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Online Master's Degree MSN in Nurse Educator

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Teach the next generation of nurses by earning your MSN Nurse Educator

Combine your clinical expertise and passion for teaching in the online Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Educator program at Southern New Hampshire University. The online MSN Nurse Educator program will 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.

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.

See Yourself Succeed as a Nurse Educator

Designed for nurses by nurses in the field, the online MSN Nurse Educator program will provide registered nurses with the skills and knowledge required to facilitate learning through curriculum design, teaching, evaluation and advisement. This 39-credit program provides a foundation for the registered nurse wanting to provide education in the academic and/or advanced practice-clinical settings. At the end of the program, students will complete a capstone course that includes a 120 hour clinical and academic teaching immersion experiences under the guidance of nurse educator preceptors.

Throughout the online MSN Nurse Educator program, you'll learn how to:

  • Propose informatics systems initiatives and technologies that facilitate effective decision making in delivering upon and enhancing patient care
  • Employ research practices, methodologies and a spirit of scholarly inquiry to motivate change and drive real-world improvement in healthcare
  • Create client-centered, culturally-appropriate health prevention and promotion initiatives that improve the health, safety and quality of life for people and their communities
  • Generate data driven solutions for operational challenges that navigate the intersection of quality and cost in ensuring excellence in healthcare across diverse settings
  • Advocate for ethically responsible policies and effective systems that empower practitioners and meets the needs of healthcare consumers
  • Model leadership and professional practices in healthcare by building effective working relationships and facilitating ethical and strategic decision making across organizations
  • Synthesize educational theory, research, evaluation and experiential knowledge in nursing education settings

As a private, nonprofit university, SNHU has one mission - to help you see yourself succeed. The benefits of earning your MSN online at SNHU include:

  • Accredited. 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.
  • Affordability. Take advantage of some of the most affordable tuition rates in the nation.
  • Convenience. Attend class when it's convenient for you - online education means 24/7 access. 
  • Efficiency and flexibility. With five terms per year, you can complete your MSN degree in 20 months.
  • Expert instruction. Learn from instructors with relevant, real-world experience.
  • Minimal requirements. No GMAT or GRE required for admission.
  • Networking. Tap into our nationwide network of alumni for tips and career opportunities.
  • Student support. Count on the ongoing support of dedicated academic and career advisors specialized in your area of study.

Admission Requirements

Acceptance decisions are made on a rolling basis throughout the year for our 5 graduate terms. You can apply at any time and get a decision within days of submitting all required materials. To apply, simply contact an admission counselor, who can help you explore financial options. Your counselor can also walk you through the application process, which involves completing a graduate application and providing undergraduate transcripts.

MSN Admission Requirements:

  • Must maintain an active unencumbered Registered Nurse license. Licensure exam must be equivalent to NCLEX-RN examination. (If a student holds active licenses in more than one state/jurisdiction all licenses must be unencumbered.)
  • Must have an earned bachelor’s degree from an accredited nursing program (ACEN, CCNE, and CNEA) with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Provisional acceptance may be extended to applicants with an undergraduate GPA between 2.67 and 2.99

No BSN? No problem! SNHU also offers a RN to MSN Accelerated Pathway for registered nurses who know they want to continue their education onto an MSN. The Accelerated Pathway saves eligible students up to $3,700 in tuition and 20 weeks of time.

SNHU nursing programs are not authorized in the state of Washington or US territories and we are not accepting students residing in Washington state or US territories into Nursing programs at this time. Currently enrolled students who move into the state of Washington or a US territory will not be able to continue in nursing courses until they move out of the state of Washington or the US territory. Prospective students are encouraged to contact Admission, and current students should contact their Advisor, for more information.

Career Outlook

Nursing education is a high-growth, in-demand field. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for post-secondary nursing instructors is projected to increase 24% by 2026.* Much of the growth is due to a national shortage of nursing educators that's being compounded by changing educational requirements and a retiring workforce. With the BLS projecting over 3 million additional registered nurses needed by 2026 to meet the job growth and replacement needs due to a retiring workforce, nurse educators are needed to teach the next generation and continue the education of working RNs.*


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 in to or support 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 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
(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.

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.

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.

*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at (viewed online December 22, 2017). Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, on the Internet, at (viewed online December 14, 2017). Cited projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions and do not guarantee actual job growth.