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Nurse Educator Certificate (Post-Baccalaureate/Post-Master’s)

About the program

If you are committed to advancing the nursing profession, developing nursing staff, and educating the next generation of nurses, the Nurse Educator Certificate program is for you.

Nurses with a baccalaureate or a master’s degree are eligible to enroll in this certificate program. Graduate-level credits earned are eligible as transfer credits for future graduate study.

Program requirements

For admission to the Nurse Educator Certificate Program the following are required:

  • A baccalaureate, a master’s, or doctoral degree in nursing.
  • By the start of this program, you must be able to document a minimum of 18 months active RN experience.*
  • Active, unencumbered Washington state RN license.

* The SHS graduate programs define “active” nursing practice to include those activities that require RN licensure, employment, and utilize the nursing process to deliver or direct care.


The graduate nursing programs operate on a cohort model, beginning with foundational coursework that a focuses on quality clinical practice, evidence-based practice, and leadership. Coursework is separated into specialty areas and clinical Internship experiences begin only after the completion of all prerequisite courses. All graduate coursework must adhere to specified levels of scholarship before progression can occur.

Admission requirements

Applicants who meet minimum requirements are not guaranteed admission. Completed applications are screened and reviewed by Graduate Admissions and Graduate Admissions Committee. Graduate Admissions Committee consists of members of the Graduate Studies and Post Graduate Studies Committee (GPSC) and other key SHS faculty.

To apply, submit the following items to Graduate Admissions to be considered:

  • Online application and $50 processing fee.
  • Official transcript(s) from each college or university attended.
  • Two professional recommendation letters. (One must be from a current manager, supervisor, or direct report.)
  • Personal reflection statement. (Prompt is found in the online application.)
  • Résumé and cover letter.

Graduate Admissions will confirm your active, unencumbered RN license.

After the review of your application, you may be invited to have an in-person interview as part of the admissions process.

It is recommended that you begin the process by submitting an application, although you may send other admissions documents at any time. It is also recommended that you talk with Graduate Admissions early in the application process in order to ensure a smooth transition into the program.

Application deadline

  • January 15 by 5 p.m.

Enrollment policy

The general requirements for a master’s degree are consistent with those listed for the University.

  • All courses must be completed as designated on your individual curriculum plan.
  • If you elect to complete a thesis, you must register for additional thesis credits. 
  • The University requires that all master’s degree coursework be completed within a six-year limit.
  • To graduate, you must demonstrate beginning proficiency within your professional role as put forth by professional standards for practice, as well as fulfill all requirements as stated by the University.