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Post-Master's Certificate - Nurse Educator Program

Help shape the next generation of nurses.

Prepare for a rewarding career as a nurse educator through an online, faith-based program that aligns with your life and values.

Spring Arbor University's online Post-Master’s Certificate – Nurse Educator (PMC-NE) program combines your passion for patient care and teaching to leave a lasting impression on the future of healthcare delivery. 

SAU is recognized by Colleges of Distinction for its engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

As a student in the online PMC-Nurse Educator program, you can:

  • Continue working full-time as you earn your certificate with a flexible program designed to be manageable.
  • Enjoy a week off in between classes with our 7-1-7 model (7-week courses, 1-week break).
  • Learn to create lesson plans, develop your teaching skills and oversee students’ clinical practices.
  • Explore strategic planning steps such as needs assessment, behavioral objectives, instructional design and delivery for traditional and non-traditional learners.
  • Partner with a Student Success Coach who will guide you through the program, helping you find a work-home-school life balance.
  • Become part of a close community of students and caring faculty.
  • Graduate prepared to take the NLN-certification exam (CNE).
  • Grow from an enriching educational journey, rooted in faith.
  • Gain experience and confidence in a semester-long nurse educator internship, where you’ll be immersed in direct care and academic settings to gain advanced knowledge and skill as a nurse and educator.

As a leader in online nurse educator programs, Spring Arbor is invested in all aspects of student development, offering a faith-based curriculum with enriching learning opportunities.

For more information about the online PMC-Nurse Educator program, get your program guide.

Program Details

Online Nurse Educator Certificate Program Fast Facts

  • 12 months (does not include prereq courses)
  • $767 per credit hour
  • 150 internship hours required

Designed for Working Nurses

  • Take one seven-week course at a time and enjoy a week off in between
  • Begin your certificate at the right time for you — choose from six intake dates a year
  • Flexible login times — complete your assignments on your own schedule

Inspiring Outcomes

  • Become prepared for certification through a quality educational experience
  • Ranked on a national and regional level for its academic quality and value

A Caring Community

  • Small class sizes and caring, connected faculty provide a personal learning experience
  • Dedicated student success advisor to support you from enrollment to graduation, as well as career development support
  • Faith-based educational philosophy that considers Christian perspectives in nursing practice
Fast Facts
NUR625 Educational Theory & Curriculum Design

This course utilizes learning theories to design a teaching/ learning project. Strategic planning steps such as needs assessment, behavioral objectives, instructional design, and delivery for non-traditional learners will be explored.

NUR635 Instructional Strategies

Students will delve into the selection and application of instructional strategies for traditional and online learning environments. A variety of approaches for learning experiences in higher education, professional/staff development, and community programs for individuals or groups will be used.

NUR660 Nurse Educator Internship

This course provides individually supervised field experience in clinical and academic settings that integrate concepts in nursing education with practical teaching situations. Students will also design an evidence-based project based on their practice setting. Prerequisites: NUR 625 and NUR 635

Grow as a Christ-Centered Nurse Educator

The online Post-Master's Certificate - Nurse Educator program will build your advanced nursing knowledge and clinical reasoning while empowering your spiritual development.

As a student in the program, you will:

  • Build a Leadership Mindset: Reach a new level of professionalism and intellectual development as you evolve into a nursing leader. Learn how to design, arrange and evaluate primary care for health-compromised patients through case management and interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • Gain Advanced Nursing Competencies: Apply the knowledge, skills and competencies essential to meeting the biological, psychosocial, mental and spiritual needs of Nurse Educators' patients.
  • Understand Population-Specific Care: Gain the necessary knowledge to manage chronic disease and the complex primary care needs of adults and the elderly, considering epidemiology, socioeconomic background, age, cultural norms and level of disease risk.
  • Grow a Spirit of Service: Address healthcare disparities by delivering compassionate care and advocating for underserved populations and their healthcare needs, as exemplified by the Christian worldview.
Admission Requirements & Prerequisites

Admission Requirements 

  • MSN degree from an accredited program 
  • Official graduate transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
  • 3.0 GPA calculated from the most recent 60 academic credits
  • A current nursing license from your state of employment
  • Online application
  • Short personal statement

Prerequisite Courses 

  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Physical Assessment
  • Some additional prerequisites may apply
Online Post-Master's Certificate - NE Program Curriculum

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Program Tuition

Spring Arbor University is recognized as a “Best Value” school by U.S. News & World Report. The online PMC-NE program provides academic quality with competitively priced tuition of $767 per credit hour.

You may also be eligible to receive financial aid. SAU will work with you to determine any benefits for which you qualify, including student aid, military discounts and tax benefits.


The post-graduate APRN certificate program at Spring Arbor University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Career Outlook

Nurse educators are in demand as the healthcare field continues to grow. The industry is in need of qualified professionals, including those who can lead the next generation of nurses. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the national average salary for nurse educators is $84,060. 

*U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics