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Certified Nurse Educator Exam Review

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Course Description

This course is designed to prepare experienced nurse educators to successfully take the NLN® Certified Nurse Educator Exam. Topics covered are based on the NLN® Exam blueprint and include teaching and learning theories; curriculum design and evaluation; test construction and analysis; and the roles of a nurse educator. The course is fast-paced with a great deal of content. Participants are encouraged to review materials in preparation for the course and to design a plan for studying once the course is completed.

Program Learning Outcomes

This program prepares the learner to:

  • Describe the Certified Nurse Educator Exam, test plan and practice requirements to sit for the exam.
  • Develop a plan for study based on understanding of the blueprint.
  • Examine the various roles of the academic nurse educator.
  • Review the core components of the exam through lecture, case study and sample test questions.


Sign-in begins at 7:30 am. Each day includes a one-hour lunch (on your own), as well as a morning and afternoon break of 15 minutes each. The order of lectures presented and break times may vary according to speaker preference.

Day 1, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm

  • Facilitate Learning
    Educational Philosophies | Learning Theories | Matching Teaching to Learner Needs
  • Learner Development and Socialization
    Learning Styles | Strategies | Differing Learning Needs | Handling the Unexpected
  • Educator as Change Agent and Leader
    Leadership Styles | Characteristics | Theories of Change | Advocacy
  • Educator as Scholar
    Evidence-Based Teaching | Learning | Scholarly Integrity | Being a Scholar

Day 2, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

  • Participate in Curriculum Design and Evaluation
    Curriculum Drivers | Considerations | Curriculum Revisions
  • Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
    Assessment Data Analysis | Evaluation Models and Strategies | Evidence-Based Assessment
  • Quality Improvement and the Nurse Educator
    Mentorship | Legal and Ethical Concerns | Self and Peer Evaluation
  • The Academic Role
    Obligation to Serve in the Institution, Profession and Community | Tenure and Non-Tenure Roles