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Nursing Education (Graduate Certificate)

This Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Education is designed to prepare nurses for teaching positions in educational and service settings. The certificate provides nurses with essential knowledge and skills in teaching, program development, evaluation, clinical instruction, and other aspects of the educational process in nursing. Courses focus on concepts of learning; teaching methods and concepts of teaching in nursing; multimedia and computer-assisted instruction and distance education; development of educational programs in nursing; evaluation; testing; and clinical teaching from a theoretical and research perspective. The program provides learners with a theoretical framework for teaching in nursing and related competencies. 

Admission Requirements

Starting fall 2024, admission to this program is through AACN supported universal application system, NursingCAS  

Admission to this program is contingent upon meeting the admission certificate program requirements and the availability of College of Nursing resources.  

Applicants must satisfy the following criteria and submit the required documents for admission consideration:   

  1. Completion of a Graduate degree in Nursing from a nationally accredited institution with a grade point average (g.p.a.) of 3.0 or concurrent enrollment in the MSN, DNP, or PhD program in good standing in the College of Nursing at Wayne State University 
  2. If the student is currently enrolled in one of the graduate programs, the certificate will not be awarded until the degree is posted to the transcript. 
  3. Current Michigan Registered Nurse licensure.
  4. Personal goal statement.
  5. Two professional letters of recommendation.
  6. Resume.
  7. Official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions. 

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education requires twelve credits which must be earned within three years with no transfer credit accepted. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 must be achieved. All course work must be completed in accordance with the academic procedures of the College of Nursing and the Graduate School governing graduate scholarship and degrees. Nursing 7710 and 7720 must be completed prior to taking NUR 7730. 

Graduate-level Nursing or Education course approved by advisor (may be applied toward Master's, DNP, or PhD degree if WSU student)3
NUR 7710Theoretical Perspectives of Teaching in Nursing3
NUR 7720Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education3
NUR 7730Practice Teaching in Nursing3
Total Credits12
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