A Post-Master's Nursing Education Certificate Delivered Completely Online
This online Nursing Education Graduate Certificate Program can be taken as a standalone certificate by master’s- and doctorate-prepared nurses – or as an additional certificate for matriculated master’s and doctoral nursing students – who wish to augment their professional studies with advanced coursework in nursing education and academic roles.
You can complete the online courses in a year or less, while continuing your personal or professional obligations.
The Nursing Education Certificate program accepts applications throughout the year, and you can begin the program at the start of any term.
Supports NLN Certified Nurse EducatorCM Preparation
Completing this UNC certificate will help you fulfill the education portion of the National League for Nursing's Option A pathway for the Certified Nurse Educator designation. This pathway is particularly useful for nurses who do not yet have experience teaching in an academic school or nursing.
Whether or not you have previous experience in nursing education, the coursework in this program will prepare you to provide outstanding education to the next generation of nurses. If you are a nurse who wants to develop excellent teaching practices and achieve certification, enroll in our online program to learn from proven experts in the field.
Highly qualified nurse educators also have expanded opportunities for employment and schedule flexibility.
Nurse Educators are Critically Needed
According to AACN's Special Survey on Vacant Faculty Positions, there are more than 1,500 faculty vacancies just among the 821 nursing schools who responded to the survey (AACN, October 2016).
Institutions need qualified faculty to meet growing student demand.
Time to Completion:
Varies, see Course of Study tab below.
Delivery Option & Start Term:
Online program: start any term
This certificate is designed to provide master's and doctorate-prepared nurses with advanced knowledge in nursing education for academic or practice settings. The courses are all online, and 9 credit hours of graduate level course work must be completed to earn the certificate. Students must complete the coursework with a grade of "B" or better.
Required Coursework (9 Credit Hours)
You will complete three of the courses below. How long it takes to complete the certificate depends on your personal enrollment choices and the courses available each term. To establish the best course of study for your progress through the certificate, contact the Program Coordinator.
To see the upcoming courses, visit this program's Current Students page.
- NURS 632 Clinical Instruction and Precepting in Nursing (3)
- NURS 679 Technology in Healthcare Education (3)
- NURS 741 Evidence-Based Teaching (3)
- NURS 760 Advanced Nursing Curriculum Design and Program Evaluation (3)
- NURS 780 The Professorial Role in Nursing Education (3)
- PSY 681 Learning and Instruction I (3)
For full details, see the official program listing in the UNC Graduate Catalog.
- Learn more about the School of Nursing Faculty.