Post-Master’s Certificate - Nursing Education Online

Further your knowledge to lead, educate, and mentor the next generation of nurses.

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Program Overview

Discover more reasons to consider the Post-Master’s Certificate - Nursing Education online program

$4,950 Tuition
As few as 6 months Program Duration
11 Credit Hours

Help shape the future of nursing by gaining specialty education in teaching methods and curriculum. The online Post-Master's Certificate - Nursing Education program from Worcester State University prepares you with advanced clinical knowledge and proven instructional techniques that empower you to guide nurses and elevate their patient care outcomes. This short certificate program can be completed in just a few months, keeping you highly competitive and quickly paving the way to new education-focused opportunities.

As an online post-graduate student, you will learn from our world-class educators who are experienced in both nursing practice and education. In fact, the faculty and teaching staff in the Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Nursing Department take pride in their longstanding reputation for training top quality nurses and supporting students in and outside of the classroom. Our faculty will instill in you the cornerstones of good teaching and shape you to be a successful nursing educator yourself.

This post-graduate nursing program emphasizes teaching/learning principles, curriculum and instruction, and evaluation research in higher education. It augments your MSN-level experience in nursing care, intervention, and advocacy, and prepares you for evidence-based nursing practice with a growing focus on multidisciplinary care and the nurse’s role as leader and manager of the client’s health care.

Your post-master's nursing educator certification program includes two practicum courses in which you will have the opportunity to apply your learnings in real-world settings. You will benefit from the guidance of working nurse educators who serve as preceptors as well as from our expert faculty. Plus, you will be able to complete direct patient care hours in your preferred area of specialty.

Have questions or need more information about online programs?

The master’s degree programs in nursing at Worcester State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

In this Post-Master’s Certificate - Nursing Education online program, you will learn to:

  • Lead others in high-quality and safe patient care practices
  • Promote a culture of safety, professional accountability, and evidence-based patient care
  • Collaborate with teams to improve care outcomes and support policy changes
  • Integrate emerging informatics, health care technologies, and related ethical principles in your clinical decision-making processes
  • Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing
  • Analyze health outcomes from an ecological, global, biological, and socio-cultural perspective
  • Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate nursing education

  • Lead others in high-quality and safe patient care practices
  • Promote a culture of safety, professional accountability, and evidence-based patient care
  • Collaborate with teams to improve care outcomes and support policy changes
  • Integrate emerging informatics, health care technologies, and related ethical principles in your clinical decision-making processes
  • Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing
  • Analyze health outcomes from an ecological, global, biological, and socio-cultural perspective
  • Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate nursing education

Career Outcomes:

  • Professor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Patient Education Coordinator

  • Professor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Patient Education Coordinator

In this Post-Master’s Certificate - Nursing Education online program, you will learn to:

  • Lead others in high-quality and safe patient care practices
  • Promote a culture of safety, professional accountability, and evidence-based patient care
  • Collaborate with teams to improve care outcomes and support policy changes
  • Integrate emerging informatics, health care technologies, and related ethical principles in your clinical decision-making processes
  • Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing
  • Analyze health outcomes from an ecological, global, biological, and socio-cultural perspective
  • Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate nursing education

  • Lead others in high-quality and safe patient care practices
  • Promote a culture of safety, professional accountability, and evidence-based patient care
  • Collaborate with teams to improve care outcomes and support policy changes
  • Integrate emerging informatics, health care technologies, and related ethical principles in your clinical decision-making processes
  • Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing
  • Analyze health outcomes from an ecological, global, biological, and socio-cultural perspective
  • Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate nursing education

Career Outcomes:

  • Professor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Patient Education Coordinator

  • Professor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Patient Education Coordinator
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Tuition

See how our online post-graduate certificate is cost-effective

Worcester State tuition is extremely affordable. Plus, you can pay by the course—making it easy to budget. Worcester State is committed to offering a high-quality education that is accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

$450 Per Credit Hour
$4,950* Tuition
Program Per Credit Hour Per Program
Post Master’s Certificate - Nursing Education $450 $4,950

​Additional Fees

Application: $50

*Worcester State reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time.
Accelerated online programs are not eligible for tuition remission benefits, waivers and vouchers.

Calendar

Be sure you know all the deadlines

It's always a good time to earn your post-master’s certificate from Worcester State University online. We offer several start dates during the year so you can begin your program when it's most convenient. Check out the chart below for important dates.

