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Master's in Nursing Education Online MSN Track

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Register By: May 08 Classes Start: May 10

Teach the next generation of nurses

  • $627/credit (39 credits total)
  • Provides educational content for CNE exam certification
  • Transfer up to 12 graduate credits
  • No GRE/GMAT required
  • 18% projected growth for post-secondary nursing instructors1
  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Earn Your Online MSN in Nurse Education

Combine your clinical expertise and passion for teaching with the online Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Educator program at Southern New Hampshire University. This program 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 Nurse Educator program provides each student with an authentic learning experience that develops resume-building skills and knowledge required to teach the next generation of nurses.

Learn how to:

  • Propose informatics systems initiatives and technologies that facilitate effective decision making in delivering upon and enhancing patient care
  • Apply research practices and methodologies drive change in healthcare
  • Create client-centered, culturally appropriate health prevention and promotion initiatives
  • Generate data-driven solutions for operational challenges in healthcare across diverse settings
  • Advocate for ethically responsible policies and effective systems
  • Build effective working relationships and facilitate ethical and strategic decision making
  • Synthesize educational theory, research, evaluation and experiential knowledge in nursing education settings

At the end of the program, students will have an opportunity to put learning into practice with a capstone course that includes a 120-hour clinical and academic teaching immersion experiences under the guidance of nurse educator preceptors.

The online MSN program 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 Nurse Educator program meet the educational requirements to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam offered by the National League for Nursing.

Nurse Educator Career Outlook

Nurses are in high demand, with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projecting over 221,900 new jobs for registered nurses through 2029.1 But that's just the tip of the iceberg.

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

For this reason, jobs for postsecondary nursing instructors and teachers are expected to grow a significant 18% through 2029, totaling 12,800 new occupations.1

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.

That's why SNHU offers 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 Nurse Educator 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 Nurse Educator program meet the educational requirements to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam offered by the National League for Nursing.

It is a requirement that Clinical Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator 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. In addition, all students must comply with the requirements of the healthcare organizations where their capstone clinical immersion experience will be completed. These requirements may include (but are not limited to) criminal background checks and verification of licensure, immunization records, and health insurance. Students may incur additional costs to meet the healthcare organization's requirements.

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
Degree/Certificates
(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 MSN programs 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.

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