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Nursing Education Certificate (Fall start only)

The crucial need for nursing educators in expanding and complex nursing roles requires preparation in innovative techniques for nursing education.


  • Adapt the curriculum process to targeted learning groups, such as professional nursing students, staff nurses, patients, and health maintenance consumers.
  • Cultivate effective presentation skills.
  • Match teaching strategies with targeted learning groups.
  • Design evaluation tools for targeted learning groups.

After being accepted for admission to the Post Master's Certificate Nursing Education Program, each student is assigned a faculty mentor who will assist the student in completion of a Program Plan. To complete this program, students must complete 25 credits of Nursing Education course work. Students have up to five years to complete the program.

This program is based upon and consistent with the mission, purposes, and philosophy of Duquesne University and its undergraduate nursing program. The Duquesne faculty is committed to nurturing a flexible and creative scholarly environment that encourages students to participate actively in scientific inquiry and research.


Due to higher education regulation changes, effective August 1, 2011, Duquesne University is unable to accept applications for admission to online programs and courses from students residing in Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Wisconsin. For questions, please contact Todd Eicker, Director of Graduate Admissions, at 412.396.6219 or


Nursing Education Curriculum

Download PMC curriculum grid

Course # Course Title Credits
GNED 500 Curriculum Design 3 credits
GNED 502 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3 credits
GNED 504 Nursing Education Role Practicum 3 credits
GNED 701 Innovation in Curriculum Design 1 credit
GPNG 928 Social Justice and Vulnerable Populations 3 credits
GPNS 916 Health Care Information Systems 3 credits
GPNS 928 Evidence Based Teaching 3 credits
GPNS 929 Program Analysis and Evaluation 3 credits
~~~ Elective 3 credits

TOTAL = 25 credits

Revisions to courses and curricula are ongoing.

AACN Synergy Model

The Synergy Model for Patient Care, developed by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, has been adopted by the faculty and integrated into the undergraduate and graduate nursing curriculums.  The core concept of the Synergy Model: the needs or characteristics of patients and families influence the characteristics or competencies of the nurse.  Synergy results when the needs and characteristics of a patient, clinical unit or system match those of the nurse.

The Synergy Model describes eight patient characteristics (needs) and eight nurse characteristics (competencies); patient needs drive nurse competencies.  Each individual characteristic is further delineated by levels of complexity or intensity.  The core competencies of the nurse include clinical judgment, advocacy, clinical practices, collaboration, systems thinking, response to diversity, clinical inquiry and facilitation of learning.  These eight competencies provide the basis for program and level outcomes in the undergraduate program.  An additional ninth program/level outcome focuses on the synergy between the nurse’s competencies and patient characteristics as it relates to patient outcomes.  Similarly, the graduate program outcomes are based on these same nurse characteristics but at a higher level. Underlying all competencies is the unique contribution of nurses to provide safe passage for patients and their families through the health care environment.

The table below illustrates the relationship between nurse competencies of the Synergy Model and the BSN program outcomes.

Nurse Competencies

Program Outcomes

Clinical Judgment Integrate clinical judgment skills when implementing care for individuals, families, groups, and community.
Advocacy Justify one’s practice through the implementation of the role of being a moral agent.
Caring Practices Display a caring attitude in all aspects of one’s practice.
Collaboration Initiate collaborative efforts for the improvement of care to individuals and for improvement in the health care delivery.
Systems Thinking Demonstrate the ability to utilize integrated systems analysis for the personal and professional navigation of the health care delivery systems.
Response to Diversity Integrate cultural sensitivity in caring for individuals/families of diverse populations.
Clinical Inquiry Engage in evidenced-based practice.
Facilitation of Learning Incorporate teaching into all aspects of one’s practice.
Impact of “synergy” nurse/patient characteristics and patient outcomes Evaluate the interrelationship of nurse competencies and the patient characteristics to patient outcomes.