Share your knowledge, skills, and passion with the next generation of nursing professionals.
Help strengthen the nursing workforce of today—and tomorrow—with an MSN in Nursing Education online from Walden. Whether you want to mentor new nurses or train healthcare staff, this specialization prepares you to teach and inspire learners of all backgrounds in a nurse educator role.
Through a curriculum focused on social change, you’ll learn to implement evidence-based practice in teaching and ignite creativity and critical thinking in your students. Deepen your clinical insights, explore real scenarios you’ll face in the field, and apply what you learn in a hands-on setting.
An MSN in nursing education prepares nurses for roles as academic nurse educators, patient educators, or nurse professional developers in healthcare settings.
Jobs for nurse educators are expected to grow 17% through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2
Choose from two MSN in Nursing Education online degree completion options.
If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, the course-based format may be a good option for you.
If you prefer a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace, on your schedule, the competency-based format may be for you.
“I am an RN with a BSN.” Choose this track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
“I am an RN without a BSN.” Choose this track if you are an RN entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.
“I am an RN who wants an accelerated BSN-MSN path.” Choose this option in the RN-BSN program, which allows you to take MSN courses as an undergraduate. These credits will transfer to your master’s program once you complete your BSN.
In this MSN in Nursing Education program, you’ll prepare to help both aspiring and experienced nurses reach the next level of the profession. Explore how to design effective curriculum that enables nurses to make a positive difference for patients and thrive in their careers. Gain the skills to lead innovative educational efforts in your facility for nursing staff, providers, and patients.
Coursework in this program aligns with the National League of Nursing (NLN) standards for nurse educators and the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD). Optional Certification for nurse educators is offered through the National League of Nursing (NLN).
Dr. Vincent Hall, Program Director
Dr. Hall has been a registered nurse for more than 40 years and a nurse educator for over 30 years. He serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials Task Force and on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation Review Committee.
Dr. Patti Urso, Academic Coordinator
Dr. Urso is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an adult nurse practitioner (ANP) and has been engaged in advanced practice for more than 20 years. Prior to advanced practice, she had extensive experience as a registered nurse in multiple specialties.
Dr. Nicole Square, Core Faculty
Dr. Square has more than 16 years of experience in both clinical and leadership positions, classroom and clinical teaching, and program development. She is certified in neonatal intensive care nursing as well as nursing professional development.
As a graduates of this MSN in Nursing Education online program, you’ll be prepared to:
Nurse educators are in great demand, with jobs expected to surge by 17% through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2 As current instructors retire, there aren’t enough new graduates to take their place.3
An MSN in Nursing Education can pave your way to a rewarding future. Impact the lives and careers of nurses and the quality of patient care. Position yourself for new job opportunities in a nurse educator role teaching nursing students, patients, and staff. Drive positive change within your healthcare facility and your community.
Career options for nurse educators: 4
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Learn more about top industry sectors, most in-demand job skills and top job titles for MSN grads.
I chose Walden University for its reputation and ease. I liked that the eight-week courses had a consistent format. The quality of education was exceptional, and it related directly to what I was doing at work and with my goals for the future.
Effecting positive social change is the core element of a Walden education, and I want to expand that when I teach students and collaborate with other professionals in the field.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Collected using Burning Glass Technologies. Retrieved February 2020, using CIP code 51.38 (Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research, and Clinical Nursing). Includes 2017–18 provisional data.
2Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Employment Projections, Occupational Projections Data (Nursing instructors and teachers, postsecondary). National long-term projections may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual job growth, and are subject to change.
3Source: American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Special Survey on Vacant Faculty Positions.
4Source: American Nurse, Career options for Nurse Educators.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
Program Note: The MSN program with a specialization in Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, Nursing Informatics, or Public Health Nursing is not a licensure-leading program and will not prepare students as nurse practitioners.
Note on Certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to academically prepare graduates to apply for national certification. Walden makes no representations or guarantees that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to achieve national certification. We encourage students to consult an appropriate certifying body for the specific certification eligibility requirements. Students should also consult their state board of nursing or other state agency to determine what certifications are required or accepted in that state. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification, as requirements vary widely. For more information about nurse practitioner certification exams, students should visit the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Board at www.aanpcert.org, the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.aanpcert.orghttp://www.aanpcert.org/, or other nurse practitioner certification websites.
Note on Competency-Based MSN Specializations
Walden University is currently unable to accept applications for the competency-based MSN specializations in Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics from residents of the following states: Alaska, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, and Washington.
Walden University’s competency-based options are priced as an all-you-can learn model, where students subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. Walden offers monthly starts, the first Monday of every month, for the competency-based option.