Utilize your nursing knowledge, experience, and MSN degree to pursue additional nursing credentials that will allow you to progress in your career. Move forward on your career path with the help of a post-master's degree certificate in nursing that opens the doors to new opportunities.
As a nurse educator, you will demonstrate a professional presence by helping nursing students acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies to work effectively in inter-professional teams across a variety of academic and healthcare settings. Graduates of this Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing–Education program may be prepared and eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam, if they choose.
WGU has been named a 2021 Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing / master's degree program in nursing at WGU is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Expected time to completion
The program consists of 16 competency units and is paced to be completed in two six-month terms.
Tuition per six-month term is
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This program consists of the following courses. You will typically complete one at a time as you make your way through your program, working with your Program Mentor each term to build your personalized Certificate Plan. You’ll work through each course as quickly as you can study and learn the material. As soon as you’re ready, you'll take your assessment, and once you pass, you'll complete the course and move on. This means you can finish as many courses as you're able in a term at no additional cost.
Evolving Roles of Nurse Educators in Diverse Environments examines the multidimensional roles of a contemporary academic nurse educator. This course explores the roles and responsibilities of the nurse educator as a teacher, leader, change agent, and curriculum innovator. Students will also examine the importance of personal and professional development by developing strategies that promote academic integrity, cultural sensitivity, social justice, and ethical/legal values in diverse environments. The course emphasizes the responsibility of nurse educators to utilize communication, collaboration, and leadership in mitigating challenges in academic nursing education.
Facilitation of Context-Based Student-Centered Learning explores how the nurse educator will incorporate authentic experiences into the creation of course plans that facilitate scholarly inquiry, collaboration, and knowledge acquisition in varied educational environments. Emphasis is placed on innovative, transformational, and experiential teaching and learning strategies to facilitate student development of professional, context-based nursing principles, knowledge, skills, and behavior. Evolving Roles of Nurse Educators in Diverse Environments is a prerequisite to this course.
Contemporary Curriculum Design and Development in Nursing Education analyzes the concepts of creating curriculum based on national nursing accreditation standards and instructional design best practices. Nurse educator students will create course content that supports learning in diverse, real-world environments where nurse educators facilitate learning. Instructional design strategies for delivering course content will reflect the mission of academic institution programs, contemporary trends in nursing education, and the needs of key stakeholders in nursing education and practice. Facilitation of Context-Based Student-Centered Learning is a prerequisite to this course.
Assessment and Evaluation Strategies for Measuring Student Learning addresses the academic nurse educator's role in the design, development, implementation, and evaluation of student achievement outcomes in nursing education programs. This course requires students to integrate best practices from nursing theory and theories of learning to assess student learning in diverse educational settings. Topics include validity, reliability, and practicality of assessments; interpreting item difficulty and discrimination test results; and analyzing student achievement and learning outcomes data. This course has no prerequisites.
Emerging Trends and Challenges in 21st Century Nursing Education analyzes the emerging trends, technologies, and challenges that academic nurse educators encounter when facilitating learning in diverse healthcare settings. Students will focus on the necessity of interprofessional collaboration and the barriers and facilitators to overcoming the challenges associated with teaching and learning in nursing. Topics include the impact of emerging technology, challenges in nursing practice, and the role of the academic nurse educator as a scholar and a nursing education policy advocate. This course has no prerequisites.
The Nursing Education Field Experience provides the academic nurse educator student an opportunity to work collaboratively with academic mentors and interprofessional stakeholders to analyze the need-gap for a curriculum change, innovation, or improvement. Based on the identified need-gap, the graduate student will design and develop a course that reflects evidence-based instructional design and assessment principles and practices. This course prepares students for the role of an Academic Nurse Educator, as an agent for change and quality improvement in nursing education.
The Nursing Education Capstone course provides the Academic Nurse Educator student an opportunity to apply previous course work towards the completion of an evidence-based curriculum proposal project. During this course students will build on previous work during their Nursing Education Field Experience course by planning the implementation and evaluation phases of their proposed curriculum change, innovation or improvement. The capstone proposal project represents a synthesis of competencies across the Masters Science of Nursing—Nursing Education degree program, which prepares them to lead, manage, and transform nursing education in diverse and complex academic settings. All MSN Core and Specialty courses, including the Field Experience course, are prerequisites to this course and must be completed before taking this course.
The learner will explore professional communication by applying the principles of academic writing to their discipline. Learners will incorporate these skills into the development of an evidence-based scholarly paper in their specialty area. As learners develop a scholarly paper, they will acquire a deeper understanding of the research topic selected and analyze whether initiatives and interventions have been effective or ineffective.
The Nursing Education competencies in this program were derived from the National League for Nursing Nurse Educator standards and the Master’s Essentials for Professional Nursing practice. The nurse educator specialization will cover topics such as curriculum development, learning styles, assessment, and more.
Every course in WGU’s online, nursing education post-master's degree certificate program focuses on a set of clearly defined competencies that you must prove you’ve learned—through tests, papers, projects, or other assessments. Demonstrating mastery is how you pass a course, so learning what it takes to be outstanding in your career is at the heart of WGU's curriculum.
That means what you learn can help you at work—and it means what you’re doing at work frequently informs the work you’re doing in your courses. It’s all about real-world applicability so every moment spent studying is time well spent.
Learn why you should choose WGU for your this advanced certificate program:
- Flexible schedule. You can continue working at your full-time job or maintaining your responsibilities while earning your nursing education post-master's credential. You don't have to log in to classes and there aren't due dates. You are in charge of your degree.
- Valued by employers. Top accreditations mean that your certificate is respected by employers and peers. You will get a quality education that is valuable in the industry with this nursing education program.
