Nurse Educator Certificate

How to Get In

  • Currently enrolled in the UW–Madison DNP or PhD in nursing program
  • RN license
  • MS GPA of 3.0

Students enrolled in the PhD or DNP program at the School of Nursing can meet the requirements for certification during their course of study. Students pay for all credits at the tuition rate of the program in which they are enrolled.

Visit the Costs & Financial Aid page for full information about financial support for enrolled students.

If you are in a doctoral program (DNP or PhD) at the UW–Madison School of Nursing,  communicate your interest in the certificate to your program director or student services coordinator.


Why is the Postgraduate Education Statement important?

This portion of the application is your opportunity to expand on your academic and professional background, as reflected in your transcript and CV, and to share your motivation and goals for pursuing postgraduate education.

The statement also provides evidence of your ability to communicate your ideas in writing.

What should the Postgraduate Education Statement contain?

Your statement should address the following topics and be limited to 1,000 words or less.

1. Your interest in postgraduate education. Questions you might address:

    • Why is postgraduate education important to you at this point in your career?
    • What do you hope to gain from this experience?
    • Do you have past professional experiences that will motivate or frame this educational experience?

2. Your preparation for successful achievement of our program learning outcomes. Questions you might address:

    • How will your learning style impact your success in our program?
    • Will distance be an important factor to you?
    • Have you identified a support network?

3. Your potential to make major contributions to the specialty. Questions you might address:

    • How will your completion of this program affect your workplace and patient care?
    • How will you interact with and support other nurse educators?
    • What is your anticipated scope of impact—for example, your home community, the academic community, or perhaps even the global community?

What do I need to know about getting letters of recommendation?

It is very important that you select appropriate recommenders.

  • Your recommenders should be qualified to comment on your ability to succeed academically in this program as well as professionally.
  • We advise that you seek recommendations from individuals who understand the demands and rigor of graduate education in nursing. At least one recommendation letter should be completed by a nurse with a master’s or doctoral degree.
  • Make it as easy as possible for your recommenders. Provide them with a copy of your resume and a draft of your Postgraduate Education Statement so they can better address your interests and background. Instruct your recommenders to write the letters on letterhead, if possible.

Do you require the GRE?

No. We do not require the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).

Do you interview applicants?

No. Interviews are not a part of the admission process for this program.

Do I need to submit a transcript from UW–Madison?

No. We can obtain transcripts for all coursework completed at UW–Madison.

I have applied to the same program in the past. Do I need to submit transcripts again?

Yes. You need to submit a new set of official transcripts for each application to the School of Nursing.

My transfer credits from one institution show on my transcript from another school. Do I need to submit both transcripts?

Yes. You need to submit a transcript from each institution where you took college-level courses.

When do you need to receive my transcripts?

We need to receive your transcripts by the application deadline.

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