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

*Please note: The Master of Science- Nurse Educator program is currently not accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year. 

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.

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

  • 3-year progression plan available
  • Faculty members bring years of experience and current practice to the classroom
  • Courses built on a Christian foundation
  • Flexible online course schedule
  • Starting in fall 2024, Advanced Health Assessment will be a hybrid course where students will be required to participate in a 2-3 day hands-on interactive on-campus experience.

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.


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.

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Uncommon Scholarships

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

Please note: International students (those who were educated outside of the U.S. and/or require an F1 visa) are not eligible for this fully online program.

Licensure / Certifications
States have established standards of practice for the nursing profession. While at the present time, we cannot provide a particular state’s educational requirements for licensing, we can assure you that we will provide you with the contact information for the Board of Nursing for the state in which you are doing your study. We are currently not accepting new students from 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.

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