The post-graduate Certificate in Nursing Education is flexible and designed for experienced nurses to add teaching expertise to their clinical experience. It is also designed for nurses seeking academic teaching positions or have clinical roles that include teaching and faculty responsibilities.

The certificate can be completed synchronously online or through a combination of online and on-campus classes. The program of study is built based on the student's needs and designed to accommodate busy schedules and career aspirations. The courses focus on curriculum theory, instructional design and technology, testing and evaluation strategies.

The Certificate in Nursing Education is awarded upon the completion of 12 credits and may be completed in one year. Students have five years to complete requirements for the certificate from first enrollment.  

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of online application
  • Hold a post-baccalaureate and higher degree from an accredited college or university
  • Licensure as an active registered nurse in the U.S.
  • Official transcripts from BSN and all post baccalaureate schools
  • Two professional reference letters from individuals who can comment on academic and professional abilities
  • Personal Statement describing professional goals as a nurse educator
    Current resume

Required Courses

Course Number

NUR 8950

NUR 8951

NUR 8952

Course Name

Curriculum in Nursing Education

Principles in Assessment, Measurement & Evaluation in Nursing

Teaching Strategies in Nursing



3 credits

3 credits

3 credits

Elective Courses

Select one of the following courses (3 credits each)

NUR 8954

NUR 9004

NUR 8920

NUR 8980

Practicum in Teaching Nursing

Advanced Study in Nursing

Clinical Simulation in Healthcare Education

Creative Teaching Strategies in Nursing: Using the Humanities




Mary Terhaar, PhD, RN, ANEF, FAAN
Professor & Associate Dean for the Graduate Nursing Programs

Jan Campbell, BA, MS
Assistant Director, Graduate Nursing Programs

MaryAnn Cantrell, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN
Professor, Director, PhD Program

Debra Shearer, EdD, MSN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC
Director, Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Track

Jodie Szlachta, PhD, CRNA, FAANA
Nurse Anesthesia Program Director, Associate Clinical Professor


PhD Program Inquires & Post-Master's Doctor of Nursing Practice Inquires:
Sandi Schultz

Assistant Director, Doctoral Programs

DNP Nurse Anesthesia Inquires:
Recruitment and Enrollment Department

MSN Inquires (Nurse Practitioner Tracks & Nurse Education Tracks):
Recruitment and Enrollment Department


PhD and Post-Master’s DNP Transcripts:

DNP Nurse Anesthesia Transcripts

MSN Transcripts:


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