Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate

The need for quality nursing professionals has never been greater.

This certificate was designed to address that need, preparing teachers to develop the next generation of nurses. It is currently offered primarily online.


The Certificate in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions prepares nurses and health professionals for one of the most essential roles: teacher. You will acquire essential knowledge and teaching skills, allowing you to work effectively with students, patients, or consumers in academic, clinical, or professional settings. You will apply knowledge and skills in a practicum individually tailored to your goals and interests. 

This certificate is available for persons holding a graduate degree in nursing or a related health profession. These courses will also enrich programs of study for master's and doctoral students currently enrolled in nursing or health professions graduate programs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Courses are offered in classroom and online learning environments. This certificate is approved by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. 

After completing the Certificate in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions, you will be able to:

  • Address the urgent educational needs in nursing and other health professions
  • Teach in a range of settings, including traditional classrooms, online, or clinical learning environments
  • Apply innovative teaching strategies to enhance the learning experience for a diverse range of students




Students applying to the Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions Certificate must EITHER:

  • provide proof of current enrollment in a nursing or health sciences MS or PhD program, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0
  • have successfully completed a master's or doctorate in nursing or a related health science field from an accredited college or university.

Application requirements:


Submission Guidelines

Online Application and non-refundable $75 application fee.

Start your application now.

Essay. You may submit the essay portion with your online application. We recommend that you compose the essay portion using word processing software and copy and paste it into the text box in the online application.

Submit via online application, via email to admissions.nursing@umaryland.edu, or by mail.

Official transcripts. An official transcript from every institution previously attended or currently attending must be submitted in a sealed envelope, as prepared by the sending institution. Electronic transcripts from University System of Maryland institutions will be accepted in lieu of official, sealed transcripts.

Submit by mail to:
University of Maryland School of Nursing
Office of Student and Academic Services
655 West Lombard Street, Suite 102
Baltimore, MD 21201-1579

Typed résumé or CV. Be sure to include your full name with your submission.

Submit via email to:

At least one (two preferred) recommendations. Recommendations must come from a mentor, teacher, employer, fellow student, or professional colleague who can speak knowledgeably about your potential to become a teacher/educator.

Complete this form to generate a request to a recommender you identify. For all Spring 2019 and later applicants, a form and letter will be required.

Residency classification. Applicants who are claiming in-state (Maryland) residency MUST apply for in-state status. 

Complete a residency application and submit it using the instructions supplied on the application.

Applicants without a High School Diploma or College Degree in the U.S:

  • If you do not have a degree from a U.S. high school, college, or university, you are required to demonstrate English proficiency.
  • If you have completed coursework outside of the U.S., you must have your transcripts evaluated.

More information.


  • fall enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Feb. 1
  • spring enrollment: rolling admissions review begins Sept. 1

If you have questions regarding the admissions requirements or process, contact the Office of Admissions to avoid errors that could delay the processing of your application.

Core Courses

NURS 787: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Professions (3 credits)

This course will provide a foundation in theory and application of essential knowledge for teaching students, consumers, and continuing education in a variety of settings. The course content begins with an introduction to teaching and learning and the history of medical education and traditional education. Content will focus on answering the following questions: what is learning; what do learners need to learn; how is learning organized; and who are the learners.

NURS 791: Instructional Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Nursing and Health Professions (3 credits)

This course prepares the student to select and implement instructional strategies and media that are appropriate to the learning style of the learner, the content to be taught, the behavioral objectives of the learning material, and the processes of learning. The course includes both didactic and experiential experiences and provides a strong linkage to techniques for evaluating the impact of various instructional strategies on learning. Attention is given to basic measurement principles of reliability and validity, test construction, assessing skill acquisition and competence, and interpreting results from measures.

NURS 792: Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions (3 credits)

Theoretical knowledge and skills acquired in prerequisite courses will be applied in a practicum of teaching experiences that is precepted by a master teacher. Individual aspects of the practicum will be negotiated between the student, preceptor, and faculty facilitator in a learning contract. In addition to the practicum, students will engage in an online seminar. Seminar topics will focus on role development, issues and future trends in nursing and health professions education, and ethical and legal influences on teaching and learning.

