Post-MSN Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate

The purpose of the post-master's nurse educator certificate program is to provide specialization in nursing education for nurses who already hold a Master's degree in nursing.  

Admission Criteria

  • Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Masters in Nursing (MN or MS) from an accredited nursing program
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the United States
  • Nursing GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the Masters Program
  • Good academic standing from the last university attended
  • Successful completion of Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, and Advanced Physical Assessment with 3.0 or higher within the last 5 years
  • Successful completion (C or better) of an undergraduate statistics course
  • Three professional references for online recommendation form - References should be qualified to judge abilities to be successful in graduate studies
  • Minimum 1-year clinical experience
  • Professional Goal Statement
  • Submission of all official transcripts sent directly to the Graduate School
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae

College of Nursing Specific Admission and Progression Information

  • If applicant is a student in their last semester of a MSN program at time of application, the applicant must submit a request for waiver of the MSN Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate admission requirements  with application to the Graduate Program Director. If waiver is granted, the applicant must complete the MSN Program in good standing before admission and meet the admission requirements during the first semester of study. These students will be admitted as provisional/conditional until the requirements are met. An official transcript indicating completion of the MSN Program must be sent directly to the Graduate School, and documentation of NP Certification must be provided to the College of Nursing in order to remove the provisional/conditional status. If a waiver is granted, the applicant will be considered based on the Nursing GPA on their current transcript.
  • Students may be interviewed by the Graduate Admission, Progression, and Graduation (APG) Committee and other faculty and/or community members.
  • Students must complete the intent to enroll form and required materials by the date indicated on the offer at admission or their seat may be given to another applicant. 
  • Students are required to provide credentialing documents including a background check and drug screen. All credentialing materials required by Auburn University and the College of Nursing must be completed by the date indicated on the offer of admission.
  • To progress through the program, all AUSON graduate students must receive a grade of at least a B in all courses. Students earning any two course grades of less than a B will be dismissed from the graduate program. 
First Year
NURS 7260 Transition from Clinician to Nurse Educator2
NURS 7210 Teaching Strategies: Methods, Design, and Technology2
First Year
NURS 7320 Curriculum Development and Evaluation4
First Year
NURS 7810 Nursing Education Practicum (180 Practicum hrs, 3 Clinical)3

* Courses only taught during semester listed. 

*Total Credit Hours = 11; Total Clinical Hours = 180