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Graduate Certificate in Nurse Educator

Graduate Certificate in Nurse Educator

12 Credits / 4 Courses Total / 1 Course Every Session (8 Weeks)
45 Hours of Optional Practicum Teaching
Delivery Mode: 100% Online

This graduate certificate in Nurse Educator is designed for nurses who want to learn how to design curriculum and courses utilizing technology and teach as a nurse educator in acute care settings, long-term care, academic settings, and in a variety of community-based healthcare organizations. Students will also be prepared to step into emerging nurse educator roles such as nurse educator entrepreneurs and consultants designed to improve patient outcomes as new health care delivery models develop. This program is grounded in a Caring Science model to teach theoretical and the evidence-based practice of nursing. Students will learn how to design teaching plans, implement evidence based teaching strategies, design and evaluate curriculum and implement active teaching methods to engage students in a student-centered learning environment.

Admission Requirements

The graduate certificate in Nurse Educator has program specific requirements for admission in addition to the general admission requirements.

Applicants interested in pursuing a graduate certificate in Nurse Educator must have earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and hold an unencumbered RN license in state where student resides.

Program Requirements

*Students must earn a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students receiving a grade below a B must retake the course before credit is given.

Tuition & Cost

Per Credit Hour: $325
Estimated Tuition: $4,140 (including fees)

Graduate Certificate in Nurse Educator Total
12 Credits


MSN 574: Curriculum Design and Development in Nursing

Students will learn how to design and develop innovative and creative nursing curriculum to meet the challenges of an evolving technological and complex health care system. Students will consider traditional and contemporary methods of curriculum planning and design for revolutionizing nursing education. Emphasis is placed on philosophy, theory, curriculum planning, design, implementation and evaluation.

Prerequisite: MSN553 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan

3 Credits

MSN 575: Online Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing

This course focuses on teaching and learning strategies adapted to online and distance learning. Students will explore classroom tactics to engage the learner within an online environment. The course will explore strategies for content delivery, incorporation of various learning platforms, and the use of emerging online instructional technologies.

Prerequisite: MSN574 Curriculum Design and Development in Nursing

3 Credits

45 Practicum Hours

MSN 576: Educational and Instructional Technology

This course will introduce students to educational platforms using a variety of computer and technology-based media utilized in online or blended courses. The focus is on providing students with skill acquisition in the application of cutting edge online classroom technologies to engage online learners. Examination of current technologies in multimedia, interactive software, online testing, clinical practice and telehealth will be explored.

Prerequisite: MSN575 Online Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing

3 Credits

MSN 577: Educational Assessment and Evaluation Outcomes

This course will examine the principles and practices in assessment and evaluation outcome methods. Assessment strategies and evaluation processes relevant to course and nursing program outcomes will be examined. Students will develop learning outcomes, construct valid and reliable student measurements, and analyze testing data for classroom, skills labs and clinical practice environments in both on-ground and online learning.

Prerequisite: MSN576 Educational and Instructional Technology

3 Credits