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Advanced Certificate Program: Nursing Education

Before You Apply

  • Read the Instructions

    Download and read the Application Instructions prior to completing an on-line Application.

  • Check the Deadline

    Check the Application Deadline for your program of interest.

  • Prepare Your Documentation

    You will be required to upload documents related to your application. The following is a preview of the documents you will be asked to assemble electronically and upload as directed from within the application:

    • Resume or C.V.: Depending on your program of choice, you may be required to submit a Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
    • Transcripts: All applicants must upload unofficial academic transcripts for all USA colleges or universities attended.
    • Test Scores: For programs which require a standardized test for admissions consideration, you must upload a copy of your unofficial score report. If you have not yet taken the required standardized test, you must indicate the date you intend to take the test.
      • If English is a second language and you have not completed at least one year of full-time study in a regionally accredited college or university in the United States, and at least 24 semester credits, including two courses in English composition, you must upload a copy of your test results (TOEFL/IELTS).
    • Supplemental Documents: Depending on your program choice, you may be required to submit the following:
      • Application Questions/Personal Statement: We strongly advise that you begin to draft your responses in a word document prior to completing the online supplemental application.
      • Essay Questions:

        1. What is your understanding of the role of the advanced practice nurse?
        2. Why do you want to become an advanced practice nurse in your chosen specialty?
        3. Describe any unique personal or professional qualities that may assist the admission's committee in making a decision on your application.
        4. Describe your goals for practice as a certified advanced practice nurse in your chosen specialty after 5 to 7 years.
      • Prerequisite Course Grid
      • Letter of Recommendations:
        • SUNY Downstate Medical Center has moved toward exclusive use of electronic recommendation submissions. Applicants must submit at least two letters of recommendation with the exception of applicants to the Doctor of Public Health program who must submit at least three letters. Please refer to your program of choice application instructions for additional information.
        • To complete the recommendation online, you must provide the recommender's name, title and a valid email address.
        • Once you have provided the name of the recommender, an email will be sent to him/her with an access code and instructions on how to proceed with the online recommendation.
        • You may be required to review, and upload a signed copy of the Technical Standards for Admission for your program of choice.
      • Certifications: BLS, ACLS, PALS, CCRN
      • NYS RN License
  • Pay Your Application Fee

    Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email within 24 to 48 hours containing a username and password which should be used to access the admissions checklist. Once you log-in, click on the "Pay Now" link to submit your application fee.

  • Check Your Status

    Upon submitting your application, you can log back into continue checking on your Applicant Status Page. Uploaded documents will not be marked as received until 24 hours after submission.

    A separate application must be filed under each program for which you are seeking consideration with completely separate documents and separate recommendations.