Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program in Nursing Education


The Nursing Education Certificate Program (14 credits) at the University of Detroit Mercy provides qualified nurses with the opportunity to learn the principles and practice of education for the preparation of individuals for nursing careers.

The certificate program includes learning in the areas of curriculum development and evaluation, course design, teaching/learning methodologies and assessment of student learning, in classroom and clinical settings. Nurses considering teaching in a nursing education program will benefit from studying the art and science of education, which is designed to promote the ability of nurses to facilitate others in learning the art and science of nursing.

Credits earned in this certificate program may be applied toward the master’s degree in Nursing Education - Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist.


  1. Exemplify various teaching/learning strategies and approaches appropriate for classroom, laboratory and clinical settings.

  2. Integrate facilitation of learner development and formation as nurses into personal growth as an educator.

  3. Explain the processes of curricular design and evaluation of program outcomes.

  4. Design and implement curriculum development and evaluation projects.

  5. Develop a set of resources and a plan for ongoing self-development as an educator.

  6. Differentiate the teaching, scholarship and service roles of the educator.

Nursing Education Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Sample Program Plan

NUR 5780 – Nursing Curriculum & Instruction (3 credits)

NUR 5790 – Nursing Program Plan & Evaluation (3 credits)

NUR 5850 – Curriculum Development (3 credits)

NUR 5860 – Instructional Methods (3 credits)

NUR 5960 – Teaching Practicum (2 credits)

Total: 14 credits

Admission Criteria

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing or another field

  2. A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 2.75

  3. A minimum of 2000 hours as a registered nurse

  4. Official transcripts from each institution of higher education attended
  5. A license to practice as a registered nurse in the state of Michigan
  6. One letter of professional recommendation with someone in supervisory capacity

  7. Professional CV or current resume
  8. An autobiographical statement of personal goals and objectives

  9. An interview with graduate faculty

Application to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate Program

You can apply to the Post-Baccalaureate Certificate program in Nursing Education through our online application. For questions or assistance regarding the application process, contact:   Suzanne Erwin at or (313) 993-1828.