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Nurse Educator MSN 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 both academic settings, such as schools of nursing and in the clinical context.

Coursework in this concentration covers teaching and learning theory, curriculum evaluation and instructional design. You will also acquire the ability to adapt available curriculum and materials to the needs of your audience and your specific role. Benedictine’s rigorous MSN curriculum includes advanced nursing topics that encompass the three P’s of nursing:

  • Physical health assessment coursework emphasizes physical, psychosocial and spiritual health assessment, risk assessment and functional assessment.
  • Physiology and pathophysiology coursework enables students to recognize and analyze physiological changes related to illness or injury and apply to real world scenarios.
  • Pharmacology is a crucial element of any nursing program, because drug interactions and allergies can be life-threatening for some patients. Nurse Educator students will receive advanced instruction on medication selection and patient education.

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 (ANCC) – both of which can give you an edge in the job market by showing employers proof of your expertise.

The Nurse Educator Concentration

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

NRHL 507 Advanced Health Assessment
This course builds on students’ previous health assessment knowledge to provide the foundation for the role of the nurse educator. Coursework emphasizes physical, psychosocial and spiritual health assessment; risk assessment; and functional assessment in diverse populations. The course also includes health assessment teaching strategies.

NRHL 508 Advanced Pathophysiology
Course content includes alterations in function, and adaptive, integrative and regulatory mechanisms at the molecular, cellular, organ and system levels. Students will learn to recognize and analyze physiological changes related to illness and injuries and to apply this knowledge in a wide variety of clinical settings.

NRHL 509 Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Educator
This course builds on students’ understanding of pharmacology through scenarios and case studies. Coursework examines the principles of pharmacology as they apply to various disease processes with consideration of medication selection factors, client adherence and ethical implications. Patient education with regard to medications is also emphasized.

NRHL 621 Instructional Strategies in Nursing Practice
This course focuses on examination and analysis of teaching and learning theory and strategies in nursing education. Frameworks for analyzing pedagogical philosophies, adult learning theories, ethical issues and professional values related to nursing education are examined. Integration of new technology in instructional design and delivery will be highlighted.

NRHL 625 Learning and Curriculum Development in Nursing Practice
Coursework introduces a variety of conceptual frameworks relating to curriculum and instructional design. Students will explore curriculum development, program evaluation, regulatory and accreditation standards, and curriculum trends, as well as examine the components of course development. The course includes 30 hours of a practicum experience.

NRHL 630 Evaluation Strategies and Methods in Nursing Practice
Students learn strategies to assess and evaluate learning in the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains. Topics include test construction, evaluation of personal teaching effectiveness, program evaluation and accreditation processes.

NRHL 635: Evidence-Based Nursing Practice Capstone Project
Students put knowledge and skills learned through the program into practice with the guidance of a preceptor within a selected practicum setting. With the assistance of the faculty and preceptor, each student will develop a project that demonstrates his or her cumulative learning, teaching ability and professional growth in advanced nursing practice. The project should demonstrate the student's ability to synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills acquired to real-world issues and problems.

What Can I Do with a Nurse Educator Concentration?

Nurse Educators can work in a wide range of settings, including academic institutions, medical facilities, or community service and outreach programs. You may work with patients, instructing them on the correct use of a new medical device. You could train other nurses of various ability levels in a number of nursing skills and applications. Or, you may find yourself educating the general public on ways to improve the health of individuals or entire communities.

Here is a sampling of the career opportunities available to MSN graduates with the Nurse Educator concentration:

Title Salary Range Projected Job Growth

Nursing Instructor

$55,000 - $75,000

Over 30%

Health Educators

$35,000 - $55,000

10 – 19%

Health Specialties Teacher

$75,000 and up

Over 30%

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Why Choose Benedictine’s Nurse Educator Program?

Benedictine’s MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), which ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing. The experienced and credentialed nursing faculty leaders at Benedictine are second to none. In each course, they provide advanced nursing students with insight and wisdom that will be invaluable throughout their Nurse Educator career.

Learn How to Get Started with Your Online MSN Program

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.