Nursing Education

Nursing Education Post-Master's Certificate

About the Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education

Add a specialization in nursing education to your MSN degree.

Prepare to teach a new generation of nursing professionals with a 100% online certificate in nursing education from California University of Pennsylvania.

Advance your career by adding this 24-credit certificate to your Master of Science in Nursing degree. You'll learn to develop nursing education programs, teach them effectively and evaluate the results as a professional nurse educator.

Earn your post-master's certificate in just four semesters, taking online classes in spring, fall and summer. This new certificate program begins in spring 2018.

Learn nursing education practices and apply your teaching skills.

Core courses, advanced clinical practice and specialty courses get you ready to instruct nurses in an academic or healthcare setting. Develop instructional skills with courses in:

  • Curriculum design and development.
  • Teaching and instructional strategies.
  • Assessment and evaluation methods.

Then apply your skills in nursing education with a 150-hour, preceptor-led practicum. Guided by Cal U faculty, you will design, implement and assess an educational activity within the practice setting.

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS: Nursing Education Certificate

Accredited Program: This graduate certificate is derived from Cal U's Master of Science in Nursing program, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. CCNE accreditation is your assurance of a high-quality program that meets professional nursing standards.

Next Steps: Practicum hours from the certificate program can be applied toward the requirements for attaining a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Certificate holders also can seek National League for Nursing certification as a Certified Nurse Educator.

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Students move together through the nurse education curriculum as a class, or cohort, of no more than 35 members.
Median pay for nurse educators in academic settings such as colleges, universities and professional schools, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, with even higher pay for nurses in hospital settings.
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Program Benefits

The nurse educator certificate program at Cal U provides:

  • Convenience: With 100% online learning, you can earn the credential while working full time.
  • Expertise: All faculty members are registered nurses with MSN and doctorate degrees.
  • Assurance: Cal U's online MSN program has full CCNE accreditation.
  • Value: Affordable tuition rates and fees, with financial aid available for eligible students.
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Graduate Outcomes

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports faculty shortages at nursing schools nationwide, so certified nurse educators are in demand. The need for instructors to educate registered nurses is projected to grow as the Baby Boom generation ages and requires more healthcare services.


Online Nursing Education Certificate
A Cal U graduate during Commencement.

Career Opportunities

With the online certificate program in nursing education, you can offer nurse education in many settings. Teach nurses in a college, university or school of nursing, or provide instruction for nursing professionals in a hospital or other healthcare organization.


Real-life Learning

See what it takes to be a nurse educator in the certificate program's 150-hour practicum. Guided by a preceptor and your Cal U professors, you'll lead an educational activity from start to finish. Competencies for the academic nurse educator provide a foundation for specialty courses in education.

A nurse working in a hospital.

Rapid Completion

Students who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) can earn the 24-credit post-master's certificate in just four semesters. Begin your online studies in spring 2018, take nursing education classes in fall and spring, and finish in summer 2019.

Nursing Education Certificate Courses

The online Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education adds a high-demand specialization to your MSN degree.

Course Examples
  • Foundations of Nursing Education

  • Curriculum Design in Nursing Education

  • Teaching and Instructional Strategies in Nursing Education

  • Assessment and Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education

  • Advanced Clinical practice for Nurse Educators

  • Nursing Education Role Practicum

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Nursing Faculty

Dr. Donna Caruthers
Assistant Professor

Dr. Joan Clites
Associate Professor

Dr. Patricia Davies
Assistant Professor
Dr. Nicole Evanick
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary O'Connor
Professor and Global Online MSN Program Coordinator

Dr. Linda Pina
Chairperson and Professor

Dr. Robin Weaver
Assistant Professor, Global Online RN-BSN Program Coordinator