Nursing Education Graduate Certificate
Advanced Nursing Education Coursework—Delivered Completely Online
The University of Northern Colorado online Nursing Education Graduate Certificate can be taken as a standalone certificate by bachelor's or master’s prepared nurses, or an additional certificate for matriculated master’s and doctoral nursing students who wish to augment their professional studies with advanced coursework in nursing education and academic roles.
Nurse Educators Critically Needed
There is high demand nationwide for additional Nurse Educators, and particularly in Colorado. In fact, 53% of the state's full-time faculty is aged 55 or older and retiring at a rate of 45 individuals per year, according to the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence.
This program, offered by the UNC School of Nursing through the UNC Extended Studies, can be completed entirely online during Fall and Spring semesters. Attend without interfering with your personal or professional obligations.
The Nursing Education Certificate program accepts applications throughout the year, and you can begin the program at the start of any academic Fall or Spring semester. See the Get Started section below for application deadlines for each term and the steps to apply.
We also encourage you to visit the School of Nursing–Nursing Education Certificate page.
Contact the Academic Program Coordinator
Nursing Education Graduate Certificate
Academic Program Coordinator
Course of Study
This certificate is 12 credit hours for post-bachelor's students and 9 credit hours for post-master's students. The recommended post-master's coursework includes one course in teaching strategies, one course in teaching/learning theory, and one course in curriculum or evaluation. The post-baccalaureate student will select one additional course from any area or an elective.
At least two of the courses below are offered each Fall and Spring semester. For more details about the course of study and to establish the best course of study for your progress through the certificate, contact the Academic Program Coordinator.
Students must complete the coursework with a grade of "B" or better.
Available Courses by Category
Teaching Strategies/Role (take 1 or more)
- NURS 521 Clinical Instruction and Precepting in Nursing (3)
- NURS 631 Teaching Strategies for Practice and Academic Settings (3)
- NURS 695 Advanced Academic Nursing Roles (3)
- NURS 780 The Professional Role in Nursing Education (3)
- ET 604 Computer Graphics and Visual Literacy (3)
Teaching/Learning Theory (take 1 or more)
- PSY 540 Theories and Principles of Learning (3)
- PSY 681 Cognition and Instruction I (3)
Curriculum/Evaluation (take 1 or more)
- NURS 661 Planning and Evaluating Education in Practice and Academic Settings (3)
- NURS 710 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
- NURS 760 Advanced Nursing Curriculum Design (3)
- SRM 670 Evaluation: Models and Designs (3)
- NURS 504 Quality and Safety in Health Care Systems (3)
- NURS 507 Policy, Leadership and Nursing Issues (3)
Acceptance into this graduate certificate program requires that you hold a bachelor's degree and have a GPA of 3.0 or better in your most recent 60 semester hours of college work. The UNC Graduate School and the School of Nursing will evaluate all eligible applicants to determine entry into the certificate program.
Candidates must possess the baccalaureate degree in nursing and be currently licensed as a registered nurse.
Master's prepared nurses and matriculated master’s in nursing or doctoral students from other academic institutions may apply for admission.
Eligibility by State
UNC has secured approval from almost every state, as required by new federal regulations, so that students are eligible to apply to online programs at UNC. However we are unable to accept applications at this time for our online programs from students residing in a few select states because their requirements, particularly application fees, for such approval are prohibitive. Please verify your Eligibility by State before applying.
Note: All international students residing outside of the United States are eligible to apply to our online programs. Students attending online while residing outside of the United States do not need student visas for admission.
Tuition and Financial Aid
This program is offered through the UNC Office of Extended Studies, which means a flat per-credit tuition rate for all students in the program. There are no student fees. Certain courses may carry specific course fees for additional services and materials.
Tuition rates are set each academic year (which begin each Fall semester). The tuition rate for the 2013-14 school year for this program is $513 per credit hour.
Scholarships for School of Nursing Students
Explore all of the School of Nursing Scholarship Opportunities.
Federal Financial Aid
Certificate, endorsement-only and principal licensure program students (non-degree seeking) aren’t eligible for aid through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Details about the federal aid program are available at www.fafsa.ed.gov. Your program coordinator may be aware of your eligibility for any discipline or campus-based aid if available.
Extended Studies students may contact Aimee Rogers in Financial Aid for more specific help at (970) 351-2502 or visit UNC Financial Aid website.
Students can also find information in the Guide to Federal Student Aid at studentaid.ed.gov/students/publications/student_guide/index.html
The Nursing Education Graduate Certificate program accepts applications throughout the year, and you can begin the program at the start of any academic Fall or Spring semester. It is recommended that you apply at least 60 days before the start of the semester for which you desire admission, but you can contact the Academic Program Coordinator to confirm upcoming deadlines.
To begin the application process, you will submit the free online application to the School of Nursing (see below). You will then also apply to the UNC Graduate School. Once you apply to the UNC Graduate School and your application packet is complete, admission to this program is a two-stage process. Your application will be reviewed by the graduate school then sent to the faculty/program for an admission decision. A completed application typically takes four to six weeks to process.