Nurse Educator Certificate

Are you interested in becoming a nurse educator in an academic or clinical setting?


Our online Nurse Educator Certificate will prepare you with the knowledge you need to become a nurse educator in various settings.  For Ohio nurses with master’s or doctoral preparation, these graduate level courses make you eligible to take the national certification exam to become a CNE (Certified Nurse Educator).  


Through this certificate, you’ll learn to:

  • Integrate evidence-based principles of teaching and learning into the design, development, implementation and evaluation of nursing education.
  • Utilize appropriate principles, models and processes of instructional design to create educational experiences for nurses.
  • Demonstrate Nurse Educator Core Competencies described by the NLN for the nurse educator.


The certificate includes four courses with a total of 12 graduate credit hours. Each course is seven weeks long, which means you can complete the certificate in as little as two semesters. The first three courses can be taken in any order, and the final course is an immersive and precepted capstone experience that offers hands-on teaching experience within your interest area. At the completion of the program, you’ll earn an academic certificate from The Ohio State University.



Dr. Tara King, PhD, RN

Dr. Tara O’Brien, PhD, RN, CNE

Dr. Carolyn Schubert, DNP, CNE, RN-BC

Dr. Jill Volkerding, DNP, RN, CNL, CNE


Nursing 7530 (3 credit hours): Clinical Instruction in Nursing

Instruction in the clinical setting, simulation, ethics, legal considerations, due process, feedback in the clinical setting.


Nursing 7536 (3 credit hours): Principles of Instructional Design for Nurses

Course and program design, backward design process, writing course and module objectives, integration of technology into course design and teaching, quality online and face-to-face course design, and Bloom’s taxonomy of learning.


Nursing 7537 (3 credit hours): Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing

Standards and processes for assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes; evaluation strategies for the individual, course and program.


Nursing 7538 (3 credit hours): Teaching in Nursing Capstone

Culminating course bringing together educational theory, learning environment, academic versus practice setting, teaching strategies and learner characteristics.


Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing
  • Active and unencumbered Ohio RN license
  • Minimum overall GPA of at least 3.0 in prior undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • GRE scores if GPA <3.0


Are you ready to take the next step? 

The deadline to apply for Spring 2019 is November 15, 2018.




Admission to the certificate will occur every semester. If you would like to learn more, you can email the admissions team at


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