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Post Graduate Certificate – Nurse Educator

Flexible & Focused 11-Month Online Nurse Educator Program

Prepare to shape the next generation of nurses by earning your nurse educator certificate online in 11 months. South University’s CCNE-accredited program features flexible online classes and the opportunity to gain supervised experience practicing your skills as a nurse educator. Learn more today!

Program is offered at the following campuses. Select a campus to learn more.


Earn your nurse educator certificate online in 11 months.

What You Can Learn in our Nurse Educator Certificate Program

In our post graduate online nurse educator certificate programs, you can develop the skills and knowledge needed to teach and mentor the nursing workforce of tomorrow. While taking nurse educator courses online, you’ll study instructional design as well as curriculum, pedagogy, and evaluation strategies.

These interactive online courses allow you to not only engage with your peers, but also get personalized attention from nursing faculty who are committed to your success. Best of all, online learning means you can set your own schedule, so that you can earn a certificate without taking time off from your career.

Through two on-site practicum courses, you can also gain 175+ hours of practice as a nurse educator in clinical and academic settings, all under the guidance of more experienced instructors*.

How to Become a Nurse Educator

Our post master's nurse educator certificate program courses are carefully selected and designed to prepare you to become a nurse educator. Below are the some of the topics you’ll study in this post graduate certificate program.

  • Teaching and learning strategies in nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Advanced health and physical assessment
  • Evaluation of educational outcomes in nursing
  • Curriculum design and evaluation in nursing education

This post graduate program can be completed in as little as 11 months online. After doing so, you can qualify to sit for a nurse educator certification examination** through national certifying bodies such as the National League for Nursing. Completing the certified nurse educator exam is not required for all nurse educator jobs, but nurse educator certification may be preferred in some academic roles.

Nurse Educator Certificate Program Requirements

Our post graduate certificate programs are designed for those who already hold a master’s degree in nursing. The requirements for admission to the Post Graduate Certificate - Nurse Educator program include:

  • Completion of the application for admission.
  • An official transcript documenting the award of a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program with a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Official transcripts from every college or university attended within 10 weeks of starting the program.
  • Holds a valid and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure). An unencumbered license must be maintained throughout the program.
  • Submission of the following:
    • Three references using the Nursing Graduate School Appraisal Form. At least two of your references should hold a master’s degree in Nursing.
    • A resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.

For questions regarding the requirements for nurse educator certificate program admission, contact us at 1.800.688.0932. Financial aid and scholarships for our online nurse educator programs are available for those who qualify.

BSN-prepared nurses who wish to prepare for a career as a nurse educator can continue their journey in our online MSN with a specialization in Nurse Educator program.

RNs who do not hold a BSN can take a streamlined path to becoming a nurse educator in our RN to MSN with a specialization in Nurse Educator program online.

A Deeper Look at the Academic and Clinical Nurse Educator Role

Beyond a passion for mentoring and educating others, there are many reasons to why become a nurse educator, including an industry demand to fill more nurse educator jobs. Over the years, the number of nurse educators has not kept up with the number of people pursuing nursing careers. Today, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), a nurse educator shortage across the U.S. is limiting nursing student enrollment at many institutions, and, according to AACN numbers, more nurse educator jobs will be opening soon as many current educators are set to retire in the coming years.

Experts anticipate that even the nation’s top nursing schools will be recruiting aggressively for their open nurse educator jobs. As organizations fill these vacancies, your nurse educator salary will vary by position, experience level, institution type, and geographic region.

*Credentials and experience levels vary by faculty and instructors.

**Note: South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

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