Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education

Format: Online
Application Deadlines
  • Fall 2023 Regular Deadline: May 18, 2023
  • Fall 2023 Regular Deadline Extension: June 1, 2023

HEGIS Code: 1203.12

Nurse educators play a crucial role in helping nurses gain the expertise needed to meet the challenges of the evolving healthcare system.  Their presence also ensures that our nation's nursing schools are always at maximum student capacity. According to AACN’s 2018-2019 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing, U.S. nursing schools turned away 75,029 qualified applicants from nursing programs in 2018 due to an insufficient number of issues including a shortage of faculty. Additionally, hospital and medical centers have identified a need for more nurse educators to enhance the level of instruction to nursing students, new nurses, and ongoing needs for professional staff development.

The online Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education is an 18-credit program that addresses these challenges by giving nurses the additional knowledge and practice needed to expand their expertise as nurse educators.

In addition to a practicum component, the program explores content in:

  • Curriculum and program planning
  • Measurement and evaluation
  • Pedagogical strategies and best practices

Career Scope and Academic Prospects

Per, and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Clinical Nurse Educators and Academic Nurse Educators earn an average salary of $101,866 and $91,900, respectively.

Graduates of the Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education are qualified to serve as educators in numerous institutions ranging from community colleges to major universities, as well as in academic health centers and community-based health facilities. Graduates of the program can also pursue doctoral education in Nursing Education, Nursing Science, and Nursing Research.


This program is registered with the NYS Education Department.

The Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education is comprised of the four specialty courses and one graduate elective in the CCNE accredited Master of Science in Nursing Education program. The specialty courses include a Practicum experience in Nursing Education.

See a full list of the online nursing programs offered at CUNY SPS.

Meet our Faculty

Estimated number of adjunct faculty teaching in the program: 50

Margaret Reilly
Professor, DNS, Nursing Science
CUNY Graduate Center
Academic Director – Undergraduate & Graduate

Patricia Bartley-Daniele
Associate Professor, PhD, Nursing Education
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Coordinator MS in Nursing Education
Undergraduate & Graduate

Kenya Harris
Professor, EdD, Educational Administration, Leadership, and Technology
St. John’s University Nursing

Jan Oosting
Assistant Professor, PhD
Johns Hopkins University

Anne Marie Leveille-Tulce
Assistant Professor, PhD, Nursing
CUNY Graduate Center
Undergraduate & Graduate

Kathleen Marsala-Cervasio
Associate Professor, EdD, Educational Leadership
Northcentral University

Lilly Mathew
Associate Professor, PhD, Nursing
University of Arizona
Coordinator MS in Nursing Informatics
Undergraduate & Graduate

Linda Paradiso
Assistant Professor, DNP, Nurse Executive
Old Dominion University

Admissions Criteria

To qualify for admission to the Advanced Certificate in Nursing Education, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Master’s degree in Nursing (could include Nurse Practitioner)
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher out of a 4.0 from a nationally accredited bachelor’s and master’s programs, all transcripts must be provided
  • An unencumbered nursing license and a current registration
  • Admission essay highlighting education and career achievement, including specific examples of problem-solving while working in the practice setting, leadership experience at the bedside or in other settings, and professional and community awards
  • Two letters of recommendation, one from a Master’s or Doctoral prepared nurse educator or faculty and one from a nurse leader who served as an immediate supervisor
  • Submit a scholarly work consisting of a 2-page summary (maximum 1000 words, excluding title and reference page) on one of the following: Evidenced-Based Practice project, Research study, Practice Improvement Project, or Quality Improvement Project
  • Resume

Residency Requirement*
In order to enroll in the RN to BS in Nursing program, students must provide documentation of one of the following categories:

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Permanent Residency
  • Granted asylum, refugee status, temporary protected status, withholding of removal, deferred enforced departure, deferred action status by the U.S. Government, deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or permanently residing in the United States under color of law (PRUCOL)

*International students may enroll in fully online degree programs. However, our online programs do not qualify for student visas.

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2023 Regular Deadline: May 18, 2023
  • Fall 2023 Regular Deadline Extension: June 1, 2023
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