Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing Education

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's Degree
Certificate Type: Post Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Expected Time to Completion: 1 year

Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible
Classification of Instructional Program (CIP) Code: 51.3817
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) Code: 25-1072

About the Program

This certificate program provides a four-course grouping of classes that focus on the knowledge and skills required for nurse educator roles. Courses are chosen from the MSN in Nursing Education curriculum. Upon completing this certificate program, the student will have 12.0 graduate credits from a CCNE-approved master's in nursing program. 

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree from a fully accredited program.
  • 3.0 GPA or above on all previous coursework.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions are required.
  • A copy of your United States RN license. (License verification from your nursing license registry website is acceptable.)
  • Personal statement (no more than two and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the following:
    • 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.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume.
  • One professional letter of recommendation from either a previous or immediate supervisor or former faculty member who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study.
    • References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
    • The letter of recommendation requirement is waived if GPA is 3.0 or higher. 

TOEFL Requirement

International applicants, immigrants to the United States and United States permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in speaking. listening, writing and reading English. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

  • If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • If you take the TOEFL, you must have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Program Requirements

NURS 591Foundations of Healthcare Education3.0
NURS 606Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition3.0
NURS 613The Role and Responsibility of the Nurse Educator3.0
or NURS 616 Teaching Methods in Nursing Education
NURS 615Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation3.0
Total Credits12.0

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
NURS 5913.0NURS 6063.0NURS 613 or 6163.0NURS 6153.0
 3 3 3 3
Total Credits 12

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Additional Information

For more information about this program, contact:

Graduate Nursing Division

Additional information is available on the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions Nursing Education Certificate webpage and on the Drexel University Online Nursing Education Certificate webpage.

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