Nursing Education Certificate (NEC)

This fully online graduate certificate is to provide a theoretical and practical foundation in nursing education for Masters Prepared nurses who wish to assume the role of nursing faculty in an associate or baccalaureate degree nursing program. This certificate will provide the opportunity to acquire some of the basic skills utilized by the nurse educator.

This certificate can also be used to target bachelor prepared nurses who may be teaching in a community college setting by exception (faculty hired without required credentials due to a lack of qualified faculty) and desire career mobility to attain a faculty position in that same setting. The certificate can serve as the first step toward the MSN degree, thus providing a ladder into graduate programming for bachelor prepared nurses. This certificate provides 12 credits of focused coursework in the areas of learning theory, cognition, curriculum and instructional design, and evaluation nursing education programs. The 12 credits of this certificate also comprise the nursing education specialty concentration for the MSN degree.

Courses Required

Required Courses Credit Hours
NURS 551 Clinical Prev & Pop Health 3
NURS 601 Curriculum Design in Nurs Educ 3
NURS 611 Teach Methods in Nursing Educ 3
NURS 621 Advanced PPP 3
Total credits required: 12

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree (BSN). GPA 3.0 or higher.
  • Licensure as a Registered Nurse. Licensure or Eligibility.
  • Application. Complete the FSU online application.
  • Transcripts. Ferris Admissions requires all official transcripts from all locations. Ferris graduates need not submit transcripts for coursework completed at Ferris.
  • Writing Sample. Professional Goal Statement not to exceed one-typed page.

Application Deadlines

The NEC will follow the same application deadlines as the MSN program. Applications are accepted at any time throughout the year and will be reviewed once all materials are received. Students may begin the program at the start of the next available semester/course.


More Information

Sharon L. Colley, PhD, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE, ACAS
MSN Program Coordinator
Ferris State University
School of Nursing
200 Ferris Drive VFS 304
Big Rapids, MI 49307-2740

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