Nursing Education Certificate Program

The Nursing Education Certificate Program is designed to provide nurses with knowledge and skills of adult education designed to address the education issues unique to the nursing profession including client safety, clinical competencies, and requirements of the state board and other accreditation agencies.

The Nursing Education Certificate Program prepares the nurse to apply teaching-learning theory, principles of curriculum development, evaluation methodology, and role socialization as a nurse educator in a variety of settings.


At the completion of the Nursing Education Certificate program, the graduate will be able to: 1) utilize essential knowledge and skills required in the role of the nurse educator; and 2) successfully transition from the clinical setting into the role of nurse educator.

Admission Requirements

  1. In addition to the general graduate admission requirements of The University of Texas at Tyler, students applying for admission to the certificate program are expected to submit a portfolio for evaluation consisting of the following:
  2. A Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited college
  3. Minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 for the last 60 semester credit hours of undergraduate work or other graduate work.
  4. Current licensure as a Registered Nurse in the state where practicum will occur.
  5. Completion of application.
  6. Submission of official transcripts and references (2 academic and 2 professional).
  7. Consideration for admission is also given to one or more of the following: the applicant's demonstrated commitment to his or her chosen field of study; socioeconomic background; and involvement and level of responsibility related to other factors, including extracurricular activities, employment, community service, first generation of family to graduate from an undergraduate program, family responsibility for raising children, multilingual proficiency, or geographic region of residence.

Certificate Requirements

The following courses must be taken by students in the Nursing Education Certificate Program.

NURS 5327: Nursing Education Curriculum Development


NURS 5328: Evaluation in Nursing Education


NURS 5329: Nurse Educator Role Strategies & Practicum


AND one of the following courses*


EDUC 5303: Applied Learning Theories


EDUC 5309: Educational Technology


EDUC 5320: Worldwide Web Applications


EDUC 5352: Curriculum Foundations


NURS 5324: Health Care Informatics



12 sem. credit hours

* Course approved by Associate Dean

Completion of the Certificate

The successful completion of 12 semester credit hours is required to complete the certificate program (see courses listed above). Individuals receive college credit for each course completed. These courses will be listed on an official university transcript and a certificate of completion will be awarded.

Academic Standing

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater. Credits earned in fulfillment of the Nursing Education Certificate Program may be applied to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program. All other graduate degree regulations and policies are applicable to the certificate program.