Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education

Program Coordinator: Dr. Melissa Duprey
Phone: 508-929-8419


The certificate program responds to the rapidly growing need for professional nurses who have specialty education in teaching methods and curriculum. It is intended for nurses who hold a master’s degree in nursing, hold a doctoral degree, or are matriculated in a doctoral program. The courses emphasize teaching/learning principles, curriculum and instruction, and evaluation research in higher education.

The 12-credit Post-Master’s certificate in nursing education provides MS-prepared nurses with the knowledge and skills necessary to function in the role of the nurse educator. Those who complete the certificate and experiential requirements are eligible to sit for the national certification examination for nurse educators.

Admissions Requirements

Students interested in this program should contact the Graduate School at 508-929-8127. The following items are required to apply to the certificate program:

  • Graduate application, including career essay, and fee (

  • Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts

  • Two letters of recommendation

  • Copy of current, unencumbered license to practice nursing

Required Courses

NU-908Professional Role Development: Philosophical & Curricular Development In Nursing Education3
NU-942Practicum in Teaching & Learning I4
NU-943Practicum in Teaching & Learning II4
Total Credits11

Please note: Students are not able to transfer in courses to complete this certificate.

Admissions Requirements

• Online Application ($50 fee)
• Career Plan Essay
• Two Professional References (Name, Title, Phone and Professional Email)
• Official Undergraduate and  Graduate transcripts from each institution where college credit was earned.  Minimum gpa 2.75. 
Applicants with a gpa between 2.5 and 2.75 would be considered “exception” cases and would go to the Graduate Program Coordinator for consideration/recommendation.
• Applicants must possess an active, unencumbered RN license (Note: applicant must have an active and unencumbered RN license in the state in which the student will complete the practicum hours). Verified through state website or NURSYS with verification scanned to applicant file.