Nursing Education, Post-MSN Certificate (172)


Program Coordinator

Tonya M. Bragg-Underwood,, (270) 745-4377

This certificate is for students who have completed a master’s degree or higher in nursing and desire to pursue non- degree educational preparation to teach in schools of nursing in university and community college settings. The required courses focus on theories and strategies that guide instructional process, teaching and evaluation strategies and faculty role development. Students may transfer up to 6 credit hours of the requirements listed below.

Program Admission

Admission to the Post MSN Certificate is competitive and limited to available space, clinical sites, and clinical preceptors. Following initial review, if applicant meets minimum admission standards, consideration is given to the applicant’s professional work experience, statement of professional and personal goals, and professional references. An interview may be requested following a review of admission materials but does not assure acceptance into the program.

Minimum admission standards:

  1. Earned MSN, DNP or higher degree in nursing from nationally accredited nursing program
  2. Hold unencumbered or have applied for RN licensure in Kentucky or state of residence
  3. Submission of official transcripts that document a cumulative MSN GPA of at least 3.0 on 4.0 scale
  4. One year of full-time clinical experience as a registered nurse in a setting supporting primary care practice such as acute care, long term care, home health, etc.

Additional Required Application Materials:

  1. A written goal statement (500-700 words in length, 12 pt. font, in Microsoft Word or RTF) describing your personal and professional career goals; your academic strengths and weaknesses; planned location of clinical practicum experiences and potential clinical preceptors; and role change anticipated following completion of certification
  2. Three professional references (on form provided) to include current nurse manager or nurse administrator and nurse faculty if a recent (<3 yrs.) MSN graduate.
  3. Professional resume

All program admission materials must be received prior to the due date noted on the program web page.  An interview may be offered following a review of admission materials. Completion of an interview and acceptance by the Graduate School does not assure acceptance into the certificate program. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission. Applicants must reapply to be considered for the next admission cycle by updating the Graduate School application, and submitting all required program materials.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (15-16 hours)

Required Courses
NURS 531Clinical Teaching in Nursing Education2
NURS 532Teaching in Nursing: Roles and Professional Issues2
NURS 560Curriculum Development in Nursing Education2
NURS 561Distance Education & Technology in Nursing2
NURS 563Teaching in Healthcare Organizations2
NURS 565Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education2
NURS 591Special Topics in Nursing1-2
NURS 662Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education2
Total Hours15-16