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Master of Science in Nursing with a Specialization in Nurse Educator (RN to MSN)

Prepare for a Rewarding Career as a Nurse Educator

Get the education you need to help strengthen our nation’s ever-important nursing workforce in our CCNE-accredited, online RN to MSN nurse educator programs. We offer an efficient, streamlined path to earning your BSN and MSN, while gaining important skills and practical clinical and instructional experience.

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A Streamlined Path to a MSN Nurse Educator Degree

Our RN to MSN program provides an intensive course of study in which you can earn both a BSN and MSN as you move from foundational nursing theory to advanced practice concepts and focused nurse educator courses online.

In your core MSN courses, you can enhance your skills in evidence-based practice, health promotion, and disease prevention. As part of the nurse educator specialization, you’ll study instructional design as well as curriculum, pedagogy, and evaluation strategies before gaining over 175 hours of practicum experience teaching under the supervision of a seasoned instructor. The RN to MSN nurse educator program is also designed to refine your clinical judgment, critical thinking, communication, and leadership abilities.

How to Become a Nurse Educator (and How Long It Takes)

So how long does it take to become a nurse educator in our programs? Our RN to MSN Nurse Educator degree programs can be completed in under 40 months online, or about 3 and a half years. After completing your RN to MSN nurse educator degree, you will be prepared pursue academic and clinical nurse educator jobs.

You’ll also meet the requirements to sit for a nurse educator certification examination* through national certifying bodies such as the National League for Nursing. Certification is not required for every nurse educator role, but some academic institutions may prefer to hire a certified nurse educator over an individual who has not completed the certified nurse educator exam.

Admissions: RN to MSN Nurse Educator Requirements

An associate’s degree or a diploma in nursing from an accredited institution and a valid unencumbered RN license are required for RN to MSN program admission. For a full list of RN to MSN Nurse Educator requirements, including GPA requirements and provisional admissions criteria, refer to the Academic Catalog or contact Admissions at 1.800.688.0932. Financial aid and scholarships for our nurse educator programs are available to those who qualify.

BSN-prepared nurses who wish to prepare for a career as a nurse educator can continue their journey in our MSN with a specialization in Nurse Educator program online.

Nurses who already hold a master’s degree in nursing should consider our post master’s Nurse Educator certificate program, which can be completed in as little as 8 months.

The Outlook for Academic and Clinical Nurse Educator Jobs

Why become a nurse educator? While nurse educators are typically motivated by a passion for teaching and mentoring others, nurse educators will also continue to be in demand as overall employment and education requirements for nurses increases further.

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) reports that a nationwide nurse educator shortage has already played a part in numerous institutions restricting nursing student enrollment. With AACN numbers showing that many educators will retire in the coming years, more nurse educator jobs may be opening soon and nursing schools will recruit aggressively for these positions. As organizations search for candidates, the average nurse educator salary will vary by position, experience level, institution type, and geographic region, and institutions may offer a higher salary for a nurse educator with an MSN than a nurse with less education.

*Note: South University does not guarantee third-party certification/licensure. Outside agencies control the requirements for taking and passing certification/licensing exams and are subject to change without notice to South University.

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