The Graduate Certificate in Cardiovascular Nursing provides advanced training in cardiovascular health and disease management to advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs), specifically certified nurse practitioners (NPs).
The 12-hour program, completed over six months, is composed of three courses. These courses include 8 graduate credit hours of content delivered in online, accelerated eight-week terms, and 4 graduate credit hours earned through 120 contact hours of clinical practicum experience in healthcare settings.
Because courses in this program will only be available online, the program may not be available to all applicants. The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and its online programs must be in compliance in every state where a student is located. (Visit the Online Programs website to learn more.) International students also may not be eligible. According to U.S. immigration regulations, F-1 students cannot pursue online degrees; international students in other visa categories (i.e., H-4, L2) are exempt from this restriction.
Online students enrolled in 100-percent online programs pay a flat-rate, $480-per-credit-hour tuition. Additional course fees, including materials, labs and proctoring fees, are not included. Online students are not assessed additional operational and activity fees or out-of-state tuition.
This program is designed to be an enhancement to a graduate degree and can be pursued in conjunction with a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree (Family Nurse Practitioner concentration) or the BSN to DNP degree at UL Lafayette. Upon completion, students will earn a graduate certificate that will appear on their permanent transcript.
Required Application Materials
To be considered for admission to the Graduate Certificate program in Cardiovascular Nursing, the following are required:
- Complete the online application and pay the application fee
Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended *
- Applicants must show evidence of a baccalaureate degree in Nursing and current enrollment in (or completion of) a Master of Science in Nursing or Doctorate in Nursing program, and licensure and certification as a nurse practitioner in the roles of FNP, adult/gerontology NP, or acute care NP population foci.
- Applicants who have not yet completed an accredited nurse practitioner program (in the role of FNP, adult/gerontology, NP, or acute care NP population foci) are expected also to have completed (or be currently enrolled in) a course equivalent to NURS 583/683: Advanced Practice Nursing/Family Health II at universities that collaborate in the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of Science in Nursing (UL Lafayette, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, and Southeastern Louisiana University).
- Applicants are expected to have an overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale), an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 on the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework, or an overall graduate GPA of not less than 3.0.
Two letters of recommendation*
- One recommendation must be from someone who can attest to the clinical competencies of the applicant at an Advanced Practice level.
- One recommendation must be from a former faculty member in a nursing program, a current or former nursing supervisor, or a nursing leader who can speak to the applicant’s potential for success in the graduate certificate program.
- Evidence of current, unencumbered RN licensure and current, unencumbered APRN Nurse Practitioner nursing license for current APRNs.
* If an applicant is a current UL Lafayette student in the MSN or BSN to DNP program in good academic standing, the application requirements of new official transcripts and letters of recommendation are waived.
Students are only admitted to this program in the Spring B term each year and progress through the program as a cohort.
Application Deadline: February 4
Dr. Christy Lenahan
Wharton Hall, 307