Advanced Practice Nurse Educator, Post-Master's Certificate

Offered starting summer semester of odd years only.

This certificate provides nurses an opportunity for advanced practice as an educator in nursing higher education. A certificate of completion is awarded when all requirements are met.

*Current master’s and doctoral students may take post-master’s advanced practice nurse educator courses. In these cases, the certificate will not be awarded until the master’s or doctoral degree has been conferred.

Applications for admission will be reviewed once per year by the Nursing Admissions Review Committee. The most qualified applicants will be selected on a space-available basis. It may be necessary for some students to take undergraduate courses to meet prerequisites of selected graduate courses.

Admission Criteria

  1. Master’s degree in nursing from an institution of higher education that is fully accredited by the appropriate regional accrediting agency, and from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited graduate nursing program.
  2. A current valid and unrestricted license as a Registered Nurse in the U.S. In addition, an applicant must not have had a previous revocation, denial, suspension, or restriction of their license from any state or country.
  3. Minimum of one (1) year paid clinical work experience within the past three years as a Registered Nurse before the application deadline, documented on the submitted resume.
  4. Evidence of capacity for graduate study.
    • A blended cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale for all previous course work on the submitted transcripts, and
    • Positive professional references.
  5. Ability to articulate one’s professional goals, evidenced by the Admission Essay, with applicant’s goals congruent with the objectives and resources of the Otterbein University Department of Nursing.

After review of the written materials, a selected pool of applicants will be required to participate in a faculty interview.

The following experiences are not criteria for selection, but are highly recommended:

  1. Demonstrated facility with computer-based office productivity tools, including word processing, electronic mail, and spreadsheet manipulation. This may be achieved by completing one or more of several online tutorials and face-to-face workshops; and
  2. Demonstrated facility with the most recent version of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (aka APA style). This may be achieved by taking one of several available tutorials, including the APA Tutorial available at the APA Website.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application. Indicate Summer Semester 2021 start date.
  2. Submit to
    • a current resume, preferably as an MS Word or PDF file, with all professional experience documented. Include your RN license number and state of licensure. Also include leadership activities, scholastic awards, nursing organizational memberships, and community service, as applicable, and
    • the Admission Essay.
  3. Request from all institutions of higher education where you have earned credit, irrespective of number of courses taken, that an individual, official transcript be sent to The Graduate School, Otterbein University. They may be sent directly from the institution electronically to
  4. Request from two individuals who can support your potential academic ability, clinical competency, and personal character that they complete and submit a recommendation form. At least one should be from a clinical preceptor or person who has evaluated your clinical ability. Otterbein University reserves the right to contact persons providing recommendations and to acknowledge receipt of recommendations. Request that they be sent electronically to

Students must submit documentation of meeting health requirements – including completion of the American Heart Association Basic Life Support (BLS) curriculum – prior to starting classes, and must submit documentation of keeping health requirements current throughout their course of study.

Curriculum Requirements

Total of 9 graduate credit hours.

All courses are taught as hybrid courses. All courses are required.

Note: A minimum grade of B minus (B-) must be achieved in ALL courses.

Curriculum Requirements
NURS 6410 3 hrs Educational Theory, Program Development, and Evaluation
NURS 6420 3 hrs Advanced Faculty Role in Nursing Education
NURS 6430 3 hrs Nurse Educator Practicum

Sample Plan of Study Grid

Advanced Practice Nurse Educator Post-Master’s Certificate

Summer Semester
Code Course Title Hours
NURS 6410 Educational Theory, Program Development, and Evaluation 3 hrs
Semester Hours = 3
Fall Semester
Code Course Title Hours
NURS 6420 Advanced Faculty Role in Nursing Education 3 hrs
Semester Hours = 3
Spring Semester
Code Course Title Hours
NURS 6430 Nurse Educator Practicum 3 hrs
Semester Hours = 3

Total Program Hours = 9

Tuition & Financial Aid

Program Tuition Estimates

The following fees are for tuition only. Additional lab, resource, and technology fees can be found on the fee schedule on the Business Office websiteAcceptance deposit fees that are credited towards tuition are: BSN-to-DNP Nurse Anesthesia $1,000; all other degrees and certificates $500. Costs subject to slight increases each academic year.

Graduate Nursing Program MSN Tuition Estimate DNP Tuition Estimate
Family Nurse Practitioner, ADN2(MSN+1)=DNP $35,210 $47,280
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, ADN2(MSN+1)=DNP $43,020 $55,090
Family Nurse Practitioner, BSN2(MSN+1)=DNP $27,680 $39,750
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, BSN2(MSN+1)=DNP $35, 490 $47,560
Nurse Anesthesia (Click here for more cost info for the NA major) $90,186
Master’s Degree to DNP
Advanced Practice Nurse Focus $24,850
Nurse Executive Focus $24,850
Post-Master’s Certificate
Advanced Practice Nurse Educator $5,670
Family Nurse Practitioner $22,000
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner $29,100
Graduate Nursing Tuition Fees per Credit Hour
5000- and 6000-Level Courses $630 per cr hr
7200-, 7300-, 7400-, 7500-, 7900-, and 8000-Level Courses $710 per cr hr
7600-, 7700-, and 7800-Level Courses $1,052 per cr hr


Payment Options

To help you manage your graduate school expenses Otterbein offers the ePay payment system and resources you may research for scholarship opportunities (see non-Otterbein Sources of Aid below). We recommend that you speak with the graduate financial aid counselor at 614-823-1379. See the Business Office site for information about ePay.

Graduate Nursing Financial Aid Options

Non-Otterbein Sources of Aid

Graduate students are eligible for consideration for a variety of scholarships and loans.

Otterbein Financial Aid
For information about financial aid available from Otterbein, see the Office of Financial Aid site.

Application Deadlines

Graduate Nursing Application Deadlines

Program of Study Annual Deadline
Master’s Degree to Doctor of Nursing Practice
Advanced Practice Focus
Nurse Executive Focus
April 1*
Family Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP (MSN included)
Post-Master’s Certificate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing to DNP, MSN included
April 1*
Psychiatric & Mental Health Nurse Practitioner
BSN to DNP (MSN included)
Post-Master’s Certificate
Associate’s Degree in Nursing to DNP, MSN included
April 1*
Nurse Anesthesia
BSN to DNP September 1
Advanced Practice Nurse Educator
Post-Master’s Certificate February 1, odd-numbered years

*Applications will be reviewed monthly; while seats remain available.