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MSN - Nurse Educator

Learn to Teach in Classroom, Simulation, Clinical, and Online Settings

Saint Xavier's online MSN Nurse Educator track provides nurses with the opportunity to work toward becoming a Certified Nurse Educator through experiential learning as well as rigorous classroom practice. Specializing as a nurse educator can offer you greater career flexibility and the chance to pass on your hard-earned knowledge to future generations of nurses.

What You Will Learn

You'll graduate with new teaching and learning strategies and the ability to adapt them to different nursing settings—such as hospitals and schools of nursing. You'll hone your teaching skills by preparing, presenting and evaluating actual classes during a guided practicum, giving you valuable hands-on experience.

The curriculum also addresses topics including:

  • Educational theory for adult learners
  • Curriculum design
  • Curriculum evaluation
  • Lesson planning
  • How to create course objectives
  • Student evaluation techniques

SXU's online MSN - Nurse Educator program provides you with high-impact learning experiences throughout the program. You'll collaborate with other students on projects and papers and take writing-intensive courses that help improve your written communication and reporting skills.

Then you'll build experience in a clinical practicum. You will work with an MSN-prepared preceptor in advanced nursing practice to develop in-depth knowledge and expertise in a clinical specialty. You will also work with expert nursing faculty to gain hands-on experience in designing, teaching and evaluating educational activities for students. You'll graduate with a mix of classroom and clinical experience to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective instructor from day one.

You'll graduate with a mix of classroom learning and hands-on experience to give you the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective instructor from day one.

Become a Certified Nurse Educator

This 38-credit-hour program is available 100-percent online. This means you can advance your nursing career without putting it on hold, and graduate in fewer than two and a half years.

Upon completion of the MSN Nurse Educator program, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator exam. Passing the exam grants nurses the designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), which brings more job opportunities, greater earning potential, and the ability to influence the next generation of nurses.

As a CNE, you will have the skills and knowledge to meet the diverse needs of learners in various positions, including:

  • Nursing school faculty member
  • Continuing nurse education specialist
  • Nursing staff development officer
  • Community health educator

Are You a Good Match?

If you have a sincere interest in improving patient care quality and safety through educating others, a commitment to applying the principles of evidence-based practice to clinical problems, and a real passion for helping nursing students achieve their full potential, the MSN Nurse Educator track is a perfect fit.

As a student, you can look forward to academic coursework that develops critical reasoning and an understanding of ethics, professionalism, and integrity. Together, these foundational skills will help you develop the skills you need to reach your full potential in nursing education.

A Top-Ranked Nursing Program

  • Ranked as a Top 5 Online Graduate Nursing Program by U.S. News & World Report for the last seven years
  • The School of Nursing and Health Sciences Division was declared a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for the fourth consecutive time in 2018 by the National League for Nursing (NLN).
  • The master's and baccalaureate degrees in nursing at Saint Xavier University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

These distinctions help give you confidence in the professional nursing development you will experience as a student at Saint Xavier University, and they will demonstrate the full value of your degree to employers, peers, and patients.

Employer Assistance

Select organizations are eligible for tuition assistance. Speak with a graduate admissions counselor for more information.

Learn more about the online MSN - Nurse Educator. Call 866-319-8966 or request more information.