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Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education


About Our Program

Our Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education is an online program designed to address the shortage of faculty in nursing programs and enhance the skills of practicing nurses as preceptors and facilitators of staff development.

Graduates of this program will be prepared to become educational leaders in academic and practice settings. The certificate provides essential knowledge and skills in teaching and learning, program development, assessment, evaluation, and other aspects of the educational process in nursing. Furthermore, it provides a means for both prospective and current graduate students to receive foundational instruction in teaching and learning theories and methods.

This program has been designed for post-baccalaureate entry to enable students to prepare for academic roles in higher education while completing master’s and doctorate degrees. Additionally, those who wish to pursue educator roles in practice/professional settings can pursue this certificate after earning their BSN. Students completing this certificate at the post-baccalaureate level may be eligible for roles in staff development, nursing assistant programs, licensed practical nurse programs (LPN), and clinical instruction/precepting. 

Program Outcomes

Graduates will assume the roles and responsibilities of academic nurse faculty by being prepared to:

  1. Facilitate learning.
  2. Facilitate learner development and socialization.
  3. Use assessment and evaluation strategies effectively.
  4. Participate in curriculum design and evaluation of program outcomes.
  5. Function as a change agent and leader.
  6. Pursue continuous quality improvement in the nurse educator role.
  7. Engage in scholarship.
  8. Function within the educational environment.


This program of courses will provide educators with specialty preparation required for the National League for Nursing (NLN) examination for Certification as a Nurse Educator (CNE). Educators must meet additional eligibility requirements as outlined on the NLN certification website.

State Regulations

As a result of state boards of nursing and the DOE Higher Education regulation changes, the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing will no longer be accepting applications for our online Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education from students residing in the following states:

  • District of Columbia
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee


Please note that certificate programs are not eligible for federal financial aid; consequently, you will not be able to fill out a FAFSA to seek financial aid for these programs. Students most commonly pay for courses independently, use employer tuition-assistance programs, or seek external scholarships for funding support.

Talk to the Program Director

If you have questions regarding the online Nurse Educator Certificate program, we encourage you to schedule a phone conversation with Program Director, Melanie Kroger-Jarvis.
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For More Information

Contact the Office of Student Affairs at or (513) 558-3600.