Post-Master’s Nurse Educator
Online Certificate Program


Earn a nursing education certificate in less than 1 year

MSN-prepared nurses may transition into a career as a nurse educator by enrolling in Herzing’s Post Master’s in Nursing Education (PMC-NE) certificate program—with 100% online coursework and an onsite clinical component designed to help you excel immediately on your new career path.

Certificate program highlights:

  • Program length: 8 months when full-time
  • 6 start dates per year
  • 100% online coursework with onsite clinicals
  • Herzing pledges to help you secure clinical placement
  • 16 credits, 135 clinical hours
  • Small class sizes with access to accomplished, supportive faculty
  • Flexible online classes to support the schedule of a busy professional
  • Focus on classroom/academic education, as well as staff development and clinical educator roles
  • Full-time and part-time options available
Classes start March 2.
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Herzing University MSN Program Clinical Placement Pledge

Your clinical placement is our pledge.

We understand securing clinical placement as part of a post master's nurse educator program is one of the biggest concerns students face. At Herzing, we offer guidance and support through our step-by-step Clinical Guidance Process to ensure you can get the clinical practice experiences you need.

As a Herzing student, we’ll encourage you to find your own preceptor and clinical sites as there are many benefits to doing so. However, we provide extensive support should you find difficulty along the way. With Herzing, you are never on your own.

Because of our strong relationships with healthcare providers across the U.S. and our comprehensive Clinical Guidance Process, we are confident in our ability to help you find clinical placement. So much so that if you are unable to find a clinical site on your own, we pledge to step in and help you secure clinical placement.*

* Subject to terms and conditions outlined in the enrollment agreement.

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Why Herzing


Herzing's post-masters nurse educator certificate provides busy professionals with the flexibility and convenience of completing coursework online. Full-time and part-time options available.


We are committed to helping you achieve academic success.

As a student in our nursing education certificate program, you will learn from dedicated Doctoral-prepared faculty and have Master-prepared academic coaches available to you who offer one-on-one assistance, coaching, and support.


Nurse educator certificate program classes & curriculum details

Designed for nurses who already hold an MSN, our online Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education program provides students with the academic knowledge, skills, and expertise to become nurse educators in diverse healthcare and academic environments. Courses consist of specialty concentration courses and a clinical course.

Required Courses in Nursing Education Certificate program (Including Graduate Practicum)

16.00 semester credit hours are required. NU 621, NU510, and NU 636 will be required if not completed successfully with the prior Master of Science in Nursing degree.


Admission prerequisites

The post master’s nursing education certificate program is open to registered nurses who:

  1. Hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) from an accredited university or college.
  2. Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse in the state in which they live (Note: Holding a multi-state, compact state license and being a resident in a compact license state will be deemed to have met this requirement).



You’ll need a great education, plenty of clinical experience, excellent communication skills, a passion for healthcare and a real desire to make a difference—and an eagerness to share your experiences with others. The best teachers are those who are truly passionate and pass that along to their students. A great teacher goes a lot further than the essentials.

Perhaps most important is a commitment to a life of learning. If you possess these kinds of skills this might be the career you’re looking for.


According to 2018 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average salary for a nurse educator is $81,350 per year ($39.11 per hour). Salaries can vary based on location, education, and experience.  Discover the average nurse educator salary in your state and learn more about a career in nursing education.


A post master’s certificate (PMC), also referred to as a “post-graduate” certificate, is designed for nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree and seek additional certification in a separate field.

Herzing University offers two post master’s certificates for MSN-prepared nurses looking to transition in or out of clinical-based practice:

A post master’s certificate from Herzing University provides the education, training, and practical experience you need to take the next big step in your nursing career.


The Herzing Post Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education program may be completed in 8 months when attending full-time. Complete the 16-credit program and you’ll be eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator exam and become a certified nurse educator (CNE).


Nurse educators work in primarily classroom or clinical environment. The typical duties/job description of a nurse educator may include:

  • Giving lectures and leading classroom discussion
  • Advising students
  • Grading papers
  • Handling administrative work
  • Continuing their education in nursing
  • Supervise student teaching, internships and research
  • Oversee lab and clinical education
  • Design curriculum to help ensure courses meet state accreditation requirements

Many nurse educators help grow the scientific base for the practice of nursing by staying involved in research and evidence-based practice efforts.


Yes, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN),  Nursing faculty shortages are limiting student capacity at a time when the need for registered nurses continues to rise.

The AACN’s 2018-2019 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing report found that “nursing schools turned away 75,029 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2018 due to an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors, and budget constraints.”

The AACN cites the following primary reasons for the nurse educator shortage:

  • Faculty age continues to climb, and a wave of retirements is expected over the next 10 years
  • Higher compensation in clinical settings draws candidates away from faculty roles
  • Master’s and doctoral nursing programs are not generating enough candidates for nurse educator programs

The result is that nurse educators are in very high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 20% increase in employment from 2018-2028, significantly higher than most other types of postsecondary teachers.


The National League of Nursing identifies the following as the primary nurse educator core competencies:

  • Facilitate learning
  • Facilitate learner development and socialization
  • Use assessment and evaluation strategies
  • Participate in curriculum design and evaluation of program outcomes
  • Function as a change agent and leader
  • Pursue continuous quality improvements in the nurse educator role
  • Engage in scholarship
  • Function within the educational environment

With the proper education and experience, nurse educators may specialize in two different ways:

  1. Type of care. High-demand areas of care will seek nurse educators with those specialties— possibilities including adult health/gerontology, psychiatric & mental health, pediatrics, public health and many others. Demand for all specialties will fluctuate based on evolving demographics and long-term industry trends.
  2. Student education level. Educators may favor training students in one of several levels of nursing, including practical/vocational nursing, registered nursing (associate or bachelor’s degree), master’s degree or doctoral degree level positions.

Nurse educators generally practice in one or both of:

  • Academic setting. Universities, colleges, trade schools, etc.
  • Clinical setting. Hospitals, clinics, other healthcare organizations, etc.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports these 5 industries provide the highest level of employment for nurse educators in 2018:

  1. Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
  2. Junior Colleges
  3. General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
  4. Technical and Trade Schools
  5. Business Schools and Computer and Management Training

No, a nurse educator is not considered an APRN (Advanced Practice Registered Nurse). A nurse educator can be called an APRN only with a separate credential as one of the following:

  • Nurse Practitioner (NP)
  • Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA)
  • Certified Nurse Midwife (CNM)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS)


Do I need to get certified?

Certification or licensing isn’t currently required for nurse educators, but it can help you stay competitive in the job market and potentially increase your earning potential.

Graduates from a postgraduate certificate in nursing education program (who also hold an MSN degree) are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam from the National League for Nursing (NLN).

We recommend you take this step to get certified, earn an edge on the job market and get off to a fast start in your career as a nurse educator.

Nurse Educator Certification Postgraduate Program