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Nurse Educator Certificate

Our Nurse Educator Certificate is an post-master’s degree program for nurses designed to develop expertise as an advanced-level nurse in a teaching role.

This program is offered online through Blackboard, a course delivery system. On-campus attendance requirements are kept to a minimum.

Clinical requirements can usually be completed in the student’s city of residence within the state of Texas, provided course objectives are met. Preceptors and clinical sites are subject to approval per course requirements and expected course objectives.

Online Only

Certificate Program

Nurse Educator Certificate


Graduates of this program are prepared to teach health care providers enrolled in a variety of educational programs, including those at the vocational, associate and baccalaureate levels as well as in healthcare environments.

Program Highlights

  • U.S. News and World Report ranked our program 34th in Best Online Nursing Programs 2014.

  • Our department is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, applicants for regular admission to the M.S.N. program must meet the following criteria:

  • U.S. citizenship*
  • Three references who can address your ability to succeed in graduate school (leadership, time management, initiative). This will be completed through the application process.
  • An essay of 500 words or less that addresses the following points:
    • Program to which you are you applying
    • Objectives for your graduate education
    • Summary of your nursing experience
    • Your license and certifications (i.e. ACLS, PALS)
    • A summary of volunteer work and/or community service
    • Potential clinical sites and/or affiliations that will assist you in meeting your goals

Note: All of these materials must be submitted using NursingCAS (Nursing Centralized Application Service). Create an account and complete the required fields to start your application. Enter your ASU student ID in the “Additional Information” section.

Prior to your first clinical course, you must have the following on file in the nursing office:

  • Current CPR (professional level) certification
  • Evidence of meeting state-mandated immunization requirements
  • Proof of current health insurance

Clinical sites may require background checks and drug screens before allowing students to participate in clinical experiences.

*Following College of Graduate Studies admission requirements, applicants from foreign countries who do not speak English as a first language must also include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), taken within the last two years.


You must have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree program before you are eligible to enroll in this certificate program.

  • Prerequisites M.S.N. Core (12 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment (50 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6338 Leadership & Roles in Advanced Nursing 3

Application Deadlines

Fall: June 1


This program requires a 3.0 cumulative grade point average with no grade lower than a “B.” All courses must be completed in residence.

  • Nurse Educator Program Track (12 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6306 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6307 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6308 Leadership & Practicum in Nursing Education (150 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6319 Curriculum in Nursing Educator 3


  • Students enrolled in this certification plan are not eligible for federal student loans. They are eligible for a state funded loan through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board called the College Access Loan and Private Alternative Educational Loans. For more information, contact the ASU Financial Aid Office .

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