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Nursing Students Enrolling in Certificate Programs Now Eligible for Federal Aid

Posted: Jan. 20, 2016

Graduate students at UT Austin School of Nursing

The U.S. Department of Education has approved federal aid for advanced practice students in post-masters of science in nursing certificate programs. Students who enroll in these programs for the fall 2016 semester and beyond will be eligible for the funding.

Prior to this approval, students interested in obtaining a certificate had to personally fund their program. Efforts by the University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing showing that the programs were successful in leading masters-prepared students to gainful employment and higher-paying jobs persuaded the government to reconsider providing funding.

"We are pleased that our post-masters students will now be able to receive financial aid as they pursue their career goals," said Gayle Acton, PhD, RN, and assistant dean for Graduate Nursing Programs.

The Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) certificate programs at UT Austin School of Nursing are designed for those nurses who have a master’s in nursing and wish to complete the course work necessary to sit for national certification as an APRN. Students choose a certificate track as a family nurse practitioner, pediatric nurse practitioner, family psychiatric/mental health nurse practitioner, or adult gerontology/clinical nurse specialist.

For more information about the certificate program, please visit the UT Austin School of Nursing’s Advanced Practice Certificate Programs page.

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