Admissions & Requirements

General requirements for graduate students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.  

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the Graduate Certificate: Nurse Administrator program:

  1. Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment. OR Graduation from a post secondary level Nursing Program (United States RN Registration not required).
  2. Baccalaureate degree from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  3. An essay (statement of purpose) describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking certificate study.
  4. For the three letters of recommendation required by the Graduate School, references should be from professional colleagues

The Nurse Administrator program consists of 12 semester hours.  Students will complete four specialty courses.  The certificate can be completed in one year through part-time study. Students in degree programs may be able to (if approved) transfer up to 6 hours from another university. Please consult with your advisor.

Additional Certificate Requirements

  • Completion of 12 hours required coursework within 4 years
  • Courses in the Nurse Administrator specialty are offered every odd year.
  • Nurse Administrator courses are only offered online through Distance Education.
  • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 ("B") GPA in their graduate courses, and may not accumulate more than two "C" grades.
  • Faculty Advising is required.