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MSN Nurse Educator Program Perks

  • This online MSN program is a CCNE-accredited program that can be completed online in 21 months.
  • No GRE required for admission.
  • The program is designed for busy Registered Nurses (RNs) who have a passion for the nursing profession as well as for learning, teaching and working with students.
  • The curriculum provides the skills and knowledge needed to work as a nurse educator in many different settings. 
  • Students gain teaching experience through practicum and projects.
  • Courses are five or ten weeks long, with one week off before the start of the next course.
  • Students can access courses at any time of the day and from anywhere with Internet access.
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates may be eligible for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator Exam.

The critical shortage of nurses in healthcare today is due in part to the shortage of qualified nurse educators to teach tomorrow's nurses.

If you are a Registered Nurse and interested in a career in teaching, consider earning your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) as an Educator. 

Nurse Educators are employed in many educational settings including colleges, universities, hospital-based nursing schools and other post-secondary institutions. As a nurse faculty member, you will impart valuable knowledge and skills to future nurses - based on your own education and experience.

This program format caters to working nurses and allows them to balance educational goals with personal and professional responsibilities.

Nursing salaries for nurse educators vary widely in the U.S. and are based upon many factors including geography, job description, specialty and experience. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary in May 2015 for Postsecondary Nursing Instructors and Teachers in the United States was $67,480 per year, with a much faster than average projected job growth of 19 percent between 2014 and 2024.

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The master's degree in nursing at Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

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Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

NMC encourages students to apply for all types of assistance for which they are qualified.  Potential resources for this program include:

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Aimed at increasing the number of qualified nurse faculty, NFLP loans cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for part-time or full-time enrollment.

Following completion of the advanced education program, up to 85% of the loan may be cancelled if the borrower works as a full-time nurse faculty for a prescribed period of time.

Student Grants or Loans 

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.

Employee Education Benefits

Contact your organization's human resources office to find out what's available.

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.  Under Human Resources select either MHS Benefits or MJE Benefits then scroll down to Pursuing Your Dreams.

External Scholarships

Visit our Scholarships page to learn more.

Financial Aid
Cost Per Credit Hour $565



Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing (BSN) from a state approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLN CNEA, CCNE or ACEN.
  • BSN program GPA of 3.0.
  • GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis.
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse.
  • Non- Nebraska Residents meet State Authorization
  • No GRE required for admission

To be considered for admission the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

Starting Term

Application Deadline

  • August, January
  • Rolling


All MSN students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change.

A student must earn a minimum of 36 total credit hours to be eligible for the Master of Science in Nursing degree. All course requirements as outlined below must be met.

NRS 754
3 credit hours
This course provides a foundation for analyzing the social and political forces that influence healthcare policy decisions. The relationship between health policy, social justice, and practice will be explored. Students will examine current healthcare policy and factors which influence policy development. The healthcare policy will be investigated. (Cross-listed with EDD 754, MBH 660)

NRS 509
3 credit hours
This course facilitates the transition of the nurse into the advanced nursing role. The contributions of five ways of knowing to nursing praxis are examined, and students reflect on the use of these ways in their own practice. To broaden understanding of the concerns of nursing, students explore concepts, conceptual meaning and concept analysis. Students begin to develop their professional portfolio based on program outcomes.

Prerequisites: To be taken first semester or by permission

NRS 513
3 credit hours
In this course, students apply nursing knowledge with theory and statistical methods to broaden understanding of nursing concepts and nursing outcomes. Measurement principles, descriptive statistics and relationships between variables are explored to better comprehend nursing and nursing phenomena. Using the framework of disparity and risk in a specific population, students apply content on variable association. Reports using statistics to compare groups and measure patient improvement over time are analyzed for implications for patient populations.

Prerequisites: NRS 509 or by permission

NRS 516
3 credit hours
Teaching-learning principles and holistic adult education theories appropriate for college level students are examined. Learning theory that emphasizes andragogy and its related concepts such as transformational learning, reflective learning and self-directed learning is included. Motivational and personality characteristics for the broader social system are discussed and evaluated as are specific considerations with regard to ethnic, cultural, and other diversity topics.

Prerequisites: NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission

NRS 517
3 credit hours
The purpose of this course is the understanding of research processes and interpretation of statistics to make accurate critical appraisals. Students apply the process of drawing conclusions, finding implications, and making recommendations based on an appraised study. Students learn to judge relative merits of studies in answering particular research questions. Questions of the fit of evidence or theory within an identified agency or institutional setting are explored.

Prerequisites: NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission

NRS 518
3 credit hours
This course analyzes teaching strategies and modalities relevant to classroom, online and clinical teaching in nursing education. Fundamental concepts and principles in educational and psychological measurement of learning are explored.

Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 516, or by permission

NRS 519
3 credit hours
Students will search for and synthesize evidence to answer a PICO question. Major sources of research and best practices guidelines are identified. Students use practice sites to examine theory and strategies to promote change and improve outcomes during the implementation of a recommendation. Elements of evaluation of a) the adoption of innovation and b) the improvement in outcomes are discussed.

Prerequisites: NRS 509, NRS 513, NRS 517, or by permission

NRS 523
4 credit hours
This course concentrates on curriculum/program development for nursing education. The purposes, functions, design, and implementation of curriculum/program development are examined. Students will be expected to apply previous classroom/experiential learning and research to the exploration of various basic curricula/program designs.

