The graduate certificate in Nursing Education is designed to help prepare master’s-level nurses to be effective educators in the nursing profession. It also helps to provide them skills to be an agent of change in the delivery of healthcare, offering a focus in curriculum design, assessment, and teaching and learning practices. The coursework in this certificate program provides the academic preparation required for the Certified Nurse Educator professional certification available from the National League for Nursing.

This program has specific admission requirements.

Certificate Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • Apply programmatic objectives to the nurse educator role in clinical or academic settings.
  • Create effective educational and curricular materials for a variety of audiences.
  • Evaluate effectiveness of teaching strategies and modalities.

Programmatic Admission Requirements

For this program, the following documentation is required and must be provided prior to course registration:

  • Official transcripts showing a conferred Master of Science in Nursing degree from an accredited program or a BSN degree in nursing and master’s degree in a closely related field. 
  • Current and active unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in state where practicums will be conducted.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for the Master of Science degree.
  • Current resume/CV.
  • Signed statement of understanding (SOU).

Please visit our AMU or APU graduate admission page for more information on institutional admission requirements.

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Certificate Requirements (18 semester hours)

NURS601Advanced Health Assessment3
NURS604Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology3
NURS606Nursing Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation3
NURS610Learner-Centered Teaching Methodologies3
NURS620Educational Assessment and Evaluation for Nurse Educators3
NURS695Practicum in Nursing Education3
Total Semester Hours18