Nurse Educator (M.S.)

Lead the way for health literacy.

The need for nurses is growing, but who will train all of these eager health care professionals? The answer is you. With years of experience as a nurse, you’re now ready to share your expertise with aspiring nurses and medical professionals to prepare them the same way that nurse faculty prepared you.

In 2018, U.S. nursing schools turned away 75,029 qualified applicants from college degree programs, with faculty shortage listed as one of the biggest factors, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. Another 2018 AACN report found that 1,715 faculty vacancies were identified at 872 nursing schools, with an additional 138 faculty positions needed to accommodate student demand. There couldn’t be a better time for you to pursue your career in nursing education.

You chose nursing as your career path, but teaching is your true calling. Put these two passions together with UND’s online Master of Science – Nurse Educator degree, where we’ll teach you how to expertly facilitate learning through curriculum design, teaching, evaluation and advisement. As the only state-sponsored nurse educator program in North Dakota, this online program is designed to prepare you for a faculty position in a nursing education program, planning and delivery for health care staff, or patient education.

100% Online

Complete coursework 100% online

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Graduate in as
few as 6 semesters

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3 start dates per year — spring, summer or fall

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No GMAT/GRE required

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Qualify to sit
for the Certified Nurse Educator Exam

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Clinical placement assistance provided

“UND produces outstanding nurse educators who are prepared to be leaders in developing compassionate, accountable and skilled nurses.”

— Melissa Regaldo-Smith, M.S., R.N.

What can you learn from UND’s online Nurse Educator M.S. program?

You’ve already learned what it means to be a nurse. Now it’s time to learn what it means to be a nurse educator, where you’ll combine clinical experience with instruction and development. In this role, you’ll apply your own experience and share real-world examples to enrich your students’ learning experience and improve their career outcomes. You can work in a hands-on environment with nursing students or medical professionals who need continuing education.

While direct patient care may no longer be a primary duty for you as a nurse educator, you’ll still have the opportunity to observe your students in clinical settings and even treat patients on a part-time basis, if you choose. Today’s nurses desire strong faculty leaders who they can rely on to guide them as they navigate evolving patient needs, and you can meet the demand.

Focus your studies on:

  • Designing curricula and revising educational programs/classes
  • Teaching, advising and evaluating students to improve their outcomes
  • Overseeing students’ clinical practice and promoting discussion
  • Serving as a role model and mentor for students

Note: The 2021 cohort will now be required to have a clinical practicum in a health care facility and related to health education for patients, and you may choose to complete your practicum in a hospital.


Get Certified

By earning your Master of Science degree, you’re eligible to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator exam administered by the National League for Nurses, but not licensure as an advanced practice nurse. Your master’s will also prepare you for additional education in a Nurse Ph.D. program.

What can you do with your Nurse Educator M.S. degree?

Nurse educators play a vital role in properly training future nurses, making sure they’re not only ready to treat patients, but also to educate them and their families about their conditions. In this role, you can apply your expertise to clinical settings or the classroom — some nurse educators choose to practice in both. That means you may work a nine-month academic year with summers off or all year long. Both settings allow you to teach courses in formal academic programs leading to a degree, or in continuing education and certificate programs.

Unlike clinical nurses, nurse educators typically don’t work 12-hour shifts or overnight hours, and this more flexible schedule can be a big advantage. It means you’ll have more time to participate in scholarly work, such as peer review and research, or speak at nursing conferences and write grant proposals. Everyone benefits from the work nurse educators do because highly educated nurses can provide a higher quality of care and promote healthier populations.

Practice in one of the following settings:

  • Hospitals
  • Colleges
  • Universities
  • Technical schools
  • Trade or vocational schools
  • Long-term care facilities

UND is recognized for quality and chosen for excellence:

University of North Dakota is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
CCNE Accredited
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Meet Our Alumni

We’re leaders in nursing and would like to help you become one, too. Our holistic approach to nursing and health care advocacy techniques can help improve your performance as a nurse.

Take it from someone who has done exactly that. Meet Jessica Stadick.

Jessica Stadick, Ph.D., R.N., P.H.N.

Nurse Educator M.S. Alumna

Jessica Stadick, MSN Alumna

As a Master of Science in nursing education student at the University of North Dakota, Jessica Stadick built the foundation for her career as a professional nurse educator. She recalls that “the rigorous, high-quality coursework prepared me to pursue a doctoral degree in nursing research and enhanced my ability to create innovative and pedagogical approaches.”

Because of the education Jessica received at UND, she was able to develop specialized skills that allow her to effectively teach students and patients across the lifespan — collaborating regularly with students, colleagues, researchers and highly competent nurse educators. You could learn from some of the same faculty members who taught Jessica.

Admission Requirements

You’ve decided to earn your advanced degree in nursing, and you’re just a few steps away from completing the application process. Since each online nursing program has its own requirements, take some time to review the ones that apply to our Nurse Educator M.S. program.

“The nurse educator program at UND helped me to recognize the value and importance of a terminal degree in the nursing profession and continues to encourage my professional growth and academic journey toward a Ph.D.”

— Caitlin Bosch, M.S., R.N.