Transformative Nursing Education Certificate

Graduate courses in education are integral to preparing future nursing leaders who aspire to be classroom or clinical teachers. The aim of this program is to produce educators who enrich learning experiences for nursing students in academic environments, or for those nurses working in healthcare practice settings.

About the Program

Designed for nurses interested in teaching in either the academic setting or the care delivery environment, this program combines adult learning theories with an appreciation for nursing curriculum, scope of practice, adult learning theories and innovative teaching strategies, including simulation, interprofessional education and online learning. This program is geared towards master’s, post graduate or doctoral students who have a strong interest in teaching.

Program Information


Program Length

15 months

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Learning Format

In-person *

Although this program is in-person, to accommodate the busy schedules of our students some courses will be offered in an online or hybrid format.

Program Details


Offered in an online learning environment, graduate nursing students must complete three courses to obtain the Transformative Nursing Education Certificate. Alternatively, students interested in teaching in the following areas only need to complete two of the curriculum courses related to their area of focus.

  • Academic Teaching (classroom and clinical settings)
  • Teaching in the Service Environment (hospitals and ambulatory care)

Please click the link below to view the curriculum for this certificate in the University catalog.

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Minimum qualifications for the program

BSN and MSN with a minimum GPA of 3.0



International Applicants

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Application Deadlines

2024 Enrollment Deadline: March 15, 2024

Latest Decision Notification:
Summer start: mid-April
Fall start: mid-May

*Dates subject to change without notice.

Costs & Tuition

Your program costs will depend on how many course units (CU) you take per semester.

Every student’s living situation and personal expenses are different, but below are the projected academic year Summer and Fall/Spring costs per CU. These can be multiplied by the total number of CUs in your part-time plan of study to estimate the total cost of a program:

School of Nursing certificate programs are not eligible for federal aid. However, some tuition assistance may be available to you via alternative loan programs, please follow this link to find out more: Students can always apply for personal loans through their bank.

Students can also sign up for a payment plan if they do not have tuition reimbursement from their employer or if they can’t pay their bill in full. The link for the Penn Payment Plan is: Penn Payment Plan | Penn Student Registration & Financial Services| Penn SRFS (

Program Outcomes


Those who complete our Transformative Nursing Education Minor or Certificate Program meet the educational requirements for both the NLN Nurse Educator certification exam, and the ANCC Nursing Professional Development Certification exam. However, both exams require the candidate to obtain work experience in either the academic or service environment before they are eligible to take the respective certification exam.

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