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Master of Science in Nursing / Clinical Nurse Educator

Program Details

The online Master of Science in Nursing / Clinical Nurse Educator prepares students to teach college-level students or seasoned nursing professionals. This program is designed for BSN trained registered nurses who want to combine clinical expertise and a passion for teaching into a rich and rewarding career. 

Teaching offers students the choice to focus on adult education (staff development and/or continuing education in a healthcare agency) or higher education (teaching nursing students in a degree-granting institution).

The ANCC's Nursing Professional Development certification or the NLN’s Certified Nurse Educator designation are examples of certificates to garner skills and prepare for doctoral-level studies.

An MSN degree can lead to respectable administration positions in the school environment and the professional clinic fields such as:

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


  • Current unencumbered U.S. RN license
  • Copy of current government-issued photo identification (passport, driver’s license, identification card)
  • Graduate from an ACEN or CCNE-accredited BSN nursing program with an overall undergraduate grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Students whose overall undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale must take the GRE. 
  • Official transcript(s) from all colleges or universities
  • Evidence of completion of an undergraduate course in statistics and physical assessment
  • Three recommendations
  • An essay
  • Professional resume or CV

Accreditation & Licensing

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)