Online PMC

Online Nursing Education & Faculty Role Post-Master’s Certificate

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and the post-graduate APRN certificate program at Duquesne University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Become the teacher behind tomorrow’s best nurses.

Your nursing career has been shaped by the faculty, instructors and mentors who dedicated their lives to teaching you. This is your opportunity to do the same for the next generation of nurses. Earn your Nursing Education and Faculty Role Post-Master’s Certificate to inspire tomorrow’s nurses and impact the future of nursing in your community and around the world.

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Complete your nurse educator certificate online

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Master key teaching skills in 5 courses

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3 start dates per year

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No GRE required

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Tuition discounts available

Why earn a certificate in nursing education?

The online nursing education and faculty role certificate helps active nurses pursue specialized expertise by offering courses that work with your schedule. It provides a flexible opportunity to develop new skills as an educator without pausing your career.

As a leading nursing school, our mission is to advance dedicated nurses like you. In that way, we share a common goal, driven to enhance the education that will shape the next generation of nurses.

The smart choice — an online nurse educator certificate program.

  • Prepare for CNE certification. Your certificate prepares you to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator exam.
  • Complete courses online, on your schedule. Access courses when it works for you and choose your desired clinical location — no campus visits required.
  • Learn from master teachers. Our faculty includes published authorities in nurse education and expert educators from clinical and academic settings.
  • Analyze case studies. Understand and apply complex legal and ethical issues that impact nurse educators in both classrooms and hospitals.
  • Join an esteemed institution. Duquesne is recognized as a pioneering nursing school, and is ranked #45 on the Best Online Graduate Nursing Program list in 2020 (U.S. News & World Report).

Why choose Duquesne for your nurse educator certificate?

Our online certificate in nursing education is designed by leaders in the field to serve as your path from care provider to nurse educator. At Duquesne, our legacy began in 1937 with Pennsylvania’s first BSN program and continued in 1997 when the nation’s first online PhD program for nurses launched here. The online certificate represents the next step, helping you to go beyond your master’s to specialize your skills and prepare you to pursue your CNE certificate.

What can I learn from Duquesne’s online nurse educator certificate curriculum?

Coursework for Duquesne’s online Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education and Faculty Role is designed to help you succeed as a nurse educator. Courses combine innovative curriculum models with modern educational theory and emerging nursing trends to help you hone your experience and personal teaching philosophy to help support and advance today’s working nurses.

Get teaching experience while you prepare for CNE certification.

The online nursing education certificate starts by introducing you to foundational education theory and ends by bringing you into the classroom under the guidance of an expert teacher. Your practicum helps you gain experience applying new skills in your preferred education setting, and your online courses work to prepare you for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam.

Your certificate also gives you direct access to our experienced support staff and faculty mentors. We’re here to help ensure your success as an online student and professional development as a nurse educator.

Online Nursing Education and Faculty Role Curriculum

15 Credit Hours | 5 Courses

Nursing Education Certificate Coursework

GNED 507 Foundations in Education Theory for Professional Practice Disciplines 3 Credits
GNED 522 Innovative Curriculum Design and Evaluation 3 Credits
GNED 531 Advanced Clinical Nursing 3 Credits
GNED 532 Emerging Trends and Innovations in the Teaching of Nursing 3 Credits
GNED 533 Nursing Faculty Role Practicum 3 Credits

What are common career paths for nurse educators?

Clinical faculty member

Guide student nurses as a clinical faculty member, involved in curriculum design, implementation and assessment. Top earners in this sector report salaries higher than $100,000 (

College faculty member

Make the transition to full-time teaching in academic settings, like colleges, universities and professional nursing schools. Faculty member salaries range from $60,000 to $90,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Online instructor

Help shape a wider range of nurses by teaching online, where you can leverage innovative tools and flexible delivery models, and where teachers earn an average salary of $65,000 (

Nursing professional development specialist

Work alongside nurses as a nurse educator in hospitals and health systems, where you provide professional development training. In this role, nurse educators can earn between $68,000 and $74,000 (

What’s the career outlook for nurse educators?

  • More career options. Specializing as a nurse educator positions you to qualify for a wider range of jobs in a growing market. It’s projected that there will be 13% more jobs for nurse educators added between 2014 and 2024. (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)
  • Nurse educator shortage. Approximately 2 in every 3 nursing schools surveyed between 2016 and 2017 reported turning away qualified students due to faculty shortages. In 2015, a report showed that 37% of nurse educator roles were open because there were not enough qualified candidates. (American Association of Colleges of Nursing)
  • Higher salaries. Different nurse educator roles can lead to higher earning potential, including college nursing instructors (average salary of $75,030) and community health educators and hospital professional development specialists (average salary of $96,540). (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics)

Online Nurse Education Certificate Admissions

Admission Prerequisites

To qualify for our online PMC programs, you must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Hold an MSN from an accredited college or university
  • Hold a current, unencumbered RN license
  • Complete an undergraduate or graduate-level statistics course with a “C” or higher

The faculty admissions committee may look more closely at nursing and science grades when making admissions decisions.

Admission Process

  • Resume or curriculum vitae
  • Professional goal statement
  • Official transcript(s)
  • Two electronically submitted references (one academic and one professional in a supervisory role)
    • The supervisor reference letters must come from a direct supervisor who is responsible for your performance evaluation
    • If you have been out of school more than five years, please speak with your Enrollment Advisor for advice