Making a meaningful impact through nurse education

In your nursing experience, you've seen first-hand the lasting impact you can make by providing exceptional care to your patients. Continue making an impact in a new way by becoming a nurse educator. Each of the nurses you mentor will go out into the field and provide the same quality care that you've learned to administer in your experience, exponentially expanding the reach of your passion for nursing. Nurse educators can teach in both academic and clinical settings.

Cost Per Credit$840
Sample Careers
  • Nurse Educator/Instructor
  • Nursing Professor
  • Clinical Instructor

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Program Overview

Advance your nursing career in a new direction

You have come a long way in your nursing career. You earned your bachelor's degree, and gained valuable experience working as a nurse. You are good at what you do. Now you're thinking about what to accomplish next. Do you want to help others feel the same fulfillment that you have in caring for patients? Do you want to share what you've learned to make a meaningful impact in the profession and beyond? If so, our MSN - nurse educator program is the perfect next step in your career. Our knowledgeable faculty with years of academic and practical experience help you advance your nursing career to the next level.

Ranked nationally by U.S. News & World Report

  • Listed in the best online master's in nursing programs nationally
  • Listed in the best master's in nursing programs nationally

The world needs you

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), more than 80,000 qualified applicants were not accepted to nursing schools across the U.S. in 2020 due to a lack of resources, primarily insufficient nursing faculty. The AACN also predicted in 2015 that about one third of nursing faculty are within 10 years of retirement. In order to keep up with the rising demand for healthcare providers, America needs nurse educators to train them.

Program Highlights

  • Part-time and full-time options available
  • Faculty members bring years of experience and current practice to the classroom
  • Courses built on a Christian foundation
  • Flexible online options
  • Spring and fall clinical rotations

Ed.D. Pathway

Beginning in fall 2022, nine credits will count toward both the Master of Science in Nurse - Nurse Educator program and the Doctor of Education in Leadership in Innovation and Continuous Improvement program. This allows you to earn both a master's and a doctorate in a shorter amount of time.


The master’s degree program in nursing at Concordia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Please Note
We are not accepting new students from Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee or Wyoming. Additionally, Washington D.C. students are required to do clinicals in Virginia.

Concordia University of Wisconsin is approved by the Washington State Nursing Care Quality
Assurance Commission to conduct practice experiences in the state of Washington for the RN-BSN, MSN/FNP and MSN/AGPCNP program tracks. For more information, please go to Nursing
Commission’s website at:

International students wishing to come to campus are currently not eligible for this program due to the ratio of online learning components required by the program.
What to Expect

This program is designed to thoroughly prepare you to teach in a nursing school or in a healthcare setting. The rigorous curriculum explores advanced nursing theory, science, and practice. You will learn effective methods for instructing, demonstrating, and evaluating nursing competencies and knowledge. Nurse educator students learn to implement teaching/learning strategies that are learner-centered and to create environments conducive to developing higher-level critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in students and staff members.

When you finish your master’s in nursing at Concordia, you’ll be able to help others in ways you never considered. This program is about more than just advancing professional values—it’s about collaborating, communicating, and articulating your knowledge and experience to others. Your knowledge of healthcare and education will allow you to inspire and instruct those around you to help them reach their full potential, and work toward the end goal of continually improving patient care.

Where can you go after your MSN? Consider our doctoral programs, including a Doctorate of Education. One of the best, unique aspects of the EdD in Leadership in Innovation and Continuous Improvement (LICI) is its interprofessional approach. This cohort program welcomes students with diverse professional backgrounds in business, health professions, pharmacy, nursing, and education. The curriculum is collaboratively designed across these interprofessional areas and incorporates best practices from all these fields of study. Uncommon nurse leaders should consider earning a doctorate in leadership, innovation, and continuous improvement (LICI) as an alternative to a PhD in nursing. Today’s nurse leaders and educators need to be well versed in evidence-based teaching and practice.

Consider adding a bachelor's degree in public health which will give you the skills and understanding to help protect and promote the health of the general population through prevention and health equity. Knowledge in public health will enhance your abilities to serve as a Nurse Educator.

You may also be interested in our other grad nursing programs
Uncommon Scholarships

Concordia offers various scholarships for qualifying adult and post-traditional students. Learn more here.

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