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Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator Online

Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator Online

Program Overview

Shape the Future of Nursing With an Online MSN – Nurse Educator Degree

Are you ready to have a bigger impact on healthcare? The nursing shortage crisis isn’t due to a lack of qualified candidates; it’s because there aren’t enough credentialed faculty to teach them. Become an MSN – Nurse Educator and step up to a critical leadership role to create the next generation of nurses and to advance the expertise of current nurses. Learn how to teach effectively anywhere, from a traditional classroom to a hospital clinic or even online.

icon $10,592 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 32 Credit Hours
icon $10,592 Total Tuition
icon As few as 12 months Program Duration
icon 32 Credit Hours

Combining 100% online coursework with interesting clinicals, this ACEN-accredited program is ideal for working nurses who want to teach. Combined with your relevant work experience, it’s the most direct path to becoming a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE®). Using clinical experiences, evidence-based practice and advanced teaching pedagogy, you’ll learn how to incorporate clinical skills, informatics, and evaluation and assessment methods to deliver compelling educational content to diverse learners, such as experienced and novice nurses, patients and families.

As one of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ top 30 fastest-growing occupations, an MSN – Nurse Educator benefits from a long rewarding career in hospitals and other healthcare settings. While some transition into an educator role in professional development, orientation or clinical education, others progress to teaching in a university setting. Others appreciate continuing their nursing practice without the time constraints and physical demands of a 12-hour hospital shift.

The Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator program at Arkansas State University is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). For more information about A-State’s accreditation, contact ACEN by mail at 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326; by phone at 404-975-5000; or via email at [email protected].

In this online nurse educator program, you will learn how to:

  • Synthesize theories and concepts to guide clinical judgment
  • Assist in providing primary care by performing standard procedure skills
  • Conduct both physical and differential diagnoses to determine appropriate treatment
  • Work with patients and their families to develop plans to maintain/improve health and manage/treat illnesses and chronic conditions
  • Develop patient-centered care that respects diversity and unique characteristics of individuals and populations
  • Assume leadership and collaborative roles in planning, providing and managing healthcare services
  • Work within complex health systems and diverse populations to effect safe, cost-effective quality healthcare
  • Apply unique skills, such as radiology interpretation, tele-health practices, and dental health
  • Demonstrate professionalism and accountability to ethical and legal standards
  • Utilize information systems and technology to evaluate patient care programs, outcomes and systems

Prepare for leadership roles with this ACEN-accredited program, including:

  • Nursing Faculty in the academic setting
  • Patient Educator
  • Clinical Educator
  • Program Manager
  • Military Nursing Educator
  • Hospital Educator
Have questions or need more information about A‑State's online programs?

A-State is ranked #6

among the "Top 10 Best Colleges in Arkansas" by, 2020


Affordable Tuition Makes It Easy to Advance Your Professional Development

Our MSN – Nurse Educator online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition for all U.S. residents. All fees are included.

Total Tuition $10,592
Tuition Per Credit Hour $331
Per Credit Hour Per 3 HR. Course
U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total U.S. Resident Tuition Required Fees Total
$291.00 $40.00 $331.00 $873.00 $120.00 $993.00

A-State Is #1

Ranked #1 among the "Best Online Colleges in Arkansas" by, 2020


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Ideal for working nurses, Arkansas State online programs are delivered in an accelerated format with multiple start dates each year.

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Term Length Course Begin Course End Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Payment Deadline Last Day to Withdraw
Spring 2023 7 wk 03/06/2023 04/28/2023 02/20/2022 02/24/2022 03/02/2023 03/03/2023 04/15/2023
Summer 2023 7 wk 05/08/2023 06/23/2023 04/24/2023 04/28/2023 05/04/2023 05/05/2023 06/09/2023
7 wk 06/26/2023 08/11/2023 06/12/2023 06/16/2023 06/22/2023 06/23/2023 07/28/2023
Fall 2023 7 wk 08/21/2023 10/06/2023 08/07/2023 08/11/2023 08/17/2023 08/18/2023 09/22/2023
7 wk 10/16/2023 12/08/2023 10/02/2023 10/06/2023 10/12/2023 10/13/2023 11/17/2023
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We know you're busy, so we've streamlined the A-State admission process to help you get started quickly and easily. Students who are interested in the MSN – Nurse Educator online program must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Review full admission requirements below.

