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Graduate Certificate in Nurse Educator

Program URL:
Faculty working with Students: 20
Students: 4
Students receiving assistantships or scholarships: 0%
Priority deadline:
  • Fall July 15
  • Spring November 15
  • Spokane: Yes
  • Tri-Cities: Yes
  • Vancouver: Yes
Tests required:
  • 550 TOEFL Minimum score
  • 80 TOEFLI Minimum score

Degree Description:

The nurse educator certificate program, a track within the Advanced Practice for Population Health (APH) graduate nursing program, includes the completion of four theory courses that focus on teaching and learning, with an emphasis on distance friendly educational pedagogy. The program also is open to post-masters students wishing to focus on nursing education. Each course is designed to be primarily web based with some videoconferencing class sessions. Additional practicum experiences can be arranged; the NURS 556 capstone practicum (a requirement for all APH students) also offers opportunities for an educational focus. A certificate will be awarded upon completion of all requirements for the MN degree/education track.

Admission Requirements:

– a bachelor’s degree
– admitted to the MN program
– a minimum 3.00 grade point average in undergraduate work (exceptions may be made based on substantial evidence of extra-scholastic qualifications)
– successful completion of a basic statistics course
– favorable recommendations regarding practice and potential for graduate work in nursing
– RN license to practice nursing in Washington
– written goal statement congruent with program’s philosophy and focus
– complete a written interview

Student Opportunities:


Career Opportunities:

Nurse educator

Career Placements:

Teaching positions in colleges of nursing

Faculty Members:

Allen, Carol B, Ph.D.

Bayne, Mary C, M.S.

Benavides-Vaello, Sandra, Ph.D.

Bindler, Ruth C, Ph.D.

Brinker, Debra Jean, MSN

Research Interests

Leadership and professional development education, pediatrics/pediatric critical care clinical nurse specialist consultation, leadership consultation for individuals, hospital and clinic teams;
interprofessional education/team collaboration, global learning and international programs

Butterfield, Patricia, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Environmental health nursing, Household environmental risk reduction, Occupational and environmental health in rural settings, Conceptual approaches to public health nursing.

Caley, Joan M, M.S.

Research Interests

LTC Leadership, Nursing Leadership,
Community Health/Vulnearble, Populations, esp. Homeless & Health Equity Issues

Corbett, Cynthia Lou, Ph.D.

Doutrich, Dawn Liam, Ph.D.

Research Interests

international nurse educators: what the experts say, and creating a diverse nursing workforce through workforce partnerships.

Dupler, Alice E, J.D.

Eddy, Linda Lee, Ph.D.

Eide, Phyllis, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Rural health, global climate change, and public health

Hoeksel, Renee Celeste, Ph.D.

Katz, Janet Ruth, Ph.D.

Lohan, Janet, Ph.D.

Postma, Julie Marie, Ph.D.

Smart, Denise, D.P.H.

Research Interests

Work place safety, military health, women’s health and health and safety for disaster response workers.

Son, Catherine Van, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Gerontology, managing chronic conditions, qualitative methods, late-in-life migration, health literacy, gero-education

Spuck, Janet, M.S.

Vandermause, Roxanne, Ph.D.

Research Interests

Experiential aspects of women’s addiction as well as completed educational and community health demonstration and evaluation projects

Contact Information:

Dawn Doutrich
Vancouver, WA 98686
Mel Haberman