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Nurse Educator Certificate

Our Nurse Educator Certificate is a post-master’s certificate program for nurses designed to develop expertise as an advanced-level nurse in a teaching role.

This program is offered online through Blackboard, a course delivery system. On-campus attendance requirements are kept to a minimum.

Clinical requirements can usually be completed in the student’s city of residence within the state of Texas, provided course objectives are met. Preceptors and clinical sites are subject to approval per course requirements and expected course objectives.

Online Only

Certificate Program

Nurse Educator Certificate


Graduates of this program are prepared to teach health care providers enrolled in a variety of educational programs, including those at the vocational, associate and baccalaureate levels, as well as in health care environments.

Program Highlights

  • U.S. News and World Report ranked our program 34th in Best Online Nursing Programs 2014.

  • We are nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791, (CCNE).

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research, applicants for regular admission to the M.S.N. program must file a separate departmental application through the Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS) to the Department of Nursing and meet the following criteria:

  • Acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. *
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold permanent residency status in the U.S.
  • Reside in the state of Texas. **
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.***
  • Undergraduate statistics course (3 SCH) completed with a grade of “C” or higher. (Junior or Senior level statistics within 5 years is recommended but not required).
  • Applicant must have one (1) year of recent clinical experience as a Registered Nurse if applying for the Family Nurse Practitioner program.
  • Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas required. **
  • Three references (academic, professional or clinical) addressing your ability to succeed in graduate school.
  • Complete a Personal Statement describing (a) why you are choosing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator, (b) your plans upon completing the graduate program, (c) how your current work experience will enhance your graduate school experience, and (d) how you plan to manage your time due to the demands of program, work, and/or family life. (Less than 800 words).
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/resume.

*In accordance with College of Graduate Studies and Research admission requirements, applicants from a foreign country whom English is not their first language, must also include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken within the last two years.

**M.S.N. curriculum requiring practicums are required to be completed in Texas.

***When an applicant’s GPA is below 3.00, but between 2.75 and 2.99, and if the applicant has achieved a 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the applicant may be granted provisional admission.

Prior to first clinical course, graduate students must have the following on file in the nursing office:

  • Current CPR (professional level) certification.
  • Evidence of meeting state-mandated immunization requirements.
  • Proof of current health insurance.
  • Drug screen and/or background check if required by clinical agency.

Clinical sites may require background checks and drug screens before allowing students to participate in clinical experiences.


You must have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree program before you are eligible to enroll in this certificate program.

  • The Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate is available to master’s or doctorally prepared nurses as a post-master’s certificate program. To enter the program and be eligible for national certification, individuals must hold a master’s degree with a major in nursing.

    Prerequisites Family Nurse Practitioner Courses
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment 3
    NUR 6338 Leadership and Roles in Advanced Nursing 3

Application Deadlines

Fall: June 1


This program requires a 3.0 cumulative grade point average with no grade lower than a “B.” All courses must be completed in residence.

  • The Department of Nursing offers a four course (12 SCH) Education Certificate Program designed to develop expertise in the teaching of nursing students enrolled in a variety of educational programs. All courses in the Education Certificate Program are offered in a convenient online format. The program will benefit M.S.N. graduates wanting to develop expertise in curriculum development, teaching strategies including online strategies, and evaluation. Students enrolled in the certificate program will also have the opportunity to partner with a faculty member in a variety of practical experiences, including clinical and lab instruction as well as didactic instruction. To enter the program, individuals must hold a master’s degree with a major in nursing.

    Prerequisites Nurse Educator Courses
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment 3
    NUR 6338 Leadership and Roles in Advanced Nursing 3

    And 50 clinical hours in advanced nursing role.

    Nurse Educator Certificate Program Courses
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6319 Curriculum in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6340 Teaching Strategies and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6347 Roles and Financial Management in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6349 Capstone Practicum in Nursing Education 3

     Total semester credit hours required: 12

  • Students enrolled in this certification plan are not eligible for federal student loans. They are eligible for a state funded loan through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board called the College Access Loan and Private Alternative Educational Loans. For more information, contact the ASU Financial Aid Office.

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