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Post Master's Certificate; Nurse Educator

Students who have a master's in nursing and meet the admission qualifications may take courses leading to a nurse educator post-master's certificate.

The online program uses a variety of teaching strategies designed to actively engage students. Two to three day-long orientation sessions are held on campus during the beginning of each fall semester to enhance the connections among students and with the nursing faculty.

The nurse educator track prepares graduates to:

  • Accept a faculty position within a program of nursing, or a nurse educator position in a clinical setting.
  • Increase mastery related to teaching, learning, evaluation strategies, curriculum design, and the use of educational technologies.
  • Enhance clinical expertise in a selected specialty area, via directed study and mentorship with experienced faculty.
  • Supervise basic nursing students in clinical practice areas and/or work with nurse educators in clinical settings to prepare, deliver, and evaluate educational programs for nurses.

Students have part-time or full-time enrollment options. Some clinical courses require on-campus sessions during the semester, which can vary from one to three days. On-campus sessions are at the discretion of the individual instructor.

The MSN curriculum meets the 2011 Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing as identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Learning Objectives

  • Use education research to continually improve teaching strategies and skills.
  • Develop a teaching-learning style that meets the educational outcomes of students.
  • Assess and evaluate at the course and program level.
  • Function as a leader and change agent in nursing education settings.
  • Participate in scholarship to further knowledge and abilities in nursing education.

Career Possibilities

The MSN post-master’s certificate program builds on the education of a clinical practice generalist and prepares an advanced practice nurse. The educational experience prepares students to validate and expand research findings through application of theory and scientific inquiry.


Graduates are expected to function collaboratively and independently in diverse educational locations, such as schools of nursing, hospitals, and health care agencies, requiring an educational specialist.

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