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Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate

Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate

The Post Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate is an excellent option for nurses who hold a graduate degree in nursing looking to expand their skillset and credentials, while positively impacting the quality of future patient care.

Our ACEN-accredited certificate is ideal for nurses with a desire to teach or lead education initiatives. It’s purposefully designed to help prepare professionals for teaching roles in a range of nursing education settings including the college classroom, staff development departments, and professional development arenas.

Participants will gain essential knowledge about the full scope of the nurse educator role – across the spectrum of healthcare. In addition, they will gain valuable, mentored experience during the required practicum. 


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july 10, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions

You must enroll in and complete each course in the published certificate curriculum plan.  Our accredited certificate option does not allow for a la carte coursework and all courses must be taken to receive the certificate, including the practicum courses.  

Students may transfer a maximum of 6 semester credit hours into the certificate option as per college policy published in the student catalog, thereby reducing the number of courses required.

Yes. All students enrolled in our certificate option must complete the practicum courses as published in the curriculum plan. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the opportunity to learn new pedagogical skills or teach at a different level of nursing education than their current role.  Students who are already teaching are not permitted to conduct their practicum experiences in the same level of nursing education that they work in.  For example, someone teaching in an LPN/LVN program would be required to find a preceptor in an ADN or BSN program.

No. Students must successfully complete the required hours for each practicum course. Work in the practicum must be in a different degree program level than the student’s current role.

It depends on the graduate coursework you have previously completed. If you have taken advanced pharmacology, advanced physical assessment, and advanced pathophysiology (“the 3 Ps”), you may elect to submit evidence of successful completion of those courses (transcript and course syllabus) for review of possible transfer credit.  Course transfer requests will be subject to the college transfer credit policy published in the Student Catalog. If you have never taken the 3 Ps in a previous graduate program, then you are required to take NSG 5400 and NSG 5450.

No.  Our certificate option is designed as a post-master’s option for those who currently hold a master’s degree.  Those who hold a bachelor’s degree should enroll in the MSN Nurse Educator degree option.

Graduates of the certificate option should include their earned certificate within the education section of their resume/CV just as the earned degrees are listed.  Typically, this is included after the highest degree earned in chronological order.  It is important to note that this should be listed as a “certificate” and not a “certification” as the two are distinctly unique.

Admission tests such as the GRE are not required. For complete information about our admission requirements, visit Admissions Requirements.

Yes, Federal Financial Aid is available to students who qualify.  For more information about student loans, please contact your campus Financial Aid department.

In order to gain practical experience, students will be required to complete a teaching practicum. This experience requires students to spend 135 hours working with a preceptor in an academic or healthcare setting over two (2) eight-week terms. See the Student Catalog for more information.

Galen’s requirements for practicum experiences are similar to those you will encounter in your professional nursing career. Students must comply with the practicum sites’ expectations including but not limited to background screening, immunization, and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training requirements.

Take a moment to view the technical requirements for our courses.

To view accreditation status by campus, click here.

In the evaluation of transfer credit, Galen utilizes TES®, the Transfer Evaluation System from CollegeSource which is the premier interactive database of course data from institutions of higher education to track and display previously approved courses for transfer. The equivalencies shown are for information purposes only and are subject to change due to changes in curriculum. Galen does not transfer in developmental, pre-licensure, or nursing courses taken prior to achieving an RN license.

If you have college credit that you would like to compare to this listing, please go here and follow instructions. If an equivalency is not listed, please contact one of our admissions representatives at (877) 223-7040 who can work with you to submit your courses for evaluation.


Accreditation Commission logoThe master’s nursing program at Galen College of Nursing at the Louisville Campus located in Louisville, KY is accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the master’s nursing program is Initial Accreditation.  

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