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

Coursework is offered totally online except for the Advanced Health Assessment course for NPs which is held on campus the first two weeks in January, and the last 2 weeks of June. This course is required prior to beginning clinical courses taken by NPs.  Nurse Educator Certificate is totally online.

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.

Please Note

We are not accepting new students from Alabama, Alaska, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New York, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota. we will not accept students pursuing a Certificate after Graduation for Nurse Practitioner in the state of Texas.

Additionally: Washington D.C. students required to do clinicals in Virginia.

Degree Details & Curriculum


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