Nursing Professional Development

Western Carolina University is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the North Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Contact Dr. Susan Fouts at 828-227-3688 or

Upcoming Nursing Conferences

WCU Diabetes Education Summit
July 13-17, 2015 | Health and Human Services Building
The WCU Diabetes Education Summit is a week-long comprehensive diabetes education event for health professionals who interact with any patient who has diabetes. This event will also focus on resources for building a patient education program and preparing for the CDE exam.

Critical Care Symposium: Comprehensive Electrocardiography
Fall 2015 | WCU at Biltmore Park
The purpose of this program is to assist advanced nurse practitioners in critical care, emergency department, PACU, and anesthesia settings, as well as physicians and other health care providers to interpret the EKGs and manage evidence of myocardial ischemia and/or infarction.

Nurse Educator Professional Development Workshops

Online workshops offer participants many advantages including convenience, quality, just-in-time delivery and high quality content. Participants in online learning often find they must be self-motivated and self disciplined. These workshops are designed to meet the new NC Board of Nursing requirements for nurse educators. The workshops are 100% online and asynchronous, allowing the participant to be online at their convenience.  The workshops are offered every two months and participants have three weeks to complete the required 15 hours of participation.  Nurses may sign up for the workshops individually or concurrently. 

2015 Class Dates  - Courses are open for 21 calendar days

January 16 -- Preview date January 12
March 9 -- Preview date March 2
May 11 --  Preview date May 4
July 13 -- Preview date July 6
September 14  -- Preview date September 7
November 2 -- Preview date October 27

About Your Instructors:

  1. Dr. Judy Neubrander is Director of Graduate Nursing Programs and Interim Associate Dean at Western Carolina University. She holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership: Adult Education from North Carolina State University.
  2. Professor Kathleen Johnson is an adjunct faculty member and an experienced nurse educator.

Registration Options:

  1. To register for the Nurse Educator Online Workshops by purchase order or paper registration, email Susan Fouts at
  2. To register for all 3 workshops concurrently with a single registration fee: Click Here
  3. To take each workshop individually, register for the online workshop of your choice below:

Teaching and Learning
This course will focus on adult learning techniques and strategies for teaching. Nurses will develop skills for teaching in both the academic and professional development format. 15 contact hours.
     Please read the Statement of Disclosure before registering
     Please read the Online Learning Systems User Agreement before registering
     Register Online

Curriculum Development
This course focuses on curriculum development including theories, taxonomies, and curriculum design. Students will learn all phases of curriculum development including mission, vision and conceptual framework, and internal and external factors. 15 contact hours. Curriculum Development explores the development of nursing curriculum, curriculum components, current research in curriculum development and curriculum evaluation.
     Please read the Statement of Disclosurebefore registering
     Please read the
Online Learning Systems User Agreement before registering
     Register Online

Test and Measurement
Students will explore evaluation, measurement and the educational process. Additionally, students will learn quality test construction, evaluation of higher level learning, critical think and NCLEX preparation strategies. Clinical Evaluations and legal issues will also be discussed. 15 contact hours.
     Please read the Statement of Disclosurebefore registering
     Please read the
Online Learning Systems User Agreement before registering
     Register Online

Completion of the online workshops can be used as an elective in the Master’s degree program in Nursing Education. Students must pay both the workshop fee and the appropriate tuition. For more information, email Dr. Susan Fouts


Copyright by Western Carolina University      •      Cullowhee, NC 28723      •      828.227.7211      •      Contact WCU
Maintained by the Office of Web Services      •      Directions      •      Campus Map      •      Emergency Information      •      Text-Only

Office of Web Services