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Master's/Post-master's Nursing Education Overview

Nursing Education

The Nursing Education track offers nurses the opportunity to combine their clinical experience with preparation for teaching nursing practice.  


The Nursing Education track offers nurses the opportunity to combine their clinical experience with preparation for teaching nursing practice. The 46 credit curriculum prepares nurses to assume leadership roles as dynamic educators in baccalaureate and associate degree programs, staff development, continuing education and community education programs. Nurses who progress from this MSN concentration to our PhD program find their course of study expedited.

The curriculum offers theoretical courses, advanced clinical and education practica. The nursing education theoretical courses are available online or on campus. Students select a population and area of clinical interest for the clinical practicum: adult-gerontology, parent-child health, community health or psychiatric/mental health. Students also select an academic or clinical setting for the final student teaching practicum. As you develop as a nursing educator, you will create curricula, plan programs and teach with master teacher clinicians. There is also opportunity to spend time with an expert nurse educator in a clinical and academic setting to begin to internalize the nurse educator role.

At the completion of this concentration, the graduate is able to:

  • Integrate advanced knowledge and experience in a broadly-based clinical practice area into the educator role.
  • Participate knowledgeably in the development, implementation, revision, and evaluation of nursing curricula and nursing programs.
  • Apply theories of education and related sciences as a basis for education.
  • Utilize a variety of teaching strategies and educational resources to facilitate learning in the classroom and clinical areas and to enhance student and staff development.
  • Utilize various modalities in the educational process.
  • Conceptualize one's individual role as educator and one's personal philosophy of teaching.
  • Propose strategies to resolve conflicts and tensions among the multiple roles of an educator.
  • Appreciate the need for nurse educators to be an integral part of the university/health agency or community, to continue their own development and to pursue doctoral education.
  • Analyze the broad context or system in which the educator role is implemented.
  • Analyze the issues and trends in higher education, and specifically in nursing education, and their impact on the development of nursing education.
Click here to view the curriuculum for the Nursing Education Concentration.

The post-master’s Nurse Educator Certificate is designed for experienced nurses to add teaching expertise to their clinical expertise.

Click here to learn more about the Nurse Educator Certificate.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Future nurse educators! (MSN & PhD)  Apply for federal funding!

The federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program requires completion of a simple application. Don’t miss this opportunity!

· Provides support for students in the MSN Nursing Education track and the PhD program. Note this funding does not apply to post-master's students.

· Citizens of the United States are eligible.

· Full-time and part-time students pursuing coursework in nursing education leading to a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing can borrow money to cover tuition, fees, books and supplies.

· Borrow up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of five years. 

· If upon graduation the student works full-time as a nursing faculty member in an accredited school of nursing (RN or higher) in the US or its territories, beginning within 12 months of completion of the degree, for up to four years, up to 85% of the total NFLP loan balance is forgiven, and the remainder can be paid within 10 years of graduation at an interest rate of 3%.  For each of the first three years, 20% is forgiven, and for the fourth year, 25% is forgiven. 

· Repayment is deferred as long as the student is employed as a full-time faculty member for the first four years after degree completion.

· If the student ceases studies or does not become employed as a nursing school faculty member within 12 months of degree completion, then the balance of the loan is paid over 10 years at the market interest rate.

Dr. Mary Ann Cantrell