Program Details

Post-Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education Certificate

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

What is the Role of a Nurse Educator?

Nurse educators practice as faculty, staff educators, or clinicians. Competencies of the professional practice nurse educator include assessing educational needs, planning programs to meet those needs and evaluating program outcomes in the context of evidence-based practice models.

Why Get Your Post Masters Nurse Educator Certificate Online* at GCU?

The Post-MSN nurse educator certificate program at Grand Canyon University focuses on the advanced practice role as an educator incorporating competencies of:

  • Instructional strategies
  • Assessment
  • Program planning and program evaluating
  • Diagnostic reasoning
  • Leadership
  • Evidenced-based research and application

Graduates are prepared to educate in an academic or clinical setting. Program courses include:

  • Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators
    Focuses on advanced physiology, pathophysiology and pharmacologic principles.
  • Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators
    Builds upon students’ previous health assessment knowledge offering advanced health assessment content to provide the foundation for the advanced professional nursing role of the nurse educator.
  • Nursing Education Seminar I & Nursing Education Seminar II
    Specific emphasis on effective methods of facilitating learning and fostering critical thinking skills in diverse student populations. Students will apply advanced health assessment skills in the clinical setting during Seminar I.
  • Nursing Education Practicum
    Culminating practicum experience completed with a nurse educator preceptor in a selected setting.

Through the nursing education certificate program, students can select the focus of their practicum experience which gives students direct practicum hours. With this comprehensive curriculum, students can further their knowledge as a clinical or academic educator. This curriculum qualifies the graduate to take the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam.

*Program is not 100% online. Students are required to complete direct clinical hours with a focus on advanced health assessment and have a nursing education practicum experience with a preceptor.

Nursing Education Certificate Requirements

The post master's certificate in nursing education program does not have special admissions requirements. To view GCU’s general admission requirements and program qualifications, visit the Graduate and Doctoral Online Admissions Requirements online.

What Can You Do as a Nurse Educator?

Nurse educators practice in a variety of settings. With a post master’s nurse educator certificate, graduates can pursue an academic career as faculty for a traditional or online nursing college as well as a career as a clinical educator.

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Total Program Credits: 20
Online: 8 weeks [More Info]
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the total program requirements in transfer (whichever is less)

Online: $515 per credit [More Info]

Course List

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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.

Course Description

This course builds upon students’ previous health assessment knowledge offering 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, and spiritual health assessment; risk assessment; and functional assessment in diverse populations in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. Topics, such as effective communication and client teaching/counseling to elicit patients’ interpretation of their health status and perceived barriers, are incorporated throughout the course to maintain a nursing focus on patient responses to illness or the threat of illness. This course incorporates the completion and interpretation of a head-to-toe assessment along with emphasis on effective documentation and health recordkeeping. Prerequisite: NUR-641E.

Course Description

This course prepares nurse educators to deliver instruction within clinical, professional, and academic settings with specific emphasis on effective methods of facilitating learning and fostering critical thinking skills in diverse student populations. Students apply instructional strategies and methods grounded in evidence-based practice and learning theory and engage in the selection of appropriate strategies to facilitate learning. Students also consider the effective integration of technology and simulation into teaching practice. Students complete 50 direct care practicum hours to integrate advanced nursing knowledge and skills into practice. Practicum/field experience hours: 50. Prerequisite: NUR-643E.

Course Description

In this course, students learn to contribute to the development of nursing curricula, focusing on different phases of the curriculum creation and improvement processes. Students examine methods of curriculum design, assessment of learning outcomes, and best practices for curriculum development, including aligning curriculum to professional standards, writing learning objectives, creating formative and summative assessments, and using data to improve student learning outcomes. Prerequisite: NUR-646E.

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. Practicum/field experience hours: 150. Prerequisite: NUR-648E or NUR-649E. This course may be taken concurrently with NUR-699.

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.

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Program Domains

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Online and Evening program disclosures (1.083 years)

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