​​Certificate Programs Through Professional Organizations

Academic Nurse Educator Certification

Eligibility requirements vary for each certification. Additional certifications exist; this is not an exhaustive list.

National League for Nursing (NLN)
Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) criteria:
1. RN licensure
2. Master’s or doctoral degree in nursing
3. Commitment to nurse education (at least one of the following):

  • Two or more years employment as academic nursing faculty
  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education
  • Emphasis in Nursing Education within MS or PhD
  • Completion of 9 or more credits of graduate-level education courses

Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Certifications
Practitioner and clinical specialty certifications are highly desirable for academic nurse educators; however, clinical specialty certification without a master’s or doctoral degree in Nursing is typically insufficient to be an academic faculty member in professional nursing programs.

See the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) for several available specialty certifications. Additional nursing specialty certifications exist.

Professional Development Opportunities in Distance Education

Growth of online higher education in nursing has shifted the higher education paradigm.  Nursing faculty are challenged to create meaningful, creative learning experiences that take full advantage of distance technologies. Continued faculty development is essential to stay on top of these latest advances in distance education.  Below are a few options for professional development in distance education. 

UW-Madison Professional Certificate in Online Education

UW-Platteville Online Master in Distance Education Leadership

UW-Stout Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching

UW Oshkosh


Nurses for Wisconsin


Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing Programs Through UW System

Why you should join one of the UW System nursing programs.

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UW-Eau Claire College of Nursing and Health Sciences

BSN Traditional

BSN Completion Program

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Choose one focus area (Adult-Gerontologic Health Nursing  or Family Health Nursing) and functional role preparation as an Educator

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Includes a post-Masters option

UW-Green Bay Professional Program in Nursing


Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Leadership & Management in Health Systems

UW—Madison School of Nursing

Bachelor of Science

BSN@Home (RN to BS)

School Nurse Certificate

Early Entry PhD Option

BSN/MPH Option

Post Grad Psych Certification

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Those interested may add the Nurse Educator Certificate.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Nursing
Those interested may add the Nurse Educator Certificate.

UW-Milwaukee College of Nursing

BS Traditional

RN to BS

RN to MN

Master of Nursing (MN) – Direct Entry
Graduates are eligible to write the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification exam.

Master of Nursing  (MN) – Nurse Generalist Master’s Program
Graduates are eligible to write the Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) certification exam.

RN to MN Program - CNL

BSN to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Specializations: Family Nurse Practitioner; Clinical Nurse Specialist; Nursing Systems Leadership; Community Health/Aggregate

Post Master's DNP Online

DNP/MBA Program

BS to PhD (Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing)


PhD (Online)

Family Nurse Practitioner (Post-master’s); Health Professional Education Certificate; Applied Gerontology Certificate

UW Oshkosh College of Nursing

BSN Traditional

Accelerated Online Bachelor's to BSN Option

ADN or Diploma to BSN Option

RN to BSN to MSN

Master of Science in Nursing
Clinical Nurse Leader emphasis; Nurse Educator emphasis

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

Graduate Program Certificate - CNL

UW-Stevens Point Nursing Program

RN to BSN Completion Program

UW-Green Bay

UW-Stevens Point