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Clinical Nurse Educator

Combine clinical expertise with your passion for teaching.

RN to BSN degree

Nurses with an MSN or DNP degree can open new and valuable career paths with a Clinical Nurse Educator post-graduate certificate from Jacksonville University. Combine clinical expertise with your passion for teaching to mentor the next generation of nurses, while also broadening your own employment potential. Diverse roles and settings, access to the most cutting-edge research and technologies, a thriving job market and the potential to lead tomorrow’s nurses are among the benefits you can gain.

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Career Paths

A Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE) post-graduate certificate can be a smart investment for future employment opportunities. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 16% increase in the demand for registered nurses by 2024. The necessity for CNEs to lead and empower this future generation of nurses should grow as well.
Work settings can range from academic institutions such as colleges, universities and professional schools to hospitals and other healthcare facilities.
Among the positions available to you as a clinical nurse educator are:

  • Clinical supervisor
  • Lecturer
  • Administrator
  • Researcher
  • Data analyst
  • Grant writer
  • Professor
  • Patient Education Coordinator

Who Should Enroll?

Earning a clinical nurse educator post-graduate certificate allows you to combine clinical expertise with your passion for teaching. For success in this field, candidates will require strong communication skills, a high level of cultural competence and a solid clinical background. You’ll be rewarded with unique opportunities to motivate future generations as well as advance the profession through scholarly inquiry and research.

Applicants for this program must be passionate about teaching, and be excited by a career path that revolves around academia. Nurse educators may oversee students in a clinical setting as well as attend faculty meetings, give lectures, handle administrative work and serve on academic committees.

If you’re motivated by a career in academia and seeking an alternative to a degree, this post-graduate certificate may be for you. The program addresses key topics to help you succeed as a nursing educator, and gives you the foundation to sit for the National League for Nursing’s Certificate for Nurse Educators (CNE) exam.

To apply, you’ll need to have:

  • Graduated from an ACEN (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing) or CCNE (Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education)-accredited MSN or DNP nursing program with an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale 
  • A current unencumbered U.S. RN license

What You'll Learn

As a complement to a master’s or doctorate degree, this 100% online post-graduate certificate program offers you the opportunity to enter the nurse education field, lead clinical classes and coordinate patient education, while providing the leadership skills needed to implement evidence-based best practices and mentor the next generation of nurses.

You’ll study teaching and learning science, pathophysiology, and technology use for curriculum development. You’ll complete coursework on theories and characteristics of active learning, whole brain learning and engaged learning. You’ll gain an understanding of technology, processes of development from a learning perspective and clinical teaching to create functional objectives and effective instructional methods.