Online Nurse Educator Postgraduate Certificate

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Program at a Glance

  • Gain specialized knowledge to pursue career advancement in the field of nursing education.
  • Complete a clinical practice experience to gain valuable real-world experience.
  • Prepare for CNE or RN-BC certification while you earn your postgraduate certificate.
  • Start when it's convenient for you and complete most of your coursework online.
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Course Effort
15–18 Hours per Week
Course Length
10-Week Terms
Average Completion
11 months
Of Full-Time Study
Credits Required
(20 Semester Credits)
Cost per Credit
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Nurse Educator Postgraduate Certificate Overview

Sharing knowledge—general or specialized—with nursing students can be a rewarding and challenging career option for many nursing professionals. If you have a master's degree in nursing, this postgraduate certificate in nursing education provides the opportunity to study the theory and practice of nursing education as well as advanced nursing concepts.

You'll learn to prepare nurses to address health care problems in a variety of ways:

  • Develop courses and programs that integrate nursing and educational philosophy.
  • Teach patients and their families.
  • Provide staff development programs.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of educational programs.

Prepare for Nurse Educator Certification

Earning this postgraduate certificate can help prepare you for the following certification exams*:

  • National League for Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
  • American Nurses Credentialing Center's Nursing Professional Development (RN-BC)

See the University Catalog for policy and degree plan information specific to this program.

Note: At this time, residents of Tennessee may not enroll in this program. In addition, international students are not eligible to enroll in this program.

Purdue Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

The HLC ( is an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Clinical Practice Experience

As part of the online nurse educator postgraduate certificate program, you will complete a clinical practice experience and work with a preceptor who is an experienced nurse educator in a contemporary health care or educational setting.

Contact an Admissions Advisor for more information about the number of hours needed to complete the clinical requirement.

Admissions Requirements

A master's degree with an upper-level major in nursing and an approved criminal background check is required. You will need to provide an official transcript that shows completion of your master's degree from an accredited institution, though an unofficial copy may be provided during the application process. Additional requirements apply. Refer to the program-specific policy page in the University Catalog or speak to an Advisor to learn more.

Ways to Save

  • Transfer Credits

    Earn credit for prior coursework completed at eligible institutions, including community colleges.

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  • Financial Aid

    Title IV federal financial aid is available for many of our degree programs.

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  • Corporate Partner Benefits

    Employees of Purdue Global partner organizations may be eligible for special tuition reductions.

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What Courses Will I Take?

Coursework focuses on:

  • Advanced nursing practice teaching roles
  • Assessment and evaluation strategies
  • Advanced nursing practice of physiology and pathophysiology
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Sample Courses
  • Teaching and Learning Theories and Strategies
  • Curriculum Design, Assessment, and Evaluation
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology
  • Evaluating Principles of Advanced Nursing Practice

Program Requirements

  • Core Credits
  • Total Credits
  • Core Credits
  • Total Credits

Nurse Educator Career Opportunities

The nurse educator certificate program is designed to help professional nurses like you pursue career advancement in the field of nursing education. Responsibilities may include teaching patients and their families, providing interprofessional staff development programs, evaluating the effectiveness of educational programs, and instructing undergraduate nursing students.

Top 5 Skills Employers Are Looking for:

  1. Speaking
  2. Active Learning
  3. Active Listening
  4. Coordination
  5. Instructing

Top Jobs With This Degree

Labor market, salary, and projected growth information are supplied by Emsi. Average salary range is based on national data. Projected growth represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2018–2030) at the state level and is based on your geographic location. Actual outcomes vary by geographic area, previous work experience, and opportunities for employment. Purdue Global cannot guarantee employment placement, salary level, or career advancement. Additional certification or licensing may be required to work in certain fields.

Get to Know Our Faculty

Purdue Global faculty members are real-world practitioners who bring knowledge gained through the powerful combination of higher learning and industry experience.

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grad hat icon 98% Faculty members who have advanced degrees
diploma icon 51% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 395 Faculty publications in 2021–2022
student at desk icon More Than 38,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2021–2022

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2022. 2021–2022 academic year.

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*Certification Exams: Students are responsible for understanding the requirements of optional certification exams. The University cannot guarantee students will be eligible to sit for or pass exams. In some cases, work experience, additional coursework beyond the Purdue Global program, fieldwork, and/or background checks may be necessary to be eligible to take or to successfully pass the exams.