Program Details

Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education Certificate

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Next Start Date:
Program Now Enrolling
Approx. Course Length:
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Total Program Credits:
20 Credits
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program


Build Upon Your Nursing Career with a Nursing Education Certificate

Grand Canyon University's (GCU) Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education Certificate, offered through the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, is designed for MSN-prepared, experienced registered nurses who are passionate about mentoring and teaching future nurses. With a curriculum that focuses both on the advanced principals in the field of nursing as well as instructional strategies, this program prepares you to educate in an academic or clinical setting.

Our nursing education certificate offers the convenience of a traditional campus-based setting or an online format. One of the many strengths of this post-MSN certificate is that you do not have to put your nursing career on hold to complete it.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing, master's degree in nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Select states may have additional requirements to meet their standards; reference your enrollment agreement or contact GCU for more information.

Degree Outcomes

Gain the Tools to Teach Nursing in a Variety of Settings

Throughout the nursing education certificate program, you take part in peer discussions and practice activities, along with a clinical practicum that provides you with the opportunity to refine your expertise in a selected area of interest.

This nursing education certificate program provides you with the necessary tools to feel confident in taking your career to the next level, whether you choose to focus on teaching in a traditional setting, an online college or as a nurse educator in a clinical environment. With this comprehensive curriculum, you can further your knowledge as both a clinician as well as an educator.

What You Will Learn

Comprehensive Nursing Education Certificate

Course topics include:

  • Advanced physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacologic principles
  • Advanced health assessment
  • Technology in the educational process
  • Theories of teaching and learning
  • Traditional and alternative instructional strategies
  • Nursing education in the classroom and clinical setting

Career Outcomes

Expand Your Nursing Career Potential

With a post-MSN nursing education certificate, you may choose to obtain a faculty position in a traditional college of nursing or in an online college setting. You are also prepared to practice in a variety of practice settings as a staff educator or in a role that is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating continuing education programs.

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. In order to view the specific course content and credit length available for your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
20 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
20 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course focuses on advanced physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacologic principles. This course will guide the Nursing Education student in interpreting changes in normal function that result in symptoms indicative of illness and the effects of select pharmacologic substances on that process. Evidence-based research provides the basis for determining the safe and appropriate utilization of medications and herbal therapies on human function. Appropriate education for various prescribed pharmacologic agents is incorporated. Prerequisite: NUR-508.

Course Description

This course builds upon the student’s previous health assessment knowledge offering more advanced health assessment content to provide the foundation for the advanced-professional nursing role of the nurse educator. This course emphasizes knowledge of health assessment, including physical, psychosocial, spiritual health assessment, risk assessment, and functional assessment in diverse populations in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. To maintain a nursing focus on patient responses to health, illness, or the threat of illness the nurse must exhibit effective communication and client teaching, which is incorporated throughout the course. The importance of effective documentation and health recordkeeping is included. Prerequisite: NUR-641E.

Course Description

This course examines professional standards as a foundation for curriculum design in nursing education in all settings. It explores the nature of traditional academic education and nontraditional academic education, as well as continuing nursing education. This course also focuses on theories of teaching/learning, traditional and alternative instructional strategies, and nursing education in the classroom and clinical setting. The course incorporates the development of curriculum frameworks and learning activities for adult learners from diverse backgrounds. Strategies to enhance critical thinking are included.

Course Description

This course incorporates technology into the educational process from the use of personal technology to institutional technology. Students have the opportunity to develop (or convert) educational programs to be delivered in an online format. Principles of curriculum development, teaching/learning theories, and implementation of evaluation strategies will be modified to the online learning environment. This course also examines professional regulatory and accreditation standards as an evaluation framework for curriculum design in nursing education in all settings. Strategies to assess learning are included from the assignment evaluation to the program evaluation based on outcomes. Prerequisite: NUR-647E.

Course Description

This is a culminating practicum experience completed with a nurse educator preceptor in a selected setting. This clinical practicum affords students the opportunity to refine educational expertise in their selected areas of interest (e.g., assessment of learning needs, program/curriculum planning, implementation, and assessment/evaluation in either a traditional or nontraditional setting). This course offers opportunities for students to begin integrating the role of the nurse educator into their professional behaviors. Prerequisite: NUR-649E. This course may be taken concurrently with NUR-699.

Faculty Bios

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

* The Department of Education defines how an institution must calculate a program's On-Time Completion rate for federal disclosure purposes. The On-Time Completion rate is based on a program’s published required number of months to complete all degree requirements as provided in the institution’s catalog. Completion statistics are updated every January and are based on the cohort of students who graduated between 7/1 – 6/30 of the preceding year. The On-Time Completion rate is determined by the number of students in the cohort who completed the program within the published program length divided by the number of students in the cohort who graduated.

Online and Evening program disclosures

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