Now enrolling:
3/1/24 Next Application Due Date
3/18/24 Next Class Start Date
SessionStart DateApplication DeadlineRegistration DeadlineDocument DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Spring I1/22/241/5/241/17/241/12/241/17/243/10/24
Spring 23/18/243/1/243/13/243/8/243/13/245/5/24
Summer 15/13/244/26/245/8/245/3/245/8/246/30/24
Summer 27/8/246/21/247/3/246/28/247/3/248/25/24
Fall 19/9/248/23/249/4/248/30/249/4/2410/27/24
Fall 211/4/2410/18/2410/30/2410/25/2410/30/2412/22/24
Spring I1/27/251/10/251/22/251/17/251/22/253/16/25
Summer 15/18/255/2/255/14/255/9/255/14/257/6/25
Summer 27/14/256/27/257/9/257/4/257/9/258/31/25
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Admissions

Review the admission requirements for this online nursing post-master’s certificate program

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online certificate at Worcester State! Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

MSN Degree from a regionally accredited institution
2.75 GPA or higher
RN License active and unencumbered
  • Master of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Grade point average of 2.75 or higher
  • Active, unencumbered RN license in the state you would like to complete practicum hours
  • Two professional references
  • Career essay

Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed directly from the granting institution(s) to:

Mailing Address:
Graduate Admissions Office
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602

Courses

View the courses for your online Post-Master’s Certificate - Nursing Education at Worcester State University

For the Post-Master’s Certificate - Nursing Education online, you are required to take 3 courses for a total of 11 credit hours.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the student with an overview of the role of the nurse educator and the philosophical, theoretical, legal, ethical, and professional foundations of nursing education. Content builds on philosophical traditions and influences, nursing theory, pedagogy and andragogy. These foundations provide the basis for an examination of the development of conceptual frameworks, curricula, and the teaching-learning process.

Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  • Employ a knowledge base in nursing practice to design, implement, and improve teaching strategies that facilitate learning.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge base in adult learning theory, education theories, models, and concepts related to curriculum design, nursing education programs, and teaching practices that facilitate learning
  • Compare and contrast different philosophical and theoretical perspectives as they relate to nursing education.
  • Analyze knowledge and skill from the natural, physical, behavioral, and nursing sciences, education, humanities, multiple theories from learning and education-focused research to design, implement, and improve teaching practices that facilitate learning and foster critical thinking.
  • Evaluate current research findings and evidence-based practice to design, implement and improve teaching strategies that facilitate learning.
  • Apply established theories to the development of conceptual frameworks, curricula, and the teaching-learning process in nursing education.
  • Distinguish the learning needs of students while considering diversity and learning styles.
  • Explore a variety of different teaching formats to use in the nursing classroom or staff development presentation
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course examines driving societal forces for technology integration in nursing education, as well as a variety of teaching strategies utilized in today's learning environment. The student is provided with the opportunity to apply knowledge gained through a diverse practicum experience. Students will complete a minimum of 60 clinical hrs. Using theories of education, students will discuss and evaluate the use of teaching and learning strategies, as well as quality improvement and patient safety in clinical practicum settings.

​Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Synthesize knowledge of educational theories and teaching strategies in order to incorporate into teaching practice and personal philosophy of teaching and learning.
  • Critically evaluate current research evidence related to the to the use of technology and simulation in nursing education.
  • Describe various learning styles and learner characteristics of students.
  • Evaluate the use of various experiential teaching strategies to meet the needs of diverse nursing students.
  • Develop instructional materials and activities for classroom and clinical teaching that exemplify sound pedagogical use of educational technologies.
  • Describe the evaluation of student learning both formative and summative utilizing various evaluation tools.
  • Develop a professional e-portfolio according to the standards identified in the practicum guide.
  • Complete a minimum of 60 hours of teaching practicum with assigned mentor according to the standards identified in the practicum guide.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course builds upon the practicum experience of NU942 combining both didactic and clinical components. Students will complete a minimum of 65 clinical hrs. The student is provided the opportunity for continued implementation of the components of the educator role under the guidance of a preceptor in an educational setting. Prerequisites: NU 942.

​Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the role of the nurse educator in academic and clinical settings.
  • Apply ethical principles of student supervision and evaluation.
  • Select and apply teaching-learning theories and strategies in academic and clinical settings.
  • Design, implement, and evaluate appropriate teaching-learning strategies.
  • Participate in leadership activities within the role of the nurse educator.
  • Synthesize and apply evidence-based strategies in enacting the nurse educator role.

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