- Strong alumni network. When you enroll in the nursing education certificate program at WGU, you join an impressive network of healthcare professionals. Over 14,000 students earned their healthcare degrees from WGU in 2019 alone and are hard at work, changing the lives of patients and impacting communities.
Nurse educators teach and train nurses, nursing students, schoolchildren, community groups, workers, patients, and consumers. A post-master's certificate can prepare you to make a difference in a wide variety of settings, including:
- Community agencies
- Industry and businesses
- Nursing programs
In order to be eligible for this certificate program, you must be a registered nurse with an active, unencumbered RN license and hold a MSN degree from an accredited program.
Yes! WGU does offer scholarship opportunities for students in post-master's certificate programs.
As a nonprofit university, WGU doesn’t need to benefit shareholders. Our students are our only focus. We also try to keep our operating costs low. And since we’re an exclusively online university, we don’t need to maintain expensive classroom buildings, a campus, or other nonacademic programs.
A post-master's certificate in nursing is a great option for MSN graduates who are looking to change the trajectory of their careers. For example, MSN-educated nurses who want to become a clinical instructor can benefit from a post-master's certificate in nursing education.
Tuition per 6-month term
Flat fee for e-books and learning resources, saving you hundreds per term
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One-time application fee
Additionally, the certificate program requires a one-time Health Professions Fee of $350.
By charging per term rather than per credit—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their education.
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By charging per 6-month term rather than per credit hour—and empowering students to accelerate through material they know well or can learn quickly—WGU helps students control the ultimate cost of their degrees.
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At WGU, we design our online nursing programs to be timely, relevant, and practical—all to ensure your nursing education is proof you really know your stuff.
Every course focuses on a set of clearly defined competencies that you must prove you’ve learned—through tests, papers, projects, or other assessments. Demonstrating mastery is how you pass a course, so learning what it takes to be outstanding in your career is at the heart of WGU’s Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing–Education curriculum. That means the things you master at WGU are often directly applicable the next day at work—and it means what you’re doing at work frequently informs the work you’re doing in your courses. It’s all about real-world applicability so every moment spent studying is time well spent.
The Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing–Education program is a mostly online nursing program that you will complete by studying and working independently with support and instruction from WGU faculty. The program is paced to be completed in two six-month terms.
While most of your coursework will be completed online, your nursing program includes some requirements—including field experiences—that must be completed in a facility near you, which the university will help you find. And while most of your courses can be accelerated based on your prior knowledge and hard work, some nursing programs begin with a cohort-based course that must be completed via five scheduled webcam sessions with faculty and fellow students.
Competency-based education puts working nurses in the driver’s seat of their education. As a busy nurse, you need a certificate program that's more than simply online—you need one that truly reflects the realities of your work life and experience. At WGU, your progress is driven by your ability to prove what you’ve learned. How quickly is largely up to you. Once you’ve mastered the defined competencies (knowledge and skills), you prove what you know through tests, papers, projects, or other assessments. Demonstrating mastery is how you pass a course, so learning what it takes to be outstanding in your career is at the heart of WGU’s curriculum. Other online certificate programs may give you the convenience of distance learning; WGU's competency-based online programs take that flexibility further—many steps further!
“The competency-based model at WGU allows a student to draw on the experiences that they already had. And if it’s something that you already know, you can go through the course quickly. It allows you to draw on your experiences rather than taking time sitting in a classroom, having the teacher expound on something that you already know. So you can skip over that part, go on, and learn the harder stuff that you don’t know.” Robin Hill,
MS Nursing - Education RN to MSN
“Our partnership with WGU enables our employees to advance their education affordably without interrupting their careers.” John Steele, Senior Vice President of Human Resources,
Once you have completed your Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing–Education you will have the knowledge and skills to be an outstanding nurse educator. You'll be in demand, because you'll be prepared to translate your extensive nursing knowledge into learning opportunities for other nurses.
Nursing instructors at colleges, universities, or professional schools make over $84,000 on average, according to recent statistics.—U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Given the growing nurse educator shortage, earning your certificate in nursing education is both a rewarding decision and a solid career move. Once you master subjects like curriculum development, instruction and evaluation, and current technology in nursing education, your role in nursing can take on a whole new dimension. Our 3,000-plus nursing education alumni have great jobs and satisfying careers:
- Nurse educator
- Nursing faculty
- Program director
- Academic clinical nurse educator
- Hospitals and healthcare clinics
- Healthcare networks
- Colleges and universities, schools
- Law enforcement and corrections
- Hospice providers
- Healthcare Corp. of America
- Kaiser Permanente
- Purdue University
- University of Utah
- Hospice Care of California
WGU graduates boast degrees that prepare them to succeed in their careers. The data below, from a 2020 survey of 300 employers of WGU graduates by Harris Poll, prove it:
95% of employers said that WGU graduates were prepared for their jobs.
96% of employers said they would hire another WGU graduate.
98% of employers said WGU graduates met or exceeded expectations.
Source: 2020 Harris Poll survey of 300 employers
WGU graduates are happy with their education:
- 96% of WGU graduates reported that they would recommend WGU to others, compared with 82% nationally.
- 85% of WGU graduates were satisfied with their overall experience, compared with 75% nationally.
Impressive average salary increases:
- WGU graduates reported an average increase on income of $12,300 within two years of graduation, compared with salary pre-enrollment.
- Four years after graduation, the average increase was $21,800, significantly higher than the national average of $11,500.
Source: 2020 Harris Poll survey of 1,400 new college graduates nationwide compared with survey of 1,340 WGU graduates.
To be considered for this post-master's certificate program in nursing, you must:
- Possess an M.S. in Nursing from an accredited institution or state board of nursing approved program.
- Possess an active, unencumbered RN license in your state of residence, or your state of employment. (Some license holders may be granted a waiver if they are not licensed in their state of residence or employment.)