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Master's in Nursing Education Online MSN Track

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Register By: April 15 Classes Start: April 17

Inspire and Teach the Next Generation of Nurses 

  • Low tuition: $627 per credit x 36 credits total
  • No entrance exams
  • Provides educational content for CNE exam certification
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)2
  • 5 term starts per year: No caps or waiting list
  • 22% projected growth through 2031 for post-secondary nursing instructors1

Earn Your Online MSN in Nursing Education

Combine your clinical expertise and passion for teaching with the online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) in Nursing Education program track at Southern New Hampshire University.

Nursing educators will play a pivotal role in the future of nursing. By teaching and training the next generation of nursing professionals, you'll be a critical factor in providing equitable care for diverse populations.

This MSN program track can help prepare you to lead and teach future nursing professionals as an academic or clinical nurse educator in major universities, community colleges, hospitals and healthcare organizations.

With most nursing schools facing growing numbers of applicants, nurse educators are in high demand. The online MSN Nursing Education program track offers an authentic learning experience that develops resume-building skills and knowledge required to teach the next generation of nurses.

Learn how to:

  • Apply evidence-based practice, informatics, and healthcare technologies to support continuous quality improvement in complex health systems
  • Lead and collaborate within interprofessional teams and organizational structures to manage change, improve nursing practice, and coordinate care across populations
  • Develop advanced communication and advocacy strategies to improve health outcomes across the four spheres of care
  • Advance equitable health policies and regulations that reduce health risk and promote financial stewardship, in alignment with ethical and legal standards
  • Integrate best-practices in teaching and learning to develop and evaluate high-quality educational experiences and model effective professional and leadership practices for diverse populations
  • Design, implement, and evaluate teaching and learning strategies in various educational and healthcare settings

At the end of the program track, students will have an opportunity to put learning into practice with a practicum course that includes a 135-hour clinical and academic teaching immersion experiences under the guidance of nurse educator preceptors.

The MSN program track is based on the competencies and practice standards defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the National League for Nursing (NLN). Graduates of the MSN Nursing Education program meet the educational requirements for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam offered by the National League for Nursing.

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and the master’s degree program in nursing at Southern New Hampshire University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791.

Fast Track Your MSN

Ready for the next phase of your career? With SNHU's 5 MSN program tracks — updated to align with today’s healthcare standards — you'll be on your way to earn your degree faster, for less.

Nurse Educator Career Outlook

Nurses are in high demand, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting over 195,400 new jobs through 2031 and about 203,200 openings – each year, on average – for registered nurses through 2031.1 But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

As the workforce ages, demand is also shifting to nurses with more specialized skills – and leadership and teaching are some of the most valued among them.

For this reason, jobs for postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers are expected to grow a significant 22% through 2031, totaling 18,700 new occupations.1

Those who earn an MSN in Nursing Education will be prepared to pursue a number of different roles, including:

  • Post-secondary teaching
  • Patient educators
  • Clinical-staff development and faculty
  • Curriculum designer
  • Clinical nursing faculty
  • Clinical care coordinator
  • Staff development & training
  • Educational administrators
  • Simulation coordinator

Consider, too, the unprecedented challenges of the recent pandemic. The evolving state of healthcare fuels a need for nurse educators – those who can help prepare nurses in a rapidly changing field – now more than ever.

According to the 2021 report, ''The Future of Nursing: Charting a Path to Achieve Health Equity," published by the National Academy of Medicine, nurse educators will play an invaluable role in the future of healthcare.3

"The ability to care for and protect the nation’s most vulnerable citizens depends substantially on the preparedness of the nursing workforce," the report noted.3 "The myriad factors related to national nurse education and training — licensure and certification, scope of practice, mobilization and deployment, safety and protection, crisis leadership, and health care and public health systems support — together define nursing’s capacity and capabilities in disaster response."3

Further, the report urges nurse educators to inform the next generation of nursing professionals. In doing so, the National Academy of Medicine notes, nurse educators can "help advance health equity nationwide."3

This urgency to help prepare a new nursing workforce is one of the reasons SNHU is so dedicated to creating seamless, fast pathways to an MSN degree. It's also why we offer this program with no caps or waiting lists – helping you get one step closer to the next chapter in your career.

Start Your Journey Toward an Online Nurse Educator Degree

Nursing Education Courses & Curriculum

The online MSN Nursing Education track can help prepare you to teach in clinical and academic settings.

