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Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate

Program Overview

The University of Providence’s Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate is an academic certificate program designed to prepare nursing professionals for a rewarding career in nurse education. The certificate program combines online, asynchronous learning with a 90-hour, in-person practicum to prepare students for a career in educating future nurses in hospitals or universities. Nurse education provides nursing professionals with the opportunity to pass along their skills and experience to incoming or currently practicing nursing professionals.

The Nurse Educator Certificate is designed for currently licensed registered nurses with an unincumbered registered nurse (RN) license. Students must also hold a completed Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) from an accredited university to be considered for enrollment. Students enrolled in the nurse educator certificate program must complete all required coursework and practicum hours before graduation. Graduates of our program will be qualified to work as educators throughout the healthcare and education field.

Our Nurse Educator certificate is offered alongside the university’s existing catalog of Master’s and Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs. The program is taught by passionate, experienced faculty who are invested in helping students reach their professional and educational goals. The Nurse Educator curriculum emphasizes a quality education centered around serving all patients. This is reflected throughout the coursework and practicum rotations.

Application Information

Applications for the Nurse Educator certificate are accepted for enrollment in the fall and spring semesters. Students can enroll in the program for a January start time (spring) or an August start time (fall). All applicants must hold a Master of Science in Nursing from an accredited university.

Admission Requirements

Applicants who wish to be accepted into the program must meet the following requirements:

  • A completed Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree
    • Degree must be issued through an accredited nursing university.
  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for an MSN degree
Application Deadlines

Applications for the Nurse Educator certificate program is accepted for the fall and spring semesters. Applications must be submitted through NursingCAS on the Graduate Admissions Page:

 

  • NursingCAS Fall 2024 Admissions Deadline: August 16, 2024
  • NursingCAS Spring 2025 Admissions Deadline: December 20, 2024

Program Vision

At the University of Providence Great Falls Nursing Program, our vision is to set the standard for nursing excellence through transformative education, innovation, and compassionate care. We aspire to empower our students with the knowledge, skills, and ethical grounding necessary to lead in the dynamic field of healthcare. Our commitment extends beyond academic excellence to nurturing a community of professionals who are dedicated to improving health outcomes, advocating for vulnerable populations, and contributing to the global health landscape with integrity and respect. We envision our graduates as pioneers of change, equipped to address the complexities of modern healthcare with confidence, empathy, and unwavering dedication to the well-being of all individuals.

Program Mission

The program’s mission is “to prepare graduates for accountable and professional nursing practice that is relationship-based, vigilant, theory-guided, and grounded in the best possible evidence.”

A graduate of the program will be a leader in healthcare. Graduates will be excellent communicators, clinicians, and leaders of change. A graduate is a lifelong learner and will enhance the nursing profession by providing nursing evidence-based practice that is population-centered, as well as grounded in spiritual, ethical, and compassionate care.

Conceptual Framework

The program’s mission is supported by a conceptual framework consisting of the following constructs:

Relationship-Based Care

The University of Providence’s Nurse Educator certificate Program honors the patient and family as the center of the care delivery team. In relationship-based practice, excellent patient care outcomes are achieved through collaborative and sacred relationships among the patient, his or her family, and the healthcare team.

Vigilance

Nursing vigilance is reflected in unwavering attention to both the patient and the care delivery environment. This vigilance protects patients from harm and ensures their safe passage as they journey through the continuum of their care experience.

Professional Accountability

The professional nurse is accountable for nursing outcomes of care delivery by ensuring vigilant care processes, maintaining expertise in practice, and creating healing care environments. The professional nurse is answerable for practice that consistently meets established standards. This accountability includes the steadfast pursuit of opportunities to coach and mentor other members of the inter-professional healthcare team. Nurses are at all times responsible for their own self-care, professional development, and proactive career management.

Change

Constant, complex change is the expected norm and sets the context for contemporary life in health care delivery. Professional nurses thrive in–and are prepared to lead and manage positive change in improving health, with patients, colleagues, and communities.

