Nursing Education Graduate Certificate

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The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education is designed to prepare nurses and other health care professionals to teach in professional health care education programs, health care agencies and the community. The certificate program can be completed entirely online.


The certificate program requires three courses, for a total of 9 credit hours.
Total Credit Hours Required:
9 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master's Degree

Optional courses cannot be substituted for the required courses and do not count toward the certificate.

Required Courses—9 Credit Hours

  • NGR 6718 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6791 Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators (3 credit hours)
  • NGR 6713 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3 credit hours)

Optional Courses

Students may take as an optional additional course:

  • NGR 6715 Application of Instructional Technology for Nursing Education (3 credit hours)

Application Requirements

Admission is open to those with a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.

Admission to the program is competitive on a space-available basis. In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements, applicants to this program must provide:

  • One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
  • MSN degree earned or in progress from an accredited institution.
  • Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1 inch margins: 
    • Discuss the impact of the graduate nursing education in your desired track on the evolution of your professional role.
    • Describe the path you would take to ensure success in your graduate nursing education    . 
    • Identify one significant contemporary issue or problem in US health care and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
  • Curriculum Vitae which reflects prior education, recent clinical accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications and presentations), awards, additional certifications and activities with professional organizations. For recent graduates this can include accomplishments as a student.

Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with an adviser to discuss your goals for graduate study. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for post-master’s preparation for nursing education.

Admission to the program is competitive, based on evaluation of the applicant’s abilities, past performance, recommendations, FDLE/FBI finger printing and certified background checks, and the match of UCF’s master's programs with career goals. The College of Nursing accepts the most qualified students. Since enrollment is limited, not all students who apply may be accepted, even if minimum requirements are met.  

Effective August 2017, the College of Nursing will be implementing a database, LEAP*RN (ProjectConcert) to manage information regarding student course work and plans of study, clinical placements, and all evaluation data. This database will assist us in maintaining standards required for CCNE accreditation, facilitate student progression, and enhance clinical tracking. All students will be responsible for an annual subscription of $77.40 payable directly to ProjectConcert. Holds will be placed on registration and enrollment if the subscription cost is not paid. Further information will be disseminated early in the summer.

Application Deadlines

Nursing Education Graduate Certificate *Fall Priority Fall Spring Summer
Domestic Applicants


Mar 15Oct 15


International Applicants





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*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.