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Online MSN: Nurse Educator

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Advance Your Career with the Online Nurse Educator Degree Program


2 Years

39-40 Credit Hours

$503 per Credit

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Shape the Future of Nursing with SMSU’s Online MSN: Nurse Educator

The Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator online program from Southwest Minnesota State University is designed for registered nurses ready for professional advancement and new career opportunities. This two-year program is customizable and flexible, so you can learn in a format that fits your life and work schedule. With SMSU, you can get the expert-level knowledge required to teach, guide, and mentor the next generation of nurses.

This MSN in Nurse Educator program is also offered on campus.

Program Details

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Advanced Nurse Educator Courses Delivered 100% Online

39-40 Total Credits

13 Courses

As a student in the nurse educator online program, you will complete a core of essential topics for nurse leaders to prepare you for the next phase of your career. A specialized set of nurse educator courses delivers the teaching strategies and evidence-based approaches you need to help your students excel. Throughout the program, you will have virtual and hands-on experiences to apply your new skills in relevant settings.

Course Highlights

  • NURS 620: Holistic Nursing Approaches to Self-Care and Health Promotion
  • NURS 630: Advanced Global & Societal Health Nursing
  • NURS 654: Instructional Technologies in the Nurse Educator Role
  • NURS 658: Culturally Responsive Teaching in Nursing Education
Curriculum Details

SMSU Admission Requirements

Start Date August 26, 2024 Fall Term 2024

Admission to the online nurse educator degree program begins by submitting your application. Take the next step towards a rewarding career by completing your application today with support from the SMSU enrollment team.

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Application Fee$30 waivable fee*
Official TranscriptsSend all official transcript
Minimum GPA2.8 (3.0 preferred)
Additional Admission Items
  • Two letters of recommendation (if GPA is under 3.0)
  • Personal statement (if GPA is under 3.0)
  • Active registered nursing license
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree

International Students

Additional information and requirements may be necessary for international students. Please contact our enrollment team to learn more.

It’s always the right time to invest in your education with SMSU. Contact an enrollment counselor by calling 1-800-201-2944 to get started today.

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Excellence in Nursing Education at an Affordable Price

Calculate your cost for attending SMSU Use our tuition calculator to help you estimate your total tuition costs.  

The first step towards creating a successful future for yourself is investing in your education. Whether you’re applying for a college degree for the first time or picking back up where you left off, Southwest Minnesota State University’s tuition and aid packages can assist you. With scholarships available and competitive tuition, we’ll help you earn your degree affordably.

Cost per Credit Hour$503
Total Credit Hours39-40
Total Estimated Cost**$19,617 – $20,120
Other CostsThe estimated tuition cost does not include factors such as textbooks, supplies, or additional fees and expenses

Military Benefits

SMSU proudly welcomes active military and veteran students. We accept the GI Bill™ and VA education benefits. Learn more by contacting an enrollment counselor or by visiting our military benefits page.

Financial Aid Options & Support

Southwest Minnesota State University offers a variety of solutions to help you invest in your education. SMSU offers in-state tuition rates to all students, along with a variety of financial services, including military benefits, financial aid opportunities, and scholarships for qualifying applicants.

Take your next step in financing your education by completing your FAFSA today. Use SMSU’s school code: 002375

Tuition Details
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Meet the Demand for Skilled Nurse Educators

According to a recent survey by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN),1 nursing schools across the country are seeking nurse educators to fill thousands of vacant roles. In 2022, there was an overall nurse faculty vacancy rate of 8.8 percent. Data like this makes it clear that now is an ideal time for registered nurses to continue their education and pursue this rewarding and in-demand career path.

Nurse Educator Jobs

Nurse educator $82,769 per year2

Clinical educator $82,829 per year3

Program Outcomes

The combination of real-world practicum experience and an advanced curriculum designed by nursing experts ensures you will build skills for success as an educator now and in the future. Graduates of the MSN: Nurse Educator online program are qualified for nurse educator jobs in both higher education and clinical education contexts.

What You’ll Learn

Meet Our Faculty

SMSU employs a faculty of experts who are top-skilled in their fields. Our educators are fully committed to providing each student with personalized and thoughtful instruction to help you succeed academically and professionally.

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Tracy Hadler, DHPE, MSN, RN, Assistant Professor and MSN Program Director

Dr. Tracy Hadler has spent many years working in nursing education and is dedicated to helping nursing students advance in their careers and extend their influence. She also believes in the importance of leadership in nursing. She knows that students who are provided with a meaningful education experience will have a significant impact on the nursing profession.

Dr. Hadler has a passion for teaching, research, and mentoring students. She wishes students the best as they pursue their SMSU online degrees.

Learn Online with Southwest Minnesota State University

Whether you’re enrolling in a degree program for the first time or completing a degree you previously started, learning online with SMSU provides the flexibility you need to be successful. Our online programs offer the same rigorous curriculum delivered on campus, plus the convenience of studying on your schedule from the location of your choice.

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Sources and Disclaimers

  1. American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Special Survey on Vacant Faculty Positions for Academic Year 2022-2023, at (visited October 17, 2023).
  2., Average Nurse Educator Salary, at (visited October 17, 2023).
  3., Average Clinical Educator Salary, at (visited October 17, 2023).

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**Tuition costs and fees will vary based on semesters of enrollment and number of transfer credits accepted. Contact our enrollment team to learn more.