Post-Master's Certificate: Nursing Education


Individuals who have a master's degree in nursing may be considered for admission to a Post-master's Certificate in Nursing Education. A nurse educator certificate prepares a registered nurse with advanced education, including advanced clinical training in a health care specialty. Nurse educators work in academic settings, for clinical institutions, and in the community.  Nurse educators may work as a member of an academic faculty, as a Clinical Nurse Educator, Staff Development Officer, or Continuing Education Specialist. Nurse educators are responsible for preparing and mentoring current and future generations of nurses, strengthening the nursing workforce, serving as role models, and providing the leadership needed to implement evidence-based practice.

Marketable Skills

Defined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's 60x30 Strategic Plan as, "Those skills valued by employers that can be applied in a variety of work settings, including interpersonal, cognitive, and applied skills areas. These skills can be either primary or complementary to a major and are acquired by students through education, including curricular, co-curricular, and extracurricular activities."

  1. Think analytically and use analytical tools to make decisions.
  2. Work well within a diverse organization.
  3. Identify problems and determine the best solutions.


All students must meet the University requirements as outlined in the Admission to the TWU Graduate School section of the catalog.

This academic program may have additional admission criteria that must also be completed as outlined on the program's website.

Certificate Requirements

Total Semester Credit Hours Required

22 semester credit hours (SCH).


These courses are considered prerequisites to a Post-Master's Certificate. If a student is practicing as an advanced practice registered nurse and is currently credentialed by the Texas Board of Nursing as an advanced practice registered nurse, the pharmacology course must have been completed no more than six years earlier (must be current within six years of anticipated certificate completion). If not, this coursework will need to be repeated for the new certificate. 

Required Courses
BIOL 5333Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5663Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 5643Advanced Health Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice3
Total SCHs9

Required Courses

NURS 5213Educational Theory, Communication, and Learning Technologies3
NURS 5063Design, Management, and Evaluation of Curriculum in Nursing3
NURS 5112Current Trends in Nursing Education2
NURS 5114Measurement and Assessment in Nursing4
NURS 5132Nurse Educator Specialization2
NURS 5142Nurse Educator Specialization Practicum2
NURS 5101Nurse Educator Role Synthesis1
NURS 5043Nurse Educator Role Synthesis Practicum3
NURS 5152Scholarship of Nursing Education: Integration and Application2
Total SCHs22