Nurse Educator Certificate (Post-Master’s)

Program Location
Orange County - Online
Program Credits
12 Credits
Program Length
2 Semesters
Time to Complete
8 Months
Faculty shortages at nursing schools across the country are limiting student capacity at a time when the need for nurses continues to grow.  Budget constraints, an aging faculty, and increasing job competition from the service setting have contributed to this emerging crisis.  Certified Nurse Educator (CNE certification) is available through the National League for Nursing.  

Admission Requirements

Applicants for the Nursing Educator Certificate (Post-Master's) Program must:
  1. Have graduated from an accredited master's or doctoral program in nursing.  
  2. Provide proof of a current unobstructed Registered Nurse (RN) license from the United States. 
  3. Submit a non-refundable application fee to cover administrative cost of processing application. 
  4. Submit official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions recognized by the United States Department of Education.  Applicants submitting non-U.S. or non-English transcripts should refer to the International Admissions section of the catalog.  
  5. Have a cumulative graduate GPA of 3.0. 
  6. One year of direct patient care nursing experience within the past five years is preferred. 
  7. English proficiency for all applicants whose first language is not English will be required.  Consult with Nursing and Student Affairs for any questions. 
Note:  Applicants with a cumulative graduate GPA of 2.7 to 2.99 may be considered for admission on probation, but must achieve a "B" (3.0) or better in the first 6 credits in the certificate program to be removed from probation.  Students who do not achieve a "B" or better in the first 6 credits will be dismissed from the certificate program.  

Nurse Educator Certificate (Post-Master's) Curriculum

Nurse Educator Certificate (Post-Master's) Coursework

NURS 535Principles of Teaching and Learning


NURS 642Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education


NURS 640Curriculum Design and Simulation


NURS 641LAEducation Teaching Practicum


NURS 641LBEducation Teaching Practicum


Total Credit Hours:12.0

Nurse Educator (Post-Master's) Certificate Program Costs

For program costs, please see the Distance Education Tuition and Fees section.