Prerequisites: All program course work except NRS 524, NRS 592, and NRS 594, or by permission

NRS 524
4 credit hours
Working with a preceptor during 126 contact hours, students have the opportunity to synthesize learning and experiences into strategies and designs for nursing education. Multiple teaching-learning theories, designs, and strategies are used. Included in this practicum is direct contact with students in the classroom and clinical environment for those graduate students with less than three years of teaching experience. For those graduate students with more than three years of teaching experience in both the classroom and clinical environment, practicum experiences expand competencies related to the nurse educator role.

Prerequisites: All program course work except NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission

NRS 546
3 credit hours
This course provides the theoretical foundation to obtain a complete and accurate health database, including history and holistic assessment, across the lifespan. Physiologic changes and clinical manifestations that occur as a result of disease, as well as drug therapy used to treat or affect health status are integrated to facilitate critical analysis of collected assessment data and support clinical decision-making. Precepted clinical experience (45 clinical hours) allows for practical application of course theory.

Prerequisites: Admission to the MSN Program or by permission

NRS 592
2 credit hours
In this first course of the capstone sequence, students will synthesize concepts related to research, practice, education and leadership content as well as experiences learned throughout the master's programs of study. Groups of students will collaboratively begin a group-selected evidence-based project. Emphasis is placed on the process of identifying a nursing problem (PICO [T]), searching and critically appraising the literature with development of a summary matrix table.

Prerequisites: Typically taken in the second-to-last semester, or by permission

NRS 594
2 credit hours
In this second course of the capstone sequence, students will synthesize concepts related to research, practice, education and leadership content and experiences learned throughout the master's program of study. Groups of students will collaboratively complete the group-selected evidence-based project begun in NRS 592. Emphasis will be on the process of completing an evidence-based manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, a poster presentation suitable for delivery at a local, national or regional conference or a webinar presentation.

Prerequisites: Typically taken in the last semester, or by permission

Meet the Faculty

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MSN Program Outcomes

Graduates of the Master of Science in Nursing will:

1. Translate and integrate scholarship as a foundation for nursing and healthcare.

a) Address ethical issues related to scholarship.

b) Build on clinical expertise focusing on a population of interest.

c) Demonstrate use of the research process.

d) Integrate theory and research outcomes into nursing administration, education, informatics or practice.

e) Contribute to quality improvement and population health by embracing change and innovation through evidence-based nursing and interprofessional collaboration.

2. Embrace the roles of the nurse educator, executive, or  informaticist to facilitate learning and change.

a) Develop a personal philosophy as a nurse educator, executive, or informaticist.

b) Develop the capacity for recognizing and reflecting on problems that fall outside current knowledge.

c) Serve in the role of educator, executive, or informaticist and role model when working with students, staff, peers, and other constituencies.

d) Promote critical thinking in those that they educate and serve.

e) Engage in professional development as a nurse educator, executive, or informaticist.

f) Foster professional role development through leadership, collaborative skills, and relationship development with peers, students/personnel, clients, colleagues, and members of the interprofessional team.

g) Model self-reflection and lifelong learning.

h) Effectively participate in curriculum/program design and evaluation of outcomes.

3. Value social, political, legal and ethical influences that impact nursing practice and nursing education.

a) Evaluate the process of ethical decision making.

b) Apply ethical principles in the role of educator, executive, or informaticist.

c) Advocate for public policy that promotes and protects the health of the public.

d) Formulate strategies that respond to policy changes that impact health and education.

e) Analyze the impact of access on the health of populations.

4. Appreciate the impact of diversity within nursing and the global community

a) Examine personal thinking for clarity, objectivity and bias.

b) Demonstrate behaviors and attitudes that support respect, reciprocal learning, and advocacy related to human differences.

c) Coach others to improve sensitivity and acceptance of diverse individuals and groups.

d) Develop culturally competent educational/workplace practices.

5. Demonstrate competency in developing an effective professional nursing environment.

a) Analyze the issues related to the use of advanced technology.

b) Integrate informatics and current and emerging technologies into practice enhancing patient outcomes.

c) Communicate effectively based on the context of the situation.

d) Develop networks, collaboratives, partnerships, and interprofessional relationships to enhance nursing's influence within the academic/healthcare community and the broader community.

e) Develop skills for working within an institution and a system of governance.

MSN Written Statement

Our goal is for NMC graduate students to articulate and demonstrate growth through written communication, collaboration, and synthesis of knowledge.

Your statement should be substantial and professionally written including the appropriate formatting and grammar. Each response should be two to three paragraphs. When drafting your written statement, please cite any sources using APA format if applicable.  Also, know that instances of plagiarism within an applicant's written statement will disqualify them for acceptance to Nebraska Methodist College due to the College's commitment to academic integrity and stringent plagiarism policies.

Written Statements should be submitted to: for review. Should a statement not be to our standards you will be asked to review your work.

The focus for your statement is to address the following questions: 

  1. What changes will be needed from you both personally and professionally to be successful in the Master of Science in Nursing Program at Nebraska Methodist College?

  2. Please describe your future goals as it pertains to your acceptance into the Master of Science in Nursing Program with your specific track in mind (Executive, Educator or Informatics). What do you hope to achieve with your new degree?

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