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