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Nurse Educator

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The Nurse Educator specialization in the MSN program prepares students to become faculty members in an academic setting, or develop and train nursing staff at a health care facility. Students will learn teaching strategies, develop nursing curriculum and patient education materials, evaluate educational activities, and create staff development opportunities.

The specialty is ideal for students who want to become educators or nursing faculty members, especially for those who want to continue on to a doctoral education program. A doctorate will likely be required for those who want to teach in a University nursing program.

A nurse educator is a registered nurse with advanced education who is also a teacher, such as a faculty member at a school of nursing. Most work as nurses for a period of time before dedicating their careers (part-time or full-time) to educating future nurses. In this program, you will learn to serve in the essential role as teacher, trainer, mentor and role model for nursing students. Position yourself to expertly pass on your clinical expertise to the next generation. You will acquire advanced knowledge of nursing theory and practice as well as understand the design, delivery, assessment and evaluation of nursing education programs in a variety of settings. Graduates of this program are often RNs pursuing advanced positions such as nurse educators and clinical nurse leaders in higher education institutions and healthcare organizations.

The MSN Nurse Educator program (MSN-NE) is fully accredited through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing. The program has also been designed with the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Core Competencies for Nurse Educators and will provide you with the concepts and skills needed to prepare for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam. Eligible graduates may sit for the NLN CNE exam upon graduation. The program includes a hands-on Teaching Experience Practicum allowing you to use the evidence-based methods you've learned to solve real healthcare challenges through nursing education. You may complete this experience at an academic or professional development setting close to your home.

The MSN-Nurse Educator program curriculum focuses on evidence-based instructional strategies and teaching techniques as well as role development of the nurse educator. The curriculum is offered part-time and includes:

  • 33 credit hours (six semesters to complete)
  • 200 hours of teaching experience 
  • Two on-campus intensives (one at the beginning and one at the end of the program)

NE Sample Schedule

Semester 1 Semester 2 Semester 3
NRSE 6010
Theoretical Basis for Practice
(on-campus intensive)
(3 ch)

NRSE 6021
Assessment and Intervention
in Family Care
(3 ch)

NRSE 6805
Analyzing EBP for APN
(3 ch)

NRSE 6210
Advanced Pathophysiology
(3 ch)

NRSE 6230
Advanced Pharmacology
(3 ch)

NRSE 6220
Advanced Health Appraisal  
for Nurse Educators
(3 ch)

Semester 4 Semester 5 Semester 6
NRSE 6610
Curriculum Development   
(3 ch)

NRSE 6620
Teaching Strategies  
(3 ch)

NRSE 6928
Teaching Experience
(200 practicum hours)
(4 ch)

  NRSE 6630
Academic Role
(3 ch)
NRSE 6934
Capstone Experience for NE
(on-campus intensive)
(2 ch)

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