University of Missouri-Kansas City

Nurse Educator

Quick Facts


Graduate certificate (post-master's certificate)

Delivery Mode

Blended, some campus visits required

Standard credit hours


Standard estimated cost



1-2 courses per semester


2-3 years

*This cost is for illustrative purposes only. Your hours and costs will differ, depending on your transfer hours, your course choices and your academic progress. See more about tuition and financial aid.

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You’ve built a purposeful career caring for patients. Now, your experience points to one increasingly visible factor in the nursing field: a shortage of qualified professionals ready to meet today’s challenges. To help close the gap and empower future nurses, earn a post-master’s nurse educator certificate from the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC).

A blended format fits around your existing schedule. You’ll complete most of your course work and sessions online and then attend preceptor and select class sessions in person. Subjects build off your master of science in nursing (MSN) degree, helping you excel along this specialized path. Over 12 credit hours and 180 clinical contact hours, you’ll develop the skills to teach in academic, clinical, nursing practice and community education settings, understand how to create meaningful lesson plans combining teaching and learning theories and continue to expand your knowledge of the nursing profession.

Completion of this post-master’s nurse educator certificate program qualifies you to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Certification Exam.

What to expect

UMKC’s post-master’s graduate certificate programs equip eager, forward-thinking nursing professionals for leadership roles and embody our commitment to advancing the field. Whether you picture yourself instructing undergraduates in a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) program or assisting students in a clinical setting, this post-master’s nurse educator certificate:

  • Helps you continue to improve health outcomes by growing your skill set
  • Allows you to broaden your knowledge base without completing another graduate-level degree program
  • Requires you to bridge teaching and learning theories with the goal of becoming an engaging, effective educator
  • Instructs you in nursing-specific curriculum development and evaluation methods
  • Highlights teaching strategies specific to academic and clinical settings
  • Presents opportunities for gaining hands-on experience in objective writing, teaching, clinical instruction, test writing and student management under the guidance of experienced nurse educators 
  • Has a required clinical preceptor and practicum component

To take you from a role of interacting with patients to an academic or clinical instruction setting, you’ll learn about:

  • The latest teaching strategies for didactic, simulation and clinical environments
  • Developing curriculum that aids aspiring nurses through their program and toward certification
  • Effectively delivering didactic and clinical instruction
  • Addressing students’ diverse learning needs
  • The theory and practice of nurse education

Considering these aspects, students must maintain clinical eligibility during the program’s duration to complete all preceptor hours.

An older nurse educator smiling.

Career Prospects

This post-master’s nurse educator certificate program paves the way toward a leadership role in hospital staff training, academia or a community setting. Here, nurse educators holding at least a master’s degree draw from theory and evidence-based practice to shape, deliver and assess curriculum plans, spark students’ interest and urge organizational change. 

Across academic and clinical environments, you’ll uncover opportunities for nurse educators in:

  • Hospitals and health care settings
  • Community college associate degree and LPN/LVN programs
  • Colleges and universities granting BSN and MSN degrees

Potential positions include:

  • Faculty in nursing schools
  • Clinical nurse educators in hospitals and clinics
  • Patient educators in hospitals and other health care institutions

Employment growth


Median salary

Program Structure

The post-master’s nurse educator certificate works around your professional and personal obligations with a blended format. Most courses are held online, and preceptor hours are completed at a location approved by UMKC. Consider coming to campus for orientation, or attend online based on time and location constraints. The typical student takes two courses per semester. 

Along with assignments and lessons, you’ll put your skills into practice through 180 clinical contact hours. During this preceptorship course, you’ll see firsthand what a nurse educator does while testing out various teaching strategies and theories to develop, assess and evaluate curriculum. Understand that you’re responsible for arranging your assignment and obtaining UMKC’s approval.

Course work includes:

  • The role of the nurse educator in academic, acute care and outpatient settings
  • Developing, reviewing and evaluating nursing curricula
  • The principles and techniques for teaching nursing 
  • Assessment and evaluation techniques used in nurse education


The University of Missouri-Kansas City is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States.

The post-master's certificate at the School of Nursing and Health Studies is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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