Apr 05, 2020
Karen Ward, Interim Director
The Nursing Education Certificate program provides a formal program of study for masters-prepared nurses interested in obtaining a credential allowing them to teach in schools of nursing. Content necessary to teach nursing students in specific areas of nursing is provided. Upon completion of the program, students are eligible to sit for the national certification exam. This certificate is the optimal way for those already holding a masters degree and desiring this specialization to gain marketability without having to complete an entire second masters degree.
Admission to the program is based on competitive selection from the pool of applicants who meet the College of Graduate Studies admission requirements from the designated home school.
Additional admission requirements for the Nursing Education Certificate Program include
- a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE);
- satisfactory completion of the following courses at the master’s level: Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment, and Advanced Health Assessment-Clinical;
- eligibility to practice as a registered nurse in Tennessee or the compact state in which clinical assignments are completed;
- overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale;
- TOEFL score of 600 if native language is not English;
- a written document prepared by the applicant that includes a resume, a discussion of prior professional experience, future career goals, and reasons for pursuing the certificate program;
- letters of recommendation from at least three persons (a minimum of one academic) familiar with the applicant’s academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice.
- submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official copies of transcripts;
- submit three signed letters of recommendation;
- submit an updated vita or resume;
- submit a copy of RN license;
- submit background check information;
- submit proof of immunizations;
- submit proof of payment of malpractice insurance.
NOTE: Applicants residing in Middle Tennessee (Bedford, Cannon, Cheatham, Coffee, Davidson, Dickson, Franklin, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Marshall, Maury, Montgomery, Moore, Perry, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Stewart, Wayne, Williamson, and Wilson County) are randomly assigned to one of the three TBR institutions in Middle Tennessee (APSU, MTSU, or TSU). Students who reside in one of these counties must first apply to the RODP program at www.rodp.org/admissions/admissions-steps. Students approved and assigned to MTSU will then apply to the MTSU College of Graduate Studies.
Candidate must complete 15 credit hours in graduate nursing courses.
Curriculum: Nursing Education Certificate
Candidate must complete 15 hours in the following course of study:
- Only two repeated courses are allowed.
- More than two grades below “C” will lead to dismissal from the program.
- Please contact your advisor in the School of Nursing for information about required clinical hours.