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Nurse Educator

Post-Master’s Certificate

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Program Intro

Post-master’s prepared nurse educators to teach and mentor RNs, nursing students and other healthcare professionals, preparing them to make a powerful, lasting impact on patient care.

Our online post master’s program helps you gain the skills, knowledge and credentials you need to pursue a rewarding career as a healthcare leader.

Our nurse educator post-master’s certificate program prepares you for diverse educator roles in practice and academic settings that incorporate simulation and web-based learning, as well as traditional classroom and clinical teaching. You’ll acquire valuable experience working with a preceptor as you apply theory and evidence to the teaching-learning process.

Curriculum Overview

Your program builds on your previous master’s coursework. Your curriculum will consist of four education specialty courses: three online courses and one practicum course. During your practicum, you’ll work with the preceptor of your choice to gain hands-on experience meeting education practice competencies.

You can currently complete this program at PNW’s Hammond campus.

Sample Courses

  • NUR 66100 – Theories And Principles Of Teaching And Learning In Nursing Education
  • NUR 66200 – Teaching Strategies For Nursing
  • NUR 66300 – Assessment And Measurement In Nursing Education

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Program Requirements

Requirements for admission into this program include:

  • Master’s degree in nursing from an accredited institution or admission and enrollment in a nursing master’s degree program
  • Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4 point scale or equivalent “B” average
  • Current U.S. RN (Registered Nurse) licensure
  • International degree-seeking applicants whose native language is not English must also meet Purdue University graduate school requirements


Employment opportunities for nursing instructors is projected to grow 24 percent from 2016 to 2026, much faster than average for all occupations.

Our program boasts expert faculty with Certified Nurse Educator designations and is home to the Indiana Center for Evidence Based Nursing Practice, an Affiliate Center of JBI.

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As a graduate of this program, you’ll be able to:

  • Synthesize nursing knowledge, patient preferences and the best available evidence to make optimal decisions
  • Grow as a leader who can influence the delivery of healthcare
  • Develop a professional philosophy that reflects the humanistic values of nursing

Beyond the Classroom

We encourage you to join organizations like:

  • National League for Nursing
  • Sigma Theta Tau (for eligible students)

Career Paths

Nurse educators work as:

  • Clinical educators in practice settings
  • Faculty in academic institutions
  • Educational design consultants


Nurse educators are usually employed by academic higher education programs. They may also work in a variety of other healthcare settings.


Our program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and the university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Graduates are prepared to take the NLN Certified Nurse Educator certification exam.

Meet the Faculty

Beth Vottero

Beth Vottero, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Nurse Educator Program Coordinator and Associate Professor

Beth Vottero teaches in the undergraduate, graduate and doctor of nursing practice programs and is the program coordinator for the masters in Nursing Education.

Angela Schooley

Angela M. Schooley, Ph.D., RN, CNE

Associate Professor, College of Nursing

Angela M. Schooley develops and designs nursing education efforts in the undergraduate nursing curriculum. She guides students in learning nursing concepts in the classroom, online and in the clinical setting.

A PNW Student in the Classroom

Take the Next Step

Our graduate studies staff is ready to help you take the next step! Contact us at (219) 989-2257 or to see how PNW’s flexible programs can meet your needs.