Frequently Asked Questions
Nurse educators generally practice in one or both of:
- Academic setting. Universities, colleges, trade schools, etc.
- Clinical setting. Hospitals, clinics, other healthcare organizations, etc.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports these 5 industries provide the highest level of employment for nurse educators in 2018:
- Colleges, Universities, and Professional Schools
- Junior Colleges
- General Medical and Surgical Hospitals
- Technical and Trade Schools
- Business Schools and Computer and Management Training
If you are a registered nurse with a passion for teaching and seek the best new career opportunity, earning a master’s in nursing education is absolutely worth it. You will earn the opportunity to pursue a number of different options as a nursing teacher and find a job you love.
With an MSN Nurse Educator degree you will also qualify for post-graduate nursing certificate programs should you choose to expand your body of knowledge and continue growing in the nursing field. If you’re looking towards a future in management as a nurse leader, see our MSN in Nursing Leadership & Administration program.
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.
If you are not already a registered nurse, your first step is to earn your degree in nursing and become a licensed RN. You will then need to earn a master’s degree in nursing education to become a nurse educator.
Depending on what type of opportunities you seek, there may be additional advanced training needed. For some positions as a professor you may be required to earn a doctorate in nursing.
Yes, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), Nursing faculty shortages are limiting student capacity at a time when the need for registered nurses continues to rise.
The AACN’s 2018-2019 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing report found that “nursing schools turned away 75,029 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2018 due to an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors, and budget constraints.”
The AACN cites the following primary reasons for the nurse educator shortage:
- Faculty age continues to climb, and a wave of retirements is expected over the next 10 years
- Higher compensation in clinical settings draws candidates away from faculty roles
- Master’s and doctoral nursing programs are not generating enough candidates for nurse educator programs
The result is that nurse educators are in very high demand. The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a 18% increase in employment from 2019-2029, significantly higher than most other types of postsecondary teachers.*
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.
Advance your career with Herzing.
We offer several options for earning a master's level credential in nursing education:
- An Accelerated RN to MSN in Nursing Education program for RNs holding an ADN/ASN
- An MSN in Nursing Education program for BSN holders
- A Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education for current MSN holders
Discover our many degree pathways and find out how we can help you take the next big leap forward in your career.
* 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.