Master of Science in Nursing Education Nurse Educator Program

Share Your Expertise with the Next Generation of Nurses

Whether your calling is educating tomorrow's nurses in a faculty position, educating hospital nursing staff, or branching out into industry, Herzing's online MSN - Nursing Education program offers you the tools you need to effectively train future or current nurses.

MSN Nurse Educator Program Highlights

  • CCNE-accredited*
  • 100% online coursework
  • 36-credit nursing education program in manageable 8-week sessions
  • Complete in 16 months when attending full-time
  • 6 start-dates per year
  • Online classes are flexible to accommodate your lifestyle
  • Clinical support - we can help you find a preceptor
  • Prepare to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator exam upon graduation
  • Learn key teaching skills, including curriculum development, instructional strategy, and assessment and evaluation strategies

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

Classes start October 28.
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Why Herzing

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

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.  


Gain the Skills to Mentor and Lead

Through Herzing's online MSN Nursing Education specialization you will develop expertise to become a nurse educator in diverse healthcare and academic environments.  Our unique program offers you:

  • Curriculum development to prepare you for evaluating and developing curriculum that meets the educational demands of the 21st century
  • A focus on instructional strategy, so you'll learn skills that integrate the newest technologies
  • Assessment and evaluation strategies to help you understand and promote nursing program standards related to admissions, progression and graduation
  • A strong focus on staff development and the role of the nurse educator in patient education
  • Opportunities to engage in research applicable to your selected academic focus

How long does it take to earn a master's of science degree as a nurse educator?

If you choose to attend full-time you may complete the Herzing MSN Nurse Educator program in 16 months.

However, if you’re looking to enroll in the online program on a part-time basis we are flexible to accommodate you. Many students find allowing for more time gives them a little breathing room to work at a more comfortable pace and get the best outcomes from their education.

Questions? Schedule a call with an advisor


Across the nation, nursing schools are struggling to find new educators and faculty to meet the demand of increasing numbers of students. This provides great job opportunities—and increased job security—for nurses who wish to transition into education, or maintain dual roles educating students while also continuing to provide direct patient care.

MSN in Nursing Education - One Degree, Many Career Options

As a graduate of Herzing University's MSN - Nursing Educator program, you’ll be qualified to work in a variety of educational settings, from university classrooms to medical centers. You may find career opportunities in hospitals, private practice, and a number of nursing-related positions in a variety of workplaces.

What can you do with a master's in nursing education?

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

How much do nurse educators make?

The average annual salary for a health educator is $59,660 per year ($28.68 per hour), according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Health educators working in General Medical or Surgical Hospital environments earn more on average at $66,290 per year ($31.87 per hour). The top 10% of health educators earn more than $98,000 per year.

Salaries are highly dependent on the state of employment, your experience in nursing and the place of employment.


MSN-Nursing Educator Program Curriculum

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.

Required Core Courses

All courses, 15.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Courses In Direct Care Core For Education

All courses, 9.00 semester credit hours, are required.

Required Courses In Nursing Education Concentration

9.00 semester credit hours are required.

Required Graduate Practicum

3.00 semester credit hours are required.


* Online students in some states may not be allowed to take this practicum due to state restrictions.


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 they practice. (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.




Nurse educators are qualified at the master’s or doctoral level and could work in teaching roles in both clinical and academic settings.

Academic educators teach and work with nursing students, and may design, implement and revise programs for students and practicing nurses. Clinical nurse educators are uniquely positioned in the hospital system to provide education to nursing staff and other healthcare professionals, as well as providing education for patients.

Learn more about what a nurse educator is and what they do.


Life as a clinical nurse educator can be unpredictable—between managing a department’s educational and staffing needs and supporting students on an individual basis, it can be challenging to stick to a routine. However, helping patients and nursing students alike is extremely rewarding.

Take it from a real teacher in nursing who offers us a glimpse into a day in the life of a nurse educator.


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 kinds of skills this might be the career you’re looking for.


At the very least you’ll need to become a licensed registered nurse (RN) with several years of work experience and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). Most of the time you’ll need a MSN in nursing education, especially for teaching at a university or college in an academic environment.

What degree you need depends on what you want to teach and where you teach it. Generally if you earn your master’s degree and earn your certificate as a Certified Nurse Educator, you’ll be qualified for a position as a clinical nurse educator.


The estimated return on your investment is very high given the average annual salary for nursing educators and the job outlook in the coming years. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the need for health educators will grow 16% from 2016 to 2026, and reports the average annual salary at $59,660 ($28.68 per hour). Education is extremely important in healthcare on an ongoing basis. Your credentials and ability to educate the current and future generations of nurses will keep you very competitive in the job market.


There are many MSN programs out there through a variety of accredited nursing schools for RN’s with a BSN looking to step up to the next level in their specialty.

Beyond the Nurse Educator MSN, Herzing University offers a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) MSN program and a Nursing Leadership & Administration MSN program – both online. If you are more attracted to a career in patient care or on the administrative/business side of nursing, you may be interested in pursuing these alternative emphases.


After getting 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 Nurse Educator 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.


The cost of tuition for the online MSN Nurse Educator program

You aren't alone. At Herzing University, an affordable, career-focused education is within your reach.  We strive to make college affordable for everyone.

Financial aid options:

  • Student loans & secured loans.  Loans offer a way to pay for all or part of your tuition.
  • Scholarships.  We offer a variety of scholarships based on academic achievement, financial need or community affiliations – in 2018 Herzing University awarded $5 million in scholarships to nursing students. Contact an admissions advisor about current scholarship opportunities by calling 1-800-596-0724 or request for information online.
  • Clinical partner grants.  We partner with clinical facilities all over the United States. Many partners are offered a tuition grant for employees who attend Herzing University.

Potential sources of financial aid include the Federal government, State government, or private organizations like foundations, business, associations, charitable organizations or your current employer. You can find an estimate for tuition for the online master's of science in nursing education program using Herzing University’s tuition wizard.

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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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