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Nursing and Health-Related Professions Education Certificate

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Nursing and Health-related Professions Education, Advanced Certificate

Overview

Advanced Certificate Program

This program is intended for nurses and other health care professionals such as occupational therapists, physical therapists, dietitians and physician assistants who wish to seek a position as a faculty/teacher, clinical instructor, in-service educator or clinical education coordinator. Those who have attained a master’s or doctoral degree in a clinical specialty, or who do not have an educational background, will benefit by attending, as will those currently in a teaching position who desire to update their knowledge and skills in educational theories, trends and resources.

Courses

Course Requirements

Nursing and Health Related Professions
Degree: Certificate

Required Courses:

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 616

Curriculum Development and Evaluation

This course is an overview of past and present curricular trends and development processes. Principles and techniques of curriculum design, development, implementation, and evaluation in educational programs are explored.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prequisites: None

3
NUR 617

Teaching Strategies & Instructional Tech

Synthesis of learning acquired in clinical, field experience, education, and research courses. The art, principles and strategies of teaching in higher education and other healthcare organizations are explored.Emphasis is placed on class, clinical, and other learning experiences and evaluation of students, course outcomes, and program outcomes.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prequisites: NUR-616

3
NUR 618

Nurse Educator Role Practicum

This course involves observation, participation, and practice in teaching. Nursing students and other healthcare students will be placed in appropriate teaching situations. Weekly discussions enable students to synthesize previous learning and discuss teaching strategies, clinical/field evaluation, and problems associated with college/healthcare facilities teaching. A total of 150 hours is required.

Prequisites: NUR-616 NUR-617

3

Total required for Certificate in Nursing and Health Related Professions: 9

Admissions

Admission Requirements

The admission requirements common to all certificate programs are listed here. Requirements that are specific to a given certificate program are included under each program’s listing. Action on an application begins when the application, application fee and the official transcripts have been received. In addition to the application procedure, all candidates must demonstrate evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program as shown by one of the following (all grade point averages (G.P.A.) are based on a 4.0 system):

  1. A cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 3.0
  2. A cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.7 with a 3.0 or better in the second half of undergraduate work
  3. A cumulative undergraduate G.P.A. of at least 2.7 with a 3.0 or better in the major field.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have earned a baccalaureate degree in a health care discipline or education.

Department

School of Nursing

The undergraduate and graduate programs are fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The basic professional program leads to the bachelor of science in nursing (B.S.N.) degree in four academic years and prepares the student for the NCLEX-RN Examinations. The program has a strong liberal arts foundation preparatory to and correlated with professional courses. Students begin clinical coursework in their Sophomore year and complete a variety of clinical experiences before graduation.

A special curriculum (R.N. to B.S.N.) is available for R.N. students with an associate degree or diploma in nursing. The curriculum, offered completely online, is designed to capitalize on the knowledge and experience gained from practicing as a professional nurse and from previous college coursework.

Graduate nursing programs are offered leading to a master’s of science in nursing including psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and family nurse practitioner degrees. These programs are 40 credits and a thesis or a project option is available in each.

All programs include a focus on evidence based practice, interdisciplinary health care studies and collaboration and partnerships with clients, health care professionals and agencies.

Graduates are prepared for careers in a multitude of health care settings including primary care, community and home health nursing, hospital nursing, long-term care nursing and new independent roles in managed care settings. Employment opportunities vary by specific programs.