Online MSN: Nurse Educator Track

You can advance your career and set the future standards of excellence in nursing when you complete the Nurse Educator track in the online Master of Science in Nursing from Queens University of Charlotte. Nurses across the nation are seeking the MSN nursing education credential that allows them to teach in a clinical or academic setting, and help to set the standard of care for patients in the future. The American Nurses Association indicates 75 percent of current nurse educators are retiring by 2024, just as the demand for them is increasing.1

MSN Nursing Education Outcomes

In this MSN nursing education track, you will learn to apply the specific skills needed to stand out as a nurse educator who inspires students towards a dedication to providing superior patient care in any role they are in. As you learn to guide students on their own career path, you will adopt Queens' motto, “To serve, not to be served.”

  • Develop curriculum to effectively teach theory, research, policy, and advanced skills
  • Apply various teaching strategies and methods to reach and teach each student
  • Inspire passion and self-motivation for life-long learning
  • Demonstrate goals for excellence in nursing through student and program evaluation
  • Prepare to teach in academic or clinical settings

Nurse Educator Roles

In gaining a nursing education degree, you expand your career options now and in the future. Nurse educators can work in a variety of settings. In the clinical capacity, nurse educators develop the continuing education curriculum for nurses on staff. They can help established nurses discover their own career goals and set them on the path to success.

Others move to a purely academic setting to educate those new to the field, developing and teaching RN and BSN programs. In either case, nurses can choose to continue to work with patients in a part-time capacity, or not. So as your career desires change, so can the amount of time you spend in either role.

Note: to be a nurse educator in NC, the law requires you have education in teaching and learning principles for adult education, including curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation. Graduates of our MSN Nurse Educator program or the post-masters Nurse Educator certificate will meet these requirements.

The Critical Need for Nurse Educators

With more nurses to teach, and less nurses to teach them, the Nurse Educator role is especially critical. Currently, the National League for Nursing reports educator vacancies as high as 38% in BSN programs, 13% for MSN programs, and 15% for doctoral programs.2 Higher education institutions are as eager to hire qualified nursing teachers as hospitals and organizations are to hire those they teach, if not more so. At the moment, schools are losing money because they do not have the staff to teach all the students who wish to learn. On average, BSN programs can only admit 73 percent of qualified students; BSRN (RN to BSN) programs, 62 percent; MSN programs, 64 percent; and doctorate programs, 41 percent.2

The nurse educator role allows you to develop nursing excellence in future generations while earning an excellent salary in a job that is in high demand.

Nurse Educator Faculty

The Nurse Educator faculty in the online MSN program at Queens are experienced professionals who are passionately dedicated to leading the next generation of nurses. In educating nurses how to teach the many facets of nursing, they demonstrate the qualities and skills Queens students strive to develop as they lead others in career advancement through education.

MSN Nursing Education Curriculum

Through the coursework offered in the online MSN Nurse Educator track, you will fulfill the educational requirements to be a nurse educator, and qualify to instruct current and future nurses in an academic or clinical setting. You will become an expert in critical nurse educator topics, including how to develop curriculum, effectively teach a variety of students, and how to evaluate students and programs. In the final semester, students choose a capstone project and practicum experience in the Nurse Educator specialty.

Nurse Educator: Specialized Coursework

MSN integrated coursework in the Nurse Educator and Nurse Administrator tracks expands your career opportunities. You may complete the second degree track residency for a post-master’s certificate, qualifying you to work towards either career at a point in time you choose.

Nurse Educators Benefit By Learning Administrative Skills:

  • Budgeting skills for educational programming
  • How staffing is affected by educational requirements
  • Principles of leadership and management

Nurse Administrators Benefit By Learning Educator Skills:

  • How to develop educational programs for staff
  • Effective evaluation strategies for educational programs
  • The best methods for teaching in groups

Earn the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Credential

The online Nurse Educator track of the MSN program at Queens provides graduates the opportunity to apply for the Certification of Nurse Educators through Option A. Certification is a voluntary process developed by the National League for Nursing (NLN) Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program (ANECP), and is a mark of distinction for academic nurse educators. The certification exam is based on the full-scope of the academic nurse educator role. Those who are successful on the examination may use the credentials of the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

For more information, please visit the National League for Nursing’s Certification for Nurse Educators page here:

The online Nurse Educator track of the MSN program at Queens meets the NC Board of Nursing education requirements for faculty who teach in pre-licensure nursing programs in North Carolina according to the Education Rules 21 NCAC 36.0318 Faulty (g) (4) (C).

Take charge of the health of your patients and the wellness of your organization with the Queens online Master of Science in Nursing program. Learn more about the Nurse Educator MSN track. Call us at 866-313-2356 to speak with an admissions representative, or request more information.


1 ANA Nurses by the Numbers, June 2016 Edition.