Master's-prepared nurses have many opportunities to advance and expand their clinical knowledge base. They can either pursue a doctor of nursing practice degree (DNP) or opt to complete a post-master's certificate program. In doing so, they can add to their current clinical practice or change specialties entirely.

With the post-master's nursing education option, nurses are not limited to direct patient care. They can work as a nurse educator for staff as well as patients, and utilize their skills as an educator to enhance their current practice.

Choosing a Post-Master's Nursing Education Certificate Program

When selecting a post-master's nursing education certificate program, several facets need to be considered:

  • Accreditation- In most states, nursing boards require completion of an accredited nursing program to become licensed. Many local agencies accredit nursing programs, but most often students will see accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Accreditation by one of these two agencies ensures that specific educational standards are met to practice safely.
  • Cost- The overall cost to attend a post-master's certificate program is probably one of the most important factors when choosing a school. There are many variables when it comes to tuition cost: resident status, city and state where the school is located, and whether the school is a public or private program can all contribute to the overall cost. Students should remember that there are additional university fees, technology fees, and other expenses outside of the cost of tuition. Luckily, most programs have financial aid options as well as a part-time curriculum which can help offset the cost.
  • Program Length- The length of time to complete a post-master's nursing education certificate program can vary, depending on the nurse's starting point. For example, the program will be shorter for those who have already completed an advanced health assessment, physiology, and pharmacology course. Students should be aware that some schools advertise "faster completion" compared to other programs; students should always ensure proper curriculum as well as accreditation status before selecting one of those programs.
  • Online Options- Many nurses prefer the flexibility of online learning. They can study when they can and learn at their own pace. More and more nursing programs, including post-master's nursing education certificate programs, offer online or hybrid options. Some programs require minimal campus visits, and some are 100% online. Most schools are very transparent on their websites with campus visitation requirements.
  • Internship/Externship Opportunities- Many nursing programs are contracted with local healthcare facilities/offices so students can gain valuable (and necessary) clinical experience. Depending on the course of study, students should select a program that contracts with a facility that supports their specialty. For example, a student pursuing a post-master's nursing education certificate program may prefer to gain clinical experience in a teaching hospital or nursing school. However, some programs have the students find their own preceptor in a clinical setting. Students would need to find local candidates to serve as mentors in their field of study.

Online Post-Master's Nursing Education Certificate Programs

The computer age has helped open many doors for students, and nursing is no exception. More and more online programs are available which allow nurses to pursue a higher degree level. Online programs have many benefits, but may also have drawbacks.

Online vs. Classroom-Based Post Master's Nursing Education Certificate Programs

One of the most important advantages of an online post-master's certificate in nursing education is flexibility. Many nurses and nurse practitioners work all hours, or even around the clock! Because nurses can work odd hours, online programs are ideal. Nurses can study in the middle of the night, early morning, holidays, or whenever they can fit it in. Not only that, but they can learn at their own pace and by using their learning style. This, in turn, can lead to more success.

One of the disadvantages of online programs is the lack of face-to-face communication with instructors and peers. While communication is usually electronic, many students miss the personalized interaction that comes with campus learning. Additionally, there may be added costs associated with online learning. Students may need to invest in a laptop, webcam, and other items. With regards to learning, some students struggle with the reduced amount of structure that comes with classroom learning. In this case, "self-paced learning" may lead to procrastination or missed assignments.

Post-Master's Certificate Nursing Education Admission Requirements

Each post-master's certificate program has its own specific admission requirements. General admission requirements may include:

  • An MSN degree from an accredited university
  • Current, unencumbered RN or APRN license (if applicable)
  • GPA of 3.0 or higher (specific GPA requirements may vary between schools)
  • Current resume/CV
  • A written statement of purpose, or goal statement
  • Have completed a specific number of clinical practice hours

Post-Master's Certificate Nursing Education Curriculum

As with any nursing program, the curriculum for a post-master's certificate nursing education program may vary slightly between schools. The curriculum may include courses in:

  • Foundations in nursing education
  • Designing curriculums
  • Teaching strategies
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Advanced clinical practice as an educator
  • Leadership
  • Evidenced-based research
  • Advanced physiology, pharmacology, and health assessment (if not already completed in a master's degree program)

In addition to the above courses, students enrolled in the post-master's nursing education certificate program must also complete a specific number of clinical practicum hours. This ensures students can apply nursing education theory to practice and allows them to gain valuable knowledge and real-world experience to practice independently.

