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Nurse Educator Post Master's Certificate

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Carlos Urrutia
(850) 644-5638

Please Note: This program has been suspended effective Fall 2017. Please check back for future enrollment dates.

Program content focuses on the theoretical foundations of nursing education, tests and measurements, cultural diversity, ethics, curriculum development, implementation and evaluation, clinical teaching and evaluation, and strategies needed for teaching any group in any setting. Emphasis is on the teacher-learner process, curriculum development, and course implementation and evaluation in both the classroom and clinical areas. With the classroom and clinical experiences, graduates from the Nurse Educator program who have a graduate degree in nursing will meet the competencies published by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the National League of Nursing (NLN).


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Method of Delivery


Time or Location Requirements

90 hours of clinical practicum experiences in the nurses' local community are required.

Time to Completion

3 semesters


The Nurse Educator Certificate Program is designed to provide specific preparation in nursing education for nurses requiring additional education for both practice based and academic settings.

Core Courses

These courses may not be offered every semester.

  • NGR5064C Advanced Skills for the Advanced Practice Nurse (2)
    This advanced skill course enables learners to develop skills for use in primary clinical practice. Students explore both the theoretical and practice aspects of a variety of procedures and diagnostic modalities including microscopy, suturing, EKG (basic and advanced), radiology, casting and splinting and dermatological procedures.
  • NGR5102 Theoretical Constructs for Nursing Science (3)
    This course is designed to assist the learner in analyzing and evaluating selected theories appropriate for advanced-practice nursing. Topics cover the relationship between theory, practice, and research; sources of theory for the discipline; contributions and philosophies of early nurse leaders and theorists, as well as those from other disciplines that are appropriate to health care; the development and evaluation of nursing knowledge and theory; as well as the analysis and application of theories and models in nursing practice, education, administration, and research.
  • NGR5112C Advanced Clinical Practice for Nurse Educators (4)
    This course is designed to facilitate the student's ability to identify and analyze new knowledge, trends, and issues pertinent to advances in healthcare and their impact on the advanced nursing practice of adult patients/families. In addition, the clinical experience focuses on the advanced practice nurse's role in the integration of new information and technologies into nursing practice through reflective and evidence-based practice that ensures optimal patient care and safety.
  • NGR5140 Advanced Pathophysiological Concepts in Nursing Science (4)
    This course is designed to acquaint the nursing graduate student with the principals of pathophysiology appropriate to entry-level graduate work.
  • NGR5713 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (4)
    This initial course in the Nursing Educator sequence introduces the graduate nursing student to the historical and theoretical foundation of nursing education in relation to present day curriculum development in nursing education. In addition, the roles of the nurse educator in academia versus the nurse educator in staff development and patient/community education is explored. Prerequisite: Admission to College of Nursing Graduate Program.
  • NGR5714C Instruction in Nursing Education: Design and Strategies (3)
    This course introduces the graduate nursing student to instructional design and strategies for both classroom and clinical Instruction. Emphasis is placed on the relationship among learning theories, the population of interest to be educated, the learning environment, and the evidence-based instruction strategies. The course provides teaching opportunities in the classroom and in nursing-education laboratory settings.
  • NGR5718C Evaluation in Nursing Education (4)
    This course focuses on educational program evaluation and change. The emphasis is on application of testing and measurement relevant to the health professions. The student learns effective test design and test writing skills. Methods of evaluating student performance in the classroom and clinical settings are also explored, and evaluation tools for educational programs, courses and students are discussed. The course addresses the change process in relation to educational outcomes and course evaluations.

Total Credit Hours



Applicants must be Florida residents with Master of Science in Nursing degrees and have a competitive Grade Point Average.

Application Procedures

Fax or mail to the College of Nursing: official Transcripts and a copy of the applicant's current Florida RN License.

Program Requirements

Students must maintain a minimum GPA 3.0; minimum grade of B in clinical courses.


The cost of this program is equal to tuition and fees for the Academic Year 2017-18 as stated on the Student Business Services website, plus a per credit hour distance learning fee (fees vary by course). Contact the department for more specific fee information relative to student status and location.

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