2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Apr 18, 2021  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog

Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate


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Program Coordinator/Contact

Melinda Tinkle, Associate Dean for Academic Programs
College of Nursing
Wagner Hall 217, Box 2275
605-688-5178 or 1-888-216-9806, Ext. 2

Program Information

The Post-Graduate Nurse Educator certificate program prepares graduates to utilize theories of teaching and learning in a variety of settings with emphasis on nursing education. Graduates demonstrates the ability to plan, implement, and evaluate nursing education programs. Individuals who have earned a Master’s in Nursing degree from SDSU or any other CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program are eligible to apply for the Post-Graduate Nurse Educator Certificate program. Additionally, graduates may be eligible to earn National Certification as a Certified Nurse Educator.*

Program Outcomes

To prepare clinical nurse leaders, nurse educators, family nurse practitioners and psychiatric mental health nurse practitioners who:

  • apply knowledge of evidence-based practice,
  • engage in life-long learning, and
  • serve South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world in urban, rural, and frontier health care settings.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Display competence within the legal scope of practice for chosen specialization. 
  • Evaluate and utilize research within advanced nursing practice. 
  • Integrate cultural learning into nursing practice to effectively tailor health care to the diverse lifeways of clients. 

Accreditation, Certification, and Licensure

Accreditation

The post-graduate APRN certificate at South Dakota State University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

Certification

Upon completion of the Nurse Educator Post-Graduate Certificate, students may be eligible for the following certification:

National Certification Eligibility Certifying Body

Certified Nurse Educator*

*Individuals must meet eligibility requirements before they can take the CNE examination. An active registered nurse license is necessary. Students must also have a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing and full-time experience in a nurse faculty role within the past 5 years. If the college degree emphasized on nursing instruction, individuals will need 2 years of experience in a nurse faculty role. Four years of experience is required if the graduate nursing degree did not emphasize on education.
National League for Nursing (NLN)
 

Course Delivery Format

The program coursework is delivered online with an on-campus requirement for NURS 631 -631L  and includes a field-based practicum.

Total Required Credits: 14


Notes


*Individuals must meet eligibility requirements before they can take the CNE examination. An active registered nurse license is necessary. Students must also have a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing and full-time experience in a nurse faculty role within the past 5 years. If the college degree emphasized non-nursing instruction, individuals will need 2 years of experience in a nurse faculty role. Four years of experience is required if the graduate nursing degree did not emphasize on education.

For additional information, refer to the Graduate Nursing Department webpage.

Additional Admission Requirements


GRE: Not required
TOEFL: Score of 81 Internet-based, OR
IELTS: 6.5 total band

In addition to meeting basic requirements for admission to the Graduate School, applicants for graduate study in nursing must have:

  • Current licensure as a Registered Nurse (and if applicable, APRN and licensure) in the United States or its’ territories prior to enrollment in first graduate nursing course.
  • 1500 hours of documented nursing practice experience prior to the first clinical course.
  • Completed graduate level courses in Advanced Physical Assessment (Lifespan), Advanced Pathophysiology (Lifespan), Advanced Pharmacology / Pharmacotherapeutics (Lifespan) with a course grade of 3.0 within the last 5 years.
  • Completed and verified application to the Graduate Nursing program via NursingCAS website.
  • Completed an approved statistical methods course within 5 years of enrollment in the designated research course within the DNP program coursework.
  • Interview assessment reviewed by graduate faculty.
  • Applicants who have begun but not completed a graduate nursing program at another college or university must submit a letter to the College of Nursing indicating their reason for leaving that said program.  A letter of recommendation must also be submitted to the College of Nursing from the dean/director of their former program that includes the applicant’s standing in that program upon exit.
  • Completed Compliance requirements: Clear Background check, clear FBI rolled fingerprint, clear drug screen, Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers, ACLS certification for FNP specialization, professional liability insurance, influenza vaccine, and TB test.

For applicants who completed their higher education within the United States:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.
  • Master’s degree in nursing (from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program) with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.

For applicants who completed their higher education outside the United States:

  • A degree deemed equivalent (by the World Education Service) to a Bachelor’s degree in nursing (within the United States Education System) with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system.
  • A degree deemed equivalent (by the World Education Service) to a Master’s degree in nursing (within the United States Education System) with a minimum cumulative preferred GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 point grading system. 

Additional Information


Students enrolled in SDSU certificate programs are not eligible for federal student financial aid. The non-federal alternative loan programs may be used for students meeting the lender criteria as found at www.sdstate.edu (search alternative loans). For further information, please contact the SDSU financial aid office at 605-688-4695 or finaid@sdstate.edu.

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