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: The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at California University of Pennsylvania is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

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.
$75,000 
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
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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.

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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.

Curriculum

 

Course Credits
NUR 721 Foundations of Nursing Education 3
NUR 722 Curriculum Design in Nursing Education 3
NUR 723 Teaching and Instructional Strategies in Nursing Education 3
NUR 724 Assessment and Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education 3
NUR 725 Advanced Clinical Practice for Nurse Educators 3
NUR 823 Nursing Education Role Practicum 6
Total 21
Admission Requirements

 

Admission Requirements (Regular)  


MSN Nursing Education

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) with a GPA of 3.00 or higher in the undergraduate nursing degree or in the last 60 credits completed (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited BSN program
  • Unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which the applicant is employed in nursing
  • Current Resume indicating at least one year of experience working in nursing, preferably, nursing education.
  • An essay to include career goals and objectives as well as a description of how the student plans to use the MSN degree
  • International Global Online Applicants
    • Scholastic record must be comparable to that reflected by a 3.00 GPA verified with official transcripts and applicant needs to be licensed in their country of residence
    • Applicants must submit a credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing course work and World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing course work

 

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s or pre/co-requisites, have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Deficiencies in Pre/Co-requisite Courses (up to two maximum semesters to satisfy the deficiencies)


Nursing Education Post Master's Certificate

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited MSN program
  • Unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which the applicant is employed in nursing
  • Current Resume indicating at least one year of experience working in nursing, preferably, nursing education.
  • International Global Online Applicants
    • Scholastic record must be comparable to that reflected by a 3.00 GPA verified with official transcripts and applicant needs to be licensed in their country of residence
    • Applicants must submit a credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing course work and World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing course work


Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s or pre/co-requisites, have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Master's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Unofficial transcripts
    • Deficiencies in Pre/Co-requisite Courses (up to two maximum semesters to satisfy the deficiencies)

 

Pre/Co-Requisite Courses

  • Applicants may remove deficiencies in the following pre/co-requisite courses at Cal U or another accredited institution prior to regular admission or after conditional admission
    • 3 credits undergraduate or graduate level Statistics

 

How to Apply:

                   School of Graduate Studies and Research
                   California University of Pennsylvania
                   Box 91
                   250 University Ave. 
                   California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), email (gradschool@calu.edu) or fax (724-938-5712) 

For additional information:
Email: msnonline@calu.edu
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

 

Nursing Faculty

Dr. Donna Caruthers
Assistant Professor

caruthers@calu.edu

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

evanick@calu.edu

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

oconnor@calu.edu

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Dr. Linda Pina
Chairperson and Professor

pina@calu.edu

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

weaver_r@calu.edu

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