Academic Director: Margaret Reilly, DNS, APRN, CNE
CUNY School of Professional Studies
101 West 31st Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Email Contact: Nursing@sps.cuny.edu
The mission and vision of the School of Professional Studies online nursing programs is to offer a liberal arts-based educational experience which will guide students in attaining the knowledge, skills, and values essential for professional nurse leaders and managers, including the ability to make sound judgments and address the health needs of diverse cultural groups.
Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Nursing Education Advanced Certificate program will be able to:
- Integrate program planning and curriculum development based on a comprehensive assessment of learning theories, styles, and needs of diverse learners.
- Synthesize pedagogical strategies and best practices in the design, implementation, and evaluation of nursing curricula.
- Implement current and emerging technologies in the education of nursing students, practicing nurses, and faculty to support lifelong learning.
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
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 program, 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
- Writing sample required: A discussion of an evidence-based practice project completed in nursing school or in the practice setting, with references