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
- Program planning and program evaluating
- Diagnostic reasoning
- 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.
Program Core Courses
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.