Make a difference in the future of nursing. Become a nurse educator.
Shenandoah’s Post Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education provides you with the knowledge and skills to become an effective, inspiring and innovative educator. You’ll experience hands-on clinical and classroom teaching experiences with a highly skilled faculty mentor. Our practicum experiences are individually designed, and prepare you to hold faculty positions in LPN, Associate degree and B.S.N. nursing programs, work in staff development for acute- and long-term care facilities or as a part-time clinical instructor while maintaining a full-time practice.
Learn More About Nursing at Shenandoah
Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing's programs are challenging, but the rewards of completing your degree and entering this critical profession are many. We are committed to providing an outstanding education to nurses at all levels— from people entering the profession with a Bachelor's degree in nursing, to advanced practice nurses seeking doctoral-level training. Our programs are dynamic and responsive to the needs of our students and the health care industry. Shenandoah Nursing offers classes in Winchester at the Health and Life Sciences Building, and in Fairfax at the Shenandoah Northern Virginia campus. We're excited to share our programs with you.
The curricula for the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs combine important knowledge and skills with a friendly and caring spirit. Students like you share diverse backgrounds and personal and professional experiences with seasoned teaching faculty and clinical preceptors, who contribute to robust classroom discussions and enriching and exciting clinical interactions. Our goal is to prepare and challenge you for that next step in your professional career.
Upon completion of the program, you’ll be eligible to take the National League for Nursing nurse educator certification examination. You’ll also be well positioned to enter D.N.P. or Ph.D. programs in nursing, hold positions in national nursing organizations, continue clinical work and work in staff development.
Shenandoah’s low faculty-student ratios and small classes mean you’ll enjoy individualized attention and a close-knit learning community. Individualized practicum experiences, innovative curriculum, and flexible scheduling with online classes and hybrid course delivery are just a few of the reasons the Eleanor Wade Custer School of Nursing has maintained a reputation for excellence over the past 50 years.
You’ll have opportunities to experience teaching, as well as all aspects of the academic nurse educator’s role, including committee meetings, service opportunities and research projects.
- essential knowledge of the foundations in curriculum and program development
- theoretical foundations of the instructional process
- application of assessment, measurement and evaluation theories
- use of technology in nursing education
Alumni are eligible for a tuition discount.
We’re excited you’re interested in one of our graduate nursing programs! Shenandoah reviews applications on a rolling basis, which means we will begin evaluating your application once all your documentation has been submitted. Students submitting completed applications before our priority deadlines will be considered first.