recommendations submission, and 3. a UC Graduate School fee submission. If you have questions throughout the process, contact our Office of Student Recruitment at 513-558-8400 or

Part 1: NursingCAS Application

All application materials, including transcripts, must be submitted to NursingCAS, not the University of Cincinnati. The NursingCAS application includes instructions for ordering electronic transcripts for submission, which most institutions allow. If your institution does not allow this, request the issuing institution mail your transcripts directly to NursingCAS, P.O. Box 9201, Watertown, MA 02471. Materials must be received by the posted deadline.

Enter the following information:

  • Resume or CV, state RN license verification and personal statement
  • Completed coursework from your previous institution
    • Enter your courses, or use the Professional Transcript Entry (PTE) service (recommended for applicants applying close to the deadline). More information is included below under Coursework Entry.

The NursingCAS application includes an $80 processing fee. (This does not include the PTE fee, if applicable.)

Send all transcripts to NursingCAS. Do not send to the University of Cincinnati. For instructions, visit NursingCAS Transcript Assistance.

  • We strongly recommended you order transcripts at least one month prior to the application deadline.
  • Transcripts must verify a Bachelor of Science in Nursing conferred from a regionally and ACEN (formerly NLNAC) or CCNE accredited institution.
  • The Transcript Matching Form in the NursingCAS application is not required. This form helps ensure transcripts are matched to the correct application. If your previous institution allows you to use the form, we encourage you to do so.
  • List any former names in the "Biographic Information" portion of your NursingCAS application to ensure your transcript uploads properly.
  • International transcripts must be evaluated by World Education Services (WES) (preferred), or another NACES member.
  • You may use an official or unofficial transcript to complete your coursework entry in the NursingCAS system. You must enter all courses from every higher education institution attended.
  • Professional Transcript Entry (PTE) is an optional, paid service whereby a NursingCAS specialist enters coursework on an applicant's behalf.
    • PTE will not begin until all transcripts are received.
    • After PTE is complete, applicants receive an email prompting them to log in and approve the entry. The application verification process will not begin without approval of transcript entry.
  • Upload English Proficiency Scores to your NursingCAS application. Do not send scores to the University of Cincinnati. (This requirement is waived, if you have a U.S. higher education degree or were born in a country where English is the first language.)
    • TOEFL
      • Internet-based TOEFL – 100 or higher
      • Computer-based TOEFL – 250 or higher
      • Paper-based TOEFL – 600-603
    • IELTS – 7.0 overall minimum
    • Duolingo - 120 or higher

International applicants are responsible for ensuring that their visa status meets program requirements and that online course requirements adhere to sponsored funding requirements. For additional information, visit the UC Graduate School International Student Admissions website.

Part 2: Transcripts & Recommendations

Submit the following information in NursingCAS:

  • Official transcripts from all schools previously attended
  • Contact information for a minimum of three individuals who will provide recommendations
  • English proficiency scores (required for some international applicants)

Part 3: UC Graduate School Fee

One to two business days after your NursingCAS application reaches verified status, you will receive an email with details to submit a separate $20 fee to UC Graduate School.