Nurse Educator Certificate

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Nurse Educator Certificate Overview

The Nurse Educator Certificate is a 12-credit certificate focused on helping nurses understand the role of the nurse educator, and prepare to function in the advanced role of a nurse educator teaching nursing and/or nurses in an academic, clinical, or professional setting. The Certificate is applicable to any nurse who wants to become a clinical educator, nursing professional development specialist, or nursing faculty. The Certificate can be completed in three terms.
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Application Deadline


We evaluate applications on a rolling basis; however, we recommend that applicants apply as early as possible.

Credits Required


The certificate can be completed in three terms, pending course availability.

Terms Required


The Nurse Educator Certificate can be completed in three terms.

National Recognition


The RN-BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Chatham University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Explore the Nurse Educator Certificate:

  1. Completed free online application.
  2. A BSN degree with a minimum 2.8 undergraduate GPA or 3.0 graduate GPA
  3. Proof of active, unencumbered nursing license in your state
  4. Official transcripts showing highest degree obtained

Admissions Materials may be submitted to

Chatham University
Berry Hall/SCPS Admission
Woodland Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15232
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International Applicants

International Applicants must submit additional documentation to the Office of Admissions. A list of these documents can be found on the International Admission web page.


NUR503 Informatics Foundation and Health Care Technology
This course focuses on technology and informatics in healthcare delivery. Students will evaluate current and emerging technologies used for data driven decision-making to support quality healthcare outcomes. Key to this foundational knowledge will be skills developed to effectively communicate, coordinate, and analyze change resulting from the utilization of technology.
NUR642 Nurse Educator Role Development
This course focuses on diverse roles of nurse educators in various practice and educational environments. The course will provide novice and experienced nurse educators knowledge on developing an effective learning environment for a diverse student population. Educator responsibilities outside of the classroom will also be explored.


NUR632 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education
This course focuses on the nurse educator’s role in curriculum development, curriculum evaluation, measures of student performance, accreditation, and the implementation of these concepts in nursing education.


NUR652 Teaching Strategies and Technology for the Nurse Educator
This course focuses on strategies to develop knowledge and skill sets in pedagogy, teaching-learning theories, and technologies that can be utilized in various educational settings. Students will collate resources into a toolbox of teaching strategies to put into use as an educator.

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Practical Skill Development

Through courses that teach curriculum design, teaching strategies, assessment, the role of a nurse educator and more, students will gather practical skills that can be transferred directly to the role of the nurse educator. By the completion of the program, students will have created a toolbox of teaching strategies that can be adapted to any educational setting and will be prepared to be an active and engaged nurse educator with knowledge that most educators obtain while working in their new or first educator position.

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Why Earn a Graduate Certificate?

Being a life-long learner is a vital component of the professional role of a registered nurse. However, because of personal demands it's not always the right time to pursue a graduate degree. Another viable option is to complete a graduate certificate. Completing a graduate certificate allows professional nurses to increase expertise in a way that is often a lower cost and lower time commitment than a formal degree.

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Stepping Stone to a Master's Degree

In addition to its immediate benefits, a graduate certificate can also be a stepping stone into a Master's degree. Individuals who complete the professional nurse educator certificate can easily transfer their credits into the Master of Science in Nursing program. The benefit of doing so allows for the familiarity with the instructors and general material that make for an exceptionally smooth graduate education experience.

Learn About MSN : Checkerboard 3 - Stepping Stone to a Master's Degree
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Program Faculty

Chatham's nursing faculty members are accomplished teachers, scholars, practitioners, and active leaders in the field. They serve as mentors and advisors and are there for you every step of the way.

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