Program Themes

Nursing students at the University of Providence will learn these themes and more:

  • Compassion, ethics, and spirituality
  • Patient and family-centered care
  • Leadership and effective advocacy
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Population and Community Health
  • Transforming healthcare
  • Safety and quality outcomes
  • Professional accountability
  • Collaboration and inter-professional teams
  • Reflective practice and lifelong development

Program Information

Course List
  • MSN 652: Curriculum Development & Analysis (3 Semester Credits)
  • MSN 660: Innovative Teaching & Evaluation Strategies (3 Semester Credits)
  • MSN 670: Assessment & Evaluation In Nursing Education (3 Semester Credits)
  • MSN 696: Practicum In Nursing Education (2 Semester Credits)

 

Total Nurse Educator Certificate Semester Credits: 11 | Total Practicum Hours: 90

Course Layout

The University of Providence’s Nurse Educator certificate is administered over eight months, with new cohorts accepted in the fall (August) and spring (January) enrollment periods. Students complete an average of 2 courses per semester or 5-6 credit hours per semester, totaling 11 credits. Students also complete 90 total practicum hours, with the 90 hours served as a nurse education practicum.

 

Post-Master Nurse Educator Certificate Course Layout (Fall Enrollment)

Fall Semester: First 8-Week Session
  • MSN 652: Curriculum Development & Analysis (3 Semester Credits)

 

Fall Semester: Second 8-Week Session
  • MSN 660: Innovative Teaching & Evaluation Strategies (3 Semester Credits)

 

Spring Semester: First 8-Week Session
  • MSN 670: Assessment & Evaluation In Nursing Education (3 Semester Credits)

 

Spring Semester: Second 8-Week Session
  • MSN 696: Practicum In Nursing Education (2 Semester Credits)

 

**Course listings are designed to demonstrate a ‘sample’ student schedule for a Nurse Educator Certificate student. Individual student schedules may not reflect the listed order of courses or start time**

Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive

The University of Providence is committed to supporting the healthcare workforce by empowering current healthcare professionals to start, enhance or advance their career in healthcare. The Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive (HPTI) Program provides currently employed healthcare professionals with the opportunity to apply tuition discounts to in-demand programs offered through our School of Health Professions catalog.

Visit the Healthcare Professionals Tuition Incentive Program page to learn more.

 

Providence Health & Services Partnership

Our unique partnership with Providence Health allows eligible Providence Caregivers and their dependents to receive an exceptional education from an accredited, faith-based, university. Caregivers and their dependents who enroll at the University of Providence may receive many possible benefits, such as discounted tuition rates and preferred admission, as part of their education benefits. Visit the Providence Human Resources Service Portal to learn more about caregiver education benefits, the application process for our programs, and tuition discounts.

 

Careers with a Nurse Educator Certificate

Nurse Educators play a vital role in helping to educate current and future registered nurses and nurse practitioners with the skills they need to start, advance, or transition their careers within the nursing workforce. Since most nurse educators have experience working as registered nurses, they are well-suited to teach current and future registered nurses by applying their expertise and knowledge to a guided nursing curriculum.

There is high demand for nurse educators in healthcare, universities, and other nursing education venues. In an analysis of postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a growth of 12% in job outlook between 2021 and 2031.

 

Program Costs

The University of Providence is committed to affordability and providing pricing transparency for all School of Health Professions programs. Pricing transparency at UP includes:

  • Accessible and up-to-date information on tuition costs, university fees, application and admission fees, deposit amounts, and additional program costs.
  • Cost of attendance worksheets outlining specific tuition layouts by program and semester.
  • Information about scholarship opportunities and tuition discounts for specific groups.
  • Information about the financial aid process.

 

Visit our Tuition and Fees page to access the latest pricing information. Access the Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Educator Certificate Estimated Cost Breakdown Sheet to view pricing information for this degree program, including a cost breakdown by semester and associated program costs. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the financial aid process.

Accreditation

The University of Providence’s Bachelor and Masters of Science in Nursing programs are fully accredited through regional and national accrediting boards.

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

The University of Providence is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. Information can be found on the NWCCU website, and Comments can be directed to the NWCCU staff at the following address:

 

Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

8060 165th Avenue NE, Suite 100

Redmond, WA 98052

(425) 558-4224

http://www.nwccu.org/

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

The baccalaureate and master’s degree programs in nursing at the University of Providence are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

 

655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

https://www.ccneaccreditation.org/

Montana Board of Nursing

The University of Providence is accredited by the Montana Board of Nursing. Information can be found on the Montana Nursing Board website, and Comments can be directed to the Montana Nursing Board staff at the following address:

 

Montana Board of Nursing

PO Box 200513

Helena, MT 59620-0513

(406) 841-2380

https://boards.bsd.dli.mt.gov/nursing/

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Tanya Seward, DNP, APRN, AGNP, FNP

Assistant Professor of Nursing
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