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Other Degree Programs

List of Post Master's Certificate Nurse Education Programs

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Alabama

SchoolContact Information
University of Alabama Huntsville
Graduate Certificate Programs
301 Sparkman Drive
Huntsville, AL 35899
(256) 824-1000

Alaska

SchoolContact Information
University of Alaska Anchorage
Graduate Certificate Programs
3211 Providence Drive
Anchorage, AK 99508
(907) 786-4406

Arizona

SchoolContact Information
Grand Canyon University
3300 West Camelback Road
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(855) 428-5673
University of Phoenix
Graduate Certificate Programs
1625 W. Fountainhead Pkwy
Tempe, AZ 85282
(866) 484-1831

California

SchoolContact Information
Cal State LA
Graduate Certificate Programs
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
(323) 343-3000
California State University Dominguez Hills
Graduate Certificate Programs
1000 E. Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747
(310) 243-3696
UC Davis
4610 X Street Suite 4202
Sacramento, CA 95817
(916) 734-2145

Colorado

SchoolContact Information
University of Northern Colorado
501 20 ST.
Greeley, CO 80639
(970) 351-1890

Connecticut

SchoolContact Information
Southern Conneticut State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
501 Crescent Street
New Haven, CT 06515
(203) 392-7278

Delaware

SchoolContact Information
Wesley University
Graduate Certificate Programs
120 North State Street
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 736-2300

District Of Columbia

SchoolContact Information
The George Washington University
Graduate Certificate Programs
2121 I St NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-1000

Florida

SchoolContact Information
Barry University
Graduate Certificate Programs
11300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33161
(305) 899-3379
Florida International University
Graduate Certificate Programs
11200 SW 8th Street
Miami, FL 33199
(305) 348-7748
University of Central Florida
Graduate Certificate Programs
12201 Research Parkway, Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32826
(407) 823-2744

Georgia

SchoolContact Information
Columbus State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
4225 University Avenue
Columbus, GA 31907
(706) 507-8800
Georgia College
Graduate Certificate Programs
231 W. Hancock St.
Milledgeville,, GA 31061
(800) 342-0471
Georgia South Western State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
800 Georgia Southwestern State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709
(877) 871-4594
Georgia Southern University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1332 Southern Drive
Statesboro, GA 30458
(912) 478-4636

Illinois

SchoolContact Information
Lewis University
Graduate Certificate Programs
One University Parkway
Romeoville, IL 60446
(815) 838-0500
Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing
Graduate Certificate Programs
511 NE Greenleaf Street
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 655-2201
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
Graduate Certificate Programs
1 Hairpin Dr
Edwardsville, IL 62025
(888) 328-5168

Indiana

SchoolContact Information
Ball State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
2000 W. University Ave.
Muncie, IN 47306
(800) 382-8540
Indiana State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
200 North Seventh Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809
(800) 468-6478
Purdue University Northwest
Graduate Certificate Programs
2200 169th Street
Hammond, IN 46323
(219) 989-2400
University of Southern Indiana
Graduate Certificate Programs
8600 University Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47712
(812) 464-8600

Iowa

SchoolContact Information
Clarke University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1550 Clarke Drive
Dubuque, IA 52001
(888) 825-2753
Graceland University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1 University Place
Lamoni, IA 50140
(641) 784-5000

Kansas

SchoolContact Information
Fort Hays State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-3478

Kentucky

SchoolContact Information
Western Kentucky University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 745-0111