  • Complete online application and submit application fee
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program of nursing from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Official transcript(s) submitted by the registrar of any college/university you have attended. Official transcripts are sealed transcripts sent from the granting institution.
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • NCLEX-RN exam passing scores must be provided by end of first semester

Additional Information

As part of the student’s file, the following information is required to be completed prior to starting the first course (or the applicable course):

  • A background check
  • This document is not required to render an admissions decision.

Additional Information

Request all official transcripts be sent directly to A-State from all colleges or universities attended. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically or send all required documents to:

Submit all documents to:

A-State Online
P.O. Box 2520
State University, AR 72467

Fax: 870-972-3548
Email: [email protected]

For Non-US Postal Mail Overnight Delivery Only:

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c/o Central Receiving
2713 Pawnee St.
Jonesboro, AR 72401



Students in the MSN – Nurse Educator online program must complete a total of 32 credit hours. Required coursework includes 10 core courses (29 credit hours) and one practicum course (3 credit hours that includes 180 clinical hours).

HP 6043: Measurement and Evaluation in Health Sciences

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course presents the theories of evaluation as related to the student and the various educational activities. Types of evaluation, appropriate application, preparation, and scoring of evaluation instruments are all critical topics included in this course.

NURS 6003: Advanced Clinical Physiology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Complex physiological processes in adults which occur with disease, adaptation, and therapeutic intervention. Must be taken prior to clinical nursing courses.

NURS 6013: Advanced Clinical Pharmacology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Designed to provide a basis for making clinical decisions in the pharmacologic management of commonly occurring health problems of primary care patients. Prerequisite: undergraduate course in pharmacology, admission to the graduate nursing program, NURS 6003 or concurrent enrollment. NOTE: NP students are required to take the semester immediately prior to beginning clinical portion of NP option.

NURS 6023: Advanced Assessment and Diagnostic Evaluation

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Presents theoretical and clinical basis for comprehensive assessment and diagnosis in primary healthcare settings, including all age groups. Emphasis is on clinical decision-making, differentiation of normal from pathological findings, risk assessment screening, diagnostic testing, and interpretation of findings. Prerequisites: undergraduate Health Assessment course.NOTE: NP students are required to take the semester immediately prior to beginning clinical portion of NP

NURS 6103: Research Design and Methodology

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Analysis and critical evaluation of nursing research appropriate to the study of nursing phenomena. Students develop a research proposal. Prerequisite: undergraduate research.

NURS 6203: Theory Development in Nursing

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Examines the process of theory development in nursing and facilitates formation of a conceptual basis for advanced knowledge and practice. Includes analysis of various models and their application to advanced clinical practice. Must be taken prior to clinical nursing courses except in Nurse Anesthesia program.

NURS 6303: Healthcare Issues and Policy

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Critical analysis of healthcare issues and policy which influence advanced nursing practice and the healthcare system.

NURS 6402: Role Development in Advanced Nursing

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

The study of role development with an emphasis on role making, intra- and interdisciplinary communication and strategies for role implementation. Must be taken prior to or concurrent with, first clinical course.

NURS 6623: Curriculum Development in Health Professions

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

This course explores curriculum development in health professions. Emphasis is on education and competency practice links. Prerequisite, admission to graduate study and instructor permission.

NURS 6853: Teaching in Advanced Nursing Roles

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 2

Focuses on development of knowledge and skill in teaching clinical information in advanced practice roles. Designed for nurses involved in formal and informal teaching of nurses and patients. Prerequisite, Permission of professor.

NURS 6713: Practicum in Nursing Education

Duration: 7 weeks  |  Credit Hours: 3

Experiential course in the role of nurse educator. Opportunity to apply models of teaching in classroom and clinical situations. Prerequisites: admission to graduate study and instructor permission.

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