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Nurse Educator

Help shape the next generation of healthcare professionals. Our specialized nurse educator degree tracks help you develop the skills you need to teach nursing.

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You must be a licensed registered nurse or have completed an associate degree of nursing to apply for the program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree or a bachelor's degree in a closely related field to apply for this program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree to apply for this program.

You must be a licensed registered nurse and have completed a Master of Science in Nursing degree or a master's degree in a healthcare related field.

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Online Nurse Educator Track Highlights

<p>Complete your coursework online with 24/7 tech support and mobile-friendly resources</p>

Complete your coursework online with 24/7 tech support and mobile-friendly resources

<p>Learn what it takes to become a nurse educator and help shape the next generation of nurses</p>

Learn what it takes to become a nurse educator and help shape the next generation of nurses

<p>Multiple starts throughout the year with flexible online classes </p>

Multiple starts throughout the year with flexible online classes 

<p>Comprehensive Career Services support after graduation</p>

Comprehensive Career Services support after graduation

Why the Nurse Educator Track?

Nurse educators play an essential role in today’s healthcare world. They help prepare the next generation of professionals either in the classroom or in clinical units.

If you have a passion for teaching and helping others, our specialized nurse educator track can help you gain the skills you need to pursue this path. You’ll have the opportunity to learn about the principles of teaching and learning, curriculum design, and assessments in nursing education.

 

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Online Nurse Educator Degree Tracks

WCU offers multiple programs with a nurse educator track to help prepare you for different teaching opportunities.

Additional Information about our Nurse Educator Track

With our Nurse Educator tracks, you will:

  • Develop skills that help you teach nursing in either classroom or clinical settings
  • Learn how to develop, implement, and facilitate educational opportunities in nursing
  • Get support from our clinical relations coordinators
  • Receive 24-hour access to library and courses
  • Get access to our simulation labs in our California and Texas campuses

Nurse Educator Curriculum

Preview your course of study. Your curriculum will vary depending on what program and pace (Accelerated or Working Professional) you enroll in. We recommend reviewing your prospective curriculum in detail, so you know what to expect going into the specialized nurse educator programs.

RN-MSN Nurse Educator
MSN Nurse Educator
Post-Master’s Nurse Educator

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Tuition & Financial Aid

Total program cost varies between the accelerated and working professional program paces. Either way, if tuition is an obstacle, WCU financial aid and/or scholarship options might be available to help you move forward. Adjusted tuition is also available to active and former military members. To see tuition breakdowns and estimated supply costs, Click Here to learn more.

To apply for financial aid assistance or scholarships, we recommend applying alongside your admissions application in order for your consideration to be processed on your intended timeline. Learn More.

Support for Students Beyond Graduation

West Coast University supports its students beyond the last day of class. We are committed to helping our graduates throughout their careers.

Our Career Services department provides ongoing assistance with professional and career development through workshops and guidance for our online students and graduates.

WCU provides career guidance and assistance but cannot guarantee employment.

Placement Opportunities

An advanced nursing degree helps prepare you to take on new nursing opportunities. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nursing instructors and teachers can work in a variety of settings, teaching in either classroom or clinical settings, including:

  • Colleges, universities, and professional schools
  • Junior colleges
  • General medical and surgical hospitals
  • Technical and trade schools1

1 Bureau of Labor Statistics, Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary,

FAQs
Is the Nurse Educator track right for me?

The nurse educator track is designed for students who are interested in teaching nursing in either the classroom or the clinical setting. You will take courses in the principles of teaching and learning, curriculum design, and assessment in nursing education.

Will my previous coursework transfer into the nurse educator track programs?

We can evaluate your previous coursework for credit. Your advisor will work with you to determine what credits can transfer into your chosen program.

How long does it take to complete the programs?

Time-to-completion will vary depending on what program and pace you choose:

  • MSN (Accelerated Pace) – 24 months
  • RN to MSN (Accelerated Pace) – 24 months
  • RN to MSN (Working Professional Pace) – 36 months
  • Post-Master’s Certificate – 8 months
What is an MSN nurse educator?

An MSN Nurse Educator is a specialized degree track that helps prepare graduates to teach nursing in classroom or clinical settings.

Can I get a Masters in Nursing Education degree online?

WCU's MSN Nurse Educator program includes 100% online coursework. Some in-person practice experience is also necessary to complete your Masters in Nurse Educator degree.

Do you need an MSN to be a nurse educator?

In order to be considered for a certified Nurse Educator role, you will need to earn a Master's in Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. WCU offers additional online nurse teaching programs including an RN to MSN degree and Post-Master's Certificate.

How long does it take to be a nurse educator?

WCU's Masters in Nurse Educator program is offered at an accelerated pace, allowing you to earn your online MSN Nurse Educator degree in as little as 24 months.

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Financial aid and scholarships available for those who qualify.

WCU Distance education programs are delivered out of the Orange County and Texas campuses and may not be available to residents in all states.

Practice Experience is required in order to graduate from the RN to BSN, RN to MSN, MSN, DNP degree and Post-Master's certificate programs.