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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%; it also estimates that one-third of current nurse faculty are expected to retire by 2025.


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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.

Nursing students in class


  • 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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Program Benefits

  • Online 
  • Access to faculty mentors with more than 40 years of teaching experience in educational and healthcare settings
Nursing students with a "patient" in the simulation lab

Graduate Outcome

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


Theda (Jody) Hostetler, DNP, M.Ed., RN 
Director, Nurse Educator Certificate Program
Project Director, Nurse Faculty Loan Program and Nurse Education Grant Program
Assistant Professor of Nursing
172 Mansfield Campus