Certificate in Nurse Educator (NED)

College of Science, Health and the Environment
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Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate

The Nurse Educator (NED) Post-Baccalaureate Graduate Certificate prepares registered nurses holding a baccalaureate degree in nursing at the certificate level in nursing education within the academic and clinical arenas. The certificate is built upon the art and science of nursing education within the changing contexts of health care, nursing, higher education, and evidence-based practice. The certificate provides students with a basic understanding and evidence-based application of the nurse educator role. Credits earned can be applied toward the Masters of Science with Major in Nursing (NED Emphasis) for students who would like to earn a graduate degree.

Admission Requirements

In order to be admitted to the Graduate Nursing Program, the applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • BS or BA in nursing from an ACEN (formerly NLNAC), NLN, or CCNE accredited university.
  • Current unencumbered registered nurse (RN) license in the US (does not need to be MN).
  • Total cumulative local GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate courses at the institution where the baccalaureate nursing degree was awarded.

Additional Admission Notes for Non-Minnesota Applicants

Non-Minnesota applicants are not fully admitted until the Department of Higher Education in the applicant's state of residence has approved distance education/online programs from the state of Minnesota. (Other state approvals, including but not limited to, the state's Board of Nursing, must also be in place). Students must check with Graduate Program Coordinator prior to accepting admission. Should the student move after s/he applies to the program, it is his/her responsibility to check with the Graduate Program Coordinator whether continuation in the program is possible in the student’s new location.

 Post-Admission Requirements:

  • Hold an active and unencumbered RN license from a state within the US. If clinical practica will occur in a state other than Minnesota or North Dakota, the student must have an unencumbered RN license in the state where practica will be completed.
  • The Department of Higher Education, the Board of Nursing, and possibly other agencies where the student will have their practica (Department of Higher Education, Board of Nursing, others) must first agree with MSUM offering distance nursing education in the state. It is the student's responsibility to check with the Graduate Program Coordinator whether clinicals in a state other than MN are possible.
  • Stay in compliance with the required documentation/immunization policy for Graduate Nursing.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Nurse Educator Certificate, graduates are expected to:

NEC1. Incorporate theoretical contributions and scientific knowledge of the discipline into nursing practice and education.
NEC2. Collaborate in scholarly activities of inquiry related to nursing practice and education.
NEC3. Develop, implement, and modify programs or plans of care for diverse client populations.
NEC4. Demonstrate competency in the specialized role of nurse educator within the context of independent and collaborative nursing practice.

Program Delivery Mode
Online Exclusive: must be completed entirely online; no face-to-face options available

Core Requirements ( 15 credits )

NURS 600 Nursing Science, Ethical, and Transcultural Theories (3)
NURS 629 Educational Foundations and Teaching Strategies (4)
NURS 639 Curriculum/Course Development and Evaluation (3)
NURS 649 Nursing Education Assessment, Testing, and Evaluation Strategies (3)
NURS 642P Advanced Nurse Educator Practicum Capstone I (3) or
NURS 643P Advanced Nursing Educator Practicum Capstone II (3)