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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(256) 824-1000

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Anchorage, AK 99508
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(203) 392-7278

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Dover, DE 19901
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Orlando, FL 32826
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Columbus, GA 31907
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Milledgeville, GA 31061
(800) 342-0471

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Statesboro, GA 30458
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Americus, GA 31709
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Romeoville, IL 60446
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511 NE Greenleaf Street
Peoria, IL 61603
(309) 655-2201

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Edwardsville, IL 62025
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500 Wilcox St.
Joliet, IL 60435
(800) 735-7500

Indiana

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200 North Seventh Street
Terre Haute, IN 47809
(800) 468-6478

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Hammond, IN 46323
(219) 989-2400

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Evansville, IN 47712
(812) 464-8600

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Dubuque, IA 52001
(888) 825-2753

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Lamoni, IA 50140
(641) 784-5000

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600 Park Street
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-3478

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1906 College Heights Blvd
Bowling Green, KY 42101
(270) 745-0111

Maine

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5724 Dunn Hall
Orono, ME 04469-5724
(207) 581-2592

Maryland

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School of Nursing
525 N. Wolfe Street
Baltimore, MD 21205
(410) 955-4766

Massachusetts

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291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
(413) 594-2761

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376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
(197) 892-7058 x5

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651 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-2703

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486 Chandler St
Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 929-8000

Michigan

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200 Ferris Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-2270

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7400 Bay Road University
Center, MI 48710
(989) 964-4000

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5557 Cass Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 577-4082

Minnesota

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1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
(180) 059-3724 x6

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859 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 285-7100

Mississippi

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Highway 8 West
Cleveland, MS 38733
(180) 046-8637 x8

Missouri

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4483 Duncan Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-7055

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901 S National Ave
Springfield, MO 65897
(417) 836-5000

Montana

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P.O. Box 173560
Bozeman, MT 59717
(406) 994-3783

Nebraska

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5035 Everett Street
Lincoln, NE 68506
(402) 481-3801

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101 S. 42 Street
Omaha, NE 68131
(402) 552-3100

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5000 Saint Paul Avenue
Lincoln, NE 68504
(402) 465-2329

Nevada

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4505 S. Maryland Pkwy.
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(702) 895-3011

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1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno, NV 89557
(775) 784-1110

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420 South Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060
(603) 888-1311

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1000 River Rd
Teaneck, NJ 07666
(201) 692-2000

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111 W State St
Trenton, NJ 08608
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One South Ave, P.O. Box 701
Garden City, NY 11530
(800) 233-5744

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Binghamton, NY 13902
(607) 777-2000

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320 Porter Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14201
(716) 829-8000

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Amherst, NY 14226
(800) 462-7652

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330 Powell Ave.
Newburgh, NY 12550
(845) 561-0800

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New York, NY 10010
(212) 998-5300

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100 Seymour Rd
Utica, NY 13502
(315) 792-7500

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101 Nicolls Road
Stony Brook, NY 11794
(631) 689-8333

North Carolina

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East Fifth Street
Greenville, NC 27858
(252) 328-6131

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110 S. Main St., P.O. Box 997
Boiling Springs, NC 28017
(704) 406-4000

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Carrington Hall
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
(919) 962-2211

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Charlotte, NC 28223
(704) 687-8622

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Cullowhee, NC 28723
(828) 227-7211

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Columbus, OH 43209
(614) 236-6011

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Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 368-2000

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Kent, OH 44242
(330) 672-7930

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Sylvania, OH 43560
(800) 878-3210

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127 S Davis Ave
Columbus, OH 43222
(614) 234-5800

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Athens, OH 45701
(740) 593-1000

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Westerville, OH 43081
(614) 890-3000

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Akron, OH 44325
(330) 972-7111

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Toledo, OH 43606
(800) 586-5336

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2600 Clifton Ave.
Cincinnati, OH 45220
(151) 355-8550 x0

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North Canton, OH 44720
(330) 490-7090

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Dayton, OH 45431
(937) 775-3333

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Youngstown, OH 44555
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1100 N Stonewall Ave
Oklahoma City, OK 73117
(405) 271-2428

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2755 Station Ave.
Center Valley, PA 18034
(610) 282-1100 x2838

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1900 West Olney Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19141
(215) 951-1000

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Mechanicsburg, PA 17055
(717) 766-2511

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9200 University Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29406
(843) 863-7000

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Florence, SC 29502
(800) 368-7551

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1004 Campanile Dr
Brookings, SD 57007
(605) 688-4114

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P.O. Box 4458
Clarksville, TN 37044
(931) 221-7662

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365 Stout Drive
Johnson City, TN 37614
(423) 439-4578

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1350 King College Road
Bristol, TN 37620
(800) 362-0014

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1 William L Jones Dr
Cookeville, TN 38505
(931) 372-3101

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615 McCallie Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37403
(423) 425-4416

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1050 Union University Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
(731) 661-6545

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Loewenberg College of Nursing
101 Wilder Tower
Memphis, TN 38152
(190) 167-8200 x3

Texas

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2601 W. Avenue N
San Angelo, TX 76909
(180) 094-6862 x7

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6300 Ocean Drive, Unit 5774
Corpus Christi, TX 78412
(361) 825-2753

2800 S University Dr
Fort Worth, TX 76129
(817) 257-7000

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3601 4th St.
Lubbock, TX 79430
(806) 743-2730

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304 Administration Dr.
Denton, TX 76204
(940) 898-2000

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301 University Blvd
Galveston, TX 77555
(409) 772-1011

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3900 University Blvd
Tyler, TX 75799
(903) 566-7000

Utah

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10 South 2000 East
Salt Lake City, UT 84112
(801) 581-3414

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3848 Harrison Blvd
Ogden, UT 84408
(801) 626-6000

Virginia

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4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030
(703) 993-1000

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5115 Hampton Blvd
Norfolk, VA 23529
(757) 683-3000

Washington

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1815 Wilson Rd
Pullman, WA 99164
(509) 335-3564

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14204 NE Salmon Creek Ave
Vancouver, WA 98686
(360) 546-9788

Washington, DC

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2121 I St NW
Washington, DC 20052
(202) 994-1000

Wisconsin

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12800 N Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097
(262) 243-5700

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45 S National Ave
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
(920) 923-7600

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702 West Johnson Street. Suite 1101
Madison, WI 53715
(608) 263-2400

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800 Algoma Blvd
Oshkosh, WI 54901
(920) 424-1234

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