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 conveniently complete a practicum close to your 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 3 semesters.


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.


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 2 years or more, depending on their needs.


What you Learn

  • Write and assess curriculum
  • Learn to teach in the classroom, the lab, and in clinical and simulation settings

Where & How you learn


  • Online
  • Periodic face-to-face classes on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus


  • Take two 3-credit nurse educator courses
  • Take a 3-credit teaching practicum experience
  • Complete the certificate in 3 semesters, beginning in spring

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All applicants must:

  • Hold a master’s degree from an accredited nursing program or currently 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.

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