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Nurse Education, Post-Master's Certificate

Saint Louis University's post-master's certificate in nursing education provides an opportunity for coursework and practicum experience in nursing education.

All four educator courses are offered online with attention to building a learning community with a culture of sharing and support.

The Valentine School of Nursing is renowned for excellence in nursing education. In 2021, Niche ranked Saint Louis University’s Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing as the No. 8 best college in the country for nursing. Additionally, U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks our MSN-NP program as a top 50 program in their Best Graduate Schools survey.

Curriculum Overview

Attention to development of the educator role is threaded through each course and culminates in the development of an educator portfolio including a personal philosophy of teaching, a research plan and examples of teaching products.

Fieldwork and Research Opportunities

A nursing practicum allows students in SLU's certificate in nursing education program to create a unique teaching practicum experience with faculty supervision and guidance. Seminar activities are aimed at helping students make a successful transition into teaching.


SLU's nurse educator certificate prepares graduates with the skills to teach in baccalaureate, associate or diploma nursing programs.

Admission Requirements

The Saint Louis University Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing adheres to the principles of a holistic admission process in which selection criteria are broad-based and linked to our University’s and school’s mission and goals. While we do consider academic metrics we also look at applicant experiences, attributes, potential for success, and how applicants may contribute to the school’s learning environment and to the profession.

Licensure Disclosure

The curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for licensure as an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) in the State of Missouri. Note that the Missouri Board of Nursing may impose additional requirements on candidates prior to granting a license; we encourage you to investigate these requirements.

The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing has not determined whether the curriculum for this program meets the educational requirements for nursing licensure in any other states or territories. However, graduates of our APRN programs are eligible to sit for National Board Certification Exams in all states and territories. We encourage you to investigate the requirements in your state or territory prior to accepting an offer of admission at the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing.

  • Master of Science degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution is preferred.
  • Registered professional nurse licensure in the State of Missouri or in other states in which the student will complete his or her clinical/rotation experience.

Requirements for International Students

International students on F1 or J1 student visas are not eligible for admission, as the program is conducted entirely online.

Review Process

Applicants for admission to this program are considered individually.

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Financing for this program may be available through grants, scholarships, loans (federal and private) and institutional financing plans. 

The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing at Saint Louis University offers scholarship and graduate research assistantship opportunities to eligible graduate students. Additionally, most nursing students will participate in a tuition assistance program provided through their employer.

For more information, visit the student financial services office online at


The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing is fully approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice at the Valentine School of Nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing. To achieve its educational objectives, the school uses the hospitals within SSM Health and many health care organizations of greater St. Louis.

NURS 5560Evidence-Based Approaches for the Nurse Educator2
NURS 5570Curriculum Development in Nurse Education2-3
NURS 5580Instructional Strategies and Evaluation in Nurse Education2
NURS 5590Practicum in Nursing Education2
Total Credits8-9

Continuation Standards

Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 in all graduate/professional courses.

Apply for Admission

For additional admission questions please contact:
Scott Ragsdale
Recruitment Specialist
SLU Valentine School of Nursing