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Certificate in Nursing Education

Certificate Level: Graduate
Admission Requirements: Bachelor's Degree
Certificate Type: Post Baccalaureate
Number of Credits to Completion: 12.0
Instructional Delivery: Online
Calendar Type: Quarter
Maximum Time Frame: 1 year
Financial Aid Eligibility: Not aid eligible




Drexel University accepts New York residents into this program. Clinical Rotations, however, cannot be in New York State. This will not affect New York certification and licensure.


The Drexel Online Nursing Education Certificate program provides a four-course grouping of classes that focus on knowledge and skills required for healthcare provider education roles.

This Certificate Program is for nurses who have a Bachelor’s degree and want to build their knowledge of the foundational principles necessary for teaching in various settings.

Upon completion of this certificate program, the student will have 12 graduate credits from a CCNE-approved master's in nursing program. These credits can be used towards an MSN in Nursing Education and Faculty Role at Drexel. They may also be applied as elective credits to other MSN programs.

What you'll learn

The curriculum for this program teaches students the foundational principles necessary for teaching in various settings: classroom, clinical and college laboratories, hospitals and health care agencies.

Graduates of this certificate program are prepared to work as nursing educators, nursing faculty, or nursing professors in all types of programs, at all levels, in a variety of settings.  The coursework addresses the following competencies:

  • Nursing curriculum design;
  • Measurement and evaluation of educational settings;
  • Academic policies, protocols, and legal aspects of education;
  • Teaching methods utilized within nursing education.

The three required courses include: Foundations of Nursing Education, Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition, and Assessment, Measurement & Evaluation.  For the fourth course, students have the option of selecting either of the following two courses: The Role and Responsibility of the Nursing Professor or Teaching Methods in Nursing Education.

What makes the Drexel program unique?

  • A nationally renowned faculty with expertise in the field.
  • Convenient online format ideal for working professionals.
  • Special tuition rates available for employees of health system partners.
  • Innovative technology using a highly interactive e-learning method.

Note: Drexel University is not authorized to admit students from Louisiana and South Dakota to our online nursing programs


The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Technical Standards - Nursing 

A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a National League of Nursing (NLNAC)or Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) –accredited program. A master's degree with a major in nursing (MSN) or Nurse Practitioners with MSNs from other disciplines from a regionally accredited program.

A GPA of at least 3.3 on a scale of 4.0.

Standardized Tests:

August 22, 2022

Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.

Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions


Two letters of recommendation from either a previous or immediate supervisor or a former nursing faculty member who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill and potential aptitude for graduate study. References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.

You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service
If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.

*those with a 3.0 GPA or higher are not required to submit letters of recommendation

Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal statement (under 1,000 words) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of:

  • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
  • Your plans upon completion of the graduate degree
  • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program

A personal interview via phone or in-person may be required.


A copy of your RN license or eligibility for licensure as a registered nurse. License verification from your nursing license registry Web site is acceptable.

Applicants seeking admission into the post-master graduate family nurse practitioner program must be willing to complete the clinical practicum rotations in any State excluding New York and Maryland. Prior to starting clinical rotations, students must provide license verification in the appropriate state in which they will complete their clinical rotations, a Pennsylvania license is also required.

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:

International Students:
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have:
a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online Post-Bachelor's Certificate in Nursing Education tuition page

Application Link (if outside organization): N/A


MSA: This program is fully accredited by Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.