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Nursing Education, Certificate

College of Nursing

If you already have a nursing master's degree, you can prepare to enter educational roles working within colleges, universities or hospital systems.

Master’s-prepared nurses with specialized training are in high demand. Graduates from the online program and with required experience are eligible to sit for the National League of Nursing’s certification for nurse educator (CNE) examination.

Program Highlights

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    Education Specialization

    Achieve the leadership skills and organizational experience to train the next generation of nurses.

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    Schedule Flexibility

    Enjoy the online course format that allows you to keep working while you learn.

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    Bright Future

    Gain a strong foundation in education theory, teaching strategies, learner diversity and program evaluation.

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    Exam Preparation

    Become eligible to sit for the national nurse educator certification (CNE) examination.

What You’ll Study

In a minimum of five semesters, prepare to function as an academic or clinical nurse educator across various program levels and settings. Learn to integrate teaching strategies via the classroom, distance-learning, clinical settings, in the learning and simulation laboratories, and through precepted and service-learning opportunities.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Teaching

    Foster learning by conveying knowledge, skills and concepts to students

    Organizational Skills

    Planning, prioritizing and managing tasks and resources to achieve specific objectives


    Exchanging information and ideas through speaking, writing or other means of expression

  • Curriculum Planning

    Designing educational programs, courses and learning experiences that align with educational standards


    Inspiring and guiding others to achieve common goals and reach their full potential

    Critical Thinking

    Analyzing and evaluating information to make informed decisions or judgments

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Academic Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Instructor
  • Nursing Staff Development Coordinator
  • Nursing Professional Development Specialist
  • Nursing Education Consultant

Workplace Settings

  • Hospitals
  • Universities
  • Professional Schools
  • State Government

Is USC Right For You?

There are many reasons we could be your ideal university. There's the award-winning academics, the globally modeled student life, and abundance of study abroad and experiential learning options. Take a closer look at what USC could mean for you.

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