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A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program
A current non-restricted license to practice as a registered nurse (RN) in North Carolina or an NCSBN compact state. Individual advisement will be necessary for licensure regulations for online out-of-state students.
A personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in graduate study, career goals, and the certificate’s relationship to those goals.
Three professional references with one reference from an individual who is knowledgeable of the applicant’s nursing practice
One year clinical experience as an RN
A personal interview with a member of the graduate faculty
Applicants for the adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist certificate, in addition to the general admission criteria, must have one year RN experience and must have had graduate level courses in pathophysiology, health assessment and pharmacology within the past five years or approval by the concentration director; otherwise, students will be required to take these courses as part of the post-master’s certificate requirement.
* Students who completed NURS 6993 to earn a previous master of science in nursing degree from East Carolina University will satisfy this requirement by taking NURS 6500 to demonstrate professional competencies of the certificate program.
Depending on student’s needs and past education, additional course work from the following may be required:
Licensure/Certification Requirements in North Carolina
The curriculum for all ECU academic programs have been designed to meet the licensure/certification requirements in North Carolina and prepare students to sit for licensure/certification exams in North Carolina. The various licensure boards in each state are responsible for setting requirements for licensure/certification in their state. Other states have their own requirements, and you’ll want to make sure your program meets criteria in your home state (or state where you intend to work) before you apply. Search our state Licensure Dashboard to see if the program you’re interested in meets the educational requirements for licensing/certification in your home state (or state where you intend to work).