Nursing Education: Academic Nursing


College of Nursing







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Name: Maureen Fitzgerald, EdD, MSN, RNC-NIC
Position: Assistant Professor, Program Director – Advanced Certificate Program in Nursing Education: Academic Nursing

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Program Overview

The Advanced Certificate Program in Nursing Education: Academic Nursing is designed for professional nurses interested in developing core knowledge and skills in teaching nursing education.

Our certificate is open to registered nurses who earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree. Courses focus on contemporary curriculum design, instructional methodologies, student assessment, and program evaluation methods.

Completion of two preceptor-facilitated practicums provides students the opportunity to transfer knowledge to the actual academic environment. The certificate consists of 9 graduate credits in nursing education that can serve as a foundation towards a Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing Education: Academic Nursing at Jefferson College of Nursing and may be transferred to other MSN programs.

This flexible, online program with experiential learning offers professional growth for teaching in various roles and settings. Graduates are eligible, depending on education, employment role, and work history, to apply for any of the three National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examinations. NLN-CNE designation indicates exceptional proficiencies in the field of nursing education.

Program Highlights

  • 3 online courses (9 credits)
  • 224 hours of expert academician preceptor-facilitated experiential learning
  • Program outcomes incorporate the NLN competencies for nurse educators