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Nurse Educator Program Program

Master of Science in Nursing — Program Overview

You already have the passion to mentor tomorrow's generation of nurses. Now equip yourself with the power to do it.

Become a nurse educator with our online Master of Science in Nursing degree program. It is designed for baccalaureate-prepared nurses, using a flexible, online format that revolves around your busy schedule. Learn, then implement, the skills necessary to teach nurses — not only to deliver effective health care, but to do so with compassion in the Franciscan tradition of joyful service.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs at Briar Cliff University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Our curriculum incorporates the academic nurse educator competencies developed by the National League for Nursing.


  • The MSN: Nurse Educator is a two-year, 45-hour program.
  • The program combines classroom and clinical experience. Coursework outside of clinicals and practicums takes place online.
  • Thesis and non-thesis options are available.
  • There is no G.R.E. requirement for admission.
  • For more information, contact an advisor.

Core Nurse Educator Program Courses

BIOL 550 - Advanced Human Pathophysiology
MATH 535 - Graduate Statistics
NURS 501 - Theoretical Foundations For Advanced Nursing Practice
NURS 510 - Heath Care System: Paradigms, Policy And Ethics
NURS 520 - Foundations Of Advanced Nursing Practice
NURS 535 - Nursing Research
NURS 560 - Advanced Health Assessment
NURS 570 - Advanced Pharmacology
NURS 580 - Theoretical Foundations in Higher Education
NURS 590 - Curriculum and Instruction
NURS 621 - Evidence Based Practice I
NURS 622 - Evidence Based Practice II
NURS 660 - Teaching and Evaluating Learning in Colleges of Nursing (Theory Based)
NURS 665 - Teaching and Evaluating Learning in Colleges of Nursing (Clinical Based)
NURS 671 - Teaching in Colleges of Nursing Practicum I
NURS 672 - Teaching in Colleges of Nursing Practicum II

Additional Program Requirements

Before enrolling, students must prove completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE- or NLNAC-accredited program, with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Student must also provide evidence of licensure as an R.N. and verify a minimum of 2,000 hours of nursing practice. For more info, see the MSN admissions checklist.