Nursing Educator Courses for Certification

Nursing Educator Courses

The MUSC College of Nursing offers three courses related to education.  These can be taken as electives for those enrolled in one of our graduate programs of study.  They can also be taken by non-degree students who wish to complete these courses in order to sit for national certification as a nurse educator.

NURSM 703 Instructional Processes in Nursing (Summer Only) – 3 s.h.
NURSM 615 Methodologies of Online Teaching (Fall Only) – 3 s.h.
NURSM 713 (formerly NRPHD 725) Curriculum Development & Design (Spring Only) – 3 s.h.
NRPHD 800 Mentored Teaching (All Semesters) - 3 s.h.

Mentored Teaching is an optional course that provides the opportunity to work with a seasoned educator of their choice. This course is not required to sit for the CNE exam. 

Requirements to take Certified Nurse Educator Exam

In addition to holding an active, unencumbered RN license, there are two requirement options to sit for the CNE exam, which are:


 Option One Option Two 

Education: A master’s or doctoral degree in nursing with:

 1. Education: A master’s or doctoral degree in nursing (with a major emphasis in a role other than nursing education).

1. A major emphasis in nursing education,or

 2. Experience: Two years or more employment in a nursing program in an academic institution within the last five years.

2. post-master's certificate in nursing education,or


3. Nine or more credit hours of graduate level education courses*


*Examples of acceptable graduate-level education courses include:


Curriculum Development and Evaluation; Instructional Design; Principles of Adult Learning;

 Assessment/Measurement & Evaluation; Principles of Teaching and Learning; Instructional Technology.  
 NOTE: Graduate-level research or statistics courses do not count toward this requirement  

For complete information go to the NLN Certification for Nurse Educator page.