Program Overview

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

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    • 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

    School Overview

    Jacksonville University is a private institution of higher education located in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded in 1934 by William J. Porter, the university originated as a two-year junior college knows a William J. Porter University. The following year in 1935, the university was renamed Jacksonville Junior College. In 1958, after a merger between the Junior College and the Jacksonville College of Music, the university adopted its current name, Jacksonville University. In 1962 the university became an accredited four-year institution.

    Students a Jacksonville University have the opportunity to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degree. Some of the most popular degree specializations include those within the social sciences, the health professions and business. 


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