Program Summary

Credits Required


Tuition per Credit


As medical diagnoses and patient care become more complex, a serious nursing shortage could impact the quality of nursing staff in the United States. And, unfortunately, since there are fewer nurses with the background to teach prospective students, many nursing programs are forced to turn away qualified applicants.

Why a Certificate in Nurse Education from Penn State?

The 9-credit Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate can give you the opportunity to influence the success of the next generation of nurses and to make a positive difference in your community.

Offered in a partnership between Penn State World Campus and the highly respected College of Nursing, the relevant curriculum is delivered in a convenient online format, covering such topics as:

  • nursing education theories and strategies
  • assessment and evaluation in nursing education
  • curriculum and program development in nursing education

Gain the skills you need to advance your career, without sacrificing your other responsibilities. Penn State World Campus understands that as a working adult, you need flexible and convenient learning options in order to continue to meet your professional and personal commitments. You can complete your course work at times and places that fit your life.

Who Should Apply?

If you are a currently licensed registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in nursing who wants to further develop your skills as a nurse educator, this graduate certificate could be for you. You might also be interested in this certificate program if you have already earned your master's degree in nursing in a specialized field and you want to learn effective teaching strategies in the classroom, and in clinical and online educational settings.

Career Opportunities for Graduates

Specific credentials for faculty positions will vary, depending on the institution. However, the curriculum in the Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate can give you the background you need to develop strategies to meet the diverse needs of learners in various positions such as:

  • nursing school faculty
  • staff development coordinator
  • community health educator
  • clinical instructor
  • preceptor
  • patient educator

In addition, this certificate is an excellent way to prepare for additional graduate-level education.

Continue Your Education in Nurse Education

The Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate is an excellent stand-alone credential to help you explore a teaching role. In addition, all of the required credits in this graduate certificate can be applied toward the Nurse Educator option of the Master of Science in Nursing, if you are granted admission into the highly competitive degree program.

Information for Military and Veterans

Are you a member of the military, a veteran, or a military spouse? Please visit our military website for additional information regarding financial aid, transfer credits, or application instructions.

Online Education at Penn State

Penn State has a history of 100+ years of distance education and more than a decade of experience in online learning. We create an online learning environment that offers you the same quality education our residential students experience in a face-to-face setting. Learn more about Penn State World Campus.