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Advanced Certificate Program in Nursing Education


The Advanced Certificate Program in Nursing Education is designed for nurses with doctorates who want to maximize their potential to be effective nurse educators. The program consists of five core courses designed to help you to deploy your advanced clinical or research expertise to enhance the education of new nurses and advanced practitioners. All five courses are offered entirely online.

The education of nurses is perhaps the most challenging work in academia. This certificate is designed to improve the teaching skills of those nurses who already have doctoral degrees. We offer doctorally prepared nurses, already working in or interested in Nursing Education an opportunity to gain academic preparation in the role of nurse educators. There are currently 1,200 nursing faculty vacancies across the U.S., and this number is expected to climb sharply over the next few years as current aging faculty begin to retire. An Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education would not only prepare those seeking to extend or advance their teaching skills, but also lead to better nursing education generally.

The nurse educator is charged with teaching a diverse body of students to become safe, knowledgeable, and professional practitioners, able to handle the advanced technological demands of the current healthcare system. This educator operates in an educational environment that must meet stiff accreditation demands. Moreover, nursing programs have been subject for decades to high stakes testing that both licenses its graduates to become registered nurses, but also, in the form of closely watched pass-rates, provides a sobering and accreditation-threatening evaluation of these nursing programs on a yearly basis. This program will prepare you for the Certification Examination in Nursing Education.

Course Requirements

The program can be completed in 2-years if one course/semester for five consecutive semesters is taken. Classes are taken with current doctoral students in the Nursing Education EdD program, assuring a high quality program.  

  • HBSN 6030 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education, 3 credits
  • HBSN 6040 Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education, 3 credits
  • HBSN 6043 Innovations in Nursing Education, 3 credits
  • HBSN 6044 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education, 3 credits
  • HBSN 6045 Simulation in Nursing Education, 3 credits

Course Descriptions

HBSN 6030 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education
This course explores the essential structures, components, and factors of curriculum development pertaining to nursing education. Concentration will be on the curriculum development process.

HBSN 6040 Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing Education
This course explores associations of key aspects of learning development to educational interventions in higher education. 

HBSN 6043 Innovations in Nursing Education
This course examines innovations in education that support and promote a culture of active teaching and learning.  Use of technologies in nursing education will be a focus. Evidence-based teaching strategies will be identified for use in the classroom and clinical settings.

HBSN 6044 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education
This course examines evaluation methods in nursing within the classroom, laboratory, and clinical setting. Current issues, trends, and research related to educational testing instruments, alternative to standardized evaluation methods, and outcome measurement in nursing education will be discussed. Students will develop reliable and valid evaluation measures for use in nursing education.

HBSN 6045 Simulation Technology In Nursing Education

This course explores the teaching strategy of case studies, focusing specifically on simulation and its application for both classroom and clinical practice within nursing education. Evidence based simulation strategies will be explored using active teaching strategies that are guided by research and clinical expertise. Students will participate in a practicum where they will gain skills at a local simulation facility.

Admission Requirements

The following requirements and materials are required for the Academic Certificate Program in Nursing Education.

  1. Applicant must be a registered nurse and must submit evidence of licensure
  2. Applicant must have an earned doctorate and transcripts related to this degree must be submitted
  3. Resume with evidence of clinical experience either through specialty masters preparation or through clinical experience in nursing.
  4. Statement of Purpose (which can be 2-3 pages in length), in addition to describing your academic and professional background and why you are a good fit for the program, discuss:
    1. why you are interested in nursing education,
    2. how your clinical experience will contribute to your success an educator

NFLP Available!

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), a program funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration and Teachers College is available for eligible Certificate students.  The program makes loans to students who are interested in pursuing full-time positions in academic nursing programs. Forgiveness of as much as 85% of the loan is available to those who complete the certificate program and teach four years in an academic nursing program.  Applications for the NFLP are sent in July and August to nurses who have enrolled in the Certificate Program. Availability of loans is contingent on Teachers College being awarded the funds. *Please contact Kathleen O'Connell at for further information.

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