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Nurse Educator Certificate Program

Welcome to the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing Nurse Educator Certificate Program website. The goal of the Nurse Educator Certificate Program (NECP) and the Nurse Educator Certificate Capstone Program (NECCP) is to prepare nurses in the science of nursing education.

Students who complete the certificate are eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator Examination. NLN recognizes the nurse educator role as a specialty area of practice.

Who Should Apply

This program is for nurses interested in the science of nursing education and the nurse educator role in academia andin nursing practice. This program offers two pathways:

  1. Nurse Educator Certificate Program; for students currently enrolled in a nursing doctoral program (DNP or PhD)
  2. Nurse Educator Capstone Certificate Program: for masters- or doctoral-prepared nurses who are not currently enrolled in a nursing doctoral program

Program Overview

This program offers three courses of graduate-level foundational and practicum work. These courses cover the foundation of teaching/learning and curriculum in nursing education with an emphasis on evidence-based teaching.

Practicum course work is arranged and directed in collaboration with expert preceptors. Students are required to complete 250 clock hours of clinical practicum.

To Learn More about Our Nurse Educator Certificate Programs

  • Visit our Admissions page to review eligibility requirements and the application process
  • Visit our Curriculum page to learn about our clinical experiences and blended learning program
  • FAQs (pdf)
  • Contact Us

Distance Education State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) Notice

All applicants are advised to determine whether this program meets requirements for licensure in the state where they live. See the National Council of State Boards of Nursing website for contact information for state licensing boards.