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Nurse Educator Certificate

Our Nurse Educator Certificate is a post-master’s certificate 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 health care environments.

Program Highlights

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

  • We are nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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 Department:

  • 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.

  • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate is available to master’s or doctorally prepared nurses as a post-master’s certificate program. To enter the program and be eligible for national certification, individuals must hold a master’s degree with a major in nursing.

    Prerequisites Family Nurse Practitioner Courses
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment 3
    NUR 6338 Leadership and 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.

  • The Department of Nursing offers a four course (12 SCH) Education Certificate Program designed to develop expertise in the teaching of nursing students enrolled in a variety of educational programs. All courses in the Education Certificate Program are offered in a convenient online format. The program will benefit M.S.N. graduates wanting to develop expertise in curriculum development, teaching strategies including online strategies, and evaluation. Students enrolled in the certificate program will also have the opportunity to partner with a faculty member in a variety of practical experiences, including clinical and lab instruction as well as didactic instruction. To enter the program, individuals must hold a master’s degree with a major in nursing.

    Prerequisites Nurse Educator Courses
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment 3
    NUR 6338 Leadership and Roles in Advanced Nursing 3

    And 50 clinical hours in advanced nursing role.

    Nurse Educator Certificate Program Courses
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6319 Curriculum in Nursing Educator 3
    NUR 6340 Teaching Strategies and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6347 Roles and Financial Management in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6349 Capstone Practicum in Nursing Education 3

     Total semester credit hours required: 12

  • 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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