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Nursing Education Certificate

Prepare Yourself for a Role in Nursing Education

​Explore best practices in evidence-based teaching and learning through a flexible, online format. Broaden your nursing career options; take the next step to prepare yourself for a role in nursing education. Combine clinical expertise with nursing education to pursue career opportunities in patient education, nursing education programs, and community education.

Program content facilitates learning through evidence-based teaching and learning strategies, focusing on practical nursing application and emerging practices in nursing education. Emphasis is on the knowledge and skills needed to develop curricula, teaching skills, evaluation strategies, and integrating technology in the classroom, clinical, and online environments.

Complete the certificate in one year or take as individual courses. The 9-credit Nursing Education Certificate Program consists of three required courses, each 3 semester credit hours.

Tuition Rate

The 2019-2020 Tuition Rate for Extended Studies is $690 per credit hour plus fees.


Application Instructions

If you are applying for a certificate, be sure to select the specific specialty as your desired program of study. If you would like to take individual courses, simply select Nondegree/Non-matriculated Student.

Be sure to address the program requirements within the open reponse field for purpose of registration.


 NURS 7862 - Best Practices to Enhance Teaching and Learning (3 Credits - Spring)

Examine best practices in evidence-based and theory-guided teaching and learning. Analyze contemporary learning principles and learning styles. Implement a variety of high impact strategies for learner engagement across settings with emphasis on selecting and using teaching technologies.​


 NURS 7864 - Evolving Nursing Education Science and Nurse Educator Roles (3 Credits - Summer)

Assess advances in nursing education science and impact of research on pedagogy, roles, and competencies necessary to prepare a well-qualified, diverse nursing workforce across dynamic healthcare systems and environments. Emphasis is on the scholarship of teaching and professional development.​


 NURS 7865 - Outcome-Focused Curriculum Design and Program Evaluation (3 Credits - Fall)

Explore curriculum and course design and development as foundations for achievement of desired learning and program outcomes. Emphasis is on the connection between design and evidence of performance to assess individual learning, course and program effectiveness, and continuous quality improvement.​


 NURS 7863 - Immersion in Nursing Education Practicum (3 Credits - Optional)

Elective not required for the Nursing Education Certificate; by permission of instructor

Implement best practices in teaching and learning, curriculum and course design and continuous improvement, learning assessment and evaluation methods with a faculty mentor. Experiences address individual learning needs relevant to the nurse educator role across teaching modalities and learning environments.​​​


Program Objectives

These 4-3 graduate-level credit courses are designed to provide additional professional development opportunity for registered nurses interested or engaged in nurse preceptor, clinical educator, or academic nurse educator roles. These courses emphasize:

  1. Evidence-based and theory-guided best practices in contemporary teaching and learning across settings and modalities, emphasizing integration of educational technologies.
  2. The evolving science of nursing education and the scholarship of teaching, including core competencies, roles, and responsibilities of nurse educators.
  3. Learner assessment and program effectiveness, connecting curriculum design and course development to achievement of desired outcomes and continuous improvement.

The optional elective, not required for the NEC, offers a preceptored practicum immersion with individualized, focused learning designed for relevancy to the specific teaching practice experience, role, setting, and goals.​​