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Nurse Educator Certificate Program Overview

Do you want to influence the next generation of nurses? Sign up for Ashland University’s online Nurse Educator Certificate program. This program prepares nurses to teach in a nursing education program or healthcare setting.

There has never been a greater need for nurse educators. A 2019 survey by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports a nurse faculty vacancy rate of 7.2 percent; it also estimates that one-third of current nurse faculty are expected to retire by 2025.

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How Do I Know if This Program Is Right for Me?

If you are a nurse who wants to influence the next generation of nurses, you may be interested in becoming a nurse educator. A nurse educator is a professional who teaches in a nursing education program or healthcare setting, using advanced nursing knowledge and teaching skills. To become a nurse educator, you need to complete a Nurse Educator Certificate program, which prepares you for the academic and practice environments of nursing education.

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The program begins in the fall with four, 16-week online courses. The courses include 12 credit hours of graduate-level coursework and a 48-hour practicum with a highly-qualified nursing education faculty member. The courses are:

  • Nurse Educator Role
  • Nursing Curriculum Development and Design
  • Facilitating the Teaching and Learning Process
  • Principles and Practices of Assessment and Evaluation (practicum)

View the Academic Catalog for complete certificate requirements.

Admissions Requirements

  • Hold a current, valid license to practice as a Registered Nurse in at least one U.S. state or territory.
  • Have a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Master of Science in Nursing degree or doctoral degree in nursing with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
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Graduate Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, you may be eligible to apply for the following certifications:

Refer to the certification websites for specific eligibility requirements.

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Contact Information

Hostetler, Jody
Theda (Jody) Hostetler, DNP, M.Ed., R.N.
Director, Online Nurse Educator Certificate Program
Project Director, Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Project Director, Nurse Education Grant Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing
College of Nursing – Mansfield