College of Health Professions

Department of Nursing

Nursing Education Certificate

The Department of Nursing offers a 15-unit certificate in Nursing Education. Students completing the program develop teaching and evaluation skills through a series of courses designed to facilitate the transition of a clinician to an educator in an academic or health care setting. This is an independent certificate program, however, students in the certificate program study with students in the Nursing Education concentration of the master's degree in nursing program. Upon completion of this program, student may wish to pursue additional graduate study and apply these units to the M.S. degree.

Admission Requirements

Applicants to the Master of Science program must meet the general requirements for graduate study established by the Department of Nursing and as outlined in the Towson University Graduate Catalog. Specifically, they must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing.
  • A minimum GPA of 3.00.
  • A one-page personal statement in which the applicant discusses his or her reasons for seeking admission to the program and how the program will meet the applicant's professional goals.
  • A current resume or curriculum vita.
  • A photocopy of a current license to practice nursing in at least one state in the U.S. Prior to any clinical practice course, the student must be licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the state of Maryland.
  • Satisfactory completion of an elementary statistics and/or nursing research course.
  • Completion of an approved physical assessment course.

Applicants whose credentials do not meet the stated criteria for admission and believe their situation warrants special consideration are encouraged to contact the department for additional information.

Certificate Requirements

Required Courses

NURS 610 Curriculum Development in Nursing (3)
NURS 612 Teaching and Learning in Nursing (3)
NURS 710 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
NURS 712 The Adult Learner (3)
NURS 810 Teaching Practicum (3)

The 800-level course is a capstone courses taken after all others.

Student Financial Assistance

The Graduate Nursing Faculty Scholarship and Living Expenses Grant is available to eligible students. Funding for this aid is provided by the Health Services Cost Review Commission (HSCRC) through the Nurse Support Program II (NSP II) to address the issues of recruiting and retaining nurses in Maryland hospitals. Students in the certificate program are not eligible for Nurse Support II funds unless they are also in the master's program.

Department of Nursing
Linthicum Hall, Room 301 (map)

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Program Director: Dr. Nikki Austin





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