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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

The Nurse Educator track includes teaching and learning strategies applicable to nursing and how to adapt them to different 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

In the past, many nurses wishing to enter the field of nurse education had to learn teaching techniques on the job. SXU’s online MSN- Nurse Educator program provides you 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. The clinical practicum portion of the Nurse Educator track gives students the opportunity to collaborate with a MSN-prepared preceptor in the identified area of advanced nursing practice in order to develop in-depth knowledge and expertise in a particular area of nursing that includes graduate-level clinical practice content and experiences, and expand their exposure to a variety of clinical situations and management strategies.

Become a Certified Nurse Educator

This 38 credit-hour hour program is available 100 percent online. This means you can embark on a path of professional development without putting your nursing career on hold to go back to school.

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

A Top Ranked Nursing Program

U.S. News & World Report ranked SXU the #3 Online Master’s in Nursing Program for 2019.

In 2018, the National League for Nursing (NLN) designated the School of Nursing and Health Sciences Division as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education for the fourth consecutive time.

In addition, the master's and baccalaureate degree programs in nursing at Saint Xavier University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). (

These distinctions help give you the 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.