Program Description

Nurse educators work in a variety of university and health care environments, providing continuing education, professional development, and other critical instruction in new clinical information and technology. This graduate certificate program in Nursing Education is ideal for nurse educators who desire to teach in schools of nursing, hospitals, and community health care agencies. Students explore the principles of teaching and learning, practice developing program curriculum and evaluation, and become confident in their roles as educators.

What it costs

The cost is $670.00 per credit hour for VA state residents or $1,491.00 per credit hour for out of state students, plus a $35 per credit hour Distance Education fee. Education Resource, New Student, and other mandatory university and course fees may apply.

Application Deadline

This program has an application deadline of March 1 for Fall and November 1 for Spring.

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Program Summary

75 Percent Online

Program: Nursing Education

Degree: Graduate Certificate

College/School: College of Health and Human Services

Credits: 15 total

Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Who should apply?

This program is designed for students who have obtained, or are currently completing a MSN or doctoral program in nursing. Please note this program can only be completed on a part-time basis.

Why choose George Mason?

  • This program was designed in direct response to the market shortage of nursing faculty.
  • Mason’s School of Nursing at Mason has obtained a national and international reputation since its founding more than 40 years ago.
  • Educators in the School of Nursing are dedicated to the development of the next generation of nursing leaders, empowering students to find innovative solutions in the rapidly changing and culturally diverse health care environment.
  • Mason maintains partnerships with dynamic clinical hospitals, providing staff development and patient education.
  • The practicum component in this program will provide you with a unique opportunity to refine and expand upon your clinical skills under the supervision of an expert preceptor in your selected area of concentration.
  • Classes are offered in a blended format of both online and classroom opportunities that allow collaboration with nurse colleagues.
  • This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Please note this program can only be completed on a part-time basis.

Program requirements may change; please refer to the Mason Course Catalog for the most up-to-date requirements.

Most courses are offered using a blended combination of asynchronous online learning and face-to-face discussions. Online courses offerings vary.

Requirements: 15 credits total

  • NURS 556 Principles of Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education | 3 credits
  • NURS 726 Perspectives in Nursing Education | 3 credits
  • NURS 727 Application of Nursing Education Principles to Curriculum and Program Development | 3 credits
  • NURS 728 Practicum and Seminar in Nursing Education I | 3 credits
  • NURS 729 Practicum and Seminar in Nursing Education II | 3 credits

NURS 728 and NURS 729 each include 90 hours of on-site at a clinical facility (required) and a face-to-face seminar (optional). If you do not reside in the Washington DC area, it is possible to make arrangements for the practicum at a clinical facility in your area. However, there is no substitute for the face-to-face practicum.

Tuition (2017-2018)

TUITION CLASSIFICATIONCOST PER CREDIT HOUR
Virginia Resident$670.00 plus fees
Non-Virginia Resident$1,491.00 plus fees
Distance Education Fee$35
Education Resource Fee$60 - $100 (per semester)

Please refer to the Students Accounts Office website for more information on tuition and fees.

Financial Aid

A competitive announcement is circulated to enrolled students once a year requesting applications for the Virginia Nurse Educator, Dominion Guild, and CareFirst scholarships. Contact Janice Lee-Beverly (jleebev1@gmu.edu) for more information.

Additionally, many employers provide tuition reimbursement for graduate study. For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your graduate department.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of Mason’s nurse educator programs hold positions at a variety of local and regional locations, including the following:

  • George Mason University
  • Georgetown University
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Inova Fairfax Hospital

A Special Survey on Vacant Faculty Positions For Academic Year 2015-2016, released by AACN, revealed a total of 1,328 full-time faculty vacancies in 741 nursing schools across the U.S. Nearly half of the schools selected a master’s degree in nursing as necessary for a candidate to be eligible to fill a full-time vacant faculty position.

USEFUL RESOURCES 
Program ContactJanice Lee-Beverly
Education Specialist
Phone: 703-993-1947
Email: jleebev1@gmu.edu
College ContactCollege of Health and Human Services (CHHS)
Graduate Admissions
Phone: (703) 993-1736
Email: chhsgrad@gmu.edu
Program Website http://chhs.gmu.edu/msn/gcert-education.cfm
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All applicants should review School of Nursing Graduate Admissions Standards. For international applicants, see guidelines for International Graduate Requirements and English Proficiency Exams.

Prerequisites

  • Have completed or be currently enrolled in an MSN or PhD in Nursing program with a minimum of 3.0 GPA

Application Materials

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Official transcript from all colleges and universities attended
  • Resume
  • Three letters of recommendation from supervisors or master’s degree prepared colleagues
  • Goals statement (750-1000 words) about how you see yourself in your future role as a nurse educator

If you have any questions during the application process, please contact the CHHS Office of Graduate Admissions at chhsgrad@gmu.edu or 703-993-1736.