Nurse Educator Certification Program

The Canadian Nurse Educator Certification Program fosters excellence in the academic nurse educator role and provides recognition and merit for the specialized knowledge, expertise, and competencies of this role in Canada.

Participants who are successful on a comprehensive final exam are awarded the designation Canadian Certified Nurse Educator (CCNE). The CCNE is an important marker of professional excellence for nurse educators in Canada.

Course Description

The CASN Nurse Educator Certification Program is made up of three Modules:

Module 1: Teaching-Learning Philosophies and Theories – September 2022

Module 2: Curriculum and Design – January 20, 2022 – March 10, 2022

Module 3: Teaching-Learning Strategies – March 31, 2022 – May 19, 2022

The aim of the program is to foster excellence in the academic nurse educator role and to provide recognition and merit for the specialized knowledge, expertise, and competencies of this role in Canada.

The CCNE certification exam entitles the successful exam writers to the right to use the Canadian Certified Nurse Educator (CCNE) professional designation for five years.


Audience: Nurse educators teaching in baccalaureate and/or graduate nursing education programs in Canada, and graduate students interested in pursuing an academic career.

Delivery: Online (Zoom & Moodle)

Timeframe: each module is 8 weeks

Schedule: Thursdays from 19:00-21:00 eastern time

Please note: Participation in all live webinars is a course requirement.

Course requirements include:

  1. participation in the live module webinars;
  2. module discussion forums;
  3. submission of an electronic portfolio; and
  4. successful completion of the final online examination.

Please note: to complete the course requirements, you will require access to an online academic library system to retrieve required course readings.

About the Course Instructors:

Dr. Patricia Bradley, MEd, PhD, RN, CCNE

Dr. Patricia Bradley is a highly qualified and well-respected Nurse Educator who has extensive experience in Canada and the United States. Pat is currently an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Internationally Educated Nurses BScN Program in the School of Nursing at York University. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Community Nursing at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, a Master’s in Education with a focus on curriculum at St. Michael’s College in Vermont, USA, a Master’s of Science in Nursing at Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, USA, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing from the University of San Diego, USA. She was the recipient of the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award in 2012, and in 2011 she was the recipient of both a teaching innovation award from the Council of Ontario University Programs of Nursing (COUPN) and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN) Excellence in Nursing Education Award. Pat’s recent research has focused on the experience and intervention initiatives to assist internationally educated nurses’ transition into the healthcare setting. She is passionate about nursing and teaching, and is committed to ensuring students are equipped with the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to provide safe and quality nursing care.

Dr. Karin Page-Cutrara, RN, BNSc, MN, PhD, CCNE, CCSNE

Dr. Karin Page-Cutrara is Associate Professor, Teaching Stream at York University’s School of Nursing in Toronto, Canada. Karin obtained a BNSc at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, and a Master of Nursing at Athabasca University, Alberta. She completed doctoral studies in 2015 at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA, focusing on the use of simulation in undergraduate nursing education. She has taught as a perioperative clinical nurse educator in the hospital setting, and in perioperative nursing programs in various colleges. Karin currently uses simulation in teaching thinking skills and for developing nursing competencies in baccalaureate nursing students. Karin has authored articles on simulation prebriefing in peer-reviewed nursing journals. She is committed to addressing the challenges of teaching and learning in the academic setting, and to facilitating undergraduate student learning and competency development.


*Fee for each module: $500

Registration includes:

  • Four, two-hour live webinars
  • Instruction, correspondence, and support from a highly qualified Nurse Educator.
  • Discussion forum
  • Final online exam
  • Certificate of Successful Completion

*Please note: the course is offered in English, and registration is limited. The registration fee does not include the cost of the required course textbook. Participants are responsible for purchasing the required course textbook.

Required Course Textbook:

Page-Cutrara, K., & Bradley, P. (Eds.). (2020). The role of the nurse educator in Canada. Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

The Role of the Nurse Educator in Canada – Text Book

Refund and Cancellation Policy for CASN Courses

Registrations that are cancelled up to one week before the start of the course will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. Registrations that are cancelled with less than one week’s notice will not be refunded, unless the spot in the course can be filled by another participant. The responsibility to fill the spot will rely solely on CASN staff and every effort will be made to fill the spot. There will be no refunds issued once the course begins.

CASN reserves the right to cancel this course if it does not meet minimal group requirements.
If you have any questions or would like more information about the course, please contact Jessica Pearce Lamothe at