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Online Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate Program

Become a nurse educator and provide essential education to patients, families, groups, and communities. Or, contribute to the ongoing professional development of professional nurses. From Benedictine University's online Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate program, you will gain unique insights and advanced knowledge in instructional strategies, curriculum development, and evaluation strategies to assess learning. The nine-semester hour program consists of three 8-week courses with no on-ground practicum component. Ultimately, the certificate program will provide education required to meet eligibility criteria for the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator exam. The post-master’s certificate program is ideal for master’s or doctoral prepared nurses who seek advanced knowledge to serve as a nurse educator.

Quick Facts:

  • Complete in just 1.5 semesters
  • 3 courses
  • Affordable at $1,500 per course
  • No practicum component

The online Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate program will provide you with advancement opportunities across an array of education and healthcare settings. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, registered nurse positions are expected to grow by 9% through 2030.1 From this spike in nursing positions across the country, there will need to be qualified nurse educators to intervene and guide new nursing professionals.

Nurse instructors and teachers earn an average median salary of $77,440.2

Graduates can find nursing education positions in a variety of settings, including:

  • Healthcare organizations including out-patient clinics
  • Public health and community-based organizations
  • Industries
  • Universities, colleges, and community colleges

Real-World Strategies for the Next Generation of Nursing Educators: Curriculum

The online Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate program features a dynamic curriculum that will prepare you to educate nursing students, healthcare providers, and the public in various environments. Additionally, the program's vibrant faculty strive to build a caring and interactive academic community that will ensure a meaningful learning experience. We realize that a nurse educator certificate is valued by healthcare organizations, which is why our curriculum provides a real-world focus. The curriculum consists of three, 8-week courses that are typically offered during fall, spring and summer terms.

NRHL 6641 Instructional Strategies (3 Credits)
This course focuses on teaching and learning strategies in nursing education. Students examine frameworks for analyzing pedagogical philosophies, adult learning theories, ethical issues and professional values related to nursing education, as well as the integration of new technology in instructional design and delivery. The course emphasizes best teaching practices for nurse educators.

Prerequisites: NRHL 5501, NRHL 5502, NRHL 5505, NRHL 5506 or admission to the Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate program.

NRHL 6645 Curriculum Development (3 Credits)
This course focuses on the role of the nurse educator in the development of innovative curricula and instructional design in a variety of settings. The student examines conceptual frameworks and key curriculum components of course development. Trends in curriculum, technology, program evaluation, and regulatory and accreditation standards are explored.

Prerequisite: NRHL 6641

NRHL 6647 Evaluation Strategies and Methods(3 Credits)
This course focuses on the role of the nurse educator in the assessment and evaluation of learning. The student applies key strategies to effectively measure achievement of learning outcomes in a variety of settings. Legal, ethical, regulatory issues and the importance of evaluating personal teaching effectiveness are explored.

Prerequisite: NRHL 6645


1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Registered Nurses, at (visited February 2, 2021).

2 Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary, at (visited February 8, 2021).