Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Master's degree
Certificate Type: Post-Master's
Number of Credits to Completion: 18.0
Instructional Delivery: Online, Campus
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 - 2 years
Financial Aid Eligibility: Aid eligible

Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51-3817
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 29-1171
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About the Program

The Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education program is offered to those individuals who have already earned a master's degree in nursing and seek further preparation in nursing education. The program can be completed through part-time study. Transcripts will be reviewed and course work will be determined on an individual basis.

The program prepares students to work as nursing educators, nursing faculty, or nursing professors in all types of programs, at all levels, in a variety of settings. This program has a special focus on preparing students with the required competencies to be successful on the new certified nursing educator exam. With such a severe and critical nursing faculty shortage in the United States (and even globally)—this program provides students with cutting-edge content essential for today's contemporary nurse educator. 
The program integrates theories specific to adult learning, curriculum design and evaluation of courses and programs, critical thinking, both clinical and classroom techniques, and the preparation for the role of the nursing professor. This unique program even instructs students on how to teach online and use technology to teach nursing in innovative ways. The culminating practicum provides students with opportunities to put what has been learned into practice. Participants complete role practicum experiences in teaching, providing ample opportunity to apply theory to practice. In addition, students are required to attend an immersive on-campus simulation residency when taking Practicum. The residency hours will count as part of the required 160 total practicum hours (24 practicum hours earned). The residency is offered biannually.

Admission Requirements:

  • 3.0 GPA or above on all previous coursework
  • A Master of Science in Nursing from a program fully accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN)
  • A copy of your United States RN license (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable)
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges attended
  • Current Resume/CV
  • One professional letter of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the followings:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • International students will need to meet university international student admissions guidelines, including TOEFL Program Requirements.

Program Requirements

NURS 591Foundations of Nursing Education3.0
NURS 606Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition3.0
NURS 613The Role and Responsibility of the Nursing Professor3.0
or NURS 616 Teaching Methods in Nursing Education
NURS 615Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation3.0
NURS 632Nurse Educator and Faculty Role Practicum6.0
Total Credits18.0

Sample Plan of Study

Term 1Credits
NURS 591Foundations of Nursing Education3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 2
NURS 606Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 3
NURS 615Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation3.0
 Term Credits3.0
Term 4
NURS 613
or 616
The Role and Responsibility of the Nursing Professor
Teaching Methods in Nursing Education
 Term Credits3.0
Term 5
NURS 632Nurse Educator and Faculty Role Practicum6.0
 Term Credits6.0
Total Credit: 18.0

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Mr. Redian Furxhiu
Senior Academic Advisor

Additional information is also available on Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Education Certificate web page and on Drexel University Online's Nursing Education Certificate web page.

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