Nurse Educator, M.S.N.

Nurse Educator, M.S.N.
39 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall, Spring & Summer
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Program Tabs


The Nurse Educator concentration prepares you for advanced practice as Nurse Educators in selected areas of expertise. You declare a specialty in the application and develop a portfolio from your graduate work demonstrating your expertise. Graduates of this program are prepared for academic positions teaching nursing at the entry into practice or RN-B.S.N. levels and meet the North Carolina Board of Nursing requirements for Nurse Educators.  Graduates who have two years of full-time teaching experience will be prepared to take the NCN certification exam for Nurse Educators.

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education. 

Graduates of the program will learn critical skills for positions in the field of the Nurse Educator. Career examples include but are not limited to: 

B.S.N. Educational Programs • Practical Nursing Programs • Rural/Urban Settings

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Application Deadlines: 

  • August 1 (fall)
  • November 1 (spring)
  • April 1 (summer)

Admissions & Requirements:

General requirements for Master's students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the MSN in Systems Population Nursing; Nurse Educator.

  • Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment.
  • Baccalaureate degree from regionally accredited university. A BSN is preferred. If the baccalaureate is not in nursing, other prerequisite courses may be required in your plan of study.
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 in the last degree earned is preferred.
  • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or better.
  • A statement of purpose describing the applicant's experience and educational goals of the chosen specialty. Include a description of a selected area of specialization in nursing practice.
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.
  • One year of professional nursing practice is recommended.

This program requires completion of 39 credit hours in approved courses, including two clinical practicum and a synthesis course.

Core Courses (12 credit hours)

  • NURS 6101: Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice (3)
  • NURS 6160: Research in Nursing and Health Professions (3)
  • NURS 6115: Health Policy and Planning in the U.S. (3)
  • STAT 6127: Introduction to Biostatistics (3)

Concentration Courses (24 credit hours)

  • NURS 6212: Program Improvement and Evaluation (3)
  • NURS 6301: Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing Education (3)
  • NURS 6302: Trends and Issues in Nursing Education (3)
  • NURS 6303: Instructional Technology in Nursing Education (3)
  • NURS 6305: Advanced Pathology and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators (3)
  • NURS 6304: Teaching Practicum in Nursing Education (3)
  • NURS 6306: Health Assessment for Nurse Educators (3)
  • NURS 6495: Nurse Educator Advanced Clinical Practicum (3)

Capstone Course (3 credit hours)

  • NURS 6603: Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)

Additional Degree Requirements:

  1. A total of 180 hours in a clinical specialty and 180 hours of supervised teaching experience is required. The clinical site and preceptors are individually arranged by students and course faculty.  CAUTION: Not all states allow out-of-state programs to oversee clinical rotations in their state.  Check with faculty advisors before taking travel assignments or relocating to other states. 
  2. Faculty Advising is required.
  3. Access to computer within minimum requirements for online courses. Current minimum computer Hardware specifications are listed at Student Computing Services.

*Rates are subject to change* 


  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $66.67 per credit hour tuition increment
  • $13,864.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $66.67 per credit hour tuition increment
  • $23,542.00 est. program cost

Non Resident:

  • $1,098.21 per credit hour
  • $66.67 per credit hour tuition increment
  • $45,430.00 est. program cost