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Nurse Educator Certificate

Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate

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A Nurse Educator certificate enables experienced professional nurses to combine their clinical expertise with a passion for teaching. If you have a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing and a desire to help develop a nursing workforce committed to healthcare quality and safety, this graduate certificate program provides the opportunity to take the next, perhaps most rewarding, step in your career.

Learn Online

Designed to accommodate your busy schedule, the online program gives you the skills to prepare students for evidence-based practice and research. You will learn to implement instructional strategies for both face-to-face and online environments, as well as construct appropriate curricula, teaching materials, and evaluation strategies that provide practical, up-to-date educational experiences.

Maintain Dual Roles

Those who earn the Hopkins Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate enjoy careers in instructional or administrative positions as faculty in schools of nursing, staff development, or continuing education; educate prelicensure master’s and doctoral students in a variety of academic settings; and maintain dual roles as educators and direct patient care providers.

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Core Competencies

This online post-master's certificate prepares graduates to be nurse educators and equip registered nurses with the skills necessary to practice in varied healthcare settings. It includes the following competencies:

  • Incorporate technology into curricula and educational programs
  • Develop curricula based on the mission, goals, framework and program outcomes of the program and institution
  • Define course objectives/outcomes/competencies and content consistent with program outcomes
  • Organize content and learning experiences according to accepted principles of learning
  • Plan appropriate learning experiences
  • Design instructional strategies, teaching materials, and educational technology to help achieve course objectives
  • Use appropriate assessment, evaluation methods, and instruments to assess learning and achievement of course objectives and program outcomes
  • Use information from program evaluations in planning instruction and improving the process
  • Enact best practices in nursing education
  • Assess own knowledge and skills and implement plans for lifelong learning/professional development
  • Use current research findings and scholarly works in nursing education
  • Use knowledge gained through clinical practice to maintain and improve nursing curricula
  • Consult with others within and outside of the discipline to enhance the development of interdisciplinary educational teams clinical settings
  • Demonstrate cultural competence in classroom and clinical settings


Graduates of the Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate are eligible to sit for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator examination.

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Application Deadline

Fall Entry
July 1

Spring Entry
November 15

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GE Disclosure

View the Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement for this online program.

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Center of Excellence in Nursing Education

NLN designated Center of Excellence in Nursing Education


School of Nursing supports three community based health centers in Baltimore City

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Lisa-Marie Williams
Lisa-Marie Williams
MS, RN, NECO '12
I've learned how to be a better teacher.

When informatics expert Lisa-Marie Williams spent a year as a hospital-based nurse educator, she enjoyed the work, but knew that she could do better. The Johns Hopkins Nurse Educator certificate option gave her the knowledge she was looking for.

“I’ve learned how to be a better teacher and how to approach students from several different avenues,” she says.

Read Lisa-Marie's Story
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Admission Criteria

  • Admissions Application
  • Verification of enrollment in an MSN or doctoral nursing program or confirmation of an earned MSN or doctoral nursing degree (from an accredited college or university)
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official Transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)*
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (2 academic and 1 professional preferred)
  • Goal Statement
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing license from an authorized state.
*References should be recent, written for the purpose of your application to this program and from professors who know you as a student or employers who know you as a professional in a job setting preferably in a supervisory role. Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.


No prerequisite courses.

Student Sponsorship

This program does not qualify for F-1 or J-1 student sponsorship. Legal Permanent Residents and non-immigrants who are otherwise physically present in the U.S. and in a status that allows for full or part-time study, may pursue this program.

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The 12-credit program is comprised of four 3-credit courses chosen from the list below which can be completed in any sequence. Students may enroll in a 1-3 credit teaching practicum. Faculty advise students regarding their individual program plan.

  • Courses Offered
    • Teaching Strategies in Nursing (3 credits)
    • Online Teaching and Learning: Development and Instruction (3 credits)
    • Evaluation: From Individual to Program (3 credits)
    • Curriculum Theory & Design (3 credits)

*Note: Not all courses will be offered every year. Please check the schedule for the course offerings for the current year.

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Tuition & Other Costs

Billed Expenses

(September 2018 - May 2019)

Tuition: $19,6681
Matriculation fee: $500 (first time enrolled JHU students only)
Tuition Per Credit:  $1,6392
Health Insurance: N/A
Health Fee: N/A

Estimated Other Expenses3

Room and Board: N/A
Books/Supplies: N/A
Personal Expenses: N/A
Travel Expenses: N/A

1The tuition is displayed for students taking 12 credits during 2017-18 at a rate of $1,591 per credit (through Spring 2018). For planning purposes students can project a 3% increase for any enrollments thereafter in 2018-19. Also, tuition charges are more if students combine the Nurse Educator’s Certificate with another degree.

2The per credit cost of tuition changes each summer.

3Estimated other expense allocations may not be available for students enrolled less than half-time.


Billed expenses are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.       

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I become certified?

    Graduates of the Post-Master's Nurse Educator Certificate are eligible to sit for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator examination once they have met the eligibility requirements:

    Option A

    • Licensure as an active registered nurse in the U.S. or its territories
    • Master's or doctoral degree with a major emphasis in nursing education
    • Nine or more credit hours of graduate-level education courses
    • Two years or more of full-time employment in the academic faculty role within the past five years

    Option B

    • Licensure as a active registered nurse in the U.S. or its territories
    • Master's or doctoral degree in nursing with a major emphasis in a role other than nursing education
    • Four years or more of full-time employment in the academic faculty role within the past five years.

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  • How do I apply?

    All applicants are required to complete the online application for admission whether you are enrolled in a graduate program at JHSON, enrolled at another accredited school of nursing, or if you are a post-masters applicant.  If you meet the criteria for admission to the program, you will receive a letter of acceptance once the application has been processed and reviewed.  Apply to become a Nurse Educator

  • Can the program be completed in one year?

    The program can be completed in four semesters if the student takes one course each semester.

  • How do I create my program of study?

    You will meet with your assigned advisor to determine which courses you wish to include in your program of study. It is preferable that you choose courses which build on your past experience, prior coursework and career goals. You must earn a total of 12 credits in order to attain the certificate.

    You may choose to enroll in a single course or fewer than four of the courses without earning a certificate. You can return to the School at a later time and complete the additional courses required for the certificate. There is no time limit on completion.

    The teaching practicum can be designed with a master teacher in the classroom, in the clinical area, or in a combination of the two settings. The practicum can be one to three credits.

  • Is financial aid available?

    Information regarding funding opportunities is available through the Office of Financial Aid. Students pursuing doctoral studies may receive assistance from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program. This program, authorized under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act, seeks to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty. Funding is used to provide loans to students enrolled in advanced education nursing programs that prepare graduates to serve as faculty in a school of nursing.



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Funding Opportunities

Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship & Living Expenses Grant

A state-wide initiative funded by HSCRC to increase the number of qualified bedside nurses in Maryland hospitals. Scholarship is equal to tuition and mandatory fees. Living Expenses Grant award amounts are based on need and may not exceed the maximum of $25k per academic year ($12.5k per semester).  


Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Program is authorized under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act to increase the number of qualified nursing faculty. Funding is used to provide loans to students enrolled in advanced education nursing programs that prepare graduates to serve as faculty in a school of nursing. Applicants must complete their FAFSA.

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Learn about the Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant. 

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