Simulation Certificate Program

The Simulation Certificate Program fosters excellence in nursing education in Canada through faculty development in simulation-based pedagogy, practices, and technologies. The program prepares nurse educators to address a broad complement of practice learning needs and the full range of simulation typologies.

Program Description

The Simulation Certificate Program encompasses four modules, each offered once per calendar year. Although the given sequence is strongly recommended, modules may be taken in any order. Every module culminates in a submitted assignment and a multiple-choice exam. Upon successful completion of all four modules, participants will be prepared to write the national certification exam to achieve the Canadian Certified Simulation Nurse Educator (CCSNE) designation.

CCSNE – Exam

Audience: Nurse educators using simulation in nursing education programs

Delivery: Online (Zoom & Moodle)

Timeframe: Modules are 8 weeks each; see Modules for course dates

Please note that participation in all live webinars is a course requirement.


  • Participants in the program are required to hold a graduate degree in nursing or a related field and have experience in the role of a nurse educator.
  • Equivalent experience in lieu of a graduate degree may be accepted at CASN’s discretion.


Module 1: Theory and Design – January 2024
Module 2: Facilitation – March 2024
Module 3: Interprofessional Education – June 2024
Module 4: Evaluation and Scholarship – September 2024


Successful participants in the program will have demonstrated that they have developed the six competencies for simulation-based learning facilitation, noted below. The Canadian Certified Simulation Nurse Educator competencies are as follows:

  1. draws on foundational theories and simulation pedagogy when teaching simulation;
  2. designs effective simulation scenarios;
  3. facilitates learning effectively in the context of simulation-based experiences;
  4. collaborates with educators from other health professions to develop and implement simulation-based experiences;
  5. evaluates participants of simulated-based experiences appropriately; and
  6. contributes to furthering simulation knowledge among nursing faculty and building a community of nurse educators with expertise in simulation.


Cost per module:

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

Registration includes:

  • Live webinars
  • Instruction, correspondence, and support
  • 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 text. Participants are responsible for purchasing the required text.

Required Course Textbook

Campbell, S., Luctkar-Flude, M., Harder, N., & Tyerman, J. (Eds.). (2023). Simulation in Canadian Nursing Education. Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing.

Simulation in Canadian Nursing Education

About the Program Instructors

Nicole Harder, RN, PhD, CHSE (Modules 2 & 3)

Nicole Harder is an Assistant Professor with the College of Nursing, and the Mindermar Professor in Human Simulation, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Manitoba.  Nicole has been with the University of Manitoba since 2000 in a variety of positions, including serving as the Coordinator for the College of Nursing Simulation Learning Centre.  Her practice background has been as a women’s health nurse practitioner with the Canadian military, as well as several years working in the Canadian high arctic in remote health centers.  Nicole has conducted several education sessions nationally and internationally educating faculty members on facilitation and debriefing techniques in simulation, and how to create effective simulation-based learning experiences.  She is the Editor-in-Chief for the peer reviewed journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing, and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning, and with the Réseau Simulation Canada Network.  In addition, she has served as the Co-Chair of the Canadian Association for Schools of Nursing (CASN) Taskforce on Clinical Education, was the former Chair of the CASN Simulation Special Interest Group, and is the a Past-President of the Western and Northern Region-CASN.

Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, RN, PhD, IBCLC (Modules 2 & 3)

Dr. Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia, School of Nursing, Vancouver, Canada, is a seasoned global educator who uses technology and experiential learning pedagogy to build capacity in simulation. She provides ongoing leadership in facilitating faculty development workshops, mentoring new and seasoned authors to share their simulation designs in her award winning co-edited textbook and encouraging inter-professional simulations led by nurses. Understanding the complexities of bringing classrooms to life, she helps bridge the gap between education and practice. She is advancing interprofessional education, research, and practice by incorporating technical and non-technical skills such as communication, therapeutic relationship, leadership and team-building in her simulation research and international presentations and publications. Advancing nursing’s role in the development of knowledge, partnerships, and collaboration begin with the support of nursing faculty – Dr. Campbell’s commitment to professional development of nursing faculty spans two decades. Her clinical work in the area of lactation with underserved populations has led her to global and interdisciplinary work that melds with the goals of simulation. Enjoying didactic, clinical, and technological teaching she is excited to share her years of experience with the next generation of nursing faculty.

Marian Luctkar-Flude, RN, PhD (Modules 1 & 4)

Dr. Marian Luctkar-Flude is an Assistant Professor at the Queen’s University School of Nursing. She has over 20 years’ experience as a medical-surgical nurse and over 15 years’ experience as an educator.  She has been involved in simulation education since 2005 when she was appointed as the Nursing Lab Coordinator and helped to take the new high-fidelity simulators out of the box. During that time she led the development of the Queen’s nursing simulation program and collaborated with colleagues from the School of Medicine and the School of Rehabilitation Therapy to develop, implement and evaluate a series of interprofessional simulation modules for prelicensure students. She now holds a tenure track faculty position, but continues to be involved in curriculum development using various simulation strategies, and was awarded the Queen’s University Faculty of Health Sciences Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in Teaching in 2014.

Marian has been an active member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL) since 2010 and currently serves on the Research Committee and the Editorial Board of the journal Clinical Simulation in Nursing. She is also a member of other simulation organizations such as the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSH), the SIM-one Healthcare Simulation Network, is a founding member and current Co-President of the Ontario Simulation Alliance (OSA) and the Canadian Network of Nurse Educators using Simulation (CAN-SIM), and is on the steering committee for the Canadian Virtual Simulation Community of Learning. She teaches in simulation design and research courses for the OSA/CAN-SIM, SIM-one, and the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).

Her program of research initially focused on curriculum development and interprofessional education using simulation, and in 2016 she was the recipient of the INACSL Excellence in Research Award in recognition of this work. Her current research interests include faculty development, presimulation preparation, and virtual simulation games. She is the recipient of numerous educational research grants, has published widely in the field of simulation-based education, and has presented at numerous regional, national and international conferences and scientific conferences. She is known as a collaborator and mentor amongst her nursing and interprofessional colleagues in the simulation community.

Jane Tyerman, RN, PhD (Modules 1 & 4)

Dr. Jane Tyerman is a nursing professor at the Trent/Fleming School of Nursing in Peterborough, Ontario.  She has over 25 years of experience in acute care clinical practice and 15 years academic BScN teaching experience.  She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Ottawa, Bachelor of Nursing from Athabasca University, and her Master of Science and PhD from Queens University.  She is an Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) and Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) instructor with the Canadian Heart and Stroke Foundation.  She is a Canadian Hesi Live Review Educator, in which capacity she delivers onsite personalized courses to further prepare new graduate nurses for their NCLEX board examination.  Dr. Tyerman’s research and publications focus on nursing simulation design, development, curriculum implementation, and virtual simulation using serious games.  She currently holds a large E-Campus grant exploring the cost-utility of using virtual serious games as presimulation preparation in nursing education. She is currently the co-president of the Ontario Simulation Alliance (OSA) and the national Canadian Alliance of Nursing educators using Simulation (CAN-Sim).  She also serves as a reviewer for the Clinical Simulation in Nursing journal.  Other research interests include neurofeedback, the impact of shiftwork on nurses’ mental health, and psychiatric nursing care practices of acute care nurses.



  • 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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