Program Overview

The Nurse Educator Certificate Program is designed for experienced RNs with a master's in nursing in another area of nursing specialty who want to develop the knowledge and skills needed to teach in schools of nursing and healthcare settings. The program includes three theory courses and two practicum courses. The student will select a preceptor and teaching site for the onground Practicum. The total number of credits required for the certificate is 15 credits. Prior to admission to the Nurse Educator Certificate Program, students must have completed graduate level courses in Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Pathophysiology.

On completion of the Nurse Educator Certificate Program the graduate will be able to meet the following competencies:

  • apply theories of education and related sciences to the development and evaluation of nursing and healthcare curricula
  • facilitate learning of individuals and groups using theories of education, nursing, testing and evaluation, and technological innovation
  • apply leadership strategies to contribute to the ongoing development of the profession of nursing and nursing education
  • utilize research to analyze the outcomes of nursing interventions and improve nursing practice and nursing pedagogy
  • apply strategies which recognize multicultural factors in teaching and learning
  • utilize theories of change to advance the profession of nursing
  • analyze ethical theories and ethical decision making in the educational setting
  • analyze trends in healthcare and nursing education and their impact on the profession of nursing, nursing education, and the delivery of patient care
  • design curriculum, implement and evaluate curriculum based on sound educational principles, theory, and research

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Middle States Commission on Higher Education


    • Applicants must have earned a MSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • An evaluation of the applicant's graduate educational work from a regionally accredited college or university. All applicants must have a MSN degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 3.0
    • An assessment of the applicant's personal statements, essays and two letters of reference.
    • Relevance of work experience and career objectives to the program objectives. Two years of work experience is recommended. A resume is required.
    • Have a current RN license valid in the United States.

    School Overview

    Thomas Edison State University has a national reputation for academic excellence and educational integrity. The University is one of New Jersey's 11 senior public institutions of higher education and one of the first schools in the country designed specifically for adults. The University provides flexible, high-quality, collegiate learning opportunities for self-directed adults and offers degree programs and certificates in more than 100 areas of study.

    Thomas Edison State University's flexible learning methods range from online courses and prior learning assessment to credit transfer and credit-bearing exams. We offer undergraduate and graduate programs, and professional certificates tailored to the needs of adults, whether it is for professional advancement or personal fulfillment. Named for the famous American inventor who acquired knowledge outside of the traditional classroom, Thomas Edison State University provides higher education for adults with higher expectations.


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