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Nursing Education Certificate

Nursing Education Post-Master's Certificate

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A Nursing Education 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 Nursing Education Post-Master's 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 Nursing Education Post-Master's Certificate are eligible to sit for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator examination.

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Additional Information

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Priority Application Deadlines

Fall Entry
January 15

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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.

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Admission Criteria

  • MSN or doctoral nursing degree from an ACEN or CCNE accredited college or university or an equivalent degree from a comparable foreign institution
  • Scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official Transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Three letters of recommendation (both academic and professional references; check FAQs for detailed guidance on completing this requirement)
  • Goal Statement
  • Current Resume /CV (check FAQs for detailed guidance on completing this requirement)
  • Interview with faculty (if moved forward by admissions committee)
  • Applicants must submit evidence of current nursing license.


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. Faculty advise students regarding their individual program plan.

  • Fall Semester
    • Teaching Strategies in Nursing (3 credits) *
    • Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits)
  • Spring Semester
    • Online Teaching and Learning: Development and Instruction (3 credits)
    • Evaluation: From Individual to Program (3 credits) *
    • Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits)
  • Summer Semester
    • Curriculum Theory & Design (3 credits) *
    • Teaching Practicum (1-3 credits)

* To enroll in the teaching practicum students must complete these prerequisite courses or obtain permission from the instructor.
The Teaching Practicum is not required to earn the certificate but, if taken, the Teaching Practicum should be the final course in the sequence.

Note: Curriculum, credit hours, and course offerings are subject to change.

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Tuition & Other Costs

View the costs for the Nursing Education Post-Master's Certificate.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I become certified?

    Graduates of the Nursing Education Post-Master's 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?

    Applicants are required to complete the online application for admission.  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

    Adding the Nursing Education Post-Master's Certificate for Master’s Specialty Track and Doctoral Students:
    Students who are currently enrolled in a Master’s Specialty Track or Doctoral degree program at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and wish to add the Post Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate must submit a written request to the Office of Admissions. A second program application is not required.

    Note: Financial aid recipients must notify the Financial Aid office when changing or adding a degree or certificate program. Those in F-1 status must notify the International Services office for a new I-20 to reflect the change in program. Students using VA benefits must notify the VA Certifying Official in the Registrar’s Office when changing or adding a degree or certificate.

  • 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. Coursework must be completed within three years.

    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?

    Students enrolled solely in this certificate program are not eligible for federal student aid. Students typically fund this certificate via private loans, employer benefits, or out of pocket. However, additional funding, such as federal student aid, may be available if this certificate is in conjunction with a degree seeking program such as a DNP or PhD. There may also be other forms of aid available for students completing this program in conjunction with another degree. 

  • Who should I ask to complete my letters of recommendation?
    • At least one letter should come from a recent or current direct supervisor/manager (the person who is responsible for your performance evaluation)
    • At least one letter should come from an academic faculty member who can speak to your ability to successfully complete a demanding graduate level academic and clinical program.
    • The third letter can come from a second academic faculty member or an individual in a leadership position who can speak to your clinical abilities.
    • Personal references from colleagues, friends, or family members do not meet the requirement.
    • If you are unable to provide one of the reference letters above, please upload a statement of explanation to your application.

  • What information should I include in my resume/CV?
    Please include the following information in your resume or CV:
    • Work experience (include dates, sites and locations; paid and unpaid; any residency participation)
    • Education Background
    • Scholarly activities (research, presentations, publications, honors, awards)
    • Professional activities (leadership, certifications, professional organization membership, service on committees)
    • Community Service/Volunteerism


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Funding Opportunities

Private Loans

Students may apply for a private loan to cover the expenses of this certificate. Interested students should contact a lender, complete the respective application process, and notify our office. We will then certify the loan on behalf of the student regardless of the lender that is chosen.  

Employer Benefits

Students enrolled in this program may be eligible for benefits from their employer. Students are advised to contact their employer's Human Resources department to inquire about tuition offerings.


The Hal and Jo Cohen Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship via the Maryland Higher Education Commission is provided to increase the pool of nurses in the State. Individuals must be a Maryland resident and fully admitted to a certificate or degree seeking program at a Maryland college or university. Additional information about the program can be found here.

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