About this Program

The Nurse Educator Certificate program offers valuable knowledge and practical experience related to teaching in entry-level or graduate nursing education programs. Courses provide an overview of nursing curriculum design, program evaluation, student assessment, instructional methodologies, and professional/ethical/legal issues in nursing/health professions education. This certificate program is targeted to nurses with at least one graduate degree in nursing who may be seeking faculty positions in entry-level or graduate nursing education programs. Admission is also open to students currently enrolled in a graduate nursing program as well as currently enrolled or graduates of other Health Sciences graduate degree programs. The expected time to complete the certificate is three semesters. It is recommended that students begin the course sequence in fall semester.

Program Highlights

  • Prepares the student to teach in either an undergraduate or graduate nursing program

  • Completion of a semester-long teaching internship at a school of nursing provides application of course content

  • Emphasis on professional, ethical and legal trends prepares the student to consider and respond to academic issues that arise

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Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

$77,360 Median Salary

Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

Health Educators

$59,010 Median Salary

Provide and manage health education programs that help individuals, families, and their communities maximize and maintain healthy lifestyles. Collect and analyze data to identify community needs prior to planning, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating programs designed to encourage healthy lifestyles, policies, and environments. May serve as a resource to assist individuals, other healthcare workers, or the community, and may administer fiscal resources for health education programs.

Health Specialties Teachers, Postsecondary

$122,890 Median Salary

Teach courses in health specialties, in fields such as dentistry, laboratory technology, medicine, pharmacy, public health, therapy, and veterinary medicine.

Alumni Careers

Community Colleges
Healthcare Employers


What are the requirements to apply for Nurse Educator Certificate at ODU?
Students entering the Certificate program in Nurse Educator Certificate should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.
  • Complete the University Non-Degree Application

  • Submit a School of Nursing Supplemental Application Form

  • Provide Transcript from graduate program (Nursing, PA, MBA or other)

  • Provide copies of all relevant licenses and certifications

  • 2-page essay describing interest in certificate program and career goals

  • Provide two letters of recommendation


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

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