Nursing Education Post-Master's Certificate Programs

Updated: Mar 13, 2024

The online nursing education graduate certificate (often referred to as a post-master’s certificate) is for registered nurses who already have a master’s degree in nursing (MSN) but would like to specialize further. This certification prepares nurses to become nurse educators and incorporates competencies in both medical technology and education.

What Are the Online Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate Requirements?

The requirements for admission to an online nursing education post-master’s certificate vary from program to program. Some schools give graduates priority over nurses who attended other universities.

Common admissions requirements include:

  • Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) or doctoral nursing degree 
  • Official transcripts from Bachelor’s and Master’s programs
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation (at least one professional)
  • Goal Statement (Why you want to pursue the certification)
  • Current Resume/CV
  • Scholastic GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Interview with faculty (not all schools request an interview)
  • Proof of unencumbered RN licensure

What Type of Classes Are Included in the Online Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate Curriculum?

The online nursing education grad certification curriculum typically includes between 12 to 18 credit hours, based on the school you attend and whether you choose a specialization. At UMass Amherst, you gain the benefit of a prestigious research university along with the convenience of online options for most coursework. The 15-credit curriculum mirrors many other online programs and includes two core nursing courses, two education electives and a teaching practicum that serves as the program capstone. At UMass and other programs, the faculty consists of widely published professionals with a passion for education.

Students choose from the following courses:

  • Teaching in Nursing *required
  • Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing *required

Two electives from the following options:

  • Teaching & Learning in Technology
  • Organizing Higher Education
  • Foundations of Higher Education
  • Managing Higher Education
  • Creativity, Tech, and Learning
  • Community College Foundations
  • Foundations and Theories of Learning
  • Integrating Tech with Instruction
  • Social Issues in Education
  • Community College Leadership
  • Leading Higher Education
  • College Impact on Students
  • Teaching Practicum *required

What Type of Career Can I Pursue with an Online Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate?

Graduates of an online nursing education post-master’s certification program typically hold dual roles. They continue to provide patient care while educating the next generation of nurses. Example jobs for nurse educators include the following:

  • Nursing School Faculty: Nurse educators teach undergraduate nursing students courses at community colleges and other educational institutions.
  • Staff Development Coordinator: This role includes developing training materials for nurses in a long-term care facility, hospital or another healthcare setting.
  • Community Health Educators: These nurse educators work in the community to educate children and adults on public health issues.
  • Patient Educator: These RNs specialize in explaining healthcare options to patients. When patients are part of their care plan, they gain a sense of control over their health.
  • Nurse Preceptor: Preceptors set goals for other nurses in their department. They may perform evaluations and conduct coaching sessions for performance improvement.

Nursing Education Post-Master’s Certificate Programs List

Interested in a nursing education post-master's certificate program? Check out our listings below to find a traditional, online, or hybrid program near you.


Jacksonville State UniversityJacksonville, ALOnline - Nursing Education
University of South AlabamaMobile, ALHybrid - Nursing Education


University of Phoenix-ArizonaPhoenix, AZHybrid - Nursing Education


California State University, Long BeachLong Beach, CANursing Education
United States UniversitySan Diego, CAHybrid - Nursing Education
West Coast University-Orange CountyAnaheim, CAHybrid - Nursing Education

Washington, DC

George Washington UniversityWashington, DCHybrid - Nursing Education


Florida International UniversityMiami, FLOnline - Nursing Education
University of South FloridaTampa, FLOnline - Nursing Education


Georgia Southern UniversityStatesboro, GAHybrid - Nursing Education


Allen CollegeWaterloo, IAHybrid - Nursing Education
Clarke UniversityDubuque, IAHybrid - Nursing Education
Graceland University-LamoniLamoni, IAHybrid - Nursing Education


Chamberlain University-IllinoisAddison, ILHybrid - Nursing Education
Methodist CollegePeoria, ILHybrid - Nursing Education
Resurrection UniversityChicago, ILHybrid - Nursing Education
Saint Xavier UniversityChicago, ILHybrid - Nursing Education
Southern Illinois University-EdwardsvilleEdwardsville, ILHybrid - Nursing Education


Ball State UniversityMuncie, INHybrid - Nursing Education
Indiana State UniversityTerre Haute, INHybrid - Nursing Education
Purdue University GlobalIndianapolis, INHybrid - Nursing Education
Purdue University NorthwestHammond, INHybrid - Nursing Education
University of IndianapolisIndianapolis, INOnline - Nurse Educator
University of Southern IndianaEvansville, INHybrid - Nursing Education


Grantham UniversityLenexa, KSOnline - Nursing Education
MidAmerica Nazarene UniversityOlathe, KSHybrid - Nursing Education
University of KansasLawrence, KSHybrid - Nursing Education


Spalding UniversityLouisville, KYHybrid - Nursing Education
Western Kentucky UniversityBowling Green, KYHybrid - Nursing Education


