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Advanced Studies in Nursing Education: Online Certificate

Teach the Next Generation of Nurses

In the online Nursing Education post-Master’s Certificate program, you’ll develop the knowledge and confidence to create your own classroom environments and lesson plans. Prepare future nurses for success using skills you gain through the program’s detailed curriculum, designed by practitioners with extensive experience in teaching.

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  • Duration 16 Months
  • Cost per Credit $825
  • Credit Hours 25

Program Benefits

  • Transfer up to nine credits
  • Explore curriculum design, instruction, assessment, and evaluation
  • Build a portfolio highlighting advanced understanding of the field
  • 90 hours of practicum experience

Gain the Experience to Teach Future Nurses

Through the online Nurse Educator post-Master’s Certificate, you will be able to adopt approaches in curriculum design, instruction, assessment, and evaluation to enhance both your nursing practices and your teaching methods.

As an enterprising nurse educator, you would carry the important responsibility of training nurses and other health care professionals new to the field. You will be uniquely positioned to set the bar for your students to provide their patients with the highest quality care.

Career Outlook: Teach in New Environments

The online post-master’s nurse educator certificate program will empower you to become a leader in the classroom as you prepare future nurses to enter the field. The majority of nurse educators are employed in university, college, and community college settings, but a sizable number of certificate holders go on to teaching positions in hospitals, practices, and other healthcare settings.

With qualified applicants being turned away from Nursing schools due to lack of faculty, the demand has never been higher for qualified nursing educators. The median wage for post-secondary nursing instructors and teachers is $83,1601.

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Curriculum: Adaptive and Forward-Thinking

Designed by practitioners and educators with extensive experience in both nursing and nursing education, the online post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education’s curriculum will cultivate and enhance your skills as an educator to create an inclusive and engaging classroom environment.

The interactive and dynamic courses of the program cover topics that combine nursing and teaching, meaning you’ll be prepared to adopt new trends in the field to best inform your teaching style. Students will engage with creating a course curriculum of their own in accordance with institutional, department, state, accreditation, and professional standards. Graduates will be prepared to enter an interview with their portfolio that proves an advanced understanding of both the language and concepts of the field.

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Program Outcomes

You’ll complete this post-graduate Nursing Education Certificate ready to:

Admission Requirements

To apply for admission, you must meet the following requirements:

*Students with a B- or lower grade in Health Assessment will be required to successfully complete a 3 credit hour course prior to starting the program. Students with a B- or lower grade in statistics will be provided the option of completing a self-study module and accompanying exam.

Note: Approved background check and fingerprints required at the time of clinical courses.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

This 16- or 25-credit hour certificate costs $825 per credit hour. Utica College is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable. Speak with program manager to learn more.

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As Professors of Nursing, the faculty of the online post-master’s in nursing education certificate are committed to equipping you with a real-world, practical direction as you learn how to form your own lesson plans and lead your own classroom environments.

With decades of experience in nursing education, research, and practice, the graduate nursing faculty are led by program director Doreen Rogers, DNS, RN and FNP coordinator Jennifer Klimek Yingling, RN, Ph.D, ANP-BC, FNP-BC, and Associate Professor of Nursing Cynthia Love Williams, DNS.

Doreen Rogers

Doreen Rogers, DNS, RN, Alumnus CCRN, CNE

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Director of Nursing Graduate Programs

Dr. Doreen Rogers was appointed Assistant Professor of Nursing at Utica College in January 2018. Prior to joining Utica College, Dr. Rogers taught at associate and baccalaureate levels of pre-licensure. She was most recently the coordinator of the online Nursing Education graduate program at SUNY Polytechnic Institute, where she was an instructor as well.

Dr. Rogers began her nursing education at St. Elizabeth School of Nursing. She completed her baccalaureate degree at SUNY Utica/Rome, her graduate degree in Nursing Education from Mansfield University, and her Doctor of Nursing Science (Nursing Education/Leadership) from Sage Graduate School.

Over the past 26 years, Dr. Rogers’ professional nursing practice encompasses medical-surgical and critical care. She holds CCRN (2001) and Certified Nurse Educator (2008) certifications and has provided workshops on test construction, item writing, and item analysis. Her research activity encompasses professional collegiality, resilience, rural nursing, nursing retention, and various components of nursing education. In her spare time, Dr. Doreen Rogers enjoys spending time with her husband at their two teens’ athletic competitions, providing assistance with community functions, and coaching varsity girls’ basketball during the winter months.

Cynthia Love-Williams

Cynthia Love-Williams, DNS, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Dr. Cynthia Love-WIlliams is an Associate Professor of Nursing at Utica College. She has worked in nursing education since 1996 in both associate and baccalaureate programs. Dr. Love-Williams’ educational background includes a baccalaureate degree from Mississippi University for Women, a master’s degree from Wright State University, and a doctoral degree from Russell Sage Graduate Schools.

Dr. Love-Williams is the current Director of the Graduate Nursing Program at Utica College and her areas of expertise are in critical care, medical-surgical nursing, and inter-professional education. To stay connected to the health care field and be able to apply real-world experiences to the learning environment, Dr. Love-Williams practices per diem at a local health care facility as the Hospital Supervisor. Her areas of research include inter-professional education, simulation, test taking, and student success.

Benefits of Being an Online Student

Whether you are advancing your career or switching it, online learning gives you a unique perspective from your instructors and fellow students. You’ll get the same high-quality education, credentials, and faculty support without slowing down your life.

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Planning Your Budget

Paying for an online education doesn’t have to be stressful. We’ve compiled helpful resources that can get you well on your way to financing your education. Learn more about available options and how you can get started.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Advancing your life and career with an online degree comes with lots of questions, and we want to ensure your search for answers is effortless. If you have a question we haven’t covered, call (866) 295-3106 to speak with an enrollment counselor.

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Yes. Admission to this program requires an unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside, a master’s degree in nursing, and 2,000 hours of work experience.

The online Advanced Nursing Certificates take different amounts of time. While the FNP post-Master’s Certificate takes around 20 months and the Nursing Educator Certificate takes on average 16 months to complete, the Nursing Leadership Certificate typically takes about one year to finish.

While each nursing certificate track has the same cost per credit hour, each require a different total amount of credits to complete. The online Nursing Leadership Certificate is costs an estimated $14,850. The online FNP Certificate has an average tuition of $25,575. Finally, the online Nursing Educator program costs an estimated $20,625.

Because each of the advanced certificates in nursing programs encompass different areas of specializations, students will need to concentrate their time and energy on the courses attached to the program of study. For example, students pursing the post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Leadership will take classes exclusive to Nursing Leadership. For a comprehensive overview of the required courses for each track, please visit the MSN Curriculum page for more information.

To be considered for enrollment in any of the online Nursing Certificates, prospective students must hold a Master’s Degree in Nursing or MSN along with 2,000 hours of previous work experience.

After getting your online Nursing Certificate in FNP, Nursing Educator, or Nursing Leadership, you will be able to pursue advanced positions and new career opportunities. You can learn more about these different positions from the Career Outlook section through each of the programs.

For nurses who want to refocus their career goals or to pursue new advancement opportunities, the three Advanced Certificates in Nursing empower students to explore different career paths. Learn more about each of our Nursing Certificate programs today.


  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (April 12, 2019). Nurse Anesthetists, Nurse Midwives, and Nurse Practitioners. Occupational Outlook Handbook. Retrieved on May 10, 2019, from