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Post Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate

The Nurse Educator post-master's certificate program is designed to provide masters-prepared registered nurses with advanced knowledge related to the scope of practice for academic and staff development nurse educators.

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Program Highlights:

  • 15 credit post-masters certificate
  • Courses are offered as a hybrid model: a combination of on-line and face to face meetings
  • Courses held in the evening and on Saturday on the Beverly campus
  • 144 hour internship experience in area of concentration
  • Internships arranged through collaboration with course faculty
  • Affordable tuition – no hidden fees 

The courses within the certificate program emphasize the professional role of the nurse educator, leadership roles, interpersonal and communication skills, diversity, critical thinking, the application of ethical, legal and professional standards of practice, and the evaluation of forces within the health care delivery and academic institutions impacting the professional role of the nurse educator.

The Nurse Educator certificate is designed to prepare nurses to assume the advanced nursing role of educator in academic settings and in health care organizations in staff development, continuing education, or community based education. The curriculum content and processes are consistent with the National League for Nursing (2005) Core Competencies for Nurse Educators. The courses focus on the role of the nurse educator and responsibilities related to teaching, scholarship, service, clinical excellence, and issues and trends impacting nurse educators. Students also explore a variety of learning styles, needs and characteristics of diverse learners, competency-based instruction, including new trends in creative instructional technology strategies and techniques. Evaluative processes in nursing education in the classroom, simulation, clinical and distance learning are examined. Designing dynamic curricula and programs that are relevant in a changing and challenging health care environment, as well as the accreditation process of nursing programs are explored. The ethical, legal and leadership dimensions of the nurse educator are integrated throughout the curriculum.
The nurse educator internship course provides students an opportunity to integrate knowledge and skills learned in the classroom setting into practice. Internship placements are arranged individually through the School of Nursing. Experiences are selected with the student that meets course and personal objectives in academia and in organizations.


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Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate the critical inquiry and analysis skills needed to engage constructively in intellectual discourse about the health needs and problems of patients, families, groups and communities throughout the life cycle.
  2. Promote the rights of patients, families, groups and the community in relation to professional practice standards, ethical considerations and legal implications of the nursing profession.
  3. Utilize research findings in nursing practice.
  4. Synthesize knowledge from the physical, behavioral, social sciences and humanities into the practice of nursing while implementing the nursing process to promote health of patients, families, groups and the community.
  5. Integrate nursing and related theories and research in nursing practice to perform therapeutic nursing interventions and implement teaching-learning principles to promote, maintain and restore health for diverse patients in a variety of settings, across the health/illness continuum.
  6. Provide culturally competent nursing care.
  7. Use technology to provide patient-centered care.
  8. Communicate within the conventions of the discipline of nursing.
  9. Collaborate with interdisciplinary team members within the context of the healthcare environment.
  10. Develop a commitment to lifelong learning, professional development, and active involvement in professional nursing organizations.
  11. Integrate leadership and management skills in health care systems promoting the professional role of nursing and the delivery of safe and quality health care.

Core Courses


Nurse as the Educator 3 credits
This course provides an exploration of the role of the nurse as an educator in schools of nursing and in staff development in organizational institutions. Specifically students will develop advanced knowledge about the multifaceted role of the nurse educator as well as current issues and trends in education impacting the role of the nurse educator. The impact of economic trends and policy on the profession of nursing and the subsequent impact on nursing education will be explored.

Curriculum Design, Course Development and Program Evaluation 3 credits
This course provides an exploration of curriculum design and course development for schools of nursing and programs in organizational institutions. Specifically students will develop advanced knowledge about the role of the nurse educator in developing and evaluating a nursing curriculum. Students will explore theories of nursing and learning applicable to nursing education. Trends influencing nursing education and curriculum development will be explored as well as the process of accreditation of programs. Students will critique selected nursing curricula for essential components of a nursing curriculum. Students will develop a theoretical framework that will guide the development of a nursing course.

Teaching Methods: Principles of Teaching 3 credits
This course provides foundational principles of teaching and learning essential for the nurse educator. Topics in this course include: learning styles inventory, critical thinking, strategies for lecturing to a large group of students, approaches to laboratory learning, and principles of clinical instruction. Included in this course will be discussions on alternative teaching methods such as distance learning, computer assisted learning, innovation to stimulate learning, new technologies in teaching and strategies to overcoming obstacles to learning. Test construction, methods to evaluate learning and course grading will also be discussed.

Internship in Educator Role 6 credits
This internship in nursing education course is designed as a capstone course in the Certificate in Nursing Education. In this course the student will complete a minimum of 144 hours with a preceptor in either the area of staff education in an organizational institution or in a school of nursing. Students in this course are expected to integrate knowledge in previous courses related to the role of the nurse educator, curriculum design, course development, teaching methods and principles and apply them to an educational setting. Students will develop and submit measurable objectives to be completed during the internship. Weekly seminar topics are included in this course to facilitate discussion surrounding nursing education roles, responsibilities and issues in teaching and learning.

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