Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

Teaching the Heart of Health Care

How will this certificate help you achieve your professional goals?

Nursing EducationIs your goal to teach and share your expertise with patients/families or the next generation of nurses? As a nurse educator you can teach patients, families, student nurses, staff nurses and other healthcare providers. A SHU Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education will prepare you for the role of a nurse educator. This will allow you to teach and share your expertise with patients/families or the next generation of nurses.

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Why SHU?

As the health care workforce continues to grow, the demand for qualified instructors to teach and develop the next generation of nurses will increase. The Sacred Heart University (SHU) College of Nursing Advanced Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education will compliment your clinical expertise with the latest theories and strategies in teaching and learning. Following this certification, you can explore career opportunities as a clinical instructor in nursing schools or as a staff development educator in a hospital or other health care organizations. Our program curriculum covers the basic understanding of the issues surrounding nursing education to the latest advances in curriculum design and evaluation.

What are the program requirements?

  • All course work can be completed online which provides greater flexibility and less disruption to your personal and employment obligations.
  • Courses are 8 weeks in length and are offered on an ongoing basis.
  • 180 practicum hours with 60 hours in each of NU 619, NU 690, and NU 691 is required.

What are the certification requirements?

The certificate is awarded upon completion of 15 credit hours and 120 practicum hours.

NU 588 Theoretical Basis of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education     3 CR
This course explores research-based theories of education, teaching, and learning. Theories are examined for their application in a variety of settings, levels of education, and for the adult learner. Emphasis is on who the learner is and how they learn. External issues and trends impacting nursing education are explored.

NU 589 Curriculum Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education     3 CR
This course prepares the student to design and implement curriculum based on evidence-based teaching/learning theory. Focus is on the process of curriculum development for an individual course including course objectives, content, learning activities, delivery of the content, and student evaluation. The role of faculty in program evaluation of the curriculum is explored.

NU 619 Principles of Patient and Staff Education     3 CR
The focus of the course is to prepare the graduate level nurse in the nurse educator’s role of patient and staff education utilizing theory and research based knowledge in the design, coordination, and evaluation of the delivery of patient care as well as patient and staff education. Communication skills and strategies necessary to interact and collaborate with members of the interdisciplinary health care team and the patient will be explored. 

The course will provide the student with the ability to develop an in-depth knowledge in a clinical specialty and to develop a simulation design that can be effectively utilized in an educational setting. Under the supervision of a preceptor, the student will apply graduate-level health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology as well principles of cultural diversity in a selected healthcare population utilizing nursing and theoretical frameworks to improve patient outcomes.

NU 690 Nursing Education Role Practicum     3 CR
In this course, students apply and analyze the theories, competencies, and concepts in a designated role practicum experience using a preceptor.  Through this experience the student will develop an evidence based teaching project.  Further, the student applies theory to practice in seminar discussions and readings. Current issues and trends in health care and nursing are integrated within each topical area.

NU 691 Nursing Education Role Capstone     3 CR
This is the final course in the nursing sequence for the role immersion experience in nursing education. Students apply and analyze the theories, competencies, and concepts of the previous nurse educator courses in a designated role practicum experience using a preceptor. Through this experience the student will develop an evidence based teaching proposal. Further, the student applies theory to practice in seminar discussion and readings. Current issues and trends in health care and nursing are integrated within each topical area.

What is the admission criteria?

  • Master’s degree in Nursing or related field with a GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • All official transcripts
  • Licensed as a registered nurse
  • Compliance/background Check
  • One professional reference
  • Application processing fee of $25
  • Application Form

For more information or to apply, contact:

Elizabeth Potenza
Program Assistant
Tel: 203-416-3937
potenzae@sacredheart.edu