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Brooks College of Health Graduate Certificates

 Aging Services Certificate 

The mission of the University of North Florida’s Aging Services Certificate program is to provide graduate level coursework which will advance knowledge and skills for persons working in the aging services area as well as those interested in entering the field. The certificate program includes current, relevant study of aging theory, policy, research, and organizations that impact delivery of health and social services to an aging, multicultural population.  

Admission Requirements

All applicants must have a bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college of university. No specific undergraduate major is required. Applicants should apply online for the Aging Services Certificate. 

  • Personal Statement: This is a brief essay (2-3 pages) outlining one's reasons for pursuing admission to the Aging Services Certificate program.   
  • Resume: Education and work background; honors; memberships in professional, school, and service organizations; etc.  
  • Undergraduate Transcripts: An official transcript, indicating graduation from a regionally accredited college or university in this country or a recognized university abroad, is required.  

 

Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate

This Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate program is for individuals who currently have a Master’s in Nursing and want to obtain a certificate which will allow them to sit for the National Certification Examination as a Family Nurse Practitioner in order to practice in that capacity.  In addition, individuals who are nationally certified as ANP, PNP, GNP, CNM and WHNP may apply for this certificate program. Past education and current advanced practice experience will be considered in determining program requirements.


Admission Requirements

 

  • Masters degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a program accredited by either  the CCNE or NLNAC.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale in the MSN degree program. 
  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state of Florida (copy of actual RN license) 
  • Two years employment as a registered nurse in a clinical setting within the last 4 years (resume 1-2 pages in length that includes professional work experience with a brief explanation of each position’s responsibilities).
  • Written statement of academic and professional goals (typewritten in no smaller than 12pt font or equivalent with 1” margins (all sides), not to exceed 3 pages).
  • Successful completion of a health assessment course within the past 5 years; any course older than that will be considered by the program coordinator on a case-by-case basis (inquiries regarding such should be directed to that contact and not to admission representatives).
  • Clinical references and interview may be requested, but are not necessary unless specified by the program 
 
**Admission will be handled on a space-available basis. Seats are first provided to those seeking MSN admission for the Nurse Practitioner track. 

 

Public Health Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Public Health consists of five required courses.The Public Health Certificate (PHC) Program consists of five required courses. The PHC Program prepares participants with a broad understanding of the core areas of public health and skills necessary for public health practice in a wide range of public and private institutions.   This certificate is ideal for those students who are working on a Master’s degree in another field, but have an interest in or plan to work in a public health setting, or for professionals who are working in the field but do not have a degree in public health.  The PHC is offered through the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. MPH faculty teach the required PHC courses, and students take courses along with MPH students.  The UNF MPH Program is nationally accredited by the  Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH).   

 The UNF PHC Program is offered in a hybrid format - students can complete the program in one year meeting on campus one to two nights per week on average.  The Program admits one cohort of students each fall semester.  Each course is offered in one of three ways:  1) face-to-face; 2) distance learning (DL); or 3) hybrid.  Face-to-face courses meet on UNF campus, typically one night per week, 6:00-8:45pm.  DL courses are offered online.  Hybrid courses are a combination of the first two methods, with no more than half of classes meeting face-to-face.  This format makes the UNF PHC Program very accessible to those working full time while still providing meaningful interaction with faculty and peer.

Special Notes about the Program 

Students enrolled in any UNF graduate program may earn the Public Health Certificate, but students are not required to be admitted to a UNF graduate program. There are no pre-requisite courses required; individuals with a bachelor’s degree in any field may be accepted into the PHC Program.  Acceptance into the PHC Program is dependent on student eligibility and space in the program. Students who have graduated from the MPH Program or are enrolled in the MPH Program are not eligible to earn the Certificate.  All courses for the Certificate must be completed at the University of North Florida.

Admissions Requirements

  • A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited US institution or its equivalent from a foreign institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in all work attempted in the last 60 credit hours of undergraduate study. 
  • Students enrolled in any UNF graduate program may earn the Graduate Certificate in Public Health, but students are not required to be admitted to a UNF graduate program. Acceptance into the Certificate program is dependent on student eligibility and space in the program. Students who have graduated from the Master of Public Health (MPH) program or are enrolled in the MPH Program are not eligible to earn the Certificate. Applications are accepted for fall term only.