Like all MSN tracks at SNHU, the Nursing Education program track requires the following 5 core courses:

  • Role Development and the Transformation of the MSN Nurse
  • Interprofessional Leadership in Healthcare
  • Epidemiological and Biostatistical Applications in Healthcare
  • Global Health & Diversity
  • Evidence-Based Practice & Scholarly Inquiry

Upon completing your core, you'll take the following Nursing Education track specific courses:

  • Advanced Clinical Pathophysiology. Build upon existing knowledge of physiology and pathologic aspects of human disease across the lifespan. Advanced clinical pathophysiology, pathobiology, immunology, and genetics will all be analyzed. You'll gain knowledge to foster advanced clinical reasoning and decision-making skills. You'll then examine clinical manifestations of major health problems across the lifespan and explore the management of illness and health restoration.
  • Advanced Health Assessment and Clinical Reasoning. Build on previous clinical experience and prior knowledge to master health assessment skills and advanced communication strategies. You'll conduct comprehensive health assessments incorporating environmental, genetic, multicultural, ethnic and socioeconomic factors. You'll also gain mastery of the advanced history and physical exam, formulate plans to ensure effective patient-centered care and adapt your communication style to meet the specific needs of diverse individuals and families.
  • Population Care Management. Build upon previous health promotion and disease prevention knowledge and gain additional management skills to improve the health of populations. You'll assess health risks, services and needs of populations, analyze data to drive the improvement of care and investigate funding resources to address deficiencies. You'll also demonstrate the ability to coordinate care through the establishment of interprofessional partnerships to address gaps in care and develop, implement and evaluate improvement plans.
  • Facilitating Learning and Teaching Innovation in Nursing Education. Explore the use of teaching and learning assessment strategies for nurse educators. Emphasis is placed on application of evidence-based practice to enhance student learning in clinical, didactic and online learning environments. You'll examine various teaching and learning methods, including using innovative education technologies. Topics in this course include feedback strategies, test construction and item analysis and developing and using rubrics.
  • Curriculum Foundations in Nursing Education. Explore the role of the nurse educator in curriculum design and evaluation. Emphasis is placed on the process of developing curricula to include evaluation of program outcomes. You'll examine policies, accreditation, professional standards and regulations that are designed to ensure program compliance and the achievement of learner outcomes. You'll also explore learning strategies that guide the development and revision of programs and outcomes.

The MSN Nursing Education track integrates hands-on learning throughout. You'll be required to complete a practicum experience, helping you apply your skills in an authentic healthcare setting.

The online MSN Nursing Education track is aligned to the core competencies defined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National League for Nursing. The program provides the essential skills required by registered nurses to either transition into or supports the requirements of the nurse educator role. Graduates of the MSN Nursing Education track meet the educational requirements for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Curriculum Requirements & Resources

  • Clinical practice experience (CPE): Clinical practice hours are incorporated into all graduate nursing programs accredited by CCNE. SNHU incorporates these authentic learning experiences into your MSN program through indirect and direct clinical experiences. You'll be able to achieve these CPE hours through coursework and assignments and time spent with a preceptor. Please connect with our Student Experience team to learn more about clinical practice experiences by track.

Students enrolled in the MSN program must comply with requirements of the organizations where their clinical practice experiences/practicum will be completed. These requirements may include (but are not limited to) a criminal background check, active and unencumbered license verification, immunization records, professional liability insurance. Students may incur additional costs to meet organizational requirements (ex. drug screening, physical examination co-pay, etc.). These requirements must be met prior to registering for the clinical practice experience course. 

It is a requirement that nursing students carry their own medical malpractice insurance while enrolled in practicum courses. At least two terms prior to the start of the clinical components, students will be required to demonstrate proof of having an active individual medical malpractice certificate.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition rates for SNHU's online degree programs are among the lowest in the nation. We offer a 25% tuition discount for U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty.

Online Graduate Programs Per Course Per Credit Hour
Degree/Certificates $1,881 $627
(U.S. service members, both full and part time, and the spouses of those on active duty)*
$1,410 $470

Tuition Rates are subject to change and are reviewed annually.
*Note: students receiving this rate are not eligible for additional discounts.

Additional Costs:
$150 Graduation Fee, Course Materials ($ varies by course)

Students enrolled in the MSN program may be subject to ongoing licensure checks through a third party vendor, additional fees will apply and may vary by state.

Frequently Asked Questions

University Accreditation

Southern New Hampshire University is a private, nonprofit institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE) as well as several other accrediting bodies.

Licensure and Certification Disclosures

SNHU has provided additional information for programs that educationally prepare students for professional licensure or certification. Learn more about what that means for your program on our licensure and certification disclosure page.

ANCC Accredited Provider

At Southern New Hampshire University, we’re committed to your success — even beyond graduation. That’s why we’re committed to delivering accredited continuing education for nurses and healthcare professionals. From one-hour webinars to multi-day conferences and more, these opportunities are built to help you continue to meet the needs of communities across the globe.

Visit our SNHU continuing education page to learn more.

Southern New Hampshire University is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

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