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Certificate programs in education, nursing, TESOL, and theology provide specialized training and relevant experience to advance your career and professional skills. Many certificates are available as combined programs with graduate-level studies.

  • Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate

    This specialty certificate is a nondegree course credit option, preparing registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing to be nurse practitioners for patients across the adult years.

  • Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner (AGNP) Certificate

    This specialty certificate is a non-degree course credit option, preparing registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing to be nurse practitioners for adults in primary health care settings.

  • Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certificate

    Azusa Pacific University’s Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) Certificate offers comprehensive preparation in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for successful careers in education, psychology, and social work. Courses are taught by experienced Board Certified Behavior Analysts who currently practice in the field and impart their knowledge at every class session. Approved by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board, APU’s program meets the latest, Fourth Edition Task List requirements set forth by the board.

  • Certificate in TEFL (on campus, online, and field-based)

    APU's Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate suits students who would like to receive the basic qualifications needed to teach in a multicultural setting.

  • Certificate in TESOL (on campus, online, and field-based)

    The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) gives post-baccalaureate students specialized skills in TESOL. The certificate is ideal for supplementing and enhancing traditional ministry (e.g., translation, literacy, and friendship evangelism) within multicultural or cross-cultural environments.

  • Certificate of Distinction in Biblical Studies

    Students who maintain a GPA of at least 3.5 in their major can earn a Certificate of Distinction in Biblical Studies by completing 24–25 units of upper-division work in biblical studies and biblical languages.

  • Certificate of Distinction in Philosophy

    The Certificate of Distinction in Philosophy recognizes that a student has achieved a superior mastery of courses that provide a strong basis for graduate study in philosophy and in courses that demonstrate the student’s ability to think critically within a specialized area of philosophy.

  • Certificate of Distinction in Theology

    The Certificate of Distinction in Theology acknowledges the achievement of theology majors who exhibit a mastery of coursework in theology in preparation for graduate study by maintaining a GPA of 3.5 or better in 24 units of upper-division work in systematic theology, Church history, and the history of philosophy.

  • Clinical Counseling Certificate

    This four-course certificate program is designed to be an addendum to a candidate’s existing master’s degree coursework. The certificate helps retool and prepare school counselors and school psychologists for the clinical, mental health field.

    Azusa (main campus) and Orange County only
  • Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education

    The Doctoral-Level Certificate in Strengths-Oriented Higher Education is designed for educators and leaders who already have a master’s degree and wish to deepen their knowledge and application of a strengths development model to their work in higher education.

  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate

    This specialty certificate is a non-degree course credit option, preparing registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing to be nurse practitioners for family-centered health care.

  • Intensive English Programs

    APU’s American Language and Culture Institute (ALCI) offers basic, intermediate, and advanced English training certificate programs to assist students with English proficiency skills for entering an American university.

  • MSN with SNSC and FNP Certificate

    This combined program allows students to earn a master’s degree along with the School Nurse Services Certificate, including a specialization in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), preparing them for certification by the state of California and for national certification.

  • MSN with SNSC and PNP Certificate

    This combined program allows students to earn a master’s degree along with the School Nurse Services Certificate, including a specialization in Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP), preparing them for certification by the state of California and for national certification.

  • Nursing Education Certificate

    The Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate prepares nurses for teaching roles in various clinical and/or academic settings. This certificate builds on skills and knowledge obtained in a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

  • Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) Certificate

    This specialty certificate is a nondegree course credit option, preparing registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing to be nurse practitioners in areas such as pediatrics or obstetrics.

  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Certificate

    This specialty certificate is a non-degree course credit option, preparing registered nurses with master’s degrees in nursing to be nurse practitioners with infants and children in primary health care settings.

  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Healthcare Administration and Leadership

    The Post-Master’s Certificate in Healthcare Administration and Leadership prepares students for administration of nursing service in a variety of healthcare settings. Coursework focuses on combining the resources of nursing, organizational development, and business management.

  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Certificate

    The PMHNP certificate prepares nurses to work with patients experiencing severe mental illness to determine biopsychosocial health care needs within a complex and changing environment.

  • Substance Use Disorders Certificate

    For individuals with an MFT degree, the Substance Use Disorders certificate allows you to expand your skills and establish a competency that historically has only been afforded to those working in the substance use disorders field. As primary care physicians, mental health providers, and substance use providers coalesce into whole person care, you will be a part of cutting-edge treatment.