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MSN - Nurse Educator Track

 

Be the Educator Who Inspires the Next Generation of Nurses

Learn teaching-learning tools that can be applied in all educational settings.

The online Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator Track will provide you with foundational knowledge and experience through your didactic and practicum courses. Graduates are eligible to sit for any of the Certified Nurse Educator exams offered by the National League for Nursing.

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Format

Online

Program Length

2.5 Years

Credit Hours

38

Important Dates

Next Start Term: Fall

Online Info Sessions

Cost

Tuition Per Credit Hour: $750
Credit Hours to Complete: 38
Approximate Cost: $28,500

Curriculum

 Course Descriptions
 

Learn to Teach in Classroom, Simulation, Clinical and Online Settings

Today's basic nursing education and ongoing professional development occur in a variety of settings, using multiple modalities and technologies. Saint Xavier's online MSN Nurse Educator track includes coursework and activities that prepare you to teach in any of these settings. The track includes three practicum courses that focus on advanced skills in a clinical specialty; development of curriculum, teaching modules, and learning activities; and assessment and evaluation of learners' knowledge and competencies.

What You Will Learn

You'll graduate with new teaching and learning strategies and the ability to adapt them to different academic and clinical settings. You'll hone your teaching skills by preparing, presenting and evaluating actual classes during a guided practicum, giving you valuable hands-on experience.

The curriculum also addresses topics including:

  • Educational theory for adult learners
  • Curriculum design
  • Curriculum evaluation
  • Lesson planning
  • Writing learning outcomes and objectives
  • Student assessment and evaluation techniques

SXU's online MSN - Nurse Educator program provides you with high-impact learning experiences throughout the program. You'll collaborate with other students on projects and papers and take writing-intensive courses that help improve your written communication and reporting skills.

Then you'll build experience in a clinical practicum. You will work with an MSN-prepared preceptor in advanced nursing practice to develop in-depth knowledge and expertise in a clinical specialty. You will also work with expert nursing faculty to gain hands-on experience in designing, teaching and evaluating educational activities for students. You'll graduate with a mix of classroom and clinical experience to provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to be an effective instructor from day one.

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Graduate Admission

Become a Certified Nurse Educator

This 38-credit-hour program is available 100-percent online. This means you can advance your nursing career without putting it on hold, and graduate in fewer than two and a half years.

Upon completion of the MSN Nurse Educator program, students are eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator exam. Passing the exam grants nurses the designation of Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), which brings more job opportunities, greater earning potential, and the ability to influence the next generation of nurses.

As a CNE, you will have the skills and knowledge to meet the diverse needs of learners in various positions, including:

  • Nursing school faculty member
  • Continuing nurse education specialist
  • Nursing staff development officer
  • Community health educator

If you have a sincere interest in improving patient care quality and safety through educating others, a commitment to applying the principles of evidence-based practice to clinical problems, and a real passion for helping nursing students and practicing nurses achieve their full potential, the MSN Nurse Educator track is a perfect fit. As a student, you can look forward to academic coursework that develops critical reasoning and an understanding of ethics, professionalism, and integrity. Together, these foundational skills will help you develop the skills you need to reach your full potential in nursing education.

A Top 3 Ranked Nursing Program

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Accreditation



The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Saint Xavier University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Because of the rigorous standards necessary to earn and maintain accredited status, CCNE-accredited nursing schools like SXU's School of Nursing give prospective students greater confidence in the education they will receive. Earning a nursing degree from a CCNE-accredited program will also assure employers of the value of your education.

Ranked No. 3 in the Nation for Best Online Graduate Nursing Program (2024) by U.S. News & World Report.

These distinctions help give you confidence in the professional nursing development you will experience as a student at Saint Xavier University, and they will demonstrate the full value of your degree to employers, peers, and patients.

 

Student testimonial

"After an incredibly positive undergraduate experience, I feel fortunate to return to Saint Xavier for my graduate studies. I believe that Saint Xavier empowers nurses to become leaders within their respective units, to use critical thinking and make decisions based on theoretical knowledge and evidence-based practices, and to act with kindness and respect to each patient entrusted into our care. The support that is exhibited by professors and staff at Saint Xavier has been nothing short of impressive. During this unprecedented time of COVID-19, SXU was able to seamlessly keep students on track and utilize new technology to provide experiences that enhanced learning and helped students meet learning objectives. I am proud to be a two-time SXU graduate."

Are You a Good Match?

If you have a sincere interest in improving patient care quality and safety through educating others, a commitment to applying the principles of evidence-based practice to clinical problems, and a real passion for helping nursing students and practicing nurses achieve their full potential, the MSN Nurse Educator track is a perfect fit.

As a student, you can look forward to academic coursework that develops critical reasoning and an understanding of ethics, professionalism, and integrity. Together, these foundational skills will help you develop the skills you need to reach your full potential in nursing education.

Employer Assistance

A 20% clinical partner tuition discount is available to students enrolled in SXU's graduate program who are employed (40 hours per pay period) in a clinical setting where our undergraduate students participate in clinicals.


Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The NFLP is a federal loan forgiveness program that supports students to become nurse educators to fill faculty vacancies and increases the number of trained nurses entering the workforce.

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