Take The Next Step
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.
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 a Hopkins 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.
This online graduate certificate program 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 Nurse Educator certificate program are eligible to sit for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator examination.
View the Gainful Employment Disclosure Statement for this online program.
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.
- 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)
Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing license from an authorized state.
No prerequisite courses.
State-Specific Information for Online Programs
Students currently cannot conduct clinical activities in Massachusetts. For more information, please contact an admissions representative. Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.
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 during any of the four semesters. Faculty advise students regarding their individual program plan.
Teaching Strategies in Nursing (3 credits)
Clinical Simulations and Other Technologies in Healthcare Education (3 credits)
Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits)
The Evolving Roles of the Nurse Educator (3 credits)
Online Teaching and Learning: Development and Instruction (3 credits)
Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits)
Evaluation: From Individual to Program (3 credits)
Curriculum Theory & Design (3 credits)
Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits)
Clinical Teaching and Evaluation (3 credits)
*Note: Not all courses will be offered every year. Please check the schedule for the course offerings for the current year.
Important policies, procedures, and resources for ease of reference.
Tuition & Other Costs
(September 2017 - May 2018)
|Matriculation fee:||$500 (first time enrolled JHU students only)|
|Tuition Per Credit:||$1,5912|
Estimated Other Expenses3
|Room and Board:||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.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I become certified?
Graduates of the Nurse Educator certificate program are eligible to sit for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator examination once they have met the eligibility requirements:
- 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
- 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.
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
Is a certain course sequence required?
There is no prescribed course sequence; the students can choose which courses to take based on the semester in which he/she enrolls and the courses being offered that semester.
Can the program be completed in one year?
The program can be completed in four semesters if the student takes at least 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?
Yes, financial aid is 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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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.
Learn about the Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant.