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Nurse Educator Certificate

Develop Your Expertise With a Nurse Educator Certificate—and Do it Online.

Nursing itself is a rewarding career - and teaching others how to become a nurse can be even more gratifying.

Nurse Educators impart valuable skills and knowledge based on their education and experience.

Nursing salaries for nurse educators vary widely in the U.S. and are based upon many factors including geography, job description, specialty and experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary in May 2021 for Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers in the United States was $77,440 per year, with a much faster than average projected job growth of 12 percent between 2021 and 2031.

Program Perks
  • This is a certificate that can be completed online in 12-16 months.
  • It's a great option for working RNs with an MSN degree who have a passion for both teaching and the profession of nursing.
  • The curriculum is 14 credit hours. Among the topics covered are curricular design, instructional and teaching modalities and practicum. 
  • Courses are five or ten weeks long, with one week off before the start of the next course.
  • Students can access courses at any time of the day and from anywhere with Internet access.
  • Upon completion of the certificate, graduates may be eligible for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator Exam.

Admissions Information


Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Master of Science degree in Nursing from a regionally accredited institution
  • Applicants who have a Master of Science or Arts degree in healthcare fields will be considered on an individual basis
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above
  • Non- Nebraska Residents meet State Authorization.  If you do not plan to reside in Nebraska while enrolled in Nebraska Methodist College courses or clinicals, please see our State Authorization Regulations page for potential restrictions on our ability to offer you education at a distance.


  • NMC online nursing application
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Resume
  • Official college transcripts from your MSN degree granting institution


Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted from deadlines throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and students will be notified of their application status by letter or phone.

Starting Term - August and January

Standard Deadline - Rolling

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

Cost Per Credit Hour


Private Student Loans

The Financial Aid Office can help facilitate this process for you. Check out our private education loans to find out how to make an informed choice when selecting a lender.

Student Grants or Loans

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.

Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

External Scholarships

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All nurse educator certificate students are required to complete specific coursework. The following plan represents progression for the online post-master's certificate as a nurse educator.  There are a total of 14 credit hours to complete.

First year - First Semester

NRS 516
Teaching-learning principles and holistic adult education theories appropriate for college level students are examined. Learning theory that emphasizes andragogy and its related concepts such as transformational learning, reflective learning and self-directed learning is included. Motivational and personality characteristics for the broader social system are discussed and evaluated as are specific considerations with regard to ethnic, cultural, and other diversity topics.

Prerequisites: NRS 509 or by permission

NRS 518
This course analyzes teaching strategies and modalities relevant to classroom, online and clinical teaching in nursing education. Fundamental concepts and principles in educational and psychological measurement of learning are explored.

Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 516, or by permission

NRS 523
This course concentrates on curriculum/program development for nursing education. The purposes, functions, design, and implementation of curriculum/program development are examined. Students will be expected to apply previous classroom/experiential learning and research to the exploration of various basic curricula/program designs.

Prerequisites: All program course work except NRS 524, NRS 592, and NRS 594, or by permission

NRS 524
Working with a preceptor during 126 contact hours, students have the opportunity to synthesize learning and experiences into strategies and designs for nursing education. Multiple teaching-learning theories, designs, and strategies are used. Included in this practicum is direct contact with students in the classroom and clinical environment for those graduate students with less than three years of teaching experience. For those graduate students with more than three years of teaching experience in both the classroom and clinical environment, practicum experiences expand competencies related to the nurse educator role.

Prerequisites: All program course work except NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission

Meet the Faculty

Our nursing faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use. While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal and professional experiences. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty
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Additional information

Technology Requirements

To be successful with your online courses, you should have a basic understanding of computers and the internet. Read more about the minimum knowledge and hardware requisites on our Online Technology Requirements page.