Online Nurse Educator Program: Master of Science in Nursing

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Shape the Future of Nursing as a Nurse Educator

Use your passion and experience as a nurse to teach and mentor aspiring RNs, preparing them to make a powerful, lasting impact on patient care. Purdue University Northwest’s online nurse educator master’s degree helps you gain the skills, knowledge and credentials to pursue a rewarding career leading and influencing the next generation of nurses.

Nurse Educators Play Essential Roles in Public Health

An Affordable, High-Quality Pathway to a Valuable Nursing Credential

Expert PNW Faculty

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

Flexible Online Learning

Earn your MSN 100% online. Complete your MSN Nurse Educator practicum conveniently 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 Valuable Expertise and Prepare 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.

Tuition You Can Afford

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

  • Competitively priced tuition
  • Up to 9 transfer credits
  • Federal financial aid
  • $1,000 scholarship available for Purdue Northwest RN-to-BSN alumni
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Accredited by ACEN

The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) granted continuing accreditation to the baccalaureate, master's and post-master's certificate programs with the next evaluation visit scheduled for Fall 2027.
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Nurse Educator Concentration Curriculum

Our interactive, engaging online nurse educator courses are designed to fulfill the Quality Matters™ (QM) evidence-based practices in online course delivery and quality. The QM designation ensures that our 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

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

    MSN Nurse Educator 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 of nursing instructors and teachers is projected to grow 18% from 2019 to 2029—more than 4 times the average for all occupations. Learn more about why there’s a demand for nurse educators.

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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.

Tuition and Fees: Tuition includes fees, with the exception of differential fees. Differential fees are $211.75 when registered for less than 8 hours and $269.40 for 8 hours or more and are assessed once each traditional semester. Tuition and fees are subject to change by the Board of Trustees.