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Nurse Educator Post-Master's Certificate

Nurse Educator Certification

Make a difference and elevate your career by combining your clinical experience and passion for teaching as a certified nurse educator. With an online Nurse Educator post-master’s certificate from the University of Central Missouri, you’ll be empowered and equipped to develop the future of the nursing workforce with best patient care practices. UCM’s graduate program is specifically for nurses who already have a master’s degree and seek professional certification to teach nursing classes. 

Take your career from nurse to educator in just one year, online

Learn the art and science of teaching nursing and fulfill requirements to become a certified nurse educator in one year. Offering the flexibility busy professionals need with a post-master’s certificate, this online graduate program is designed to prepare you to pass the Nurse Educator certification exam after 15 hours of virtual instruction.

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Fully online program

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Nurse Educator certification in 1 year


What you will study

UCM’s Nurse Educator program will prepare you to pass the Certified Nurse Educator exam and discover where you will be most fulfilled and best compensated in your new career.

Build on your expertise as a graduate-level nurse by developing teaching skills to pass on your knowledge. You’ll train future and current nurses in how to provide holistic patient care in diverse environments. You’ll also impact patient outcomes for generations to come by preparing future leaders in health care delivery, policy and promotion. Additionally, you’ll address health care challenges by ensuring competent, caring and mindful nurses are prepared and committed to patient health.

Nurse Educator program highlights

During your year in UCM’s online Nurse Educator Post-Master’s Certificate program, you may take classes such as:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Teaching Clinical Practice in Nursing
  • Designing Nursing Curricula 

In your own classroom, you’ll gain on-the-job experience working with a Certified Nurse Educator to observe how theory is applied in actual nurse education settings. You’ll be able to actively engage nursing students while helping them achieve their own career goals.


Excellence in Nursing 

  • A Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs (U.S. News & World Report, 2021 & 2022)
  • A Best Online Nursing School Master's Programs (The Princeton Review, 2021 & 2022)
  • Top 15%: Most Popular Online Health Professions Schools (College Factual, 2022)
  • A Most Popular College for Nursing (College Factual, 2022)


Unique opportunities in nursing education

UCM provides online and applied learning opportunities to prepare you for Nurse Educator certification and ensure a clear path to career success. You’ll also have opportunities to develop your professional network that can help you secure a teaching position. 

  • Flexible, online courses: Most graduate students complete our Nurse Educator program within one year. If you need more time, UCM will work with you to create a program schedule tailored to fit your life and goals.
  • Classroom experience: You’ll learn how to become a nurse educator by observing, practicing and applying new skills while working with actual nursing students. Experienced nurse educators guide you through a variety of practical experiences in clinical or higher ed classroom settings to help you clarify your career goals and teaching preferences.
  • Networking and career development: Build a strong professional network through classroom practice and online discussion. Program faculty are Certified Nurse Educators committed to helping you define and narrow your career goals and find the best fit.


What can you do with Nurse Educator certification from UCM?

You’ve proven yourself as a leader in caring for patients. Earning your Nurse Educator Post-Master’s Certificate online from the University of Central Missouri allows you to scale your impact. As a Certified Nurse Educator, you can help ensure the next generation of nurses is equipped with best practices for culturally competent and holistic patient care. Teaching maximizes the long-term benefit your experience brings to patients and the health care industry. 

What does a Certified Nurse Educator do?

With Nurse Educator certification, you can work in a variety of settings, including colleges and universities, teaching hospitals, medical labs and clinical practices. Your main priorities might include:

  • Developing curricula, classes and programs of study
  • Teaching, advising and evaluating nursing students
  • Evaluating and revising educational programs and individual classes
  • Overseeing students' clinical practice
  • Serving as a role model and mentor for students
  • Documenting outcomes of educational processes
  • Acting as a nurse educator consultant
  • Speaking at nursing conferences
  • Contributing to the academic community through thought leadership
  • Writing grant proposals

Explore more options for jobs in nursing education using the interactive tool below. You can gain insights on nurse educator salaries, job opportunities and more.




Financial assistance options for UCM’s Nurse Educator program

The University of Central Missouri is committed to helping you achieve your Nurse Educator certification, regardless of financial need. In fact, LendEDU recognizes UCM as a top-ranked university for low student debt. 

Investing in the online Nurse Educator program at the University of Central Missouri will quickly pay for itself with increased earning potential, career satisfaction and the exponential benefits you bring to your patients and the health care industry.


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