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Nursing Educator Program (MSN)

Teaching is at the heart of nursing. You could help build the next generation of nurses by sharing the lessons from your practical and academic experience as a nurse educator. Programs like Herzing’s MSN nurse educator program empowers you to fulfill the ongoing, vital need for quality instructors in the field.

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

MSN Nurse Educator Program Highlights

  • CCNE-accredited*
  • 36-credit fully online nursing education program
  • Learn from expert nurse educators with a passion for mentoring tomorrow's generation of nurses

Whether your calling is educating tomorrow's nurses in a faculty position, or branching out into industry, nurse educator programs like Herzing's MSN-NE program will prepare you for a number of positions in a variety of workplaces.

How long will the Nurse Educator program take?

The average length of time to complete Herzing's nurse educator program is 4 semesters (16 months) when attending full-time and completing a minimum of 9 credits per semester.  Classes are taught in 8-week sessions and are 100% online - perfect for busy RNs.  Online MSN education programs like those offered by Herzing provide a way to balance your education and other commitments because you have the flexibility to log into your virtual classroom when it's convenient for you. And like Herzing's local campuses, you can expect the personalized attention and support that Herzing is known for as you prepare for the next chapter in your nursing career.

Ready to take the Next Step?

Apply onlinechat with an advisor or call 1-800-596-0724 to learn more about the Herzing University MSN-Nursing Educator online program.

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

*The Master of Science in Nursing programs offered by Herzing University Online are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington DC 20036, 202-887-6791,

What career opportunities are available for nurse educators?

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 can I do with an MSN in Nursing Education?

Graduates of nurse educator programs are qualified to work in a variety of classroom and practice settings to educate, prepare and mentor current and future nurses:

  • Teaching in hospitals, staff development coordinators, or clinical nurse specialists.
  • Teaching in doctor's offices and other healthcare organizations — wherever patient education is needed.
  • Teaching at the university level as an instructor or assistant professor.
  • Working in elementary, middle, and high schools as a nurse.

Graduates can also go on to acquire specialized education credentials such as Certified Diabetes Nurse Educator or Board Certified Nurse Educator.

View Program Course Sheet

Herzing's MSN nurse educator concentration includes courses on teaching strategies, curriculum development and nursing education roles. Graduates will be prepared to apply for the certified nurse educator examination.

Practicum Assistance

At Herzing you'll have a regional clinical coordinator who serves as a resource to students in finding and secure appropriate clinical sites.

Sample Schedule

Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 500 Theoretical Foundations for NursingNU 510 Advanced Physical Assessment
NU 560 Research Methods and Evidence-Based Practice
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 615 The Nurse Educator RolesNU 600 Teaching/Learning Strategies
NU 525 Technology and Nursing Informatics in Advanced 
Term A CoursesTerm B Courses
NU 635 Curriculum Development and EvaluationHA 610 Health Policy and Management
NU 530 Organizational Systems and Behaviors
Term A Courses
NU 515 Advanced PharmacologyNU 621 Advanced Pathophysiology
NU 682 Graduate Onsite Practicum in Education

Not all programs approved in all states.

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MSN - Nursing Educator

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, and:

    1. Hold a current, active and unrestricted license as a registered nurse (RN) in the same state in which they 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 GPS of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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