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Program at a Glance

Graduate Certificate
College of Nursing
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The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education is designed to prepare nurses and other healthcare professionals to teach in professional health care education programs, health care agencies, and the community. The certificate program can be completed entirely online.

Program Objectives

The program prepares students to:

  • Translate evidence from nursing science and other disciplines into nursing education practices to improve student learning outcomes.
  • Apply evidence-based findings to design effective teaching, learning, assessment, and evaluation strategies for educating professional nurses and nursing students in different settings.
  • Evaluate nursing education curricula, program objectives, competency statements, and student learning outcomes.
  • Analyze internal and external factors influencing nursing education curriculum development to inform revisions.
  • Lead implementation of innovative evidence-based practices and policies in nursing education to improve outcomes in a diverse healthcare environment.
  • Pursue ongoing scholarly professional growth and excellence as a nurse educator.
  • Demonstrate integrity, compassion, and excellence in mentorship, service, and professionalism in nursing education.

The certificate program requires four courses, for a total of 12 credit hours.

Total Credit Hours Required: 12 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

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While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, this program does not lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria.

You are welcome to contact the College of Nursing's Assistant Dean of Students with questions in this regard, and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.

Please note: Nursing Education Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.

You may pursue this UCF College of Nursing online program as long as you will be physically located in a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) state for the duration of your education.

UCF College of Nursing faculty are authorized to teach in Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) states. Due to nursing education restrictions imposed by non-NLC states, UCF is unable to offer courses, clinicals, or other educational services regardless of modality (including online) within non-NLC states. Should you be physically located within a non-NLC state for more than a vacation or brief visit, regardless of your legal state of residence or the type of license you have, you will be unable to apply or continue your nursing degree program at the UCF College of Nursing. This includes, but is not limited to, students accepting traveling nurse positions in a non-NLC state. Although Colorado is a NLC state, the UCF College of Nursing cannot enroll students who will complete clinical practice hours there due to Colorado statute requirements for worker’s compensation insurance coverage.

Applicants may contact the College of Nursing’s Assistant Dean of Students with any questions regarding non-NLC states.

UCF is also an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership in NC-SARA requires the university to disclose information regarding state licensing and certification requirements for the selected program of study when licensing and/or certification are a requirement to practice in the profession after graduation.

Application Deadlines

July 1
September 1

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