Play a pivotal role in strengthening the nursing workforce, serving as a role model and providing the leadership needed to implement evidence-based practice.

Bushnell’s Post-Master’s Nursing Education Certificate prepares nurses for teaching roles in various clinical and/or academic settings. Building on skills and knowledge obtained in a master’s program, this certificate signifies a nurse educator’s readiness to train the next generation of nurse professionals.

Complete your Post-Master’s Nursing Education Certificate online in just 12 months by taking one 8-week course at a time.

Purpose of the Post-Master’s Nursing Education Certificate

The purpose of this certificate is to prepare nurses to:

  • Assume a nurse educator role within a school of nursing or staff educator role within a variety of health care organizations and settings.
  • Utilize best practice to deliver high quality, evidence-based, theory-guided teaching and learning experiences in a variety of educational environments including face-to-face, e-learning and blended formats, simulation, and the clinical setting.
  • Pursue certification as a Nurse Educator.

Certificate Objectives

Graduates of this program will be able to*:

  1. Integrate theoretical perspectives, instructional technologies, nursing, and related sciences into practice as a nurse or staff educator.
  2. Use research outcomes from nursing and other disciplines to inform teaching practices.
  3. Apply knowledge of instructional and other technologies to influence content, design, and delivery of education to patients, health care providers, and nursing students across a variety of educational settings.
  4. Integrate and foster evidence-based educational practices, personal and professional growth of oneself and others to advance nursing education.

*Note: In order to teach in the state of Oregon, registered nurses must complete a minimum of two years of clinical experience.

Program Format

The Post-Master’s Nursing Education Certificate can be completed entirely online allowing busy professionals to keep a healthy work, life, and school balance. This program is designed to allow you to study anytime from anywhere, providing you the flexibility to arrange your studies around your own schedule.

Program at a Glace
Credit Hours18
Program Length12 Months
Delivery MethodOnline
Cost per Credit$525
Program StartNew cohort begins every Summer semester

Tuition & Financial Aid Information

At Bushnell University, we know financial aid inside and out and can help you apply for and receive the best financial aid package available.

2020-21 Post-Master’s in Nursing Education Certificate Tuition

Tuition: $525/credit
Total program cost: $9,450*
No added fees.

*Tuition rates are subject to change

At Bushnell, we know financial aid inside and out and can help you apply for and receive the best financial aid package available.

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Veteran Benefit Information

Bushnell University is approved by the Oregon Department of Education and the Department of Veteran Affairs for educating students who are eligible for VA educational benefits. You can begin receiving your educational benefits in just a few simple steps!

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Enrollment Process

  1. Apply for free. Our application is non-binding, meaning you are not obligated to attend Bushnell University if you are admitted to the program.
  2. Request your official transcripts showing completion of a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and have it sent to Bushnell University (003208), if using financial aid.

Start the FAFSA

  1. Once we have your application, official transcript, and proof of your RN license, your application materials will be given to the admissions committee for consideration.
  2. After being admitted to the program, you can enroll with the next start date, or you can delay for any reason. Your application is valid for one year.

Admitted Students

Admitted Post Master’s students will be required to complete a criminal background check and urine drug screen that meet Oregon Health Authority (OHA) requirements.  OHA also requires all health professions students to comply with certain screening and vaccination requirements.  Admitted students must submit proof of completion of the requirements listed below:

  • American Heart Association basic life support certification
  • Immunizations (seasonal flu, hepatitis B and titer, varicella, measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and full vaccination against COVID-19)
  • 2-step PPD test OR QuantiFERON-TB Gold for TB screening

Students who are unable to validate the above requirements or who have a criminal record might not be allowed into a healthcare facility for their clinical or practicum practice experiences. It is not possible to meet the Post Master’s in Nursing Education certifcate objectives without having practice experience. Therefore, under certain circumstances, students who cannot meet the above requirements or who have a criminal or abuse history may be required to exit the program. Students who have been arrested or convicted of a crime or have other questions about these requirements are encouraged contact Sheryl Caddy, Clinical Placement Coordinator, at as needed.

Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators

This course builds upon prior knowledge of human pathophysiology and pharmacology.  Students will develop an in-depth understanding of pathophysiology from a molecular to a system’s perspective.  Select pharmacological concepts are explored in-depth and in relation to pathophysiology and related disease states. Students apply principles learned to real-world practice situations.

Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators

This course builds upon prior knowledge of health assessment and provides students with advanced knowledge and skills needed to conduct a comprehensive and holistic health assessment of individuals across the lifespan. Emphasis is on collection, interpretation, and synthesis of relevant historical, genetic, biological, cultural, psychosocial, and physical data as well as evidence-based practice concepts related to health promotion and disease prevention.

Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators Clinical

This supervised, 45 clock hour clinical experience provides students’ opportunity to develop and hone advanced health assessment skills. Students demonstrate ability to conduct a comprehensive and holistic advance health assessment of select individuals across the lifespan as well as provide evidence based teaching related to health promotion and disease prevention.

Found. of Nursing Education I: Roles, Trends & Theories

In this course students examine the role, expectations, and professional aspects associated with the responsibilities of the nurse educator in the academic and professional development setting(s).   Career development issues, evidence-based education, leadership, and decision-making in ethical and legal issues related to nursing education are explored. Students examine current trends, philosophical foundations, and theoretical perspectives of education and develop a personal philosophy of teaching.

Found. of Nursing Education II: Methods, Management, & Assessment

This course explores teaching, assessment, and management methods that can be used in variety of educational settings.  Students become knowledgeable about various teaching and learning strategies, and instructional technologies, develop competency related to writing program, course, and learning outcomes, selecting and developing appropriate nursing related content, and learn to adapt to a variety of learning styles.  Various methods for assessing learning outcomes and effective ways to manage the learning environment are explored.

Found. of Nursing Education II: Methods, Management, & Assessment Clinical

This supervised, 45 clock hour clinical experience provides students’ opportunity to apply knowledge of teaching, assessment, and management methods and instructional technology to a structured simulation, clinical skills laboratory, or staff development educational experience in a way that connects didactic course and program outcomes to the psychomotor domain of student learning.

Curriculum by Design

In this course students examine principles of curriculum development, redesign, and evaluation.  Students use this knowledge along with understanding of current internal and external factors to the nursing profession which influence curriculum to develop, redesign, and evaluate the curriculum of a baccalaureate nursing program.

Teaching Practicum

This supervised, 135 clock hour clinical immersion experience provides students opportunity to apply concepts learned in prior master’s courses in a nursing online or face-to-face classroom, simulation, staff development, or clinical teaching experience. Students will design, implement, and evaluate a comprehensive, evidence-based teaching and learning project for patients and families, student nurses, staff nurses, or other direct-care providers.

Program Director
School of Nursing
Linda Veltri, Ph.D., RN
Dean of Nursing
Professor of Nursing

Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee MSN, Gonzaga University BSN, Whitworth College B.A., Whitworth College Dr. Linda Veltri, Dean of the School of Nursing, is responsible for …