Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate
Credit Hours
Month Completion
Next Start Date
Sep 25, 2023
Placement Tests
GMAT/GRE not required for admission

Shape the future of nursing with a nurse educator certificate

According to respondents to a 2021 report by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, more than 90,000 qualified applicants to bachelor’s and master’s-level nursing programs were turned away because institutions lacked enough credentialed teachers to accommodate them. Earn a Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate from Franklin and be part of the solution to the nursing educator shortage plaguing America. The 12 month, online certificate will provide you with the knowledge in instructional methods and design needed to train a cadre of new nurses.  

Program Availability

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Online Coursework

Balance earning your degree with other work-life commitments.

Finish in as Few as 12 Months

Earn your certificate and prepare for advancement faster.

Industry Aligned

Learn from a curriculum tailored to ATD & ISPI standards

Real-World Practitioners

Benefit from the experience of your instructors – professional instructional designers.

Program Overview

Apply instructional design strategies and techniques

You’ll study learning theories and instructional design models that form the pillars of instructional design. You’ll become acquainted with the theories and philosophies that formed and influenced the field, as well as instructional systems, theories, models and systematic approaches to instructional design. 

You’ll apply what you learn in a hands-on assignment to create a learning, instructional design or training event in your choice of setting - business, industry, government, healthcare or classroom environment. 

As part of the Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate, you complete one required instructional design course. The remaining three courses are your choice so that you can customize your certificate to your learning goals or career interests. Popular topics include learning management systems, using technology to enhance learning, assessment, project management, and aligning curricular and instructional alignment. 

Blend nursing practice with instructional methods

An 80-hour practicum provides the opportunity to work under the supervision of an experienced nurse educator while you integrate your nursing expertise with current and emerging instructional methods and technologies. By working in a healthcare or academic environment you’ll engage in activities that enable you to apply your coursework in pedagogy, instructional design, curriculum development and assessment. 

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Curriculum & Course Descriptions

17 Semester Hours
Major Area Required
IDPT 601 - Foundations of Instructional Design (4)

Learning theories and instructional design models are the two fundamental pillars for the field of instructional design. In this course, students will study the learning theories and philosophies that formed, influenced, and supported this field. Students will also study instructional systems theories, models, and systematic approaches to instructional design. In this course, students will apply these theories, strategies, and instructional models to create a learning, instructional design or training event in their chosen settings, including business, industry, government, healthcare, and classroom education. At the end of this course, students will make a plan on how to prepare for an instructional design career.

NURS 799 - MSN Practicum (1-4)

The MSN practicum experience provides students with the opportunity to receive academic credit for experience in an authentic work environment, which may be either external or internal to the University depending on the student?s preference. The student will have the option of precepted or non-precepted experiences that are approved by the faculty member.

At least 3 of the following courses:

IDPT 640 - Enhancing Learning With Technology (4)

In this course, students will apply design principles to create a learning event that includes the use of new and emerging technologies. Students will research collaboration and networking tools for their use and value in learning environments. Delivery platforms and software will also be explored for their impact on instructional strategies. Projects completed in the course will become part of the student's portfolio.

OR IDPT 645 - Learning Management Systems (4)

In this course, students will study the practices employed to manage and deliver instructional content in an online environment. Students will interact with a functional Learning Management System (LMS) to manage the design, development, delivery, and evaluation of reusable learning content.

OR IDPT 650 - Evaluation (4)

This course presents fundamental principles and practices for evaluating courses and programs, with a focus on formative and summative evaluation and criterion-referenced testing. Students will explore evaluation models and theories, create a learner satisfaction survey, create criterion-referenced tests, create grading rubrics, and work with a data set to interpret data and make recommendations to improve a course or unit of instruction. Projects completed in the course will become part of the student's portfolio.

OR IDPT 715 - Theories and Applications for Managing Projects and Relationships (4)

Be able to successfully managing projects and relationship are paramount skill in current workforce. In this course, students will study the project management theories, tools, and technologies and apply them in their own discipline. By the end of this course, students need to develop a project management process and a plan to resolve relationship issues.

OR EDUC 613 - Leading Curricular & Instructional Alignment (4)

This course will focus on the tools that educators need to achieve deep alignment. Effective curriculum design and deep alignment are critical factors in maximizing student achievement. The purpose of the course is to strengthen the knowledge and skills of learners as instructional designers and managers by evaluating models for managing curriculum as they identify and research current and emerging issues in curriculum.

Program Details

Nurse Educator Careers & Jobs

Nurse Educator

Nurse Educators leverage their advanced educational credentials and practical practice experience to help train, develop, and prepare the next generation of nurses.

Clinical Educator

 Clinical educators improve patient outcomes by instructing and assessing healthcare workers in healthcare environments.

Instructional Coordinator

Instructional Coordinators are responsible for the development and implementation of instructional programs.

Instructional Designer

Instructional designers focus on learning objectives, learning activities and assessments to create effective courses, curricula or training materials. 

Nurse Educator Employment Outlook


From 2022-2032, jobs for Nurse Educators are expected to increase by 15%.

All Occupations

5,957,812 jobs
6,867,528 jobs
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Nurse Practitioners

273,522 jobs
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Medical and Health Services Managers

523,847 jobs
679,189 jobs

Nurse Anesthetists

53,861 jobs
63,224 jobs

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