The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education is designed to prepare nurses and other healthcare professionals to teach in professional health care education programs, health care agencies, and the community. The certificate program can be completed entirely online.
- Analyze social, economic, ethical, cultural, legal and political issues influencing nursing practice and health care in a global context.
- Collaborate with leaders in nursing and other disciplines to improve the quality of professional nursing practice and the healthcare system.
- Develop and implement leadership, management and teaching strategies for the improvement of health and healthcare.
- Develop practice models of evidence-based nursing practice incorporating nursing research.
- Influence health and public policy to improve the health of communities.
- Participate in lifelong learning activities.
- Participate in research and disseminate research findings through presentation and publication.
- Synthesize advanced knowledge from the sciences, humanities and nursing theories to support an advanced nursing practice.
- Plan, evaluate and implement the delivery of health care using critical thinking skills.
- Practice in an advanced nursing role.
For information on how this program may prepare you for professional licensure, please visit https://apq.ucf.edu/files/Licensure-Disclosure-Online-Nursing-Education-GC-June2020.pdf.
Please note: Nursing Education Certificate may be completed fully online, although not all elective options or program prerequisites may be offered online. Newly admitted students choosing to complete this program exclusively via UCF online classes may enroll with a reduction in campus-based fees.
You may pursue this UCF College of Nursing online program as long as you will be physically located in a Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) state for the duration of your education.
UCF College of Nursing faculty are authorized to teach in NLC states. Due to nursing education restrictions imposed by non-NLC states, UCF is unable to offer courses, clinicals, or other educational services regardless of modality within non-NLC states. Should you be physically located within a non-NLC state for more than a vacation or brief visit, regardless of your legal state of residence or the type of license you have, you will be unable to apply or continue your nursing degree program at the UCF College of Nursing. This includes, but is not limited to, students accepting traveling nurse positions in a non-Nurse Licensure Compact state.
UCF is also an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership in NC-SARA requires the university to disclose information regarding state licensing and certification requirements for the selected program of study when licensing and/or certification are a requirement to practice in the profession after graduation.
While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, this program does not lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria.
You are welcome to contact the College of Nursing’s Assistant Dean of Students with questions in this regard, and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.
The certificate program requires three courses, for a total of 9 credit hours.
Total Credit Hours Required: 9 Credit Hours Minimum beyond the Master’s Degree
Optional courses cannot be substituted for the required courses and do not count toward the certificate.
Required Courses: 9 Credit Hours
Admission is open to those with a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution. An application to the graduate certificate program and official transcripts must be submitted. Applicants must apply online. All requested materials must be submitted by the established deadline.
Admission to the program is competitive on a space-available basis. In addition to the general UCF graduate application requirements , applicants to this program must provide:
- One official transcript (in a sealed envelope) from each college/university attended.
- MSN degree earned or in progress from an accredited institution.
- Address the following 3 items in a written essay. Total word count for all (not each) answers should be 500 words or less, double-spaced, 12 point Times New Roman font, and 1-inch margins:
- Describe your future career plans and how the program to which you are applying will help you achieve your career goals.
- Describe the changes you would make in your personal and professional life to ensure success in your graduate nursing education.
- Identify one significant contemporary issue/ problem in U.S. health care and explore how members of the nursing profession can help address that issue or solve that problem.
- Curriculum Vitae should reflect prior education, recent clinical/practice accomplishments, any recent scholarly work (publications, presentations, grants, research participation), awards, scholarships, additional professional certifications, volunteer activities, and membership/leadership/activities with professional organizations and community service organizations. For recent graduates, this can include accomplishments as a student.
- Requires 3 professional recommendations.
- Applicants applying to this program who have attended a college/university outside the United States must provide a course-by-course credential evaluation with GPA calculation. Credential evaluations are accepted from World Education Services (WES) or Josef Silny and Associates, Inc. only.
Before submitting your application, it is recommended that applicants call the College of Nursing Graduate Office at 407-823-2744 to schedule an appointment with a graduate adviser to discuss your academic goals. It is advantageous to discuss the program before writing the required essay because the essay must address your goals for Masters-level preparation for advanced nursing practice.
The College of Nursing uses a student information management system, LEAP*RN (Project Concert). This database houses information regarding plans of study, clinical placements, clinical hours, logs, and evaluation data to assist in maintaining standards required for CCNE accreditation, facilitate student progression, and enhance clinical tracking. Students will need to access LEAP*RN for clinical course requirements, course evaluations, and portfolios. Upon graduation, students will continue to have no-cost access to their information. All students will be responsible for a one-time subscription of $100 per certificate program payable at https://secure.projectconcert.com/ucf and due prior to registering for first semester courses. If students register for courses prior to paying the subscription, a “hold” service indicator will be placed to prevent future enrollment and other progression functions.
|Nursing Education Graduate Certificate
|*Applicants who plan to enroll full time in a degree program and who wish to be considered for university fellowships or assistantships should apply by the Fall Priority date.
Susan Quelly PhD, RN, CNE
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UCF College of Graduate Studies
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