Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator
There is a crisis in nursing education: a lack of qualified instructors. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, nearly 80,000 qualified applicants were turned away from U.S. nursing schools in 2013, due primarily to faculty shortages.[i] You can take the first step towards doing your part to fill the need for qualified nurse educators with Gwynedd Mercy University. Our Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator program prepares you to teach student nurses in a collegiate setting, and puts you on the path towards a doctoral degree.
This 37-credit master’s degree program prepares you to effectively shape 21st Century nurses through a blend of:
- Advanced clinical knowledge, including research and evidence-based practice
- Educational and pedagogical theory
- Practical teaching experience
The MSN-NE includes 270 hours of precepted clinical and teaching practice. After graduation, you should be prepared to teach undergraduate nursing students. You will also have the option to take a certification examination, such as the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator exam.
You can complete this program in about two years of full-time study. It is currently available on our main campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania.
Career Opportunities for Nurse Educator Graduates
MSN-NE graduates teach within hospitals or post-secondary institutions to train student nurses. They may also oversee clinical training programs within their facility or administer programs related to new or continuing nurse education.
Roles and Salary Potential*
- Nursing Manager – Median salary $82,361[ii]
- Postsecondary Nurse Educator – Median salary $71,575[iii]
- Nursing Administrator – Median salary $80,451[iv]
Curriculum and Course Topics
The Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Educator program aims to produce the next generation of nursing educators who can train and evaluate student nurses while also acting as advocates for the profession.
Course topics include a 15-credit core of nursing courses:
- Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
- Research Methodology
- Research Seminar
- Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing
- Advanced Physical Assessment for APN Across the Lifespan
The remaining 22 credits include nursing education courses and practical teaching experience:
- Learning Theories
- Curriculum Design
- Topics in American Higher Education
- Teaching Strategies
- Clinical Seminar
- Clinical Practicum/Teaching Role
Completing Your Clinical and Practicum Requirements
The MSN-NP program requires 270 hours of combined precepted clinical practice and teaching experience in a setting other than your place of employment. Gwynedd Mercy University has hundreds of partnerships with health care providers and educational facilities that you can take advantage of in order to find your site.
Faculty members will be able to assist you in locating a site, designating a preceptor or supervisor, and completing all necessary documentation.
This nursing master’s degree program is for current, licensed Registered Nurses. Admissions requirements include:
- A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
- Cumulative average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in above program.
- Official university transcripts.
- A basic statistics course equivalent to three semester hours.
- A physical assessment course equivalent to two semester hours.
- Current RN licensure with clinical practice experience
- Official results of the Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination taken within the past five years**
- Two letters of reference from professional nurses.
- A personal interview with a graduate faculty member from the appropriate area of specialization.
- Statement of professional goals prior to scheduling an interview with graduate faculty.
- Evidence of current professional liability insurance and a completed health form must be submitted prior to beginning clinical courses.
- Foreign applicants must provide evidence that they have received a minimum score of 575 on the TOEFL examination.
*Nurses with baccalaureate degrees in fields other than nursing will be considered on an individual basis.
**This requirement will be waived for applicants who earned a cumulative average of 3.6 or better in their undergraduate nursing program.
Applicants who earned a 3.0 or higher GPA may apply for non-matriculated status. This allows you to take up to two courses or six credits while compiling your documentation for formal acceptance. These courses are applied toward your degree requirements.
Discover the next in Your Nursing Career
Do more for patients by preparing the next generation of nurses. Contact Gwynedd-Mercy University today to learn more about our master’s degree programs in nursing.
* Please note that salary estimates are based on survey data. Actual salaries may vary widely depending upon your location, the employer, and your experience and certification.