Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

The Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education prepares registered nurses for roles in nursing education, staff development and/or patient education. This program is an online distance education program focusing on nursing education. The program requires 12 credit hours and can be completed in two semesters of part-time study. The Nursing Graduate Certificate course meets the teaching and learning requirement for nurse faculty as required by the North Carolina Board of Nursing (NC Administrative Code Rules 21 NCAC 36 .0318(e). The certificate can be applied toward credit for the MSN degree.

Prospective students should apply through the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies website.

Additional information is also available at App State Online

Contact Dr. Tammy Haley at for more details.

Certificate details

Program information

  • Completion time: two semesters, fall and spring
  • Coursework will be delivered primarily in an asynchronous format
  • Attractive option for Appalachian’s MHA students

Course Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education

Total Required (Minimum 12 Hours)

Required Courses (6 Hours)

Choose Two of the Following Courses (6 Hours)

Eligibility and application requirements


  • Meet Graduate School admission criteria
  • Current, unrestricted RN license in North Carolina or state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) with North Carolina
  • Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Application fee
  • Transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
  • Resume