Certified Nurse Educator (Post-Master's Certificate)
Salve Regina University’s certified nurse educator program is a post-master’s certificate designed to strengthen the leadership, clinical and academic expertise of nurses who are seeking to expand their role in nursing education. Through didactic and experiential learning, we build on your previous training to provide preparation for national certification as an academic nurse educator.
Earn Your Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Online
Offered online and asynchronously, our post-master’s certificate program addresses a growing need to train registered nurses who wish to enter the complex role of an academic nurse educator. This format offers the flexibility required for working adults while also fostering personal connections with faculty that are the hallmark of the Salve Regina experience.
Our certified nurse educator program utilizes a variety of teaching strategies and learning styles in academic, clinical and health care settings. It provides the evidenced-based practice, scientific knowledge, quality outcomes and leadership skills necessary to equip nurses to specialize in nursing education.
After completing 18 credits of coursework and a minimum of 240 practicum hours, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam for academic nurse educators. Qualified graduates are also eligible to progress seamlessly into Salve Regina’s Doctor of Nursing Practice program.
Time to Complete
Rolling, with six starts per year
Salve Regina’s certified nurse educator program is designed for registered nurses who hold a master’s degree from an accredited institution and are seeking preparation for national certification as an academic nurse educator.
6 courses | 18 credits
- NURXXX: Advanced Nurse Leadership in Healthcare
- NURXXX: Nursing Educator I: Nurse as Educator Foundational Course
- NURXXX: Nursing Educator II: – Academic Nurse Educator
- NURXXX: Nursing Educator III: – Clinical and Community Nurse Educator
- NURXXX: Nursing Educator Practicum I
- NURXXX: Nursing Educator Practicum II
Students complete 240 practicum hours as part of their coursework – 120 hours in an academic nurse educator role and 120 hours in a clinical or community nurse educator role.
NURXXX: Nurse Educator I
The course focuses on foundational principles for teaching and learning in academic, clinical and health care settings, especially in populations with diverse backgrounds. The course examines different teaching strategies and learning styles. Students build upon prior knowledge of health education and promotion while gaining practical educator knowledge necessary to prepare them to serve a variety of populations.
NURXXX: Advanced Leadership in Healthcare
The course explores management and organizational leadership for advanced practice nurses within the health care system. Students examine health care policy, organizational assessment, effective communication, conflict resolution, diversity in the workplace and quality improvement initiatives impacting health care and different populations.
NURXXX: Nurse Educator II
The course focuses on the role of the academic nurse educator who facilitates adult learning using innovative, evidence-based teaching strategies and ongoing quality improvement. Students develop, assess and evaluate academic nursing curriculum through leadership, scholarship and service. This course also considers essential pre-licensure requirements for nursing education programs and explores the regulatory agency approval process.
NURXXX: Nursing Educator Practicum I
The practicum provides students the opportunity to expand their expertise and knowledge through a pre-licensure academic nursing program. The course explores the role of the academic nurse educator, teaching and learning theories, student-centered education, tools to facilitate learning, curriculum, test design, and program evaluation. Students examine regulatory requirements for pre-licensure nursing programs and innovative curricular ideas. They also explore how faculty design and present essential nursing information through various formats and strategies.
NURXXX: Nurse Educator III
The course focuses on the role of the nurse educator in patient and family education, staff development and community (public health) education. Students explore, assess and evaluate educational strategies and theories that contribute to effective presentation development.
NURXXX: Nursing Educator Practicum II
The practicum focuses on the role of the nurse educator in patient and family education, staff development or community (public health) education. The course builds on what students learned throughout the advanced practice nurse educator program. Students explore, assess and evaluate educational strategies and theories that contribute to effective presentations for patient and family education, staff development or community (public health) education.
Recognized for their expertise, compassion and vast knowledge, our nursing faculty encourage students to continue their development as health care providers and members of the global health partnership.
Courses are billed individually at the start of each class. Please note that there is a $60 registration fee per semester.
If your employer is paying all or part of your tuition, we will arrange payment directly from your employer where possible.
Our certificate programs are eligible for federal student loans. To qualify, you must complete two courses per semester.
Salve Regina is approved for veterans’ benefits and has been named a Military Friendly School.