Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Educator Online

Become the nursing leader, educator, and mentor you aspire to be.

Apply by: 10/15/21
Start Class: 11/1/21
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Program Overview

Learn more about our MSN Nurse Educator online degree

$15,750 Tuition
As few as 18 months Program Duration
35 Credit Hours

Set a high bar for quality patient care by earning your Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator online from Worcester State University. This education-focused, graduate nursing degree prepares you with advanced clinical knowledge and proven instructional techniques that empower you to guide nurses and elevate their patient care outcomes.

As an online graduate student, you will learn from our world-class educators who are experienced in both nursing practice and education. In fact, the faculty and teaching staff in the Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Nursing Department take pride in their longstanding reputation for training top quality nurses and supporting students in and outside of the classroom. Our faculty will instill in you the cornerstones of good teaching and shape you to be a successful nursing educator yourself.

This rigorous academic program prepares you for evidence-based nursing practice with a growing focus on multidisciplinary care and the nurse’s role as leader and manager of the client’s health care. Our graduate level curriculum reflects the core knowledge for all master’s programs in nursing as defined in The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. These Essentials are core for all master’s programs in nursing and provide the necessary curricular elements and framework, regardless of focus, major, or intended practice setting.

Your master’s program will culminate with two practicum courses in which you will have the opportunity to apply your learnings in real-world settings. You will benefit from the guidance of working clinical staff who serve as preceptors as well as from our expert faculty. Plus, you will be able to complete direct patient care hours in your preferred area of specialty.

As an added benefit, in earning your MSN Nurse Educator degree and gaining the relevant experience, you will be eligible to apply for national certifications including:

  • The Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Examination by the National League for Nursing
  • The Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator CNEcI Examination by the National League for Nursing

For nurse educators, certification establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), or CNEcl, you serve as a leader and a role model.

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The master's degree programs in nursing at Worcester State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

In this MSN Nurse Educator online program, you will learn to:

  • Lead others in high quality and safe patient care practices
  • Promote a culture of safety, professional accountability, and evidence-based patient care
  • Collaborate with teams to improve care outcomes and support policy changes
  • Integrate emerging informatics, health care technologies, and related ethical principles in your clinical decision-making processes
  • Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing
  • Analyze health outcomes from an ecological, global, biological, and socio-cultural perspective
  • Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate nursing education

  • Lead others in high quality and safe patient care practices
  • Promote a culture of safety, professional accountability, and evidence-based patient care
  • Collaborate with teams to improve care outcomes and support policy changes
  • Integrate emerging informatics, health care technologies, and related ethical principles in your clinical decision-making processes
  • Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing
  • Analyze health outcomes from an ecological, global, biological, and socio-cultural perspective
  • Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate nursing education

Career Outcomes:

  • Professor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Patient Education Coordinator

  • Professor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Patient Education Coordinator

In this MSN Nurse Educator online program, you will learn to:

  • Lead others in high quality and safe patient care practices
  • Promote a culture of safety, professional accountability, and evidence-based patient care
  • Collaborate with teams to improve care outcomes and support policy changes
  • Integrate emerging informatics, health care technologies, and related ethical principles in your clinical decision-making processes
  • Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing
  • Analyze health outcomes from an ecological, global, biological, and socio-cultural perspective
  • Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate nursing education

  • Lead others in high quality and safe patient care practices
  • Promote a culture of safety, professional accountability, and evidence-based patient care
  • Collaborate with teams to improve care outcomes and support policy changes
  • Integrate emerging informatics, health care technologies, and related ethical principles in your clinical decision-making processes
  • Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing
  • Analyze health outcomes from an ecological, global, biological, and socio-cultural perspective
  • Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate nursing education

Career Outcomes:

  • Professor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Patient Education Coordinator

  • Professor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Patient Education Coordinator
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Tuition

Valuable education that’s invaluable to your career

Worcester State tuition is extremely affordable. Plus, you can pay by the course—making it easy to budget. Worcester State is committed to offering a high-quality education that is accessible to students at all levels of financial need.

$450 Per Credit Hour
$15,750* Tuition
Program Per Credit Hour Per Program
MSN Nurse Educator $450 $15,750

Additional Fees

Application: $50

*Worcester State reserves the right to change tuition and fees at any time.

