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Nursing Education Graduate Certificate

Become a Better Educator

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.


Graduate Certificate

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

  • $925.00 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


Continuing Education

Choose from four courses to customize your professional development.

  • $1,500.00 per course 
  • Take courses individually in any sequence 
  • Register any time before the course starts 
  • Earn continuing education contact hours for each course completed 

The Maryland Nurses Association has approved these courses for continuing education hours. The MNA is an accredited approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Complete coursework as a standalone certificate or concurrently with our MSN or DNP program options. These courses fulfill the requirement for additional graduate-level education needed to be eligible for the NLN Certification for Nurse Educators exam. If you're interested in our continuing education opportunities, get in touch with us at [email protected] for more information about how to register for these courses.


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About the Program

Complete applications that are submitted by the priority deadline will be reviewed first. Applications do not have to be verified by the priority deadline, only completed and submitted. Questions? Contact the Office of Admissions at [email protected]

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A completed application includes the following components:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Preferred scholastic GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts (from all post-secondary schools)
  • Two letters of recommendation (at least one academic)
  • Current resume
  • Personal statement
  • Current RN license



  1. GW Nursing is subject to state authorization requirements in order to offer an approved nursing curriculum. View available states.

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.

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Graduate tuition is charged per credit hour, unless otherwise noted, and is listed under “School of Nursing” by the university’s Student Accounts Office. Rates vary by program and are subject to change without prior notice. Changes to a student’s program or course load may result in additional tuition charges and fees.

Courses can, alternatively, be taken for continuing education units for $1,500.00 per course.

This program does not qualify for Title IV funding. For important information regarding educational debt, earnings and completion rates of this certificate, view the Gainful Employment Disclosure.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at GW Nursing