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Nurse Educator Post-Graduate Certificate

Discover the way ahead with your nursing aspirations and make an impact on the future of nursing. IWU’s Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Education is designed to build on a graduate degree in nursing from an accredited college or university. This post-graduate certificate program equips nursing professionals in advanced practice for nursing education opportunities in a number of environments—from academic settings to hospitals to communities and more.

Why Pursue My Post-Graduate Certificate Program Online at IWU?

From evidence-based practice curriculum to offering post-graduate certificate programs in nursing fully online, the IWU School of Nursing has been at the forefront of healthcare education for more than 40 years. Today, we are proud to offer a faculty of industry experts, a faith perspective for hope and healing, and the support you need to pursue better outcomes for your future nursing students. Our Christian faculty teach from the same biblical worldview valued on our campus, so that students can implement these principles in a fulfilling nursing educator’s career.  One more thing: your tuition rates are locked in the moment you start. You will experience no tuition hikes for the duration of your program.

What Will I Learn in a Post-Graduate Certificate Program?

The post-graduate certificate program develops nursing professionals in their approach to nurse education, including designing innovative and effective curriculum for academic, clinical, and public health settings, as well as teaching strategy and methods of learning assessment. Coursework explores leadership and management principles and practices for nurse educators within a particular area of clinical nursing practice, such as acute care, mental health, public health, and more. Students have the opportunity to apply class learning to an onsite nursing education practicum component.

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

Tuition & Aid

60 Credit Hours


$595/ Credit Hour

Financial aid is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, veterans’ benefits, and employer reimbursement.

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Applicable fees for resources and services will be assessed throughout the program. Tuition and fees for prerequisites and required elective courses are in addition to the charges shown on the program cost sheet. Your tuition rate will remain the same as long as you remain continuously enrolled in the same program. Cost sheets may be requested from an enrollment counselor by calling 866.498.4968 or emailing
What You Will Study in This Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing

Coursework for your Post-Graduate Certificate program covers how to:

  • Use evidence-based approaches to inform your practice as a nurse educator
  • Design innovative, effective health education programs for academic, clinical, and public health settings
  • Be a good steward of the resources allotted to you

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Healthcare Clinical Educator
  • Public Health Educator or Leader
  • Academic Nurse Educator or Administrator

Work in Various Industries

  • Industries

Program Requirements
  • An individual with a graduate degree in nursing from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by both the USDoE and CHEA and national nursing programmatic accreditation (CCNE, ACEN, CNEA) may apply to complete a post-graduate certificate in a graduate nursing major for which they do not already hold a degree.
  • Anyone applying to become a student at Indiana Wesleyan University must provide proof that all nursing licenses, whether current or inactive, are unencumbered.
    • Potential students with encumbered nursing licenses will not be considered eligible for enrollment at Indiana Wesleyan University.
  • Graduate grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from the degree-granting institution.
  • Three letters of professional reference from faculty members, professional colleagues, work supervisors or a pastor who can evaluate the applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program.
    • Recommendations from family members are NOT appropriate.
  • Official transcripts from the baccalaureate and graduate degree-granting institution.
  • A criminal history background check will be conducted on all applicants at the beginning the program, at the student's expense. 
  • Students who do not speak English as their first and primary language must submit satisfactory scores from one of the following prior to admission to the university:
    • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). For graduate students, a score of at least 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based) is required for regular academic admission.
    • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). For undergraduate students, a score of at least 6.0 is required; for graduate students, a score of at least 6.5 is required; for doctoral students, a score of at least 7.0 is required for regular admission. 

Admission Requirements

  • Must meet graduate nursing admission requirements for the major program.
  • The prerequisites to enter the Nursing Education Post-graduate certificate are a Graduate Level Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Advanced Health Assessment. These prerequisites can be met in one of the following three ways:

    1. Successfully complete graduate-level Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and Advanced Health Assessment courses or a combination course, with a minimum grade of "B",
    2. Successfully achieve a passing grade of “B” in the IWU graduate-level Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, and/or Advanced Health Assessment courses or a combination course.
    3. Provide proof of current APRN certification.

Unclassified Admission

Applicants who do not desire to seek a master's degree may enroll in graduate nursing courses as unclassified students. Please contact us for more information.


Practice is an essential component of the graduate nursing program. Practicum courses offer students the opportunity to develop and integrate the knowledge and skills necessary for evidence-based advanced practice. If required by the facility, cost for placement is the responsibility of the student.

  • Students in the Nursing Education program must complete a minimum of 175 hours of supervised online and onsite practicum.
  • Students must maintain an active license in the state where practicum requirements are completed.
  • All RN licenses must remain unencumbered throughout the program.

*NOTE: Students in any nursing major may be required to undergo drug testing in order to successfully complete practicum requirements.

Completion Requirements
  • All credits required in the course with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Minimum grade of “B” in each specialty course.
  • Satisfactory fulfillment of all practicum and program requirements.
  • Program must be completed within four (4) years from the date of enrollment. Fees are associated with various courses and are subject to change. Students who extend beyond the maximum time to complete the program may incur more fees.
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate.
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Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

The post-graduate APRN certificate program at Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education IWU is a member of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing(AACN). The School of Nursing is also a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties,

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