Master of Nursing

Nurse Educator


Students selecting the Nurse Educator track are preparing themselves for advanced roles in academic and clinical settings such aa school of nursing, continuing education programs, staff development, clinical education and patient education.

 Learning outcomes:

  • Integrate theory, technology and research in evidence-based nursing and teaching practice.
  • Analyze, facilitate and apply teaching practices in various settings.
  • Evaluate teaching processes and outcomes.
  • Design inclusive health-related curricula informed by principles of health equity.

Schedule overview

Select between part-time (4 years) or fulltime study (2 years) and have the option to take leave quarters as needed. The course schedule is designed to be work-compatible and predictable. Courses meet only five times each quarter with in-person meetings scheduled for every-other Friday. The remaining coursework is online in a supportive and engaging online setting. In-person courses times are between the hours of 8:30 am-4:45 pm. Supplemental programming is offered during the in-person weeks from 5:00-6:30 pm. 

Curriculum overview

Students complete 24 credits of core, 11 credits of fieldwork and capstone and 16 credits of nurse educator electives. Learn more by reviewing the course descriptions.

Courses Credits
Nurse Educator coursework  
BNURS 511 Curriculum Development in Nursing Education 4
BNURS 512 Evaluation of Academic and Clinical Performance in Nursing and HealthCare 4
BNURS 513 Theories and Methods of Teaching and Learning 4
BNURS 515 Technology and Enhanced-Pedagogy 4
Core coursework  
BNURS 504 Disparity and Social Justice in Healthcare 4
BNURS 506 Advanced Pathophysiology, Pharmacology and Health Assessment 4
BNURS 509 Ethics and Policy in Advanced Nursing Practice: 4
BNURS 520 Translational Research I 4
BNURS 522 Translational Research II 4
BNURS 525 HealthCare Systems Leadership for Advanced Roles  4
Fieldwork and Capstone Coursework  
BNURS 590 Introduction to Advanced Fieldwork and Capstone Project 1
BNURS 591 Advanced Fieldwork 6
BNURS 592 Capstone Project 4
Total credit-hours 51 

Student spotlight

Samantha-Girard.jpgMN graduate, Samantha Girard a nurse educator, utilizes the skills and knowledge she gained from our nurse educator coursework to move into a position that allows her to have an impact on other nurses who are continuing through their own educational journey. Learn more.

Additionally, watch our student videos and read our student stories highlighting how graduates have utilized the skills and knowledge gained from the program to advance their career and contribute to the health of the community. 

Learn more

Monthly info sessions and individual appointments with the graduate adviser are available. Visit the advising web page for contact information and scheduling. 

Nurse educators shaping the minds that save lives in all settings

Updated April 2022