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2019-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nurse Educator Certificate

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The Nurse Educator Certificate in nursing education prepares nurses who have already earned a BSN or MSN in a specialty field and would like additional training to practice as a nurse educator.  The Certificate integrates theories, evidence-based teaching, and teaching-learning strategies in the education of staff, students, health care professionals, clients, and communities across the lifespan.

This course of study addresses an intense nursing faculty shortage on local, regional, and state levels.  As the need for new nurses grows, the supply of nurses qualified with advanced nursing degrees to prepare new nurses is declining.  Faculty retirements will escalate as the “baby boomers” age.  Ironically, growing numbers of students are entering nursing programs as current nursing faculty members are considering retirement.  Students completing the ANE Certificate achieve the same competencies, objectives, learning outcomes and specialty courses required to complete the Master of Science in Nursing Advanced Nurse Educator curriculum.

Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Advanced Nurse Educator Concentration will be able to meet the following outcomes and learning objectives which are based on the National League for Nursing core competencies:

1) Facilitate learning, 2) Facilitate learner development and socialization 3) Use assessment and evaluation strategies, 4) Participate in curriculum design and evaluation of program outcome, 5) Function as a change agent and leader, 6) Pursue continuous quality improvement in the nurse educator role, 7) Engage in scholarship, and 8) Function within the educational environment, 9) Link assertions for social justice to scholarly understandings of the concept.

  • Apply critical thinking when making effective decisions and solving problems creatively with students, colleagues, administrators, and members of the interdisciplinary team
  • Formulate learning objectives, learning strategies and activities in relationship to theories of teaching/learning.
  • Evaluate therapeutic nursing intervention of students to facilitate role development in the delivery of health care.
  • Collaborate and communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and administrators.
  • Integrate the role of scholarship, teaching, and service that foster improvement and innovation in health care and nursing education environments.
  • Analyze economically, political, ethical, legal, and regulatory standards, which influence nursing and nursing education with a focus on the needs of rural, diverse, vulnerable, and aging populations.
  • Provide evidence-based teaching and practice the use of information technology.
  • Demonstrate curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.
  • Demonstrate Master’s level practice skills.

Admission Requirements 

The requirements for admission into the NUrse Educator Certificate are as follows: 

  • Completed WSSU Graduate Program Application
  • A Bachelors or Master’s degree in nursing from a nationally recognized accredited college university
  • A grade point average (GPA) of 2.7 or greater 
  • Official report of GRE or MAT Score for FNP. GRE/MAT is not required for the ANE option 
  • Three leters of reference. The letter should reflect the applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, and professional commitment.
  • Professional resume or curriculum vitae
  • Documentation of a active and unencumbered North Carolina or Compact State registered nurse license
  • Submit an Admission essay of 350-500 words describing the reason for choosing the MSN program at WSSU, short and long term goals, and your understanding of the advance nursing role (ANE or FNP). 

Admission to the Nurse Educator Certificate concentration is contingent upon admissionto the MSN Program and the availability of Division of Nursing MSN Program resources. 


ANE-Specialty Courses 

Course Number

Course Title



NUR 6340  

Theoretical Foundations for the Nurse Educator


NUR 6338   Teaching and Learning Strategies 


NUR 6305  

Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education





NUR 6328  

Curriculum Development


Total Credits: 12 There are no supervised practicum required 













The certificate program can be accomplished in three or four semesters depending on student preference. However, the ANE Nurse Educator Certificate must be earned within three years of initial admission and all coursework must be completed in accordance with the published academic procedures of Winston-Salem State University. 


Certificate Requirements:  The Post-Bachelor’s Nurse Educator Certificate must be earned within three years of initial admission and all coursework must be completed in accordance with the published aademic procedures of Winston-Salem State University.


Departmental Links

Graduate Programs Webpage

Nurse Educator Certificate Certificate Webpage



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