Post Baccalaureate Certificate in
Nursing Education

Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing Education

This program is intended for nurses who wish to teach in undergraduate nursing programs, which hold a graduate degree in nursing in a specialization other nursing education; for the service settings that frequently utilize nurses with bachelor degrees for staff development and orientation; for DNP who hold a clinical degree but want to enter academia. The courses offered will equip them with skills needed to teach in the classroom and clinical settings.

This 15-credit certificate program prepares nurses for teaching positions in higher education and staff development. The program emphasizes instruction in curriculum, program and course design, development, and evaluation. A field experience, which may occur in either an academic or service setting, provides students with the opportunity to apply these skills in actual classroom and clinical environments under the guidance of expert College of Nursing faculty. Content focuses on learning styles, teaching methods, and evaluation strategies. The program is offered via distance learning medium. Given the focus on the nursing education specialization, all pre-requisite in this certificate program will be waived.

The unique aspects of the proposed certificate program are the post-BSN requirement, the use of distance learning teaching strategies, is scheduled in eighth weeks block and the opportunity to use these 15 credits toward their masters if they choose to continue. The rationale for the post-BSN minimum requirement is that the service settings frequently utilize nurses with bachelor degrees for staff development and orientation. The use of adobe connect as the distance learning medium will give students the opportunities to become comfortable with on-line instruction and be in a better position to incorporate and implement on-line instruction within their work setting.