Calendar

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It's always a good time to earn your degree from Worcester State University online. We offer six start dates during the year so you can begin your program when it's most convenient. Check out the chart below for important dates.

Now enrolling:
10/15/21 Next Application Due Date
11/1/21 Next Class Start Date
SessionStart DateApplication DeadlineRegistration DeadlineDocument DeadlineTuition DeadlineLast Class Day
Fall 19/6/218/20/219/1/218/27/219/3/2110/24/21
Fall 211/1/2110/15/2110/27/2110/22/2110/29/2112/19/21
Spring I1/24/221/7/221/19/221/14/221/21/223/13/22
Spring 23/21/223/4/223/16/223/11/223/18/225/8/22
Summer 15/16/224/29/225/11/225/6/225/13/227/3/22
Summer 27/11/226/24/227/6/227/1/227/8/228/28/22
Fall 19/5/228/19/228/31/228/26/229/2/2210/23/22
Fall 210/31/2210/14/2210/26/2210/21/2210/28/2212/18/22
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Admissions

Apply for our 100% online MSN Nurse Educator degree

The admission process is the first step toward earning your degree at Worcester State! Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

BSN Degree from a regionally accredited institution
2.75 GPA or higher
RN License active and unencumbered
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Grade point average of 2.75 or higher
  • Active, unencumbered RN license in the state you would like to complete practicum hours
  • Two professional references
  • Career essay

Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed directly from the granting institution(s) to:

Mailing Address:

Graduate Admissions Office
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602

Email: [email protected]

Courses

Find out what you’ll learn in our online MSN Nurse Educator degree

For the Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator online, you are required to take 11 courses for a total of 35 credit hours.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the student with an overview of the role of the nurse educator and the philosophical, theoretical, legal, ethical, and professional foundations of nursing education. Content builds on philosophical traditions and influences, nursing theory, pedagogy and andragogy. These foundations provide the basis for an examination of the development of conceptual frameworks, curricula, and the teaching-learning process.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course concentrates on the philosophical basis of theory development and application. Students are introduced to the levels of theory building, concept formation and the elements of a model while considering the values and goals of nursing actions.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Students build upon previous learning of research design, methods and process. The critical relationship of research to nursing as a science, as well as its development as a professional discipline is emphasized. Prerequisite: NU 946.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the student with the knowledge necessary to comprehend the political, economic and social elements that affect health and health services. The student develops an understanding of the regulatory environment and its impact on the delivery of nursing care.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides the nurse educator student with the theoretical and clinical knowledge required to teach health assessment to students enrolled in basic nursing education programs. Includes principles of health assessment throughout the lifespan with an emphasis on problem-based and student-centered learning.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is designed to present an orientation to disease as disordered physiology. Course focus is on pathological conditions encountered in clinical practice across the life span. Emphasis is placed on regulatory and compensatory mechanisms as they relate to commonly occurring diseases. The influence of environmental and genetic factors on the development of disease will be examined.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the pharmacologic principals important to nursing practice including: pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and pharmacogenomics, and major drug classifications from the perspective of the Nurse Educator. This course will explore strategies for teaching pharmacological concepts to pre-licensure nursing students. Emphasis is placed on the utilization and application of the nursing process in the teaching of pharmacology and safe administration of medications.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course examines driving societal forces for technology integration in nursing education, as well as a variety of teaching strategies utilized in today's learning environment. The student is provided with the opportunity to apply knowledge gained through a diverse practicum experience. Students will complete a minimum of 60 clinical hrs. Using theories of education, students will discuss and evaluate the use of teaching and learning strategies, as well as quality improvement and patient safety in clinical practicum settings.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
This course builds upon the practicum experience of NU942 combining both didactic and clinical components. Students will complete a minimum of 65 clinical hrs. The student is provided the opportunity for continued implementation of the components of the educator role under the guidance of a preceptor in an educational setting. Prerequisites: NU 942.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course links statistical methods to epidemiology and ultimately, to practice issues in diverse cultural populations and communities. Students draw upon knowledge acquired from the physical science to interpret and summarize statistical data in meaningful ways.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Provides the student with the necessary skills to integrate appropriate business, economic, financial, leadership and management concepts into effective strategies to effect change in community/public health agencies and healthcare organizations.

Course rotation:

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