**The Teaching in Nursing Certificate is a paper application. DO NOT USE THE APPLY NOW BUTTON ON THE LEFT. Please locate the paper applications on the appropriate link on the teaching certificate tab.

The non-degree graduate student classification makes selected master's-level nursing courses available to persons who have a bachelor's degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution.

  • Teacher in Nursing Certificate: Individuals with a bachelor's degree in nursing (or permission of instructor) who wish to enroll in the certificate program preparing teachers in nursing. Applicants will be required to submit an official transcript showing the date the qualifying degree was awarded. (paper application)
  • Registered Nurse First Assist (RNFA) Post-Baccalaureate: A Registered Nurse First Assistant (RNFA) is prepared to practice in a variety of acute or critical care settings. The RNFA, in collaboration with the surgeon, provides continuous and comprehensive patient care throughout the perioperative period. (on-line application)

Application Fee

The application processing fee for a non-degree graduate student is $45.00. The application fee is charged each time an application is processed. A check in the amount of $45.00 should be made payable to the UAB SCHOOL OF NURSING and mailed or delivered with the completed application form to the address at the Contact Us link on the left side of this page.


Tuition Rates

Tuition for all courses taken as a non-degree graduate student will be billed at the graduate rate according to the student's residency classification (in-state or out-of-state).


Academic Standards

Non-degree graduate students are subject to the same academic policies as degree-seeking graduate students. The policies are stated in the School of Nursing Catalog. Grading standards will be the same for non-degree and for degree-seeking graduate students.


Student Honor Code

The School of Nursing Student Honor Code applies to all students enrolled in the School of Nursing.


Restriction on Credit Earned

Enrollment in the School of Nursing as a non-degree graduate student does not constitute admission to study leading to the MSN degree in the School of Nursing. No limit is set on the number of courses an individual may take as a non-degree graduate student. However, if the individual is later admitted to a program of study leading to the MSN degree, a maximum of 12 semester hours taken as a non-degree student may be applied toward the degree. The graduate chair or the associate dean for graduate studies in the School of Nursing must approve the application of non-degree credits as credits for the MSN degree.


Teaching Certificate

Teaching in Nursing Certificate  

There is an increasing demand for teachers who are capable of preparing nurses and consumers for a radically different and ever-changing health-care environment. Alternative ways of meeting student and health-care consumers' needs for education, besides face-to-face instruction, are vital to the delivery of cost-effective nursing education and health care. Teachers in nursing who have clinical expertise are needed to educate diverse populations of learners who live, work, and play in a wide variety of settings.

This certificate program is designed as a post-baccalaureate option for nurses who teach in diverse settings. Nurses who want to work in staff development, patient/family education, academic nursing education, or in any setting where teaching and learning takes place, will find these courses helpful. Courses are offered with flexible scheduling and some online availability to make it easy to enroll if students are employed part- or full-time.

The program provides an understanding of the processes of teaching and learning, the factors that influence teaching and learning in nursing, and the current and futuristic roles of teachers in nursing.

The goals of this program are to:

  • Prepare individuals with knowledge, attitudes, and skills in teaching diverse populations (individuals and groups) in a variety of settings,
  • Prepare future teachers of nurses and health-care consumers who know how to help others "learn how to learn" in a rapidly changing health-care delivery environment, and
  • Provide individuals with a foundation for role development in the area of nursing education.
  • Graduates of this certificate program will be expected to:

  • Develop educational programs in response to the learning needs of health professionals and health-care consumers,
  • Assess, implement, and evaluate clinical and non-clinical educational offerings, and
  • Collaborate with others in the development of programs that are responsive to the changing educational needs of the times.
  • Admission:

    The courses within this program are open to nurses who have a baccalaureate degree in nursing or with permission of the instructor. Program certificate requirements include completion of a minimum of 15 credit hours of course work, 12 of which are specified courses taken at UAB in the School of Nursing, and a three-credit-hour elective course approved by the Coordinator of the Certificate Program. All course work for the Teaching in Nursing Certificate must be completed within four years.

    Admission Requirements:

    1. Earned baccalaureate degree in nursing or permission of instructor. (Official transcript showing date bachelor’s degree was awarded is required.)

    2. Licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which you practice.

    3. Three personal reference forms (forms attached).

    4. Personal interview with Coordinator of the appropriate Nursing Certificate option.

    PLEASE NOTE: Although not an admission requirement, OSHA training on Bloodborne Pathogens and TB Occupational Health, hepatitis B vaccination, CPR certification, and current RN licensure in the state in which the student will engage in clinical practice are required prior to enrolling in the teaching practicum course at the UAB School of Nursing. (See attached information)

    Also, medical clearance is required prior to registration. (download form at http://www.uab.edu/studenthealth/medical-clearance/school-of-nursing )

    Application Form Click here: Certificate Application

    Key Concepts:

    Students may enroll in individual courses without completing the entire certificate program.
  • Individual courses may be taken for academic credit and utilized to meet elective course requirements in the graduate program of studies at the UAB School of Nursing. Courses may transfer to other graduate programs, but to obtain the certificate in Teaching in Nursing, the learner must complete 15 credit hours, which includes 12 credits (four courses) specified below, plus three credits (elective) approved by the coordinator of the certificate program.
  • Upon completion of the required courses, students must notify the coordinator of the certificate program that she/he has successfully completed 15 credits toward a certificate in Teacher in Nursing. Verification of the completion of the work will be done by the Office of Student Success in conjunction with the coordinator of the Teacher in Nursing Certificate program. The courses will be noted on the student's academic transcript, and the UAB School of Nursing will award a certificate verifying completion of program requirements.


        Course Title (prerequisites or co-requisites)



    NTC 660 Foundations in Evidence-Based Nursing Education



    NTC 650 Instructional Strategies for Teaching in Nursing



    NTC 652 Program and Curriculum Development in Nursing



    NTC 654 Evaluation of Instruction in Nursing (on-line offering)


    Any term

    NTC 683 Teaching Practicum in Nursing

    1-3 per term
    (3 credits total)


    NTC 658 Simulation and Classroom Technologies for Student Learning