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Innovative course series prepares the next generation of nursing educators

The Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing now offers the Health Professions Educator Graduate Academic Certificate Program (HPE-GAC). The Graduate Academic Certificate Program as Health Professions Educator focuses on preparing students in graduate programs who have an interest in health professions education to serve as educators in health professions, particularly in nursing.

Purpose

With a looming nursing shortage, an aging faculty workforce with anticipated nursing faculty retirements, and implementation of a prelicensure nursing education program, preparation of the next generation of educators is an important issue for the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing as well as the larger Sacramento-area nursing community.

Who can apply

  • Current students in the master’s leadership or doctoral programs of the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs or consent of the program director.
  • Students enrolled in a UC Davis graduate program with an interest in health professions education may also apply. Admission is on a space-available basis.

Potential applicants should apply for the certificate program after they have completed at least one quarter of graduate education at UC Davis.

Qualifications to apply

Criteria used to determine admission of students:

  • Current graduate student in the master’s leadership or doctoral programs at the school or consent of the program director
  • Good academic standing
  • Completion of at least one quarter of graduate education
  • UC Davis graduate students with an interest in health professions education may apply. Admission is on a space-available basis.

What will I gain from this experience?

Educators in the health professions, particularly nursing, are in high demand to teach didactic, as well as clinical, content. In California, approval by the California Board of Registered Nursing is required for faculty to teach in prelicensure nursing programs. Per Section 1425 (c) of the Code of Regulations, Board of Registered Nursing approval for nursing instructors requires:

  1. Current California licensure as a registered nurse
  2. Direct patient-care experience within the previous five years in the nursing area to which he or she is assigned
  3. Completion of at least one year experience teaching courses related to registered nursing or completion of a postbaccalaureate course which includes practice in teaching registered nursing.

A Graduate Academic Certificate (GAC) is a mechanism that can be utilized to provide potential faculty with the experience and education required by the California Board of Registered Nursing and better prepare future educators in other health professions.

Students who complete the HPE-GAC receive the following benefits:

  • Notation on the official UC Davis transcript of completion of the Health Professions Educator Graduate Academic Certificate Program
  • Eligibility to apply for Certification for Nurse Educators through the National League for Nursing (NLN). For more information, visit the NLN website here.

Application process

Each interested student must complete an internal application and submit it via email to HS-SONStudentServices@ucdavis.edu.The application form is available here. Students are encouraged to apply prior to enrolling in any of the GAC courses, but are eligible for admission to the HPE-GAC program up to and including completion of the second course in the series. All applicants are notified via email within eight weeks of applying for the certificate program.

Application deadline

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Certificate requirements

The series of courses for the HPE-GAC begins each spring and is a total of three quarters in length. All courses are offered through the Nursing Science and Health-Care Leadership Graduate Degree Programs. HPE-GAC students are able to enroll in all the necessary courses.

Courses offered for the HPE-GAC are not part of any of the current graduate degree requirements. These courses are currently offered as electives. Students electing to complete the HPE-GAC complete the three courses in addition to courses required for the graduate program in which they are enrolled.

The HPE-GAC requires a minimum of 12 units as described below. This includes 8 didactic units plus 4 lab/practicum units. Completion of the 4 lab/practicum units is required for students enrolled in the HPE-GAC program. Students taking the education courses as electives but who are not admitted to the HPE-GAC program may be allowed to complete the optional practicum units with the consent of the HPE-GAC program director.

Students who enroll in the HPE-GAC are required to complete the NRS 301, 302 and 303 course series in order, beginning in spring quarter and finishing in winter quarter.

The HPE-GAC courses include:

NRS 301: Learner-Centered Teaching

3-unit didactic course with optional 1-unit lab/practicum experience

Course description: This course focuses on learner-centered teaching. Students explore best practices in adult learning, performance-based curriculum models, instructional design, and assessing and evaluating student learning. Students receive experience in planning learner-centered activities that are engaging and effective in achieving desired student performance.


NRS 302: Teaching Methods – Use of Emerging Technologies to Improve Student Learning

3-unit didactic course with a 1-unit lab/practicum teaching experience

Course Description: Students examine, design and develop instructional strategies that use innovative and emerging technologies to promote motivation, performance and learning in health professions education. Research findings associated with use of various emerging technologies are examined.


NRS 303: Professional Role Formation

2-unit didactic course with optional 2 unit lab/practicum experience

Course description: This course explores the role of an educator in both academic and service settings. Topics include role expectations, legal and regulatory issues, professional ethics, educational scholarship, individual Differences, creating a safe and effective learning environment, and lifelong learning. Placements for students who elect to take the optional practicum are arranged in a wide variety of settings, including within academic programs and service settings.

Please note: students who are interested in the HPE-GAC and have previously taken the NRS 301-303 courses in the previous format can receive an exception to retake these courses in the new format. Please email Student Services at HS-SONStudentServices@ucdavis.edu for more information.

CONTACT

Interested students should contact the school at HS-BettyIreneMooreSON@ucdavis.edu with any additional questions.