Nursing Education Graduate Certificate

Registered nurses can make a greater impact with a Nursing Education graduate certificate. This Nursing Education program provides the knowledge and tools that will enable you to skillfully educate and train fellow nurses, patients and the community.

The Nursing Education graduate certificate program can fulfill employment requirements such as continuing education credits and/or academic credits needed to become a nursing educator. Earning this certificate also serves as a stepping stone to a master’s degree in nursing education. Each course in this program transfers directly into the MSN program at University of Arkansas Grantham.


You’ll acquire expertise in educating a wide variety of audiences, including patients and their families, community members, as well as other medical professionals. You’ll learn to develop and present programming such as staff training and development, health and safety training, and wellness programs. The curriculum includes high-level information security, advanced physical assessment with simulated patients, and four nursing education courses that promote evidence-based education for a diverse student population.


The Nursing Education graduate certificate is an 18-credit-hour program. You can expect to complete the program in approximately 12 months.


The graduate tuition rate is $350 per credit hour—but all certified or licensed patient care workers, such as nurses and technicians, qualify for the University of Arkansas Grantham Heroes Program. The program includes a graduate tuition rate of $250 per credit hour, complimentary textbooks, waived fees and more.


Most courses in this program start quarterly in January, April, July and October, while others start monthly. It’s easy to get started whenever you’re ready.

Nursing Education Graduate Certificate


  • Create educational experiences based on sound educational theory and evidence-based teaching practice
  • Facilitate student learning in all domains, cognitive, affective, and psychomotor
  • Utilize technologies to support the teaching-learning environment
  • Design strategies that address the unique learning needs of diverse students

Nursing Education Graduate Certificate

Program Core Credits: 18
Total Credit Hours: 18
Accreditation(s): DEAC
Program Core: 18
Course: Title: Credits:
Course: NUR510 Title: Advanced Physical Assessment Credits: 3
  This course is designed to assist Registered Nurses to make the transition to Advanced Practice. Human Patient Simulation is utilized to assist in learning the six discrete components of clinical reasoning. A validated conceptual framework designed to operationalize clinical reasoning within virtual patient simulations is used. In addition to advanced physical assessment of all major body systems, students will incorporate principles of advanced pharmacology and advanced pathophysiology through a series of Focused Exams. The Focused Exams explore a specific pathology occurring in populations across the lifespan. Infused throughout the course are the Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing and QSEN. The clinical practice experience in this course occurs through virtual simulation.
Course: HSN548 Title: Information Security and Privacy in Healthcare Environments Credits: 3
  This course covers the utilization of technology in the healthcare environment from an individual and organizational point of view. Challenges faced by nurses and healthcare professionals in the dynamic technological era requires a broad understanding of the concepts of healthcare informatics. Students will be provided the tools, techniques, and resources used for specific application in the healthcare environment. Regulations for meaningful use of information in healthcare systems is explored. Students are exposed to interdisciplinary collaborative models of informatics processes which improve efficiency as well as patient experience and outcomes. This course also covers technological changes, challenges, and risks that organizations face internally or externally.
Course: NUR539 Title: Organizational Dynamics of Higher Education Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the structure and organization of higher educational institutions and the regulations and accreditation standards that guide the work of academic leadership. The student will examine the accreditation process and the development of the self-study document in relation to the establishment of best practice learning standards and the process of program improvement. The course will explore the relationship of organizational culture to academic performance. Topics will include the tools for assessment of the educational institution.
Course: NUR533 Title: Curriculum Design and Learning Outcomes Credits: 3
  This course introduces students to the development of curriculum by defining curriculum and examining an evidence-informed, context relevant, unified design. Faculty development, curriculum planning, implementation, accreditation and curriculum evaluation are examined. In addition, a review of distant delivery of nursing education is discussed.
Course: NUR538 Title: Assessment and Teaching to Diverse Learning Styles Credits: 3
  This course explores the teaching and learning styles, cultural perspectives and economic and political vulnerabilities related to a variety of populations. Traditional and non-traditional theories and instructional methods in both the clinical and didactic setting will be examined. The emerging theories in technology and distance educational programs will be evaluated.
Course: NUR535 Title: Concepts of Distance Education Credits: 3
  This course focuses on the unique professional roles of the academic nurse educator, and various concepts of distance learning. Topics related to curriculum development, institutional resources, student readiness, multimedia technology and strategies for effective teaching will be explored. Contemporary issues such as classroom diversity, critical thinking, social media and faculty-student engagement will be covered.