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MSN: Clinical Nurse Educator


Masters in Nursing Education

Masters in Nursing Administration degree

Combine a passion for teaching with your clinical expertise as you prepare to lead and mentor the next generation of nurses. Nurse educators are in great demand. Faculty shortages at nursing schools across the country are contributing to tens of thousands of qualified applicants being turned away.* An MSN with a Clinical Nurse Educator specialization prepares you to teach and lead clinical classes and coordinate patient education. Nurse educators play a pivotal role in strengthening the nursing workforce, serving as role models, and providing the leadership needed to implement evidence-based best practices.

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What You’ll Learn


  • Understand development processes from infancy to adulthood in relation to teaching and learning
  • Evaluate measurement tools and tasks in order to plan suitable instruction
  • Leverage technology to foster greater success within a healthcare organization
  • Create functional objectives and effective instructional methods
  • Implement clinical teaching, evaluate educational resources, and measure educational outcomes
  • Prepare for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Nursing Professional Development certification or the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE) exam

Who Should Enroll


An MSN: Clinical Nurse Educator is ideal for nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) who want to combine clinical expertise with a passion for teaching. If you wish to teach nursing at the college level, you are required to have a minimum of a master’s degree. Offered online through our CCNE-accredited School of Nursing, this degree is ideal if you are a busy nurse, looking to earn an MSN on your own schedule, while still having time for family, friends and career. A 100% online classroom – with courses taught in 8-week sessions – means time and location no longer prevent you from pursuing your education goals.

Nursing Education Career Paths


  • Adjunct Professor
  • Professor
  • Instructional or Administrative Nurse Faculty
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Staff Development Officer
  • Director of Education
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Unit Based Educator
  • Patient Education Coordinator
  • Magnet Coordinator
  • System Education Specialist

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*2014-2015 Enrollment and Graduations in Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs in Nursing, American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2015