Nurse Educator

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The Nurse Educator Capstone Certificate at the UW–Madison offers working nurses an opportunity to expand their skills and careers in evidence-based nursing education. Take classes primarily online and a practicum close to home.


Is this program right for you?

Are you passionate about improving the quality of nursing education? The Nurse Educator Capstone Certificate program is for working, master’s-prepared nurses who are currently teaching and would like to improve their skills, or for those who’d like to begin their teaching careers. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Examination.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing is internationally recognized for its evidence-based nursing education. Rather than simply offering a track within the curriculum, it trains nurse educators with a highly respected certificate program that you can complete in three semesters.

To fit into your busy schedule, the Nurse Educator Capstone Certificate Program is offered online. There are also periodic face-to-face sessions on the UW–Madison campus and a teaching practicum that you can arrange close to your home. Some complete the certificate within a calendar year, while others take two years or more, depending on their needs.

With a Nurse Educator Capstone Certificate, you’ll be recognized in the field for your specialized skills and knowledge. It signifies your commitment to professional development and to continuously improving the science of nursing education.

Is this program right for you?

Are you passionate about improving the quality of nursing education? The Nurse Educator Capstone Certificate program is for working, master’s-prepared nurses who are currently teaching and would like to improve their skills, or for those who’d like to begin their teaching careers. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Examination.

The University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing is internationally recognized for its evidence-based nursing education. Rather than simply offering a track within the curriculum, it trains nurse educators with a highly respected certificate program that you can complete in three semesters.

To fit into your busy schedule, the Nurse Educator Capstone Certificate Program is offered online. There are also periodic face-to-face sessions on the UW–Madison campus and a teaching practicum that you can arrange close to your home. Some complete the certificate within a calendar year, while others take two years or more, depending on their needs.

With a Nurse Educator Capstone Certificate, you’ll be recognized in the field for your specialized skills and knowledge. It signifies your commitment to professional development and to continuously improving the science of nursing education.

Admissions Requirements

All applicants must:

  • Hold a master’s degree from an accredited nursing program or currently be enrolled in a DNP or PhD in Nursing program.
  • Have MS GPA of 3.0.
  • Have an RN license.
  • All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website for contact information for state licensing boards.

To apply:

  • Online application to UW–Madison as University Special Student.
  • Nurse educator certificate program application.
  • Official transcripts.
  • Postgraduate education statement.
  • CV/Resume.
  • Photocopy of nursing license from your current state of residence
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Applications accepted for spring enrollment.

Program Highlights

  • Our program is primarily online with periodic face-to-face on-campus sessions. Work from where you’re comfortable and become qualified to educate nurses in as little as one to two years.
  • Our program prepares you to sit for the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Examination (NLN).
  • Our faculty uses an internationally recognized evidence-based nursing curriculum, which implements teaching methods proven to yield top student results.

How You'll Learn

  • Online curriculum with periodic sessions on the UW–Madison campus, plus a teaching practicum that you can arrange close to your home.
  • Take two 3-credit nurse educator courses.
  • Take a 3-credit teaching practicum.
  • Complete the certificate in three semesters, beginning in spring.

Sample Curriculum

  • Foundations of Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing
  • Nursing Education Practicum

Job Outlook

Market Salary
$82K in 2018

Projected Job Growth
14.6% for Health Educators (2016-2026)

Job Postings
2,824 in 2018

Source: Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight. 2019.
Burning Glass Technologies’ Market Salary is an estimated expected salary. Market Salary uses machine learning algorithms to account for experience, skill, and education among other factors that may impact individual salaries.

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