Maine

SchoolContact Information
University of Maine
Graduate Certificate Programs
5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5724
(207) 581-2592

Massachusetts

SchoolContact Information
Elms College
Graduate Certificate Programs
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
(413) 594-2761
Endicott College
Graduate Certificate Programs
376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
(197) 892-7058 x5
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Graduate Certificate Programs
651 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-2703
Worcester State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
486 Chandler St
Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 929-8000

Michigan

SchoolContact Information
Ferris State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2270
Saginaw Valley State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
7400 Bay Road University
Center, MI 48710
(989) 964-4000
Wayne State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
5557 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-4082

Minnesota

SchoolContact Information
Minnesota State University Moorhead
Graduate Certificate Programs
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
(180) 059-3724 x6
Wiona State University Rochester
Graduate Certificate Programs
859 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 285-7100

Mississippi

SchoolContact Information
Delta State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
Highway 8 West
Cleveland, MS 38733
(180) 046-8637 x8

Missouri

SchoolContact Information
Missouri State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
901 S National Ave
Springfield, MO 65897
(417) 836-5000

Montana

SchoolContact Information
Montana State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
P.O. Box 173560
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-3783

Nebraska

SchoolContact Information
Bryan College of Health Sciences
Graduate Certificate Programs
5035 Everett Street
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 481-3801
Clarkson College
Graduate Certificate Programs
101 S. 42 Street
Omaha, NE 68131
(402) 552-3100

Nevada

SchoolContact Information
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Graduate Certificate Programs
4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 895-3011
University of Nevada, Reno
Graduate Certificate Programs
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 784-1110

New Hampshire

SchoolContact Information
Rivier University
Graduate Certificate Programs
420 South Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 888-1311

New Jersey

SchoolContact Information
Fairleigh Dickinson University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1000 River Rd
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 692-2000
Thomas Edison State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
111 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08608
(888) 442-8372

New York

SchoolContact Information
Adelphi University
Graduate Certificate Programs
One South Ave, P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530
(800) 233-5744
Binghamton University
Graduate Certificate Programs
4400 Vestal Parkway East
Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2000
D'Youville College
Graduate Certificate Programs
320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 829-8000
Daemen College
Graduate Certificate Programs
4380 Main Street
Amherst, NY 14226
(800) 462-7652
Le Moyne College
Graduate Certificate Programs
1419 Salt Springs Road
Syracuse, NY 13214
(315) 445-4100
Mount Saint Mary College
Graduate Certificate Programs
330 Powell Ave.
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 561-0800
NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing
Graduate Certificate Programs
433 First Avenue
New York, NY 10010
(212) 998-5300
Stony Brook School of Nursing
Graduate Certificate Programs
101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 689-8333
Stony Brook University
Graduate Certificate Programs
100 Nicolls Rd
Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 632-6000
SUNY Polytechnic Institute
Graduate Certificate Programs
100 Seymour Rd
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 792-7500

North Carolina

SchoolContact Information
East Carolina University
Graduate Certificate Programs
East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 328-6131
Gardner-Webb University
Graduate Certificate Programs
110 S. Main St., P.O. Box 997
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
(704) 406-4000
The University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill
Graduate Certificate Programs
Carrington Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 962-2211
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Graduate Certificate Programs
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte, NC 28223
(704) 687-8622
Western Carolina University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1 University Way
Cullowhee, NC 28723
(828) 227-7211

Ohio

SchoolContact Information
Capital University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1 College Ave
Columbus, OH 43209
(614) 236-6011
Case Western Reserve University
Graduate Certificate Programs
10900 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-2000
Kent State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1375 University Esplanade
Kent, OH 44242
(330) 672-7930
Lourdes University
Graduate Certificate Programs
6832 Convent Blvd.
Sylvania, OH 43560
(800) 878-3210
Mount Carmel College of Nursing
Graduate Certificate Programs
127 S Davis Ave
Columbus, OH 43222
(614) 234-5800
Ohio University
Graduate Certificate Programs

Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-1000
Otterbein University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1 South Grove Street
Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 890-3000
The University of Akron
Graduate Certificate Programs
302 E Buchtel Ave
Akron, OH 44325
(330) 972-7111
The University of Toledo
Graduate Certificate Programs
2801 W. Bancroft
Toledo, OH 43606
(800) 586-5336
University of Cincinnati
Graduate Certificate Programs
2600 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(151) 355-8550 x0
Walsh University
Graduate Certificate Programs
2020 East Maple Street
North Canton, OH 44720
(330) 490-7090
Wright State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
3640 Colonel Glenn Hwy
Dayton, OH 45431
(937) 775-3333
Youngstown State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1 University Plaza
Youngstown, OH 44555
(330) 941-3000

Pennsylvania

SchoolContact Information
California University of Pennsylvania
Graduate Certificate Programs
250 University Avenue
California, PA 15419
(172) 493-8412 x9
La Salle University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 951-1000
Messiah College
One College Avenue
Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
(717) 766-2511
Millersville University
Graduate Certificate Programs
P.O. Box 1002
Millersville, PA 17551
(717) 871-4636

South Carolina

SchoolContact Information
Charleston Southern University
Graduate Certificate Programs
9200 University Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 863-7000
Francis Marion University
Graduate Certificate Programs
PO Box 100547
Florence, SC 29502
(800) 368-7551

Tennessee

SchoolContact Information
Austin Peay State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
P.O. Box 4458
Clarksville, TN 37044
(931) 221-7662
East Tennessee State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
365 Stout Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-4578
Tennessee Tech University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1 William L Jones Dr
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931) 372-3101
The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Graduate Certificate Programs
615 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 425-4416
Union University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 661-6545
University of Memphis
Graduate Certificate Programs
101 Wilder Tower
Memphis, TN 38152
(190) 167-8200 x3

Texas

SchoolContact Information
Angelo State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
2601 W. Avenue N
San Angelo, TX 76909
(180) 094-6862 x7
Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi
Graduate Certificate Programs
6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5774
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
(361) 825-2753
Texas Tech University
Graduate Certificate Programs
3601 4th St.
Lubbock, TX 79430
(806) 743-2730
Texas Woman's University
Graduate Certificate Programs
304 Administration Dr.
Denton, TX 76204
(940) 898-2000
The University of Texas at El Paso
Graduate Certificate Programs
500 West University Avenue
El Paso, TX 79968
(915) 747-5000
The University of Texas at Tyler
Graduate Certificate Programs
3900 University Blvd
Tyler, TX 75799
(903) 566-7000
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston
Graduate Certificate Programs
301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555
(409) 772-1011
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio - UT Health San Antonio
Graduate Certificate Programs
7703 Floyd Curl Dr
San Antonio, TX 78229
(210) 567-7000

Utah

SchoolContact Information
University of Utah
Graduate Certificate Programs
10 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-3414
Weber State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT 84408
(801) 626-6000

Virginia

SchoolContact Information
George Mason University
Graduate Certificate Programs
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 993-1000
Old Dominion University
Graduate Certificate Programs
5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-3000
Shenandoah University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1460 University Dr
Winchester, VA 22601
(540) 665-4500

Washington

SchoolContact Information
Washington State University
Graduate Certificate Programs
1815 Wilson Rd
Pullman, WA 99164
(509) 335-3564
Washington State University Vancouver
Graduate Certificate Programs
14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver, WA 98686
(360) 546-9788

Wisconsin

SchoolContact Information
Concordia Wisconsin Campus
Graduate Certificate Programs
12800 N Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097
(262) 243-5700
Marian University
Graduate Certificate Programs
45 S National Ave
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
(920) 923-7600
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduate Certificate Programs
702 West Johnson Street. Suite 1101
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 263-2400
University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh
Graduate Certificate Programs
800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 424-1234

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