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Nurse Educator Certificate

Overview: The purpose of the Nurse Educator certificate is to provide formal content in nursing education to nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing who plan to teach in a variety of educational and clinical settings. The Certificate is offered on-line in collaboration with the Penn State World Campus.   

Credits: The certificate requires completion of three 3-credit graduate-level Nurse Educator didactic courses (9 credits). An optional 4-credit Nurse Educator practicum is available as well.  



NURS 840: Nursing Education Theories and Strategies (3)
NURS 841: Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
NURS 842: Curriculum and Program Development in Nursing Education (3)

The following course is optional:

NURS 843: Synthesis and Application of the Nurse Educator Role (4) 

Application Requirements:

Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirementOfficial transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must accompany the application.

Applicants must have a current license to practice professional nursing in the United States or a foreign country and hold either (1) a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a U.S. regionally accredited institution, or (2) a tertiary (postsecondary) degree in nursing that is deemed comparable to a four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution. This degree must be from an officially recognized degree-granting institution in the country in which it operates.

Applications for the Nurse Educator certificate program are reviewed on a rolling basis and may be submitted at any time. The undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or greater; the graduate GPA must be 3.3 or greater.