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Nurse Educator

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Available both  online and on-campus, the Nurse Educator 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. 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)
  • Admits each spring semester

NE Sample Schedule

Year 1

Semester 1

  • NRSE 6010: Theoretical Basis for Practice (3 credit hours); 1 OCI
  • NRSE 6210: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credit hours)

Semester 2

  • NRSE 6021: Assessment and Intervention in Family Care (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6230: Advanced Pharmacology (3 credit hours)

Semester 3

  • NRSE 6805: Analyzing EBP for APN (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6220: Advanced Health Appraisal for Nurse Educators (3 credit hours)

Year 2

Semester 4

  • NRSE 6610: Curriculum Development (3 credit hours)

Semester 5

  • NRSE 6620: Teaching Strategies (3 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6630: Academic Role (3 credit hours)

Semester 6

  • NRSE 6928: Teaching Experience (200 practicum hours) (4 credit hours)
  • NRSE 6934: Capstone Experience for NE (2 credit hours) 1 OCI


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