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Certificate in Nurse Educator

Melissa R. Penkalski, Graduate Program Director
Kampeter Health Sciences Hall, Room 301, Phone, 417-836-8374

The School of Nursing offers a Nurse Educator Certificate for nurses who have a Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN), or concurrent enrollment in a MSN program, and wish to obtain knowledge and skills used to teach in academic and non-academic settings. The Certificate consists of five courses, totaling a minimum of 12 credit hours and 240 practicum hours.

NE Certificate Application Process

  1. Submit an application to Nursing CAS with all required documentation, including transcripts, and references.
  2. Submit the School of Nursing application fee via the link provided in Nursing CAS application or pay application fee online through the Missouri State CashNET service. The application fee does not guarantee acceptance into the desired program of your choosing.
  3. Submit evidence of graduation from a Master’s of Science in Nursing (MSN) program, or concurrent enrollment, from a nationally accredited nursing graduate program, that includes, at a minimum, graduate courses in nursing theory and research.
  4. Submit proof of licensure as a registered nurse (RN) without disqualification, and eligible for licensure in the State in which clinical practicums will be completed.
  5. Submit transcripts of all completed academic coursework. Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 (on a 4.00 scale) for the last 60 hours of coursework attempted. Students who have less than a 3.25 GPA must submit verbal, quantitative, and analytical writing scores on the Graduate Record Examination General Test (GRE) (minimum Verbal: 150; Quantitative: 145; Analytical Writing: 3.5).

Because of course constraints, only a limited number of students will be admitted to the Nurse Educator Certificate program. Complete applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Admission is on a space available basis. Students may pursue either part-time or full-time study; however, all course work in the Nurse Educator Certificate program must be completed within 5 years.

Additional requirements of the program

Following admission to the program:

  1. Payment of a clinical tracking fee.  See the School of Nursing website for a full list of program costs.
  2. Apply and pay for the state/federal Background Check and receive response that the applicant has not been convicted of any crime pursuant to Section 660.317 RSMO or other disqualifications that would prohibit licensure as a registered nurse or completion of clinical experience.
  3. Pay for and complete a urine drug screen without disqualifying results.
  4. Submit proof of current professional liability insurance (limit $1,000,000/aggregate $6,000,000).
  5. Submit evidence of current health insurance.
  6. Submit evidence of current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) Online didactic course and written test are available for a fee for those students who need to recertify at No online skills testing will be accepted.
  7. Submit evidence of current immunization or immune status (MMR, Tetanus, Varicella, Hepatitis B series) and a PPD or T-Spot (or documentation of appropriate follow up for PPD positive results).
  8. Initiate and pay for any additional security checks and drug screenings required for placement into agencies for clinical experiences. Some agencies require annual screening and affidavits.

Required courses (12 hours)

Course Code Course Title Credit Hours
NUR 780 Teaching/Learning for Health Care Educators 3 hrs
NUR 781 Nursing Education Practicum I 3 hrs
NUR 782 Program Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education  2 hrs
NUR 784 Technologies in Nursing Education  2 hrs
NUR 787 Advanced Nursing Clinical Management 2 hrs

Retention requirements

To remain in the Nurse Educator Certificate program, the students must:

  1. Maintain a GPA of 3.00, with no more than one course with a grade of "C"; and no course with a grade of "D+" or lower. Receive a “pass” in all clinical evaluations.
  2. Complete all coursework within five academic years after admission into the Nurse Educator Certificate program.
  3. Demonstrate acceptable professional progression in application of skills and knowledge in the Nurse Educator Certificate program.
  4. Maintain current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life (BLS) certification, RN licensure, health and professional liability insurance, and all immunizations required by clinical agencies throughout the program.
  5. Notify the School of Nursing within five (5) days in the event of any legal infractions or any actions taken against their nursing license, or any investigation of such incidences.

Technological requirements

The Missouri State University NE certificate uses a combination of online and on-campus modalities. Didactic online content may be delivered using asynchronous and synchronous formats. Applicants to the NE certificate must be proficient using online learning management systems, word processing, spreadsheet management, and presentation graphics software. Students are expected to be able to manage files, navigate the internet, access resources, locate scholarly references from the library, and use a headset/microphone, computer camera, scanner and fax machine. Students who have deficiencies in these areas must seek training before the start of the program.

The School of Nursing uses a Brightspace management system for all courses. Additionally, web conferencing software may be used for synchronous course offerings and other experiences. Specific information on web conferencing software used in class will be provided in the course syllabus. Access to a personal computer/laptop with broadband/high speed internet connections, a web camera, and a headset with microphone are required.