Post Master's Certificates

Methodist College offers two Post Master's Certificate options for professional nurses with an earned master's degree in nursing to further their education and advance their careers. The courses in these certificates are offered in an online format. 

Admissions for all Methodist College graduate programs are for the fall semesters. The early admissions deadline is April 15.

Nurse Leader Executive Post Master's Certificate

The purpose of the Nurse Leader Executive post-masters certificate is to prepare current nurses who have a master's degree in nursing to build a foundation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to prepare them for future or enhance current leadership roles. Completing this certificate will allow the nurse leader executive to function in many different leadership roles within the healthcare arena using advanced leadership intuition.

The nurse leader executive is not a direct care role, as defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, but directs and leads those providing care.

The program has  completion requirements of  14 credit hours* **

Nurse Leader Executive Plan of Study

Course Name

Credit Hours

N541 Performance Improvement

4 credit hours

N542 Human Resources

3 credit hours

N641 Strategic Planning

3 credit hours

N642 Financial Management for the

Nurse Executive

3 credit hour

N650 Professional Dimensions of the

Advanced Generalist Professional

1 credit hour

Total Credit Hours for Certificate

 14 credit hours

*This sequence represents the minimum credits to completion. Credits to completion will vary by students, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

**Progression in the certificate program is dependent upon course availability.

Nurse Educator Post Master's Certificate

The purpose of the Nurse Educator program post-masters certificate is to prepare current nurses who have a master's degree in nursing to build a foundation of knowledge, skills, and attitudes to prepare them for future or enhance current roles as an educator. Nurse educators function as clinical educators in a variety of healthcare settings and as academic educators in a variety of higher and post-secondary educational settings. The nurse educator designs and implements educational programs for specific populations including patients, families, community groups, nursing students, technical students, and nurses who are specializing in clinical expertise.



The American Association of Colleges of Nursing defines the nurse educator as a direct care role.

The program has completion requirements of 23 credit hours* ** ***

Nurse Educator Plan of Study

 Course Name

Credit Hours

 N510 Advanced Health Assessment*

N520 Advanced Pathophysiology*
N530 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics*
N600 Roles, Issues, and Public Health Policy
N637 Curriculum Development and

 Instructional Design for the Nurse Educator
3
N636 Assessment and Evaluation for the

Nurse Educator
2
N650 Professional Dimensions of the Advanced Generalist Professional 1
N646 Internship for the Graduate Nurse Professional 3
Total Credit Hours 23

* This sequence represents the minimum credits to completion. Credits to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable.

**Progression in the certificate program is dependent upon course availability.

***The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) considers the Nurse Educator a direct care role. Advanced courses in the three P's may be completed at Methodist College or considered for transfer credits, if applicable. 

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Post Master's Certificate program, applicants must:

  • Have an earned master's degree in nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited graduate nursing program
  • Have a current RN license

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For additional information, contact a Recruitment Coordinator at (309) 672-5513 or admissions@methodistcol.edu.