Online Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator Concentration

Educating Patients, Students and Colleagues for Better Outcomes

Nurse Educators play a vital role preparing other nurses in the intricacies of quality care as well as educating patients about medications, managing illness and staying healthy. The Nurse Educator concentration within Benedictine’s Online MSN program prepares you to teach in academic settings, such as schools of nursing, as well as in clinical settings, such as a patient or community educator.

Coursework in this concentration covers teaching and learning theory, curriculum evaluation and instructional design, which you can adapt to the needs of your audience and your specific role. You will also study advanced nursing topics such as pharmacology and health assessment from the Nurse Educator perspective.

The Nurse Educator concentration can prepare you to sit for the National League of Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination, as well as for educator-related certifications offered by the American Nurses Credentialing Center– both of which can give you an edge in the job market by showing employers proof of your expertise.

The Nurse Educator Curriculum

In addition to the core curriculum, the Nurse Educator concentration requires 21 semester hours of classes, which cover both the teaching and clinical aspects of nursing education practice:

  • NRHL 507: Advanced Health Assessment for the Nurse Educator
  • NRHL 508: Advanced Pathophysiology
  • NRHL 509: Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Educator
  • NRHL 621: Instructional Strategies in Nursing Practice
  • NRHL 625: Learning and Curriculum Development in Nursing Practice
  • NRHL 630: Evaluation Strategies and Methods in Nursing Practice
  • NRHL 635: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Capstone Project


Learn more about how you can play your part in preparing nurses to give patients the best care possible with the Nurse Educator concentration within Benedictine’s Online MSN program. Call (866) 295-3104 today to speak to a program manager, or request more information.