Nurse Educator Program (MSN)

Share your heart. Build a career.

Help build the next generation of nurses by becoming a nurse educator.  Online programs like Herzing's Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education program empower you to fulfill the ongoing, vital need for quality instructors in the field while providing the flexibility that comes with earning your advanced nursing degree online. 

You may find career opportunities in hospitals, private practice, universities or even in first and secondary education. Whether you want to make the shift full time into education or part-time, a MSN nurse educator degree from Herzing provides you with the knowledge that you need for the next stage in your nursing career. If your calling is educating tomorrow's nurses in a faculty position, or branching out into industry, the MSN-NE program at Herzing will prepare you for a number of nursing-related positions in a variety of workplaces.

Being a nurse is a rewarding career, as is being a teacher – imagine doing both.

MSN Nurse Educator Program Highlights

  • Programmatic accreditation*
  • 100% online coursework
  • 36-credit nursing education program
  • Manageable 8-week sessions
  • 4 semesters (16 months) average time to complete (based on full-time attendance and completing a minimum of 9 credits per semester)
  • Learn from expert educators with a passion for mentoring nurses
Classes start May 7.
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MSN - Nurse Educator

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Programmatic accreditation* acknowledges that Herzing's nursing programs meet specific national standards including institutional resources, quality curriculum and teaching practices, and program outcomes related to completion rates, pass rates and employment.


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Explore your many career options in nursing education

Nursing schools nationwide are struggling to find new educators to accommodate the rising number of new nursing students. This shortage provides many job opportunities. It also affords a higher level of job security and provides career options for those who wish to maintain dual roles in nursing education and direct patient care providers.

What you can do with a MSN in Nursing Education

Graduates of this program are qualified to work in a variety of classroom and practice settings to educate, prepare and mentor current and future nurses. Graduates can also go on to acquire specialized education credentials such as Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator or Board Certified Nurse Educator.

Where Your Career May Take You

  • Acute Healthcare Systems — staff development educators, clinical nurse specialists, patient education
  • Community-based healthcare organizations/systems — patient education and staff develoment
  • College & University level — instructor or assistant professor
  • Public Health Nursing — area coordinator, clinic coordinators


MSN-Nursing Educator Program Curriculum

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You'll find that Herzing's MSN nurse educator concentration includes courses on teaching strategies, curriculum development and nursing education roles. Following graduation, you'll be prepared to apply for the certified nurse educator examination.

Practicum Assistance

At Herzing you'll have a regional clinical coordinator who will assist and guide you in obtaining clinical and practicum sites.

Here's a sample of what your schedule could be like:

Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 500 Theoretical Foundations for NursingNU 510 Advanced Physical Assessment
NU 560 Research Methods and Evidence-Based PracticeNU 621 Advanced Pathophysiology
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 516 Advanced PharmacologyNU 510 Advanced Physical Assessment
HA 610 Health Policy and Management 
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 616 The Nurse Educator RolesNU 600 Teaching/Learning Strategies
NU 681 Advanced Nursing Practice Clinical Practicum/Seminar for Nurse Education
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 635 Curriculum Development and EvaluationNU 525 Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced Practice
NU 683 Graduate Onsite Practicum in Education


MSN-Nurse Educator Program Requirements

To enroll Herzing’s MSN-NE program, prospective students must live in a state where Herzing University is authorized to offer the MSN-NE program. You must also meet the following criteria:

  1. Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which you live. (Note: Holding a multi-state, compact state license and being a resident in a compact license state will be deemed to have met this requirement.)
  2. Hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from an accredited university or college with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.



*The master’s degree program in nursing at Herzing University Online is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Not all programs approved in all states. Applicants should check with their applicable state board of nursing before enrolling in any graduate nursing program.

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