Postgraduate Nurse Educator

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The Postgraduate Nurse Educator certificate program is a graduate level program designed for persons who already possess a Master’s degree in Nursing and are interested in enhancing their knowledge base and skills to teach adults in a collegiate or health care setting. Students admitted to the Postgraduate NE program are not matriculated for a graduate degree. A certificate in Nursing Education is awarded upon completion. The Postgraduate Nurse Educator Certificate Program requires completion of 4 courses for a minimum of 12 hours. All four courses are online. A certificate is received upon completion of the coursework and students are eligible to sit for the National League of Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator certification exam.

  • Postgraduate Nurse Educator (NE) Certificate (12 s.h.)

    Postgraduate Nurse Educator (NE) Certificate (12 s.h.)

    Courses Offered
    • NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs
      NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

      Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    • NURS5210Role Socialization for Nurse Educators
      NURS5210 Role Socialization for Nurse Educators - 2 s.h.

      Focuses on socialization into the role of nurse educator. Emphasis is placed on the qualifications and competencies for the role. Students will use critical thinking skills to examine barriers and opportunities for nurses in the educator role and to propose a plan for transitioning into their new role. Interdisciplinary collaboration and relationship building are integral parts of this course.

    • NURS5650Teaching Strategies
      NURS5650 Teaching Strategies - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on how human learning occurs, factors that influence learning, and use of teaching strategies based on learning theories. Emphasis is based on the application of theoretical principles, instructional methods, and research findings that support improved student learning.

    • NURS6600Assessment of Learning in Nursing Education
      NURS6600 Assessment of Learning in Nursing Education - 3 s.h.

      Focuses on academic assessment, measurement, testing, and evaluation in nursing education and preparation of nurse educators for carrying out these activities as part of their role. Learning principles, qualities of effective measurement instruments, construction and use of teacher-made tests, use of standardized tests, test interpretation, and assessment of higher level cognitive skills and learning will be examined. The differences between instructional assessment, curriculum-based measurement, criterion-referenced and norm-referenced testing, clinical performance evaluation, and the social, ethical and legal ramifications of testing are integral components of this course.

    • NURS6620Curriculum Development
      NURS6620 Curriculum Development - 4 s.h.

      Focuses on the principles of curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on curriculum organizing frameworks, goals and outcomes, planning, design, and implementation strategies, evaluation, and revision. Students will construct a mini-curriculum and evaluate curriculum systematic evaluation plans as part of the requirements for this course.

    NURS5010Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs NURS5210Role Socialization for Nurse Educators NURS5650Teaching Strategies NURS6600Assessment of Learning in Nursing Education NURS6620Curriculum Development
    Course Descriptions
    NURS5010 Introduction to MSN and Post-graduate Certificate Programs

    Focuses on preparing the MSN and post-graduate certificate student to be successful in an online graduate program of study. Includes mandatory completion of selected tutorials, review of academic policies, pre-clinical HIPAA and Standard Precaution requirements, and participation in pre-scheduled Live Chat sessions. Information related to university resources and services available to support successful progression and completion of the selected program of study is provided. Successful completion within the first term of enrollment is required for progression in the selected program of study. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.)

    NURS5210 Role Socialization for Nurse Educators - 2 s.h.

    Focuses on socialization into the role of nurse educator. Emphasis is placed on the qualifications and competencies for the role. Students will use critical thinking skills to examine barriers and opportunities for nurses in the educator role and to propose a plan for transitioning into their new role. Interdisciplinary collaboration and relationship building are integral parts of this course.

    NURS5650 Teaching Strategies - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on how human learning occurs, factors that influence learning, and use of teaching strategies based on learning theories. Emphasis is based on the application of theoretical principles, instructional methods, and research findings that support improved student learning.

    NURS6600 Assessment of Learning in Nursing Education - 3 s.h.

    Focuses on academic assessment, measurement, testing, and evaluation in nursing education and preparation of nurse educators for carrying out these activities as part of their role. Learning principles, qualities of effective measurement instruments, construction and use of teacher-made tests, use of standardized tests, test interpretation, and assessment of higher level cognitive skills and learning will be examined. The differences between instructional assessment, curriculum-based measurement, criterion-referenced and norm-referenced testing, clinical performance evaluation, and the social, ethical and legal ramifications of testing are integral components of this course.

    NURS6620 Curriculum Development - 4 s.h.

    Focuses on the principles of curriculum development, implementation and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on curriculum organizing frameworks, goals and outcomes, planning, design, and implementation strategies, evaluation, and revision. Students will construct a mini-curriculum and evaluate curriculum systematic evaluation plans as part of the requirements for this course.

  • Postgraduate Certificate Completion Requirements

    To qualify for a postgraduate certificate, each candidate must have:

    1. Completed sufficient credit to meet the total required graduate semester hours within 6 years of enrollment for the Family Nurse Practitioner, Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentrations or 4 years of enrollment for the Nurse Educator concentration.  Students may petition one time for a 1 year extension.
    2. Completed at Graceland University:
      • 33 total graduate semester hours with a minimum of 13 at Graceland for Family Nurse Practitioner and Adult & Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner concentrations;
      • 25 total graduate semester hours with a minimum of 25 at Graceland for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration – already have a MSN/FNP degree;
      • 39 total graduate semester hours with a minimum of 25 at Graceland for Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner concentration – already have a MSN/AGACNP or other master’s degree;
      • 12 total graduate semester hours with a minimum of 8 at Graceland for the Nurse Educator concentration.
    3. Earned a final course grade of B or better in every course.
    4. Fulfilled all financial obligations to Graceland University.
    5. Filed online Application for Certificate with the Office of the Registrar at least 6 months prior to the anticipated certificate completion date.

    Postgraduate Nurse Educator (NE) Certificate (12 s.h.)