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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. 

  • $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


Continuing Education

Choose from four courses to customize your professional development.

  • $1,500 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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Program Information

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor's of Science in Nursing from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Current RN license

Program 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

Clinical Requirements


Cost and Aid

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.

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.