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2015-16 Graduate Catalog 
2015-16 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Nursing Education Certificate (TN eCampus)

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Jenny Sauls, Director
(615) 898-2437
Joan W. Howell, Academic Advisor for MSN Program
(615) 898-5252

The Nursing Education Certificate program provides a formal program of study for master’s-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 master’s degree and desiring this specialization to gain marketability without having to complete an entire second master’s degree.

Admission Requirements

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

  1. a master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE);
  2. satisfactory completion of the following courses at the master’s level: Advanced Pathophysiology, Advanced Pharmacology, Advanced Health Assessment, and Advanced Health Assessment-Clinical;
  3. residence in Tennessee (pending TBR approval);
  4. an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee;
  5. an MSN degree with an overall GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (conditional admission will be considered with a 2.9 overall MSN GPA);
  6. TOEFL score of 600 if native language is not English;
  7. 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;
  8. 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.

Application Procedures

Students are advised to contact the graduate program advisor in the School of Nursing before beginning the application procedure. Applications are due by October 1 for spring admission, February 1 for summer admission, and April 1 for fall admission.

Applicant must

  1. submit application with the appropriate application fee (online at;
  2. submit official copies of transcripts;
  3. submit three signed letters of recommendation;
  4. submit an updated vita or resume;
  5. submit a copy of RN license.

NOTE: If you have not been approved via TN eCampus to have MTSU as your home school, you must first complete the TN eCampus application accessible at

Certificate Requirements

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:

Program Notes


  • Please contact your advisor in the School of Nursing for information about required clinical hours.

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