Nursing Education and Simulation

Total cost:

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Application due date for January 9, 2023 term: January 6

Estimated time to completion: 7 Months

Take your career further.

If you’re a new nurse educator – or thinking about becoming one – this is the program for you. This graduate-level certificate will prepare you to teach using the latest simulation tools that replicate patient care scenarios. You’ll also explore ways to prepare, design, implement and evaluate teaching strategies that are the right fit for your students.


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What you can expect.

  • Simulation Strategies Simulated patient care is a critical part of nursing education; Students need to build their skills in computer-generated scenarios before working with patients. Learn how to develop and plan simulation scenarios for your students and what is involved in a simulation center and operations. .
  • Become an Educator Learn to build evidenced-based nursing curriculum, assessment and evaluation plans. You’ll explore the ways nursing students learn and how to teach them in a variety of settings, including through simulation, in person and online.
  • Be a Leader Leadership in nursing takes many forms, whether you’re leading an individual patient’s care or in a formal role such as a nurse manager. No matter what role you’re in, you need the leadership skills taught in this course so you can collaborate with others and advocate for the population you’re caring for – patients, students, staff, communities, etc.
  • Earn a Micro-Credential Along the way to the certificate, you’ll earn our Simulation in Healthcare Micro-credential. Micro-credentials are shorter programs that can be put together toward a larger degree. Once you finish the courses in the micro-credential, you’ll get a digital badge to display.

The Certificate in Nursing Education & Simulation is not available in Utah, Washington (state) or Wyoming.

A few of the classes you'll take.

  • NUR5223 Theoretical Foundations in Teaching and Learning 3 semester credits
  • NUR5233 Curriculum Development, Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing 3 semester credits
  • NUR5243 Simulation in Healthcare 3 semester credits
Bette Bogdan, Ph.D.

Department Chair

Bette Bogdan, Ph.D.
Chair, Nursing,
Department of Nursing
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We are, and have always been, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. This accreditation guarantees that our programs meet certain levels of quality standards.   

A Note About Licensure:

Students who complete certificates that are approved to lead to licensure, endorsement, or certification may be subject to additional requirements for the receipt of initial licensure, endorsement, or certification in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate.

Students are strongly encouraged to check licensure requirements in the state in which they intend to teach or administrate to determine whether they are eligible for licensure, endorsement, or certification. It is vitally important that students know and be continually aware of the requirements for licensure in their state. State licensing requirements and licensing agency information may be found here

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Certificate in Nursing Education and Simulation

Total Tuition

15 semester credits
x $235 per credit



$50 Application Fee

$600 Technology & Library Fee
($40 per credit)

$100 Program Conferral Fee


Total Program Cost*


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State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF)

It is a state of California requirement that a student who pays his or her tuition is required to pay a state-imposed assessment two dollars and fifty cents ($2.50) per one thousand dollars ($1,000) of institutional charges, rounded to the nearest thousand dollars, for the California Student Tuition Recovery Fund. For more information and to see if you must pay the state-imposed assessment for Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) click here.

Admission Requirements

Certificate in Nursing Education and Simulation

ACE General Admission Requirements

  • Complete and submit all application components including the admission application, the enrollment agreement, and the payment agreement.
  • Submit the nonrefundable application fee.*
  • Provide official transcripts from a regionally accredited institution indicating successful completion of the level of education required for entry to the program.**

*The application fee is valid for one year from date of submission.
**Additional evidence may be required to fulfill state requirements, including but not limited to verification of professional experience, test scores, or an interview.

Program Admission Requirements

Certificate in Nursing Education and Simulation

  • Bachelor's in Nursing or Highest Post- Baccalaureate degree earned in Nursing   
  • Minimum grade point average cumulative 2.50 on a 4.0 scale for full admission
  • Active unencumbered Registered Nurse License​

International Transcript Requirements

All applicants must submit to the Admissions Office official, sealed college transcripts from each institution attended.

  • Transcripts that are international and/or not in English must be evaluated through an NACES-recommended agency.
  • Texas applicants may only submit evaluations from agencies approved by the Texas Education Agency.
  • International applicants must request the course-by-course evaluation. The evaluation report must show that the non-U.S. education is equivalent to the education/accreditation level required for the program.

English as a Second Language Applicants

All applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate competence in the English language as demonstrated in one of three ways:

  1. Submission of an official transcript showing a degree from a United States secondary school or regionally accredited college/university.

  2. Submission of an official minimum score on the paper or internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exams.
    • The minimum TOEFL score required for the internet-based version is 80, and the paper-based version requires a minimum TOEFL score of 20 for each of the three skills: Reading, Listening, and, Writing.

    • The minimum IELTS score required is 6.5. Note: IELTS is not acceptable for Texas programs leading to certification.

    • The testing agency must send test scores directly to American College of Education.
  3. Applicants to the Texas Educational Leadership program whose first language is not English must submit a minimum scaled score of 24 for speaking, 22 for listening, 22 for reading, and 21 for writing from the Internet-Based TOEFL (IBT) or evidence of an undergraduate or graduate degree earned at an institution of higher education in a country outside of the United States listed in Figure: 19 TAC §230.11(b)(5)(C).


Certificate in Nursing Education and Simulation

Explore the classes you'll take to fulfill this program's 15 semester credit requirement. For more information, a complete list of requirements, and course options, see the College Catalog.

Nursing Courses (15 semester credits)

This course provides an intensive and comprehensive foundation of advanced pathophysiological knowledge and physical assessment skills. Students will learn to apply this knowledge and skill in working with students and teaching the content and competencies required for effective practice. Students will learn to discern between normal and abnormal findings, develop treatment plans, and develop teaching plans to promote health and education. Informatics and use of technology will be discussed.
This course focuses on advanced pharmacotherapeutics and effective teaching methods for nurse educators in this content area. Pharmacological mechanisms, medication management, treatment of side effects and drug reactions are studied. Drug interventions and nurses' role in educating patients about medications will be covered. Technology related to safety, delivery and education will be explored.
Guided by theoretical foundations of learning, students examine the tenets of andragogy modeled in practice. Emphasis is placed on understanding and applying principles of teaching and effective instructional strategies, ways to establish an effective learning environment, and reflective practices as a means to advance professional nursing skills. Strategies to support the learning environment in both face to face and online classrooms will be considered. The course will integrate ethical and professional collaboration with colleagues to promote patient outcome attainment. 
By surveying various curricular designs and assessment models, this course integrates aspects of theoretical frameworks with differentiated curriculum, instructional and evaluation strategies delivered in academic and clinical settings. Students analyze assessment and evaluation data to determine effective approaches for supporting effective educational programming and patient-centered health while developing skills as nurse professionals and nurse educators.  Use of technology in program assessment and evaluation is discussed. 
Guided by theoretical foundations of teaching and learning, students will examine the use of technology and high-fidelity simulation to engage students and facilitate achievement of learning outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on the design, implementation, and evaluation of simulation in healthcare. Strategies to integrate simulation into on-ground, online, and clinical practice learning environments will be discussed.