Certificate in Nurse Educator

The Department of Nursing demonstrates its commitment to preparing nurse educators for the profession by offering a Nurse Educator post-graduate certificate for nurses with graduate nursing degrees in other specializations who wish to prepare for the nurse educator role. The Nurse Educator certificate prepares the holder for nurse educator positions in both academic and clinical settings. The certificate program consists of a total of 20 units.

Certificates may be earned by regularly matriculated or extended learning students and denote successful completion of a prescribed program of study designed to:

  1. impart specified professional/vocational/career competencies; or
  2. produce mastery of the content of a sub-field of an academic major (discipline); or
  3. provide exposure to the range of materials in a traditional or emerging interdisciplinary field.

Certain certificate programs contain 6000-level courses as requirements and/or electives. These 6000-level courses may not be taken by undergraduate students. Candidates must receive two-thirds of their certificate-applicable credit from the university. The transferring of credit or the substitution of courses may occur only after application to the appropriate campus authority.

Admission Requirements:

In addition to the general requirements of the university, specific requirements are:

  1. An earned master’s or doctoral degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution and CCNE-accredited program.
  2. 3.0 ("B") minimum GPA calculated according to recommended practice of the CSUSB Graduate Council;
  3. Current California registered nurse (RN) license, unencumbered, unrestricted, with no disciplinary action pending or imposed.
  4. Three (3) satisfactory letters of professional recommendation;
  5. Personal statement;

Applicants may consult the information on the Department of Nursing webpage for details about the significant clinical compliance requirements that must be met upon admission to the Nurse Educator certificate program.

Extension and transfer credit from other colleges and/or universities may make up no more than 30% of total certificate units.

Applicants who have taken graduate courses equivalent to NURS 5411, NURS 5422, and/or NURS 5433 from another CSU entity may petition to substitute the course(s).

 NURS 6588, NURS 6598, NURS 6608, and NURS 6880 must be taken at CSUSB.

Certificate Requirements (20 units)

NURS 5411Advanced Health Assessment Across the Life Span3
NURS 5422Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 5433Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 6588Nursing Education: Curriculum and Instruction3
NURS 6598Nursing Education: Assessment and Evaluation3
NURS 6608Nursing Education: Technology for Instruction & Evaluation3
NURS 6880Advanced Role Practicum2
Total Units20