Certificate After Graduate Education in Nursing

CUW’s Certificate After Graduate Education program allows individuals who already have a master’s degree in nursing to add a clinical emphasis.

Program Options

The program offers three options:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator

Degree Details

Credit hours required: 29-30

Program Overview

  • CAGE programs are individualized for each student 
  • Transcript reviews avoid duplication of coursework
  • Part-time and full-time options are available
  • Advanced Health Assessment course provides opportunities to learn from experts
  • Clinical faculty members bring current practice to the classroom and clinical setting
  • Courses are built on a Christian foundation

Online Courses

Online coursework is a great option for nurses who are not located near our campus or who have scheduling conflicts with on-campus classes. Online students are required to take the Advanced Health Assessment course on campus. This class is held the first two weeks in January, and mid-June, prior to beginning clinical courses.  

Entrance Requirements

  • A MSN degree from an accredited nursing school
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • Science GPA is evaluated from both BSN and MSN degree transcripts as part of the admission process
  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the USA
  • Actively working in practice (preference is given to nurses with two years of nursing experience)
  • Current CPR certification
  • Commitment to practice in an advanced primary care nursing role or serve as a nurse educator


The Certificate After Graduate Education in Nursing Program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791.


Coursework for Family or Adult/Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioners includes family development, counseling theories, and family life issues. Coursework for Nurse Educators includes human motivation and learning, curriculum development, and nursing evaluation and testing.


Dr. Diane Ames, DNP, APRN, FNP

Co-Director MSN NP

Dr. Candi Humphreys, DNP, APRN, FNP

Co-Director MSN NP

Dr. Wendy Crary, PhD, RN, CNE

Coordinator MSN NE