Program Overview

The online Post-Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education program from Western Carolina University prepares students for the role of nurse educator with competencies in three educational areas:

  • ​Academic Educator
  • Staff Educator
  • Patient Educator

Coursework explores topics in teaching/learning, curriculum development, testing and measurement, and more.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Certificate

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • Must have graduated from a nationally accredited master's program in nursing (MSN) or a related discipline
    • Statistics course, undergraduate or graduate level
    • Nursing Research course, undergraduate
    • Registered nurse eligible for licensure to practice in the state in which the student intends to practice
    • Minimum of one year of clinical experience as a registered nurse within the last five years
    • Three professional references
    • Resume
    • Professional statement

    School Overview

    Western Carolina University, a co-educational public university located on a rural campus in Cullowhee, NC, is a branch campus of the University of North Carolina System. WCU was established in 1889, and is the fifth oldest school of the sixteen four-year universities in the UNC system. WCU was established to educate those living in the Western North Carolina mountains. Today, WCU serves the entire state of North Carolina, as well as the nation, and has grown into a major cultural, scientific and educational force in the state and region.

    WCU awards bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degrees through the following colleges and schools:

    • College of Arts and Sciences
    • College of Business
    • College of Education and Allied Professions
    • College of Fine and Performing Arts
    • College of Health and Human Sciences
    • Kimmel School of Construction Management and Technology

    WCU offers distance and online education programs to students seeking an alternative to on-campus classes. Distance education students are part of a vibrant online learning community, and convenient class schedules make it easy for students to exchange ideas, share information, keep track of discussions, check assignments and submit their work online. Program offerings include undergraduate online degree completion programs, graduate online degree programs, online certificates and courses, alternative teacher licensure and add-on licensure, and off-site and hybrid degree programs.


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