Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education Certificate

The Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education certificate program is designed for MSN-prepared, experienced registered nurses who have a passion for mentoring and teaching future nurses.

Pursue the post-master nursing education certificate and move toward a faculty position in a traditional college of nursing or in a non-traditional program that relies on online technology as a teaching medium. You can also prepare to practice in acute or chronic care settings as a staff educator or in a role that is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating continuing education programs.

A series of advanced physiology, pharmacology and health assessment courses begin the nursing education certificate program, followed by a series of advanced education nursing seminars before concluding with a practicum course project.

Principles of curriculum development, teaching/learning theories and implementation of evaluation strategies will be explored. The evaluation courses also examine professional regulatory and accreditation standards which are used for curriculum design in nursing education.

Learn Teaching Strategies and Techniques of Nursing

The assessment courses can help you learn teaching strategies for both traditional and non-traditional (or technology-based) academic institutions within biology, physiology, risk, health and other assessments. This nursing education certificate program concludes with a clinical practicum which affords you the opportunity to refine educational expertise in your selected areas of interest.

Observational and hands-on learning guide you to better understand a nurse educator’s role in health care through immersed experiences under the watch of a nurse preceptor in a variety of health care and teaching environments.

Available 100 percent online or through our evening cohort format at select locations, you can learn around your schedule for flexibility and convenience while continuing to pursue your career goals or maintain your current employment.

GCU Nursing Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master's degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.