College of Nursing

Graduate Certificate in Online Education and Education Technology (Available in 2018)

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

This graduate certificate is designed for nurses who want to learn how to design curriculum and courses using the latest technology to teach in hybrid or completely online nursing programs.  Applicants with a Master’s degree or Doctor of Nursing Practice who want to add knowledge in online education will want to take this certificate. Students will learn how to design teaching plans, implement evidence based teaching strategies, design and evaluate curriculum. The certificate provides the opportunity to be mentored as a student teacher in online nursing courses.

This certificate is tailored to meet the needs of the working professional and is offered online.  Courses are focused on assuring learning through a selection of engaged learning strategies.  These strategies may include synchronous face to face meetings and/or online lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and other interactive activities.


The College of Nursing at USU uses a holistic admission process to evaluate each applicant on their merits. The wide range of abilities, interests, backgrounds, life experiences, and other aspects that diversity brings to the academic environment are considered.

  • Complete an application for admission
  • Official transcripts from a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (BSN)
  • An unencumbered RN license in state where student resides

Per Credit Hour: $350
Estimated Tuition: $4,900 (including fees)

Students seeking only a certificate program are not eligible for financial aid. Courses taken after completion of a degree program in order to complete the certificate are not eligible for financial aid. However, these courses may be transferred into the MSN in Online Education and Educational Technology.

The USU College of Nursing uses a monthly cohort model for this program.

Post Master’s Online – Education and Education Technology Certificate
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: MSN572

3 Credits

MSN 575: Online Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing (48 hours of practicum teaching)

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

3 Credits

MSN 576: Educational and Instructional Technology including Telehealth

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

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

3 Credits