Post-Master’s Nursing Education Certificate

The Post-Master’s Nursing Education Certificate is designed for anyone who has completed their MSN degree and wants to broaden their knowledge base in preparation for entry into academia.


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In this program, you will develop, test, and evaluate ideas relevant to the nurse educator core competencies, along with critically examining concepts and theories in relation to nursing practice, teaching-learning strategies, curriculum and course development, professional issues, and the monitoring and evaluation of student learning. Ethical, moral, and spiritual concepts are integrated into the curriculum to aid in the development of advanced knowledge and skills to better prepare you for servant leadership. These skills will prepare you to innovatively lead the profession of nursing forward. You will interact with a variety of interprofessional partners to explore best practices and will be able to enter a new nursing role as an academic nurse educator.

This track includes two practicum experiences working with approved, self-selected preceptors. The first practicum experience includes a 30-hour advanced clinical experience. The second involves a hands-on experience with a preceptor in the academic setting to complete 120-hours of practicum.

Upon completion of this track, students are prepared to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator examination from the National League for Nursing.

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Course Overview

  • Format: Accelerated 8 week classes meet online, with options to double up on classes
  • Program Length: In as little as 32 weeks
  • Credit Hours: 16-20 credit hours
  • Tuition: $690 per credit hour

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Commonly Asked Questions

Post-Master’s – Nursing Education FAQs

A typical candidate for this track includes a nurse who has completed a master’s degree in nursing and is interested in a career in nursing education. Candidates for the Post-Master’s in certificate in Nursing Education are seeking to inspire and mold the next generation of nurses by teaching knowledge and skills required for same and competent care. Candidates enjoy serving as preceptors and helping others understand new or difficult concepts.

Accreditations include:

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
The HLC, one of six independent U.S. regional accreditors, evaluates degree-granting, post-secondary educational institutions in 19 states that comprise the North Central region. The master’s degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Olivet Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

The Post-Master’s Education track can be completed in 72 weeks, just over a year. Students take 1 course at a time with a total of 9 courses, unless they have already completed their 3P courses. Each of the courses is 8 weeks long. Without the 3P courses, there are 7 courses, which at 8 weeks each would be a total of 56 weeks.

All courses are online; however, a student is required to complete two practicum courses. One 30-hour Advanced Clinical Practicum and another 120-hour Academic Nurse Educator practicum. Both practicums are completed with an approved, self-selected preceptor.


While much of the learning takes place online, Post-Master’s Education students will need to complete their practicum hours in an approved state. Please check to see if this program meets the educational requirements with your state board of nursing.

In addition to the General Admissions Requirements, the applicant must:

  • Complete an application.
  • Submit transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university showing an earned Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree.
  • Have attained a MSN grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale).*
  • Submit a current, unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in a geographical jurisdiction of the United States.*
  • Have successfully completed (defined as a grade of B- or above) within the last five years Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment (only FNP & Education tracks).**
  • Submit a signed consent regarding criminal background and drug screening requirements.
  • Submit evidence of having worked as a RN for at least 2,000 hours prior to starting the respective clinical/practicum tracks (ED: NRSG 634, FNP: NRSG 665 & TL: NRSG 648).**


*Students who do not meet these criteria, please speak with an Admissions Counselor about a possible conditional admission.

**Students who do not meet these criteria, please speak with an Admissions Counselor about a possible conditional enrollment.

When choosing your career path, a Post-Master’s Nursing Education Certificate offers students ample opportunities to teach in a nursing school/program/university at various levels, such as LPN, ADN, and BSN programs. There is a growing demand for nurse educators in academia. Faculty typically make less than other graduate prepared roles there is an overwhelming need for educators.

  • “According to a Special Survey on Vacant Faculty Positions released by AACN in October 2018, a total of 1,715 faculty vacancies were identified in a survey of 872 nursing schools with baccalaureate and/or graduate programs across the country (85.8% response rate). Besides the vacancies, schools cited the need to create an additional 138 faculty positions to accommodate student demand. The data show a national nurse faculty vacancy rate of 7.9%. Most of the vacancies (90.7%) were faculty positions requiring or preferring a doctoral degree.”
  • In the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN’s) Vision for Academic Nursing it is mentioned that “projections indicated that retirements between 2016-2025 would equal one third of the 2015 employed faculty workforce.” and “In 2017, 55% of all nursing programs (baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral) reported insufficient number of faculty as one of the primary reasons for not admitting all qualified applicants.”

Discounts are available for our practice partners, alumni, and faculty. Upon completion students should check out government loan repayment programs such as the Nurse Faculty Loan Repayment Program.

For a compiled list of available scholarships click here!

Upon completion of this track, students are educationally prepared to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator examination from the National League for Nursing. For more information, please refer to the CNE Handbook. Upon completion of this track, students are educationally prepared to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator examination from the National League for Nursing.

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