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Nursing Education Certificate (NEC)

Why Choose the Nursing Education Certificate?

This 16-credit, fully online graduate certificate provides a theoretical and practical foundation in nursing education. It is designed for bachelor, master, or doctoral prepared nurses who wish to assume the role of nursing faculty in an associate or baccalaureate degree nursing program or the role of a staff educator in a healthcare organization. The certificate is also ideal for nurses prepared at the graduate level (MSN or doctoral) in another area of nursing practice or specialty who would like to enhance their skill and attain the specialized knowledge required of the nurse educator role. This certificate provides students the essential skills vital to the nurse educator role.

The certificate can also be the first step toward the MSN degree, thus providing a ladder into graduate programming for bachelor prepared nurses.  Nine of the 16 credits required for the certificate can be applied to the MSN degree as they comprise the specialty concentration for that degree. This certificate provides focused coursework in the areas of teaching/learning theory, curriculum and instructional design, evaluation, and a teaching practicum simulation experience that provides students the opportunity to utilize knowledge from courses to prepare and teach in selected areas. Students will leave the certificate program with a robust understanding of the expectations of the nurse educator role.

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Career Opportunities

There is a significant shortage of nurse educators, and this certificate provides career mobility options for bachelor, masters, or doctoral prepared nurses who wish to enter academia to teach in undergraduate nursing programs. The certificate also provides career mobility for nurses who desire to work as staff and patient educators in hospitals and other health care settings.

Courses Required

Link to All Nursing Program Course Descriptions Credit Hours
NURS 601 Curriculum Design in Nurs Educ 3
NURS 611 Teach Methods in Nursing Educ 3
NURS 621 Advanced PPP 3
NURS 632 Nurse Educator in the Clinical Setting 3
NURS 709 Nurse Educator Practicum 4
Total credits required: 16

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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