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East Tennessee State University

Nursing Education Certificate (Post-Master's)

Online Nursing Education Certificate

A Post-MSN Graduate Certificate Program

ETSU Online Nursing Education Graduate Certificate (R.O.D.P.)

The Nursing Education Concentration is designed to prepare students to meet established nurse educator competencies in one of five advanced clinical focus areas: Adult Health Nursing; Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing; Critical Care Nursing; Women's Health & Perinatal Nursing; and Pediatric Nursing.

This formal program of study is designed to meet the need for students who already have the Master of Science in Nursing degree without requiring them to complete a second master’s degree.

  • Students acquire knowledge, develop skills, and internalize values needed for success as a nurse educator in areas such as:
    • Teaching as a faculty member in a pre-licensure program
    • Continuing education for clinical staff
    • Patient education

This program also provides a firm foundation in teaching/learning principles, curriculum/program development and evaluation, methods to evaluate learning, and implementation of the educator role prepares graduates to assume these responsibilities with competence and confidence.

This online Graduate Certificate program was designed with working professionals in mind, offering the flexibility and convenience of online coursework and a limited number of on-campus meetings.


Program of Study

The Post-MSN Nursing Education Graduate Certificate includes 15 credit hours of coursework. 

You can find more information including curriculum and graduation requirements in the entry for the Nursing, Post-MSN Certificate, Nursing Education, in the ETSU Graduate Catalog.


Nursing, Post-MSN Certificate, Nursing Education Program Admission Requirements

Admission to the program will be based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the School of Graduate Studies admission requirements from the designated home school. Additional admission requirements for the Nursing Education Certificate Program include:

A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE);

Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which clinical assignments are completed; 

Overall MSN GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; 
TOEFL score of at least 600 if native language is not English or equivalent other forms of TOEFL or other exams; 

A written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing the certificate program. 

Letters of recommendation from at least three persons (a minimum of one academic) familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice.

Additional information can be found at the ETSU College of Nursing Post-MSN Certificate web page, or by contacting us using the form below.


Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students in North Carolina and Virginia living in counties bordering Tennessee may receive in-state tuition. For more detailed tuition information based on your specific situation, please contact the ETSU Office of Admissions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094



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