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Nurse Educator Certificate,
Post Master's Degree Program

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 postal mail, email 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

Visit our Scholarships page to learn more.

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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.


NRS 500
This course provides an orientation for new MSN students to the Masters of Science in Nursing program at Nebraska Methodist College. Emphasis is placed on program expectations and student resources essential for success in the MSN program. Students will learn how to navigate our virtual learning platforms, access research materials, and engage with faculty and peers.

Prerequisites: Admission to MSN program

NRS 542

In this course, students learn about their role as a nurse educator and the nursing education environment. Adult learning characteristics and behaviors will be assimilated into the learning environment. The functionality of learning theories and nursing clinical judgment models within nursing education will be investigated. Students will incorporate current nursing knowledge of motivation, learning styles, and interprofessional education into the higher education setting. The implications of technology, diversity, inclusion, and equality will be explored within the role as a nurse educator. 

Prerequisites: NRS 502 or by permission

NRS 544

In this course, students integrate various educational strategies into the clinical, classroom, and online environments. The student will investigate the domains of learning and taxonomy verbiage within various learning environments. Students construct components of simulation activities into the education of nurses. Students will apply best practices in the writing, revising, and analyzing of nursing licensure exam questions and the accompanying statistical analysis.

Prerequisites: NRS 542 or by permission

NRS 548
Curriculum/Program Development & Evaluation

In this course, students integrate previous academic/experiential learning into the development of curricula and programs. Students will employ evidence and theory in curricular design and course content development within higher education and healthcare programs. Students will develop course and programmatic assessment and evaluation methods. Students examine the function of accrediting bodies within nursing education. 

Prerequisites: All program coursework except NRS 549, NRS 592, and NRS 594, or by permission

NRS 549

In this course, students will synthesize teaching and learning principles into the role of a nurse educator. Students select a nurse educator who will serve as a preceptor within the classroom and clinical environment. Collaborative opportunities within the practicum setting will be explored. Students will implement teaching-learning theories and strategies in an educational project. The precepted experience allows for practical application of the Nurse Educator role.

Prerequisites: All program coursework 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

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.

Example Plan of Study