Graduate Certificate in Simulation for Nurse Educators

Graduate Certificate in Simulation for Nurse Educators

Clinical simulation has become an increasingly important part of nursing education. Decreased availability of clinical sites, difficulty with obtaining appropriate practice with low incidence/high risk procedures, and the need for interprofessional learning are all challenges nurse educators currently face. The use of clinical simulation has been effective in addressing such challenges. However, nurse educators in academic and practice settings must be equipped with best practice standards for integration of simulation in the settings where they teach. Programs to prepare nurse educators to become skilled with the specific techniques of this educational modality at this academic level are rare in the surrounding area.

This graduate certificate program, consisting of three courses, provides nurses with the knowledge and skills to effectively use simulation methods in nursing education. Students must be registered nurses with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. The courses focus on the professional standards for nursing simulation, including simulation design, implementation, and evaluation. The courses are offered in hybrid/blended learning format, combining online classes and in-person hands-on practice of skills in the University’s Nursing Simulation Lab as the simulation methods are presented throughout each course. The program concludes with an individualized applied clinical simulation practice that is designed to coalesce each student’s knowledge, skills, and attitudes. This graduate certificate provides a strong foundation in preparation for national certification as a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator.


Certificate Outcomes:

Upon completion of the graduate certificate program, students will be able to:

  • Relate how findings from nursing and quality improvement studies support the use of clinical simulation as a nursing educational pedagogy.
  • Summarize ways that organizational and systems leadership can be developed using clinical simulation.
  • Interpret how simulation can be utilized to improve quality and safety within an organization.
  • Explain how outcomes from clinical simulation research can resolve practice problems.
  • Appraises ways that clinical simulation technology can effectively enhance, integrate, and coordinate care.
  • Employ clinical simulation as a strategy to influence health and healthcare.
  • Describe how clinical simulation can prepare nurses as leaders of interprofessional teams, to communicate, collaborate, and consult with health professionals.
  • Evaluate how clinical simulation enables the application and integration of organizational, client-centered, culturally appropriate care to individuals, families, and populations.
  • Advocate the use of simulation as a nursing intervention that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.

Admission Requirements
  • Possess a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited nursing program.
  • Hold an unrestricted RN license.
  • Submit a completed Graduate Certificate Application form.
  • Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Submit a Statement of Purpose which includes the applicant’s professional goals.
  • Interview with Certificate faculty.

Transfer Credit

No transfer credit is permitted in this certificate program.


For further information about the Graduate Certificate in Simulation for Nursing Educator, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 508-626-4501.


Certificate Course Requirements (3):

  • NURE 925 Introduction to Clinical Simulation
  • NURE 945 Clinical Simulation Design and Evaluation
  • NURE 985 Applied Clinical Simulation Practice

Completion Requirements

To be successfully complete the graduate certificate, the student must have a GPA of 3.00 overall and complete the following courses with a B- (2.7) or better:


 Effective 2021-2022