Practicum Course FAQs

What is a practicum in teaching and how does it work?

The Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions is a 3-credit precepted course taken after the first two certificate core courses (NURS 787 and NURS 791) have been completed. It is recommended that you take NURS 792 the semester after you complete NURS 791. The course is offered during fall and spring semesters. Faculty permission is required for registration.

How does the time work in this 3-credit practicum?

Each academic institution has a standard method of allotting time/credit. For example, at the University of Maryland School of Nursing (UMSON), 1 credit = 1 classroom hour (50 minutes) or 3 clinical hours. Therefore, for a 3-credit practicum, 9 hours/week for a 15-week semester or 135 hours is required. Taken in the fall or spring semester, this amounts to one day/week for a total of 120 hours/semester in the practicum setting and allows for work with an online seminar during the remaining hour for a total of 15 hours.

Who is the preceptor with whom I will work?

Dr. Carol O'Neil, the faculty member facilitating this course, will talk with you to discuss your individual objectives, consider the learner group and type of setting you prefer, and identify an appropriate preceptor and practicum site. The learning experience must take place within a fully accredited institution with which UMSON has a contract for students. Practicum experiences are done in an institution other than where you are, or have been, employed. Practicum/preceptor placement is set by the institute faculty.

I work full-time. How can I make time for one day a week?

Students typically find a strategy that fits their work and other priorities. For example, they may take vacation days to complete the practicum. If agreeable to the preceptor assigned and institution where the practicum is scheduled, it may be possible to complete the practicum requirements in two half days instead of one full day per week.


NRSG 793: Teaching and Managing in Online Learning Environments (3 credits)

This course will provide a foundation for creating and teaching in online learning environments. The focus areas are pedagogy, infrastructure, design, and teaching online. Topics important for online learning will include reconceptualizing courses from traditional classroom to online environments; designing, teaching, and managing online and hybrid learning environments; interacting with learners online; assessing student learning; and evaluating courses.

NRSG 794: Introduction to the Nurse Faculty Role (3 credits)

This elective course is designed to offer nursing graduate students opportunities to consider various aspects of the nursing faculty role within the contexts of academic institutions and nursing programs in which faculty function. Role preparation; faculty job market; various avenues for entry; and the teaching, research/scholarship, and service aspects of the role are addressed. Various external influences such as accreditation, faculty shortage, and national initiatives will be explored.

NRSG 796: Introduction to Teaching Nursing in the Clinical Setting (3 credits)

The purpose of this online elective course is to introduce registered nurses to ways of being safe, efficient, and effective clinical educators.  Learning the key role of the clinical educator is achieved through learning and applying concepts to the clinical setting. Content will focus on the foundations of clinical education and the role and responsibilities of the clinical educator. Models that inform clinical learning and practice will be examined. Methods and strategies of organizing the clinical learning experience to enhance the desired outcomes will be identified. Various methods of student assessment will be examined and a feedback loop to inform and protect the student-patient-faculty triad will be identified. Discussions and case studies will provide opportunities to apply content.


Plan of Study

This sequence of courses can be completed in a minimum of two semesters.

Two Semester Option:*

Semester 1 Semester 2
NURS 787: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Professions
(3 credits)
NURS 792: Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions
(3 credits)
NURS 791: Instructional Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Nursing and Health Professions
(3 credits)
(3 credits)

Three Semester Option:*

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
NURS 787: Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning in Nursing and Health Professions
(3 credits)
NURS 791: Instructional Strategies and Assessment of Learning in Nursing and Health Professions
(3 credits)
NURS 792: Practicum in Teaching in Nursing and Health Professions
(3 credits)

The 3-credit elective can be taken in any of the three semesters or in a fourth semester.

*NURS 787 and NURS 791 are prerequisites for NURS 792.