Program Requirements

The nurse educator certificate program consists of a combination of 12 online credit hours of course work and 192 clinical rotation hours in the location where you reside. You must be able to complete this certificate program in five years after you begin the program. Most students are able to complete the program within three to four semesters.

Admission requirements

  1. Admission to the Graduate College at Missouri State University.
  2. Master’s Degree in Nursing from an accredited nursing graduate program, that includes, at a minimum, graduate courses in nursing theory and research.
  3. Completion of a graduate clinical course with a grade of “B” or higher.  Students with no graduate clinical courses may satisfy this requirement by enrolling in NUR 781 and NUR 783 during their Certificate Program.
  4. Completion of a graduate health assessment course with a grade of “B” or higher.  Students with no graduate health assessment course may satisfy this requirement by enrolling in NUR 707.
  5. Graduate GPA of 3.00 or higher.
  6. Licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in good standing, and eligible for licensure in the State of Missouri.
  7. Evidence of current liability insurance.
  8. Evidence of current health insurance.
  9. Admission interview
  10. Evidence of immunization or vaccination for vaccine-preventable diseases.
  11. Provide documentation of negative tuberculosis status or evidence of appropriate follow-up.
  12. Current American Heart Association (AHA) Basic Life Support (BLS) for Healthcare Providers certification.  Students taking CPR for the first time or whose CPR certification has expired must take a 4 hours face-to-face American Hearth Association BLS Healthcare for Provider's CPR course.  Online didactice course and written test are available at for a fee for those students who need to recertify.  No online practice and skills testing will be accepted. 
  13. Submit drug screening test and a criminal record 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.

* Students who fail these checks or procedures will be subject to further review by the School of Nursing Graduate Admission, Promotion and Graduation.  This may result in dismissal from the MSN program.

Because of course constraints, only a limited number of students will be admitted to the Post-master’s 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 Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate Program must be completed within 5 years.

Required courses

In addition to 192 clinical rotation hours, you must complete the following 12 hours of course work to receive your family nurse educator certificate.

Required Courses (12 hours)

Course CodeCourse TitleCredit Hours
NUR 780 Teaching/Learning for Health Care Educators 3 hrs
NUR 781 Nursing Education Practicum 2 hrs
NUR 782 Curriculum Design and Program Development 3 hrs
NUR 783 Nursing Education Practicum II 2 hrs
NUR 786 Issues in Healthcare Education 2 hrs