The Advanced Nurse Educator Certificate in nursing education prepares advanced practice nurses who have already earned a MSN in a specialty field and would like additional training to practice as a nurse educator. The Certificate integrates theories, evidence-based teaching, and teaching-learning strategies in the education of staff, students, health care professionals, clients, and communities across the lifespan.
This course of study addresses an intense nursing faculty shortage on local, regional, and state levels. As the need for new nurses grows, the supply of nurses qualified with advanced nursing degrees to prepare new nurses is declining. Faculty retirements will escalate as the “baby boomers” age. Ironically, growing numbers of students are entering nursing programs as current nursing faculty members are considering retirement. Students completing the ANE Certificate achieve the same competencies, objectives, learning outcomes and specialty courses required to complete the Master of Science in Nursing Advanced Nurse Educator curriculum.
Graduates of the Advanced Nurse Educator Concentration will be able to meet the following outcomes and learning objectives which are based on the National League for Nursing core competencies:
1) Facilitate learning, 2) Facilitate learner development and socialization 3) Use assessment and evaluation strategies, 4) Participate in curriculum design and evaluation of program outcome, 5) Function as a change agent and leader, 6) Pursue continuous quality improvement in the nurse educator role, 7) Engage in scholarship, and 8) Function within the educational environment.
- Apply critical thinking when making effective decisions and solving problems creatively with students, colleagues, administrators, and members of the interdisciplinary team
- Formulate learning objectives, learning strategies and activities in relationship to theories of teaching/learning.
- Evaluate therapeutic nursing intervention of students to facilitate role development in the delivery of health care.
- Collaborate and communicate effectively with students, colleagues, and administrators.
- Integrate the role of scholarship, teaching, and service that foster improvement and innovation in health care and nursing education environments.
- Analyze economical, political, ethical, legal, and regulatory standards, which influence nursing and nursing education with a focus on the needs of rural, diverse, vulnerable, and aging populations.
- Provide evidence-based teaching and practice the use of information technology.
- Demonstrate curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation.
Advanced Nurse Educator Certificate Admission Requirements
The requirements for admission into the Post Graduate Certificate are as follows:
- Complete WSSU Graduate Program Application
- Master’s degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting body
- A grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater
- Three letters of reference. The letter should reflect the applicant’s intellectual ability, academic achievement, and professional commitment.
- Professional resume or curriculum vitae
- Official transcripts from all previous academic work (MSN and BSN)
- Documentation of an active and unencumbered North Carolina or Compact State registered nurse license
- Copy of Nurse Practitioner Certification for Nurse practitioner applicants
- Submit an Admission essay of 800-1000 words describing the reason for choosing the MSN program at WSSU, short and long term goals, and your understanding of the advanced nursing role (ANE or FNP).
Course of Study
ANE-Specialty Courses and Practicum
NUR 6305 - Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education
NUR 6328 - Curriculum and Instruction
NUR 6307 - Advanced Nursing Technologies
*Total Credits: 16 this includes 240 Supervised Practicum
*Students will be evaluated on an individual bases. Students who have completed the advanced core courses are required to register only for the Nurse Educator specialty courses.