Online Nurse Educator Program: Master of Science in Nursing

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Shape the Future of Nursing

Use your passion and experience as a nurse to make a lasting impact in the lives of students and health care professionals, so they can provide the same to their patients. Through the online nurse educator master’s program at Purdue University Northwest (PNW), you’ll gain the skills, knowledge and credentials to lead the next generation of nurses. Are you ready to power onward at PNW?

Nurse Educators Play Essential Roles in Public Health

Earn an Affordable, In-Demand Degree From a Center of Excellence

Expert PNW Faculty

Learn from experienced faculty who are dedicated to your growth as a skilled, confident nurse educator.

Flexible Online Learning

Earn your MSN 100% online and complete your practicum hours where you work.

Accelerated Completion

Graduate in as little as 12 months of full-time study or less than 2 years of part-time study.

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Gain the Expertise to:

  • Become a certified nurse educator or a clinical nurse educator.
  • Design, evaluate, update and implement nursing education curriculum.
  • Provide staff development programs.
  • Instruct undergraduate nursing students.

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Tuition You Can Afford

Discover just how affordable earning your nurse educator master's degree from Purdue Northwest can be, with:

  • Save with competitively priced tuition—$512.16 per credit
  • Transfer up to 9 credits
  • Utilize federal financial aid
  • Earn a $1,000 scholarship, available for Purdue Northwest RN-to-BSN alumni and employees of partner institutions
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MSN Program Accredited by ACEN

The baccalaureate, master’s and post-master’s certificate nursing programs at Purdue University Northwest at the Hammond and Westville campuses located in Hammond and Westville are accredited by the: Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400 Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the baccalaureate, master’s and post-master’s certificate nursing programs is continuing accreditation.

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Nurse Educator Curriculum

Our curriculum has earned a certification of quality from Quality Matters™ (QM). The interactive, engaging courses have been evaluated by a team of experts, meet rigorous standards for online instruction and support student learning and success.

  • Core Courses

    Core MSN Courses

    • Foundations of Advanced Practice in Nursing
    • Healthcare Organization, Policy, and Economics
    • Informatics in Nursing
    • Research and Evidence Based Nursing Practice
    • Sociocultural Influences on Health
    • Theoretical and Ethical Reasoning in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • Nurse Educator Courses

    Nurse Educator Courses

    • Pathophysiologic Concepts and Pharmacologic Interventions for Nurse Educators
    • Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators
    • Curriculum Development in Nursing
    • Theories and Principles of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education
    • Teaching Strategies for Nursing
    • Assessment and Measurement in Nursing Education
  • Nurse Educator Program Outcomes

    Nurse Educator MSN Program Outcomes

    • Operationalize role competencies appropriate to nursing education.
    • Provide leadership to influence delivery of health care to diverse populations in increasingly complex environments.
    • Synthesize advanced nursing knowledge, patient preferences and best available evidence to make decisions for practice.
    • Evolve a professional philosophy that reflects the humanistic values of nursing and a commitment to the discipline.

What Our Graduates Say

My preceptor during my last course really took the time to help me learn about and grow into the role of a nurse educator. The experience and support I received from my preceptor, instructor, and many other members of the PNW faculty more than exceeded my expectations.

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Carole Rance, 2020 Graduate, MSN—Nurse Educator Program

Meet the Growing Demand for Nurse Educators

Employment at the postsecondary level is projected to grow much faster than average from 2021 to 2031. Learn more about why there’s a demand for nurse educators.

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Nurse Educator Tuition


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100% Online: MSN program includes a practicum experience that must be completed in a real-world health care environment. Students may complete their University-approved practicum where they work, but they cannot complete hours on work time or under their current supervisor.

Employment Projections: U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Postsecondary Teachers. National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, and do not guarantee actual job growth.

MSN Alumni Scholarship: Must have completed the PNW RN-to-BSN to be eligible for scholarship.

MSN Transfer Credits: Transfer dependent on program approval. Courses must fulfill curriculum requirements and must have been taken at a university that has national nursing accreditation. A grade of the equivalent of 3.0 (on a 4-point scale) or higher must be present for any transfer course and faculty will review syllabi for equivalence. NUR 51000, Research and Evidence Based Nursing Practice, all advanced core courses, and all specialty courses (applies to all concentrations) must be taken at PNW.

MSN Tuition and Fees: Students will incur differential fees, in addition to tuition, based on the number of credits taken per term. Differential fees are $221.25 when registered for less than 8 hours and $281.50 for 8 hours or more and are assessed once each traditional semester. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Board of Trustees.

Textbook Fee: The instructional material access fee is $299 per semester. The fee is not included in total tuition. All students are automatically entered into the access program and must opt out if they do not want to participate. For more information, visit