May 27, 2023
The Nurse Educator program integrates scientific findings, nursing and learning theories, informatics, and technology into the development and evaluation of curricula and educational programs in diverse educational settings. Graduates provide ethical, evidence-based nursing education services for multi-cultural and ethnically diverse students, staff, families, select populations, and communities.
Note: Students who are enrolled in this program solely are not eligible for Federal Financial Aid.
Stephanie S. DeBoor, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs
University of Nevada, Reno
Orvis School of Nursing
1664 N. Virginia Street MS 0134
Reno, NV 89557
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the Nurse Educator certificate, the graduate is able to:
- Synthesize theoretical, scientific, and contemporary clinical knowledge for the assessment and management of both health and illness states.
- Implements clinical reasoning and builds collaborative intra- and interprofessional relationships to provide optimal care to patients.
- Provide patient-centered, quality care to the adult and older adult population within the acute and critical care settings through incorporation of health promotion, health protections, disease prevention and treatment.
- Impart knowledge and individualize therapies through the activities of advocacy, modeling and teaching.
- Applies evidence-based practice designed to improve quality of care and health outcomes by overseeing and directing the delivery of clinical services within an integrated system of healthcare.
Prerequisites for admission to the Orvis School of Nursing Master of Science Program:
- Successful completion of a Master of Science in Nursing from a CCNE- or NLN-accredited academic institution with an overall GPA of 3.0 or better.
- Current unencumbered licensure as an RN and eligible for licensure in Nevada.
Advanced graduate certificate candidates can be admitted during the Spring, Summer, or Fall Semesters. The deadline for summer and fall admission is March 1 and the spring admission deadline is Oct. 1. Students are notified of admission, denial, or waitlist status by April 15th for summer and fall admissions and November 15th for spring admission.
Applicants must meet both the University’s Graduate School requirements and the Orvis School of Nursing graduate student requirements. Applicants should begin by completing an application to the University’s Graduate School for an advanced graduate certificate in the specialty of Nurse Educator.
Applications are submitted to the University of Nevada, Reno - Graduate School along with the following requirements:
- Three professional letters of recommendation.
- A resume’ or vitae that includes education, professional employment and/or community service experience.
- A letter of intent or personal statement that should be single-spaced, 12-point font, and no longer than 1,000 words. It should include the following information:
- Explain why you have chosen the University of Nevada, Reno, Orvis School of Nursing for your graduate studies.
- Share which track (Nurse Educator) you have chosen to pursue and describe how you envision functioning in this role as part of an inter-professional team.
- Describe leadership experiences, both professional and personal, that have prepared you for graduate studies.
II. Program Total 17 Units*
* Providing review of transcripts represents completion of core coursework (Nurse Educator) from full time plan of study.