Department of Nursing

West Chester University

222 Sturzebecker Health Sciences Center
West Chester, PA 19383
610-436-2219


Nursing Education Certificate Program

The Nursing Education Certificate program is a 12 credit post-baccalaureate or post-master's program to specifically prepare individuals with BSN or MSN degrees, of a clinical nature, for the teaching role in nursing education.

Program Objectives

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the theory and practice of curriculum development as a group process, synthesizing basic principles of curriculum in nursing education.
  2. Analyze forces and issues that affect curriculum development, relevancy, and change.
  3. Articulate issues, trends, and research within the context of nursing education.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the teaching-learning process and skills for professional nursing education.
  5. Display proficiency in the teaching-learning process through selecting, planning and implementing a teaching plan in a nursing education setting.
  6. Demonstrate competency in the application of principles of measurement and evaluation in nursing education.

REQUIRED COURSES

NSG 507 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3)

This course is designed to examine the theory and practice of curriculum development as a group process, synthesizing basic principles of curriculum in nursing education.

NSG 508 Teaching Competencies in Nursing - Principles and Methods (3)

Examination of the teaching-learning process and skills in professional nursing, with emphasis on baccalaureate or in-service education. Includes both classroom and clinical practicum teaching experience, as well as seminars with other students enrolled. Focus is community health nursing throughout. PREREQ: NSG 507.

NSG 511 Measurement & Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)

This course will focus on the application of principles of measurement and evaluation within nursing education. Practical experiences will include the construction and evaluation of classroom tests and clinical assessment instruments, as well as interpretation of standardized tests used within nursing education. Current trends and issues related to evaluation will be discussed.

And one elective such as:

NSG 513 Nursing Informatics (3)

This course will focus on the current and potential impact of the microcomputer in the nursing areas of practice, education, and administration. Basic concepts of computer literacy will be reviewed with lab exercises to assist those who are not computer literate. The course then will proceed from the history of nursing informatics and culminate with the future of nursing informatics.

Admissions Requirements

  1. BSN or MSN degree from a National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) or Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited nursing program.
  2. Current licensure as a registered nurse in Pennsylvania.
  3. A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.8.
  4. An advising interview with Dr. Stowe to complete the "Program of Study" form - before enrolling in the first certificate course.

Please see the WCU Graduate Student Handbook for special requirements for clinical practicum.