Nursing Education Certificate

Prepare Yourself for a Role in Nursing Education

Explore best practices in evidence-based teaching and learning through a flexible, online format. Broaden your nursing career options; take the next step to prepare yourself for a role in nursing education. Combine clinical expertise with nursing education to pursue career opportunities in patient education, nursing education programs, and community education.

Program content facilitates learning through evidence-based teaching and learning strategies, focusing on practical nursing application and emerging practices in nursing education. Emphasis is on the knowledge and skills needed to develop curricula, teaching skills, evaluation strategies, and integrating technology in the classroom, clinical, and online environments.

Complete the certificate in one year or take as individual courses. The 9-credit Nursing Education Certificate Program consists of three required courses, each 3 semester credit hours.

Program Objectives

These 4-3 graduate-level credit courses are designed to provide additional professional development opportunity for registered nurses interested or engaged in nurse preceptor, clinical educator, or academic nurse educator roles. These courses emphasize:

  1. Evidence-based and theory-guided best practices in contemporary teaching and learning across settings and modalities, emphasizing integration of educational technologies.
  2. The evolving science of nursing education and the scholarship of teaching, including core competencies, roles, and responsibilities of nurse educators.
  3. Learner assessment and program effectiveness, connecting curriculum design and course development to achievement of desired outcomes and continuous improvement.

The optional elective, not required for the NEC, offers a preceptored practicum immersion with individualized, focused learning designed for relevancy to the specific teaching practice experience, role, setting, and goals.​​

Important Dates

Summer 2024

Non-Degree Application Opens
March 25, 2024

Non-Degree Application & Enrollment Request Deadline
May 12, 2024 at 10:00 pm MT

Certificate Program Enrollment Request Deadline
May 12, 2024 at 10:00 pm MT

NEXus Enrollment Request Deadline
May 12, 2024 at 10:00 pm MT

Summer Semester Dates
June 3 - August 21, 2024
(Including Finals Week)

Drop Deadline
June 7, 2024 at 5:00 pm MT


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