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Online Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate
Master the Skills to Inform and Elevate Healthcare Teams

Online Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate

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The Perfect Program for Future Nurse Educators

The online Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate is a 14-credit program that prepares nurses with an MSN and an unencumbered RN license to excel as nurse educators. Throughout the post-masters experience, you will learn to develop and implement curricula, create learning materials for both patients and students and more. Upon graduation, you will be equipped with the knowledge to sit for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam. Then, whether you pursue a career as a nursing school faculty member, a staff educator in a healthcare facility or anything in between, you will have the expertise to be a trainer and role model in one of more than 1.3 million positions available for nursing educators.1 



The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at Ohio University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

Program Benefits

  • Succeed in schools, primary care offices and more post-graduation
  • More than 1.3 million positions as of 20211
  • More than 10% job growth projected by 20311
  • Succeed in primary care offices, homecare settings and more
  • Equip yourself with the skills to fill one more than 300,000 open roles1
  • Earn more than $90,000 average salary2

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Build a Career Teaching Exceptional Healthcare Professionals

The online Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate program prepares you to share your knowledge with the next generation of healthcare providers. The nurse education field has a rising demand for educators, with jobs expected to increase by 25% before 2031. You'll graduate with the skills to train nurses and staff who provide exceptional care and positively shape the future of the healthcare industry.

Build a Fulfilling Career Sharing Your Knowledge

The examples listed represent the national average salaries for the corresponding roles.

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  • Simulation Educator


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  • Nurse Researcher


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  • Patient Educator


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A Curriculum That Helps You Teach Tomorrow's Nursing Professionals

5 Total Courses | 100% Online Coursework

Your post-masters experience in the online Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate program will provide a comprehensive understanding of the principles and theories underlying effective nurse education. Exploring topics that include educational design, assessment and evaluation, you will learn how to create an effective learning environment that helps students and colleagues alike meet their needs. Thanks to the 500 practicum hours required to complete the program, you will also build on your master's level skills through hands-on experience. When you graduate, you will be prepared for professional success as a highly proficient nurse educator.


  • NRSE 7840 Foundations for Nurse Educators
  • NRSE 7841 Instructional and Teaching Strategies
  • NRSE 7842 Educational Design, Assessment and Evaluation
  • NRSE 7940 Nursing Educator Practicum 1 (250 hours)
  • NRSE 7941 Nursing Educator Practicum 2 (250 hours)

Online Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate Admission Details

No GRE/GMAT Required | 1 Start per Year (Summer Term)

With expert faculty mentors, opportunities for hands-on experience and more, the online Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate program is your opportunity to step up and train the next generation of nursing leaders. You will learn to develop and implement teaching strategies, create staff development opportunities and even generate patient education materials, resulting in a career that promotes better understanding at both caregiver and patient ends of the healthcare spectrum.

To apply to OHIO's online certificate program, you will need:

Key Admission Dates

Summer 2024:

  • Application Deadline: 11/06/23
  • Classes Begin: 05/13/24
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Application Fee$35
Required DegreeMSN degree from a regionally accredited institution
Minimum GPA3.0 minimum GPA for unconditional admission
Prerequisite Courses

Students must have completed graduate-level coursework in the following courses or the equivalent with a minimum of a B:

  • NRSE 6210 Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NRSE 6230 Advanced Pharmacology
  • NRSE 6221 Health Appraisal for Nurse Practitioners
TranscriptsAll official college transcripts
Additional Requirements
  • Resident of and evidence of valid, unrestricted RN licensure in an approved state. View a list of approved states
  • Professional Goals Statement
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation:
    • A minimum of two must be from individuals prepared at or above the Master’s level
    • At least one must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse

When to Apply

The best time to apply is now, and this program accepts students once per year in the Summer semester. Apply today to get started.

Online Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate Tuition

$7,826 Total Tuition (Resident) | $559 Per Credit (Resident)

Investing in Ohio University's online Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate program helps you in your journey to becoming a nursing faculty member or staff educator. As you progress through the post-masters experience program, you'll acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to create outstanding learning environments, educational materials and courses of study—not to mention future nurses and more educated healthcare providers overall. When you graduate, you'll have a comprehensive understanding of the principles of healthcare education, strategy implementation, assessment and evaluation and more.

Cost per credit hour

$559 (Ohio resident)

$578 (non-resident)

Total credit hours 14
Total estimated cost, minus fees

$7,826 (Ohio resident)

$8,092 (non-resident)

Other costs to budget for You may have costs in addition to tuition, such as textbooks, supplies and fees. Take these into consideration as you budget for your program.

Listed tuition is for estimating purposes only and is subject to change.

Military Students

Ohio University is a Military Collegiate Purple Star Award® school and has been repeatedly ranked among the top institutions for active duty and veteran students. Our Veteran and Military Student Services Center provides access to programs and services specifically for military members and their families. As an OHIO online student, you can earn credit for select military experience, training or previous college credit. Additionally, incentive scholarships of 15% are available for military/veteran students.

Financial Aid

OHIO is committed to offering affordable, competitive tuition and has been recognized for the fourth consecutive year as a best-value university by U.S. News and World Report. In addition, student veteran, active military members, alumni, and corporate partners are automatically eligible to receive a 15% scholarship. Depending on your background, costs and credit hours will differ.