Emmanuel CollegeBoston, MAHybrid - Nursing Education
Endicott CollegeBeverly, MAHybrid - Nursing Education
Salem State UniversitySalem, MAHybrid - Nursing Education
Simmons UniversityBoston, MAHybrid - Nursing Education
University of Massachusetts AmherstAmherst, MAOnline - Nursing Education
University of Massachusetts-LowellLowell, MAHybrid - Nursing Education


University of MaineOrono, MENurse Educator
University of Southern MainePortland, MEHybrid - Nursing Education


Ferris State UniversityBig Rapids, MIOnline - Nursing Education
Oakland UniversityRochester Hills, MIHybrid - Nursing Education
University of Michigan-Ann ArborAnn Arbor, MIHybrid - Nursing Education
Wayne State UniversityDetroit, MIHybrid - Nursing Education


Walden UniversityMinneapolis, MNHybrid - Nursing Education


Cox CollegeSpringfield, MOHybrid - Nursing Education
Missouri State UniversitySpringfield, MOOnline - Nurse Educator
University of Missouri-Kansas CityKansas City, MOHybrid - Nursing Education


Delta State UniversityCleveland, MSHybrid - Nursing Education


Montana State UniversityBozeman, MTOnline - Nursing Education

North Carolina

Queens University of CharlotteCharlotte, NCHybrid - Nursing Education
University of North Carolina at CharlotteCharlotte, NCOnline - Nursing Education
University of North Carolina-Chapel HillChapel Hill, NCNursing Education
Winston-Salem State UniversityWinston-Salem, NCHybrid - Nursing Education

North Dakota

University of North DakotaGrand Forks, NDHybrid - Nursing Education


Nebraska Methodist College of Nursing & Allied HealthOmaha, NEHybrid - Nursing Education
Nebraska Wesleyan UniversityLincoln, NEHybrid - Nursing Education

New Jersey

Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan CampusTeaneck, NJHybrid - Nursing Education
Felician UniversityLodi, NJHybrid - Nursing Education
Monmouth UniversityWest Long Branch, NJHybrid - Nursing Education
Ramapo College of New JerseyMahwah, NJHybrid - Nursing Education
William Paterson University of New JerseyWayne, NJHybrid - Nursing Education


University of Nevada-RenoReno, NVHybrid - Nursing Education

New York

College of Mount Saint VincentBronx, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
College of Staten Island CUNYStaten Island, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
CUNY Hunter CollegeNew York, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
CUNY Lehman CollegeBronx, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
Daemen CollegeAmherst, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
Excelsior CollegeAlbany, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
Long Island UniversityBrookville, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
Molloy CollegeRockville Centre, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
Mount Saint Mary CollegeNewburgh, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
St. Joseph's College-Long IslandPatchogue, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
St. Joseph's College-New YorkBrooklyn, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
Stony Brook UniversityStony Brook, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
SUNY College at BrockportBrockport, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
SUNY Downstate Health Sciences UniversityBrooklyn, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
Teachers College at Columbia UniversityNew York, NYHybrid - Nursing Education
University of RochesterRochester, NYHybrid - Nursing Education


Cedarville UniversityCedarville, OHHybrid - Nursing Education
Kent State UniversityKent, OHOnline - Nurse Educator
Mount Carmel College of NursingColumbus, OHHybrid - Nursing Education
Ohio State UniversityColumbus, OHOnline - Nurse Educator
Otterbein UniversityWesterville, OHHybrid - Nursing Education
University of CincinnatiCincinnati, OHOnline - Nurse Educator
Ursuline CollegePepper Pike, OHHybrid - Nursing Education


Cedar Crest CollegeAllentown, PAHybrid - Nursing Education
Duquesne UniversityPittsburgh, PAHybrid - Nursing Education
Holy Family UniversityPhiladelphia, PAHybrid - Nursing Education
Immaculata UniversityImmaculata, PAHybrid - Nursing Education
La Salle UniversityPhiladelphia, PAHybrid - Nursing Education
Neumann UniversityAston, PAHybrid - Nursing Education
University of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphia, PATransformative Nursing Education
Villanova UniversityVillanova, PAHybrid - Nursing Education

South Dakota

South Dakota State UniversityBrookings, SDHybrid - Nursing Education


East Tennessee State UniversityJohnson City, TNHybrid - Nursing Education
The University of Tennessee-ChattanoogaChattanooga, TNHybrid - Nursing Education
Union UniversityJackson, TNHybrid - Nursing Education


Angelo State UniversitySan Angelo, TXHybrid - Nursing Education
Texas Christian UniversityFort Worth, TXHybrid - Nursing Education
Texas Woman's UniversityDenton, TXHybrid - Nursing Education
The University of Texas at ArlingtonArlington, TXHybrid - Nursing Education
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San AntonioSan Antonio, TXHybrid - Nursing Education
The University of Texas Medical Branch at GalvestonGalveston, TXHybrid - Nursing Education
West Coast University-DallasDallas, TXHybrid - Nursing Education


University of UtahSalt Lake City, UTOnline - Nursing Education
Weber State UniversityOgden, UTHybrid - Nursing Education


Bellin CollegeGreen Bay, WIHybrid - Nursing Education

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