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Program Overview and Goals:  The Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education is comprised of four graduate level nursing education courses, including two practicum courses.  The certificate provides students with the essential knowledge, skills, and expertise to be effective nursing educators.  Graduates may be eligible for the Certified Nurse Education (CNE) Exam offered by the National League of Nursing (NLN).

Certificate Outcomes: Upon completion of the post-master’s certificate students will be able to:

  • Analyze the issues and trends in healthcare and higher education and their impact on nursing education.
  • Apply theories of education and related sciences and evidence-based practice as a basis for nursing education.
  • Participate knowledgeably in the development, implementation, revision, and evaluation of nursing curricula and nursing programs.
  • Utilize a variety of teaching methods, technology strategies, and educational resources to facilitate learning in the classroom, laboratory, and clinical areas and to enhance student and staff development.

Admission Requirements:

  • The program is open to registered nurses who possess a master of science in nursing degree from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing school, with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Hold a current MA, RI, or NH nursing license
  • Provide two letters of recommendation from Master’s prepared nurses
  • Personal statement of professional goals

Certificate Requirements:

There are four (4) required courses in this certificate program listed below. 

Classes are offered in the hybrid/blended learning format, meeting face-to-face seven to eight times a semester on Tuesdays 5-9pm for students entering in even years or Wednesdays 5-9pm for students entering in odd years. 

Fall Semester Year One
NURE 941 Curriculum Design and Evaluation
Spring Semester Year One
NURE 951 Course Development and Implementation
Fall Semester Year Two
NURE 981 Advanced Teaching Methods (Practicum I)
Spring Semester Year Two
NURE 991 Application of Technology to Education (Practicum II)

For more information contact Dr Cynthia Bechtel, Coordinator MSN program cbechtel@framingham.edu

Complete the Graduate Certificate Application form to apply for the Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education.

Framingham State University

100 State Street

PO Box 9101

Framingham, MA 01701-9101

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Phone: 508-620-1220