Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate

Many nurses who graduate from nursing programs are not necessarily prepared to teach. The nurse educator graduate certificate at WMU will prepare post-graduate nurses (BSN, MSN or Doctorate) to be an educator in academic or staff development settings.

With this certificate, you'll get the functional knowledge, understanding and skills needed for classroom and/or clinical teaching, preparing you to:

  • Develop activities/assignments to promote student learning 
  • Use assessment and evaluation strategies effectively 
  • Participate in curriculum design and evaluate program outcomes 
  • Pursue continuous quality improvement in the nurse educator role 
  • Engage in scholarship, service and leadership

Admission requirements

  • Evidence of current nursing license from an authorized state
  • BSN, MSN or doctoral nursing degree from an accredited institution 
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4 point scale)
  • A written goal statement that explicitly discusses your professional teaching goals 
  • Current resume/CV

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Look for the Certificate Program information at the link below.

Required courses

The Nurse Educator certificate consists of nine credit hours using the following courses: 

  • NUR 6600: Curriculum & Teaching of Theory in Health Disciplines (3 credits)
    This course is designed to provide the theoretical foundations of how adults learn, curricular design in a health professional discipline, strategies for teaching in the theoretical domain, and evaluation of learning. This course provides practical experience with didactic teaching under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Open to graduate students only. Restricted to Masters of Science in Nursing or instructor approval.
  • NUR 6610: Clinical Teaching & Evaluation in Health Disciplines (3 credits)
    This course is designed to provide experienced health professionals with the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching and evaluation of adult learner performance in practice settings. This course provides practical experience in clinical teaching under the guidance of a mentor teacher. Open to graduate MSN students only or instructor permission. Prerequisites: NUR 6600.
  • NUR 6630: Role Development of the Nurse Educator (3 credits)
    This course consists of classroom instruction and a mentored teaching experience. Students will understand the role and obligations of the nurse educator in an academic or clinical setting. The mentored teaching experience offers students an opportunity to develop, implement, and evaluate a teaching/course plan based on the principles of teaching and learning and curriculum development.