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Nurse Educator Certificate Program, Certification


Nurses who hold a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing can apply to the Nurse Educator Certificate program. DeSales can help you become an effective academic and clinical nursing teacher in just three online courses.

Classes are offered in a 100% online format using a specialized learning management system.


Admissions Requirements

MSN Admissions Requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

  • An active registered nurse license or eligibility for licensure in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. New Jersey licensure as a registered nurse is also required prior to beginning the clinical sequence for all MSN programs.

  • Evidence of the equivalent of 12 months full-time nursing practice within the last three (3) years

  • For the Post-Master's Certification Programs, evidence of a minimum of one (1) year of experience as a practicing licensed registered nurse within the past two (2) years

How to Apply

*For applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement, completion of the GRE or MAT will be required to be considered for admission to the program

*For applicants born outside of the United States, where the official language is other than English, completion of the TOEFL will be required to be considered for admission to the program


Courses are designed using a variety of multimedia and technology applications that role model effective online teaching strategies. 


  • NU 551:  Principles of Teaching and Learning (4 credits) 
  • NU 552:  Teaching Methods and Media (4 credits) 
  • NU 553:  Curriculum Design and Evaluation (4 credits) 

Students may take a course or two for personal development. However, applicants must comply with all admission criteria and processes as other DeSales MSN certificate programs.

The virtual learning environment assumes that the adult learner is an internally-motivated, active participant in the learning process who will embrace a vibrant academic experience that allows for a degree of self-direction and internal monitoring.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Nurse Educator Certificate program will:

  • Demonstrate an inner core of Christian humanistic values that guide professional decisions.
  • Facilitate learning through a variety of methodologies that are theoretically grounded and evidence based.
  • Design and evaluate educational offerings based on the needs of diverse learners in academic and clinical environments.
  • Establish proficiency in outcome development and measurement.
  • Incorporate best practice evidence in the use of technology and information systems in the learning environment.
  • Articulate the role of the nursing faculty member in program accreditation and regulation.
  • Discuss scholarship, teaching, professional development, and service within the context of the faculty role.
  • Ethically respond to challenges presented in higher education.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) are as follows.

  • Tuition/credit hour: $840
  • Application Fee: $50
  • Re-admission Fee: $50
  • Graduation Fee: $120
  • Laboratory Fee*: $250
  • Returned Check Service: $30
*Laboratory fees are due on registration for: NU 551, NU 552, NU 553, NU 622, NU 625, NU 711, NU 712, NU 713, NU 715, NU 717, NU 719, NU 729, NU 731, NU 735, NU 737, NU 739, NU 742, NU 743, NU 744

CCNE Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master’s degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program, and post-graduate APRN certificate programs at DeSales University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

CCNE - Accredited

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