Certificate: Nursing Education Graduate

Become a Better Educator

This program is no longer accepting new students.

The Nursing Education Graduate Certificate is being sunsetted and is no longer accepting new students. We encourage you to apply for one of our other certificate options. Thank you for your interest.

Learn to design, develop and deliver first-rate education to prepare competent health professionals by earning your Nursing Education Graduate Certificate. Designed to meet your busy schedule, this online graduate certificate only takes a year to complete with four courses across three semesters. We also offer continuing education for those seeking professional development opportunities.

Complete coursework as a standalone certificate or concurrently with our MSN or DNP program options. 

  • $895 per credit hour 
  • Take four courses across three semesters 
  • Apply through our academic admissions process 
  • Fulfills academic eligibility requirement to sit for the NLN Certification for Nurse Educators exam upon completion



Questions about program requirements should be directed to the program director.

Programs of Study

Students will complete the following coursework when pursuing their Nursing Education certificate:

  • NURS 6282: Teaching & Learning in Healthcare 1: Principles of Instructional Design
  • NURS 6283: Teaching & Learning in Healthcare 2: Learner Engagement
  • NURS 6284: Teaching & Learning in Healthcare 3: Program & Curriculum Development
  • Education Elective: NURS 6292: Teaching with Technology in the Health Professions or Alternate


For full listing of courses and descriptions, please visit the University Bulletin.

Additional Requirements

Virtual New Student Orientation

The Virtual New Student Orientation is designed to provide knowledge and tools necessary to succeed at GW Nursing. You will become familiar with academic resources, program requirements, course registration, online technology and student expectations. You will also connect with fellow students, faculty members and advisers.

Technology Requirements

Beginning fall 2018, each student admitted to the Certificate program is expected to own and have ready access to a laptop or tablet with basic productivity software for classroom use. View Policy.

The Nursing Education Graduate Certificate is being sunsetted and is no longer accepting new students. We encourage you to apply for one of our other certificate options. Thank you for your interest. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected]


3 Great Reasons to Choose GW Nursing

Online Learning
These specialties are delivered in a hybrid format with online courses and some on-campus experiences for testing and training.
Flexible Format
Some specialties require you to complete a set number of clinical hours to complete the curriculum.
Exceptional Faculty
Our faculty members are nationally recognized leaders in nursing who actively engage and inspire students to improve global health care for all.

Frequently Asked Questions

On-campus requirements vary by program and specialty. Students enrolled in our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program spend the duration of the program on our Virginia Science and Technology Campus (VSTC) in Ashburn, Virginia.

Most graduate programs are delivered in a distance format with online courses and some on-campus experiences for testing and training, which typically take place in our state-of-the-art simulation facilities at VSTC. For example, nurse practitioner students are required to come to campus for Campus Learning and Skills Intensive (CLASI) when enrolled in NURS 6222 and for Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCEs) during their second clinical course. For specific on-campus requirements for graduate programs, please visit the webpage for your respective specialty area of interest.

All nurse practitioner students are also required to complete an end of program skills assessment. During this final on-campus simulation-based learning event, students have an opportunity to showcase their assessment, diagnostic reasoning, and patient management skills.

Students enrolled in our Accelerated or Veteran Bachelor of Science in Nursing program may only attend the program on a full-time basis due to its accelerated format.

Students enrolled in our RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs may only enroll on a part-time basis.

Students enrolled in a graduate program have the ability to enroll in most tracks on a part-time basis. To review your program of study options, visit the MSN, DNP or certificate webpage in the specialty area of your choice. PhD applicants should contact the program director directly.

At this time, the only program available to students needing an F-1 visa (student) is our Bachelor of Science in Nursing program taught in person in Ashburn, Virginia. International students who have permanent residence or are currently on a visa that allows them to study, in addition to holding a valid U.S. RN license, are eligible for any graduate program.