Nurse Educator Certificate Program

The Canadian Nurse Educator Certificate 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.

Program Description

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. Upon successful completion of all three modules, participants will be prepared to write the comprehensive final exam. Participants who are successful on the 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. 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.



  • Nurse educators teaching in nursing programs (LPN, RPN, or RN programs)
  • Clinical nurse educators
  • Graduate students interested in an academic career

Delivery: Online (Zoom & Moodle)
Timeframe: each module is 8 weeks


  • Participants must be a nurse to participate (RNs, LPNs, and RPNs are all accepted)
  • A graduate degree in nursing is recommended, but not required

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


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

Module 1: Teaching-Learning Philosophies and Theories – September 2023
Module 2: Curriculum and Design – January 2024
Module 3: Teaching-Learning Strategies – Spring 2024

Please click on each module to see the learning outcomes and course description, as well as dates and registration information.

Program 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.


Cost per module:

  • $500 per module for participants from CASN member schools
  • $550 per module for non-member participants

Registration includes:

  • Four, two-hour live webinars
  • Instruction, correspondence, and support from a highly qualified nurse educator
  • Discussion forums
  • Final online exam
  • Certificates 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 text. Participants are responsible for purchasing the required text.

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


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 Professor Emerita at 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 health care 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, PhD, RN, CCNE, CCSNE

Dr. Karin Page-Cutrara is Associate Dean, Teaching Learning and Academic Programs in the Faculty of Health, and Associate Professor, Teaching Stream in the School of Nursing at York University 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 in nursing and the health disciplines.



  • 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, though the participant will have the option to defer the cost of the course to apply to another CNEI/CASN course.
  • 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.

Course Content

  • Participants are responsible for access to any course materials, including articles and textbooks.
  • There will be no make-up assignments accepted.
  • Assignments will not be re-marked.
  • Late submissions will not be accepted, unless under exceptional circumstances.

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