Nurse Educator Certificate

This certificate prepares students for the roles and responsibilities of nurse educators in any setting that provides healthcare. Course content will provide the scope of practice for nurse educators specific to the academic environment that includes alignment of academic philosophy and admission, policies, quality improvement, curriculum development and implementation, earning theories, evidence based teaching/learning strategies and assessments to meet learner outcomes.  A 48-hour practicum project with a highly qualified nursing education faculty member is included in the Post Master's-Nurse Educator Certificate Program. ​

The curriculum plan includes 4 courses for a total of 12 credit hours:

  1. Nurse Educator Role
  2. Nursing Curriculum Development and Design
  3. Facilitating the Teaching and Learning Process
  4. Principles and Practices of Assessment and Evaluation.

Students who complete the Nurse Educator Certificate Program may apply for the Certified Nurse Educator examination through the National League for Nursing.

Admission Requirements

  1. Current valid RN license
  2. Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree or Master of Science in Nursing Degree or Doctoral Degree in Nursing with a minimum 3.0 GPA. 

Application Process

  • Complete a graduate application online and include RN license number and name as it appears on the license
  • Submit official transcripts

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Nurse Educator Certificate Program, the student will be able to: 

  1. Exhibit professional, ethical behaviors in the multidimensional role of Nurse Educator.
  2. Facilitate learning using teaching strategies grounded in educational theory and evidence-based teaching practices based upon the unique learning needs of all learners.
  3. Engage learners, faculty colleagues, and clinical agency stakeholders in promoting safe, positive learning environments.
  4. Implement a variety of evidence-based assessment and evaluation strategies to enhance the teaching-learning process.
  5. Collaborate with colleagues to revise or create curriculum based on research, health care trends, learner needs, and program outcomes.
  6. Provide leadership for organizational change in the various learning environments of the academic or practice community.
  7. Participate in continuous quality improvement measures in teaching and learning.
  8. Disseminate nursing and teaching knowledge to a wide-range of audiences through a variety of venues.
  9. Advocate for nursing, nursing education, and learners through political and institutional learning environments.

Faculty Spotlight

Melessa Starnes Damoff, MSN, RN, Clinical Assistant Professor
Joined Ashland University faculty in 2010 and serves as clinical assistant professor of NursingRead more