Certificate Programs

Nurse Educator Certificate Program (DEADLINE November 1 for a Spring start)

The Nurse Educator Certificate Program is designed to provide specific preparation in nursing education for nurses requiring additional educational for both practice based and academic settings.

The program is offered through an on-line format and includes 12 Semester Hours and a total of 90 hours of clinical practicum experiences in the nurses’ local community.

The certificate program may be completed in conjunction with our other graduate programs. For instance, DNP students may complete this course work as a component of their doctoral electives, and earn the certificate.

Program content focuses on the theoretical foundations of nursing education, tests and measurements, cultural diversity, ethics, curriculum development, implementation and evaluation, clinical teaching and evaluation, and strategies needed for teaching any group in any setting. Emphasis is on the teacher-learner process, curriculum development, and course implementation and evaluation in both the classroom and clinical areas.  

With the classroom and clinical experiences graduates from the Nurse Educator Certificate Program who have a graduate degree in nursing will meet the competencies published by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and the National League of Nursing (NLN).

Ideal candidates will possess, at minimum, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing with a competitive grade point average.


Nurse Leader Certificate Program (DEADLINE MAY 1 for a Fall start)

The Nurse Leader Certificate Program is designed to provide academic preparation for nurses who are either working in clinical settings as nurse managers or who seek to transition into leadership roles in the near future (Post BSN or Post MSN).

The program includes a total of 4 didactic courses (14 semester hours) and 45 clinical hours.

The program is being offered in a convenient on-line format in order to facilitate the educational needs of nurses interesting in advancing their career.  


Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate (DEADLINE November 1 for a Spring start)

The online Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate is a post-masters/post-DNP certification program available to certified Family/Adult Nurse Practitioner graduates who would like to gain additional knowledge in advanced practice psychiatric mental health nursing of family.  The certificate will allow the graduate to sit for Psychiatric Mental Health Certification.

The program prepares students to provide comprehensive and integrative psychiatric mental health care to those in need of psychiatric services, as well as those who are at risk. 

The program has 23 graduate level credits of mental health theory and 540 hours of supervised clinical experiences in three psychotherapeutic treatment modalities (individual, group and family) and encompasses treatment across the life span, from childhood through senescence.



In order to apply for admission to the Certificate Program, you must complete the three steps listed below:

1: Apply to the College of Nursing

Click here to complete the online application to the College of Nursing.


2. Apply to Florida State University (Non-Degree Student Application)

A non-refundable US$30.00 processing fee, payable to The Florida State University, must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. Applications will not be processed without the application fee. An official transcript from each college and university attended must also be submitted to the Office of Admissions.


3. Fax or mail required documents to the College of Nursing

•          A. Official Transcripts

•          B. Copy of current RN License

•          C. Copy of Clinical Hours Completed (For Psychiatric Mental Health Certificate Only)

If mailing your documents please use the following address:

Florida State University
College of Nursing Graduate Program
Attn: Carlos Urrutia
98 Varsity Way
Tallahassee, FL 32306-4310

If faxing your documents, FAX to: 850.645.7249

If emailing your scanned documents send them to: currutia@admin.fsu.edu



Additional Information

College of Nursing Graduate Student Handbook

Nurse Educator Certificate Program of Study (pdf 40.92 kB)

Nurse Leader Certificate Program of Study (pdf 51.39 kB)

Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate Program of Study

College of Nursing Student Policies

AACN Guide to Graduate Nursing Programs



Dr. Susan Porterfield

For advising please contact the FSU College of Nursing Office of Student Services.