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Advanced Studies in Nursing Education: Online Certificate

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Teach the Next Generation of Nurses

Apply Nursing Expertise in the Classroom

Impact High-Quality Patient Care

Only Eight Required Courses

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

Program Benefits

  • 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

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.

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:

  • Integrate the arts and sciences, including leadership and ethical principles, with nursing science as a foundation for decision-making within diverse situations, settings, and communities resulting in safe patient care, quality outcomes, and health promotion.
  • Use critical reflection, innovation, and interprofessional collaboration to promote lifelong learning and continual improvement, integrate current evidence and inform policy.
  • Incorporate current technologies to augment professional practice and scholarship.
  • Implement evidence-based teaching and learning strategies in diverse settings that facilitate the achievement of identified outcomes and enhance professional socialization and development of learners.
  • Conduct learner-centered curriculum design and revision based on relevant organizational frameworks, alignment with parent institution, accreditation and professional standards, and program outcomes.
  • Synthesize program, course, and student learning effectiveness based on quantitative and qualitative assessment and evaluation data obtained per the systematic plan of evaluation.

Admission Requirements

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

  • Completed application
  • 3.0 minimum GPA in graduate degree program
  • Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited nursing program
  • Résumé
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues at the BSN level or higher
  • Unencumbered RN license in the state in which you reside
  • 2,000 hours of work experience
  • Personal Statement (Writing sample)

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 University is dedicated to making an advanced education accessible and affordable. Speak with an enrollment counselor 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 University in January 2018. Prior to joining Utica University, 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 University. 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 University 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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You can complete the program in approximately 16 months. To see the curriculum, view our courses page.

Tuition for the Nursing Education Certificate is $20,625. You need to complete 25 credits at $825. You can review all tuition costs here.

The first step is to start your application.

This program does not accept transfer credits.

You’ll complete eight courses. You can learn more about coursework for the certificate here.

Students complete 90 clock hours of practicum.

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