Marian’s 12-credit Nurse Educator Post-Graduate Certificate can provide you opportunities to influence the next generation of nurses and make a positive impact on the healthcare profession. The curriculum covers topics such as instructional strategies, assessment and evaluation of learning, and educational theory and development.

Classes are offered 100% online every 15 weeks.

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12 credits:

Exploration and critique of philosophical and theoretical foundations of teaching and learning in a variety of nursing education settings. Emphasis is placed on who the learner is, the diversity of learners, and an understanding of the use of self as an educator. Students gain a comprehensive view of the educator’s role in curriculum development, evaluation, and design and will be challenged in think critically about ways to ensure that learning is meaningful.

Principles and processes of curriculum development and instructional design are introduced to familiarize the nurse educator with the teaching/learning processes in nursing education, staff development, and patient education. The focus is to design practical strategies to facilitate learning across cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains with the use of technology. Emphasis is on application of innovative teaching techniques and evaluation of educational experiences in nursing education.

Application of assessment strategies that facilitate and determine student learning builds on principles of assessment and evaluation of learning in academic, online, and clinical settings. Students will explore content about assessment verses evaluation: formative and summative assessment, test item development and analysis, evaluation rubrics, standardized testing blueprints, and evaluation of clinical performance. Legal and ethical issues in higher education and nursing practice are explored.

Effective use of leadership skills to promote learner-centered teaching as a change agent. Information technology skills are enhanced by exploring the use of learning management systems, virtual reality platforms, and simulations in academia. Emphasis will be placed on the application of instructional technologies from the perspective of theory, research, practice, and promoting future trends.

The Marian University MSN program uses the following professional standards and guidelines in the development, delivery, and assessment of the program:

  • Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs [Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 2018]
  • National League for Nursing (NLN) Competencies for the Academic Nurse Educator [National League for Nursing (NLN), 2012]

Mission Statement

The Nursing Department is an integral, dynamic, and innovative entity committed to the education and preparation of diverse health care professionals in a faith-based academic institution while improving the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities through the application of evidence-based practice in a global environment.

Program Philosophy

Provide state of the art undergraduate and graduate nursing education that endows nursing graduates with the knowledge, values, and skills to work within collaborative interdisciplinary teams to provide safe patient-centered care in any setting.  Through the use of research evidence, health informatics, and knowledge of quality improvement, graduates will have the skill set to lead change in individual patient care settings, the community, and the nursing profession.

The undergraduate and graduate programs will provide a curriculum which fosters personal growth, professional development, and a commitment of service to the profession, lifelong learning, a community of respect, a commitment to social justice, and the freedom to explore spiritual traditions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Marian University post-graduate Nurse Educator Certificate program, graduates will demonstrate the processes of acquiring/generating knowledge, critical thinking, valuing, decision making, and communicating to:

  • Demonstrate strong critical thinking and decision-making skills;
  • Critically and accurately assess, plan, implement, and evaluate educational programs available to nursing students, staff, and clients to improve delivery of education and to promote health outcomes.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing with professional and non-professional individuals.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and utilize knowledge required throughout the course of study.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master’s degree program in nursing at Marian University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Marian University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.}




  • Graduate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC accredited program
  • Unencumbered Registered Nurse license in state of residence
  • Official transcripts

“I was encouraged to participate in several nurse educator courses after beginning my faculty nursing role at Marian, primarily because my masters’ was of a clinical focus as was much of my career experience. The experience brought professional growth, and enhanced awareness of how my critical thinking and knowledge application skills have evolved over the course of the program. This process was a positive exemplar of how my teaching methods will continue to transition based upon personal insights/experiences, increasing knowledge and an awareness of the continuum of best practice advances. The courses were available online brought great flexibility but the instructors were readily accessible and wonderfully supportive. Worthwhile “educating the educator” journey!”

Mary Fischer, MSN, CNM
Assistant Professor
Currently teaching: Senior I Leadership in Nursing Senior II Capstone Clinical Coordinator/Seminar Facilitator
Senior I Population Health Clinical Instructor (Equine Assisted Therapy)

Kimberly Udlis, PhD
Associate Dean of Nursing and Chief Nurse Administrator

Katie Hughes, DNP
Undergraduate Program Director

Lori Yogerst, RN, MSN
Coordinator, RN to BSN Program

Anne Rosploch, MSN
Coordinator, Nursing Resource and Simulation Center

Darlene Adelmeyer, MSN
Assistant Professor

Tammy Chapin, PhD
Assistant Professor 

Janice Edelstien, EdD
Associate Professor

Christine Laurent, MSN
Associate Professor

Rachel Loduha, MSN
Assistant Professor 

Jennifer Nicpon, DNP
Adjunct Professor 

Nancy Noble, MSN
Associate Professor

Pat O’Connor, MSN

Cheryl Passel, PhD
Assistant Professor

Karen Roberts, MSN
Associate Professor

Kari Steinbeck, MSN
Assistant Professor

Breana Sutfin, MSN
Assistant Professor

Melissa Zar, MSN
Assistant Professor

Brooke Zelhofer, DNP
Assistant Professor

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