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Nurse Educator

Graduate Credit Certificate Program

Judith Hupcey, Associate Dean of Nursing
College of Nursing
203B Nursing Sciences Building
Univewrsity Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-863-2205

The purpose of the Nurse Educator certificate is to provide nurses with a baccalaureate degree or higher in nursing formal content in nursing education for those who plan to teach in a variety of educational and clinical settings. The certificate requires completion three 3-credit graduate-level nurse educator didactic courses (9 credits); an optional 4-credit nurse educator practicum is available as well. All courses are delivered using distance technology and are available through the World Campus.

Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must hold a Bachelor's or higher degree in nursing from a U.S. regionally accredited institution or from an officially recognized degree-granting international institution. Applicants must apply for admission to the certificate program via the Graduate School Application for admission. Admission requirements are stated in the GENERAL INFORMATION section of the Graduate Bulletin. International applicants must satisfy the English proficiency requirement. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must accompany the application. Prior to an applicant's admission, transcripts are evaluated by the Graduate Admissions Committee to ascertain the applicant's potential for successful completion of the core courses. A recommendation regarding admission is discussed with the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research prior to making an offer of admission to this certificate program.


NURS 840(3), NURS 841(3), NURS 842(3), NURS 843(4)

Non-Course Requirements

Applicants must hold a current license to practice professional nursing in the United States or a foreign country. 


Effective Semester: Spring 2017
Expiration Semester: Spring 2022



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