Frequently Asked Questions
According to 2020 data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), the average annual salary for a nurse educator is $84,060 per year.* Salaries can vary based on location, education, and experience. Discover the average nurse educator salary in your state and learn more about a career in nursing education.
You can earn your MSN in nursing education in as few as 16 months. We recommend you sit for the Certified Nurse Educator exam. It’s not a requirement, but it will give you an edge on the job market. Completing the MSN in Nursing Education program from Herzing University makes you eligible to register for the exam.
Once you pass the exam and become a certified nurse educator you’ll have the credentials you need to start making an impact on the lives of nursing students in a clinical or college/university environment.
Nurse educators may work in a variety of academic or professional health-related settings, such as junior colleges, technical or trade schools, universities, or surgical or teaching hospital administration. They may find jobs based on their area of expertise and employer and may teach full or part-time.
Nurse educators can hold a variety of positions; here a few of the most common careers in nursing education:
- Clinical nurse educator
- Nursing curriculum instructor
- Nursing instructor
- Facility instructor
- Professor of nursing
- Dean of nursing
You’ll need a great education, plenty of clinical experience, excellent communication skills, a passion for healthcare and a real desire to make a difference—and an eagerness to share your experiences with others. The best teachers are those who are truly passionate and pass that along to their students. A great teacher goes a lot further than the essentials.
Perhaps most important is a commitment to a life of learning. If you possess these crucial skills for a nurse educator, this might be the career you’re looking for.
With Herzing University you are never alone. It’s our goal to provide all students an affordable, career-driven education. Financial aid options include:
- Loan options – Federal & private
- Scholarships & grants
- VA / military benefits
- Other sources of financial aid
You can find an estimate for tuition and expenses by using the Herzing University tuition wizard.
Start your career as a nurse educator
With a master’s degree and a certification, you’re ready to look for your first job as an educator!
As a nurse educator, you can help prepare the next generation of nurses and touch countless lives. The demand for educators is growing - are you ready to answer the call? If you’re ready to have a positive impact on the nursing field, now is a great time to start on the path to a rewarding new career as a nurse educator.
* Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook 2020. BLS estimates do not represent entry-level wages and/or salaries. Multiple factors, including prior experience, age, geography market in which you want to work and degree field, will affect career outcomes and earnings. Herzing neither represents that its graduates will earn the average salaries calculated by BLS for a particular job nor guarantees that graduation from its program will result in a job, promotion, salary increase or other career growth.