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Online MSN: Nurse Educator Track


Prepare to teach new nurses in an academic setting or guide experienced nurses through continuing development plans in a healthcare setting.

In the Nurse Educator track, gain an advanced Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) foundation, as well as the skills to develop and deliver nursing curricula.

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  • Duration 2 years
  • Cost per Credit $609
  • Credit Hours 37

Program Benefits

  • Advance your career in a rapidly growing industry
  • Nurse-friendly, asynchronous course format
  • No campus residency required
  • CCNE-Accredited

CCNE-Accredited Experience

Achieve new heights in your vocation as you impart critical knowledge and inspire genuine enthusiasm.

The master’s degree program in nursing at Queens University of Charlotte is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Career Outlook: Educating an Expert Workforce

The growing wave of retiring baby boomer nurses means a yearly loss of more than 2 million combined years of experience.1 This loss of knowledge means that nursing educators have become critically valuable. In fact, demand for nursing instructors is due to climb 24 percent over the next decade.2

Your master’s in nursing from Queens will put you ahead of the pack in prime position for these roles.

Nurse Educator:


As a nurse educator, you would develop and provide continuing education for an organization’s nursing staff. You would evaluate organizational and individual knowledge needs and facilitate the learning process, ensuring your team has the current expertise they need to excel. The top 10 percent of nurse educators earn more than $100,000 annually.3

Nursing Instructor:


As a nursing instructor, you could educate nurses in either academic or clinical settings. You would be relied on to deliver academic knowledge and transfer mastery of practical job skills. The top 10 percent of nursing instructors earn more than $82,000 annually.4

Other titles you may qualify for:

  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Clinical education specialist
  • Program coordinator
  • Orientation specialist
  • Professional development specialist
  • Clinical practice and education specialist

Curriculum: A Mix of Classroom and Clinical Skills

In the Nurse Educator track, you spend half your credit hours gaining advanced, master’s-level nursing skills, and the other half gaining the skills to develop curricula, deliver education, and evaluate student progress and program efficacy.

This program includes a total of 225 clinical hours at a location of your choice where you will implement the nurse educator role. The skills you acquire will serve you in either an academic or clinical setting.

Course Spotlight: NUR 663 – Principles of Curriculum and Evaluation

Examine the process of curriculum development in academic and practice settings, including methods of program evaluation.


Course Spotlight: NUR 664 – Educational Principles & Practices

Explore the theoretical and evidence-based foundations of teaching, learning, and assessment in varied learning environments.

More Track Options

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Administrator

Gain the leadership and business skills to guide organizational decision-making and lead a nursing team in the Nurse Administrator track.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Clinical Nurse Leader

Champion patient care, act as a bridge between interdisciplinary teams, and provide advanced therapies.

MS in Nursing (MSN): Nursing Informatics

Participate in the analysis, design, and implementation of information and communication systems. Study the effectiveness of nursing communications, review informatics research, and learn to deliver the education of nursing informatics and information technology.

Frequently Asked Questions

As you explore Queens’ Master of Science in Nursing, our dedicated staff is here to ensure your decision-making is stress-free and enjoyable. If you have a question not covered here, request more information or call 866-313-2356.

You can complete your degree program in as few as two years.

The estimated total cost of the program is $22,533. This is subject to change.

Yes, you must pick a concentration. The first six classes are core classes and you can change your concentration at any time leading up to your seventh class.

You can choose from four specializations: Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL), Nurse Administrator, Nurse Educator, and Nursing Informatics.

The number of clinical hours required is dependent on the track chosen.

  • Clinical Nurse Leader: 400 clinical hours
  • Nurse Administrator: 225 clinical hours
  • Nurse Educator: 225 clinical hours
  • Nursing Informatics: 225 clinical hours

Application requirements include:

  • A completed graduate application
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic coursework, indicating evidence of a BSN degree earned at a regionally accredited institution and nursing program accredited by NLNAC or CCNE. RNs with bachelor’s degrees that are not in nursing may be considered for the program.
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Evidence of a current unrestricted license to practice nursing in the state in which you will complete any practicum requirements of the program
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  1. Buerhaus, Peter I., PhD, RN, FAAN, FAANP; Skinner, Lucy E., BA; Auerbach, David I., PhD; and Staiger, Douglas O., PhD (2017 July). Four Challenges Facing the Nursing Workforce in the United States. Retrieved September 17, 2019, from
  2. Burning Glass Technologies: Labor Insight™. Retrieved September 18, 2019.
  3. Payscale (2019 September 11). Average Nurse Educator Salary. Retrieved September 18, 2019, from
  4. Payscale (2019 September 5). Average Nursing Instructor Salary. Retrieved September 18, 2019, from