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.
COURSE EFFORT 15 Hours per Week
How Do I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates to give you flexibility in your education, life, and work schedules.

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 and Puerto Rico may not enroll in this program.

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.

Purdue University Global Is Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission

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

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.

Coursework focuses on:

  • Advanced nursing practice teaching roles
  • Assessment and evaluation strategies
  • Advanced nursing practice of physiology and pathophysiology
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
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Credit Breakdown
  • Core Credits30
  • Total Credits30

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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 48% Faculty members who hold a doctorate
tablet icon 264 Faculty publications in 2019–2020
student at desk icon More Than 45,000 Professional development hours logged by faculty in 2019–2020

Statistics include all Purdue Global faculty members and are not school or program-specific calculations. Source: Purdue Global Office of Reporting and Analysis, July 2020. 2019–2020 academic year.

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*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.