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Nurse Educator Certificate

Nursing Education is about more than preparing tomorrow’s nurses. It's about responding to today’s healthcare environment.

Bethel’s online Certificate in Nurse Educator is designed for students with a baccalaureate or advanced practice nursing degree who want to develop expertise as educators along with their current role. With the reality of the nursing faculty shortage and the constant changes in healthcare, opportunities for nurse educators are growing. Tomorrow’s nurses will need experienced nurse educators who can prepare them well for nursing roles.

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Nurse Educator Certificate

A nurse educator certificate will open new opportunities for you to train the next generation of nurses, teaching them to think critically and respond to patient needs with competence and compassion. Through integration of hands-on activities, our graduates leave prepared to teach nursing in pre-licensure and degree-completion programs.

Delivery Fully Online
Location Online
Credits 15-16

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* These program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

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MAR 22 2018

M.S. in Nurse Educator Online Info Session

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MAY 3 2018

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MAY 22 2018

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Hands-On Learning

Our nurse educator program takes your online learning beyond papers and readings. Integrated throughout the program are also valuable opportunities to gain experience teaching with the assistance of experienced educators. You’ll participate in teaching students how to think critically as they make patient assessments, learn nursing skills, respond to changes in patient conditions, and use our patient simulators to practice acute care, pediatric, and obstetric nursing skills. You'll have the opportunity for field experience at Bethel or other educational institutions for more in-depth, hands-on learning.

Students practicing nursing

$65,000 - Median income range of recent Bethel Graduate School alumni

-2015 Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey

25 years providing Graduate School education

0% of recent graduates are involved in a leadership role in their work, school, community, or place of worship

- 2015 Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey

Program Highlights

Applicable credits

The certificate allows you to sample graduate courses that will apply to the M.S.: Nurse Educator program at Bethel or to add to another degree to expand expertise.

Teaching from a Christian worldview

We weave Christian faith into all our courses, recognizing the need for professionals to take the time to develop on-the-job skills and fulfill a sense of personal call that leads to a lifetime of meaningful work.

Reputable nursing program

Bethel’s Department of Nursing is among the best in Minnesota at preparing nurses for caring and knowledgeable service. Our Nurse Educator program is an integral part of a Christian faith-based nursing program that began in the early 1980s.

Personalized learning

Small cohort sizes provide the personalized attention that will help you thrive as a nurse educator student.

Experienced faculty

Our professors are doctorally prepared nurse educators who conduct active research in academic, healthcare, and community settings; write and contribute to nursing textbooks; and teach nursing around the globe. They’ll connect you to the nursing community and help you network with career opportunities in your area.

Field experiences

A highlight of the program is the opportunity for hands-on learning through field experiences almost every semester. We’ll provide you with experiences that fit with your career goals and schedule so you gain practical skills in facilitating learning, evaluating curriculum, and using today’s information technologies to teach nursing concepts.


The Nurse Educator Certificate will prepare you to teach in nursing programs. You’ll also gain the skills to work in staff development or patient education roles.


Learn how to:

  • Design curriculum based on educational trends and professional standards reflecting teaching, learning, and evaluation principles
  • Support the nurse educator role with enhanced direct care knowledge and skills


Our graduates have gone on to teaching roles at such places as:

  • Bethel University
  • University of Northwestern-St. Paul
  • Century College
  • Hennepin Technical College
  • St. Paul College
  • Pine Technical College
  • Other pre-licensure practical nursing and 2- and 4-year nursing programs
  • Healthcare institutions in staff development
  • Staff development and leadership roles at places like Healtheast, Allina, or
  • Health Partners
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