  • Financial Aid

    Students in Ohio University's certificate programs may be eligible for aid from resources outside of Ohio University. When joining a certificate program, many Ohio students take advantage of the following:

    Employer education benefits and private sources

    Scholarship and loan repayment programs for working nurses through state and federal agencies. Note that there are eligibility requirements and/or service requirements as a part of the program, such as serving in a nursing shortage area or a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC)

    The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has many federally-funded scholarship and loan repayment programs specifically for advanced-practice nurses. These programs usually have application processes that take time and include firm deadlines. Links to the Ohio Board of Nursing and HRSA sites are below:

    Ohio Board of Nursing

    Health Resources & Services Administration (Select Funding from the drop-down menu)

  • Online Learning That Fits Your Life

    No matter what your career goals are, Ohio University can help you get there. We offer a wide range of online graduate programs specifically for professionals who are ready for their next step. Complete focused courses while maintaining your work and personal responsibilities by studying when and where it's convenient for you. As a student, you'll learn alongside fellow leaders and have access to the same expert faculty and leading-edge curriculum as you would on campus.

What You'll Learn

Ohio University's online Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate Program provides comprehensive training on instructional and teaching strategies, curriculum development, assessment and evaluation and more. You'll gain hands-on experience in nurse education, preparing you to provide successful learning environments in a range of settings.

Program Outcomes

  • Synthesizes knowledge from nursing and other disciplines as a basis for clinical judgment, clinical reasoning, and innovative evidence-based education and practice.
  • Incorporates evidence-based practice in delivering person-centered care to enhance health outcomes and improve health systems.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to select and apply principles of population health and advocacy strategies that optimize health outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  • Integrate and evaluate evidence-based practice to inform and promote advanced clinical practice.
  • Analyze and apply quality improvement strategies to create a culture of safe, professional nursing practice that optimizes health and protects all.
  • Apply leadership skills as an interprofessional team member to optimize the health of individuals, families, and populations within complex healthcare environments.
  • Apply evidence-based, innovative strategies based on organizational and systems policies to enhance value, access, quality, and cost-effectiveness within complex healthcare delivery systems.
  • Integrate information technology systems to drive decision-making, healthcare change and interdisciplinary communication in complex healthcare delivery systems.
  • Integrate the role of the advanced practice nurse by utilizing effective professional communication and presence to promote person-centered care.
  • Contribute to an environment that promotes self-care, personal health, well-being and professional development in a culture of accountability and collaboration.

Learn From Leading Experts

By establishing meaningful connections with these Ohio University's faculty, you gain access to the valuable insights of expert practitioners in the field. With a collaborative spirit, they will provide mentorship and support to help you navigate the complexities of the nursing practice and successfully advance your career.

Faculty Spotlight

Sherleena Buchman, PhD, MSN, BSN, ASN, LPN,

Assistant Professor

Dr. Sherleena Buchman, an Assistant Professor in the College of Health Science Professions, has special interest and expertise in nursing and interprofessional education, as well as education technologies. She brings this vital knowledge to Ohio University's Post-Graduate MSN Nurse Educator Certificate students to help them graduate as true masters in their field.

Read More About Dr. Sherleena Buchman

Sherleena Buchman

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Answers to Common Questions

Find answers to common questions about the online program. For information not covered here, our expert admissions team is available to provide additional details and guidance.

What classes will I be taking for my certificate?

Students with a current APRN License – Current APRNs who are pursuing an APRN certificate will, more than likely, progress directly into a clinical course in their first semester. This means that current APRNs should have possible preceptors and sites in mind when applying These applicants should also contact the School of Nursing at and request the clinical overview sheets and preceptor packet for their program.

If I graduate from the program, will I be licensed in my state as an APRN?

The online, Post-Graduate MSN Nurse Educator Certificate is intended to prepare students to train expert individuals and teams across healthcare settings. State Boards of Nursing set individual standards for licensure in their state. It is highly recommended that students who seek admission to Nursing programs at Ohio University contact their home state’s Board of Nursing to verify that the desired program and its graduates will meet the eligibility criteria for approval for those credentials. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing has contact information for Boards of Nursing on their site, located here:

What certification exams do students take? What is your first-time pass rate?

Our programs are intended to provide students with the opportunity to acquire the educational eligibility to meet standards for NE certification or other professional distinctions through examination. A list of examinations and their credentialing bodies appears later in this document. On average, 95% of graduates pass the certification exam on the first attempt.

How long is the program?

Most of our programs are three fifteen-week semesters in length with students taking courses in the spring, summer, and fall semesters. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

How many hours do I take per semester? Is this a full-time program?

The programs of study appear later in this document. Most students take 2 fifteen-week courses each semester for 5-9 total credits. Students can take fewer courses but it will take longer to complete their program. The definition of a full-time program can differ among financial aid or tuition reimbursement programs and you will want to check with that particular program’s administrator.

Is the program completely online?

This program is completed entirely online. Software applications utilized in nursing classes will work on either PCs or MACs. Office 365 Pro Plus is required and is now available at no charge to Ohio University students.


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