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Nurse Educator Certificate

Post-Graduate (PG) Nursing Certificates

The purpose of the PG Nursing Certificate programs is the following:

  • Provide an educational route to specialization in an area other than that obtained in the master’s program.
  • Strengthen or broaden the clinical, teaching, or leadership capabilities of masters prepared nurses who are planning a role expansion or role change.

The PG Nursing Certificate allows the learner to receive credit for prior graduate work while taking coursework that advances career opportunities.

Because of the efficient design, both MSN and DNP degree-holding students can take advantage of the PG Nursing Certificate option by adding it to their degree program or by taking the block of specialty courses alone.

The PG Nursing Certificate student is eligible for the same certification exams offered in each specialty and may have the same employment opportunities. Please note, the PG Nursing Certificate (Nurse Educator) program is not designed or intended to lead to professional licensure in any state.

Nurse Educators

Holders of the PG Nurse Educator Certificate will teach nursing students, practicing nurses and other healthcare providers and clients in both academic and real-world settings. They may serve as a curriculum designer, instructional designer, teacher, or learning evaluator.


Graduates who complete the Nurse Educator PG Nursing Certificate are eligible to apply and take the examination for the following national certifications:

  • Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing (NLN)
  • Nursing Professional Development (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) 

Admissions Requirements

See Admissions, Records, and Registration. 

Role Specialty Learning Outcomes for Nurse Educator

  • Develop curricula based on institutional mission, professional standards, educational theory and research, societal needs, and ongoing program evaluation.
  • Design learning environments that provide challenges and opportunities for growth for the learner while ensuring safety, support, and resources for learning.
  • Facilitate learning using a variety of teaching strategies based on theory, best evidence, teacher expertise, and appropriateness to the learner.
  • Utilize formative assessment methods to provide valuable feedback to support learner development and growth.
  • Design summative evaluations that are fair and objective to determine the achievement of learning outcomes.
  • Implement the role of an academic educator, a professional development specialist, or a patient educator in a professional, respectful, and ethical manner.

Standard Occupational Classification codes for which program is intended to prepare graduates: Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary (25-1072); Registered Nurses (29-1141); Medical and Health Services Managers (11-9111)