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Clinical Educator Graduate Certificate

The Clinical Educator certificate gives you additional training in the skills needed to present and manage clinical education programs. Through these courses, you'll learn to:

  • Use principles of adult learning in clinical education programs
  • Prepare and present clinical education programs that are culturally sensitive and use best educational practices in order to upgrade clinical expertise in patient care settings
  • Plan, budget for, and deliver educational programs, conferences and symposia designed to improve nursing knowledge in the clinical area
  • Identify and analyze issues that may arise between clinical nursing practice and nursing education, and provide leadership that incorporates caring attributes in resolving differences
  • Develop measurable behavioral objectives and competency statements for clinical education programs

Program length

The Clinical Educator certificate program is nine credit hours and can be completed in 12 months by taking one class each semester, including a summer session. These credits can be applied to an MSN in Nursing Education if you decide to continue on to a master's degree program.


The entire certificate program can be completed online. Courses are not self-paced; there are weekly assignments, along with papers and projects due throughout the semester. Students should plan to spend approximately four hours per week, per credit hour on readings, learning exercises, team projects, class discussion and library work.

Online courses or course components require basic computer skills. Not sure where you stand? Take a free skills assessment ►


Tuition for the 2016-17 academic year is $692 per credit hour. Learn more about financial aid for graduate students. ►

When can I start?

Classes are offered on a regular semester schedule. Students can apply at any time and begin courses in August, January or May.