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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 24 semester hours of classes, which cover both the teaching and clinical aspects of nursing education practice.

NRHL 507 Advanced Health Assessment
This course builds upon the student’s previous health assessment experience to provide the foundation for advanced roles in nursing. The course emphasizes physical, psychosocial, spiritual, and functional assessment among diverse populations. Advanced assessment topics include focused health histories, advanced physical assessment techniques, differentiation of assessment findings, and health assessment documentation standards. Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRHL 505, NRHL 506. 3 semester hours

NRHL 508 Advanced Pathophysiology
The course focuses on the application of advanced knowledge of the complex physiological functions and pathophysiological processes to the care of individuals with healthcare problems. Course content examines alterations in function as well as adaptive, integrative, and regulatory mechanisms at the molecular, cellular, organ, and system levels. The course is designed to enable the graduate nursing student to recognize and analyze these physiological changes and to apply this knowledge in a wide variety of clinical settings. Pre-requisites: NRHL 501, NRHL 502, NRHL 503, NRHL 505, NRHL 506. 3 semester hours

NRHL 509 Advanced Pharmacology
This course provides the graduate nursing student with the necessary knowledge to develop a greater understanding of pharmacology and application. The course content builds upon the student’s current understanding of pharmacology. Students will explore the principles of pharmacology as they apply to various disease processes with consideration of medication selection factors, client adherence, and ethical implications. Clinical application of pharmacological management, adverse reactions, and patient education implications are presented through case studies and scenarios. Pre-requisites: NRHL 508. 3 semester hours

NRHL 621: Instructional Strategies
This course focuses on teaching and learning strategies in nursing education. Students examine frameworks for analyzing pedagogical philosophies, adult learning theories, ethical issues and professional values related to nursing education, as well as the integration of new technology in instructional design and delivery. The course emphasizes best teaching practices for nurse educators. NRHL 507, NRHL 509. 3 semester hours

NRHL 645: Curriculum Development
This course focuses on the role of the nurse educator in the development of innovative curricula and instructional design in a variety of settings. The student examines conceptual frameworks and key curriculum components of course development. Trends in curriculum, technology, program evaluation, and regulatory and accreditation standards are explored. Pre-requisites: NRHL 621. 3 semester hours

NRHL 647: Evaluation Strategies and Methods
This course focuses on the role of the nurse educator in the assessment and evaluation of learning. The student applies key strategies to effectively measure achievement of learning outcomes in a variety of settings. Legal, ethical, regulatory issues and the importance of evaluating personal teaching effectiveness are explored. Pre-requisites: NRHL 645. 3 semester hours

NRHL 653: Advanced Nursing Practice: Clinical Immersion
This course builds upon the synthesis of prior knowledge and skills that promote the advancement of professional clinical nursing practice. The student applies nursing research and evidence-based practice to develop advanced clinical competency in a defined area of nursing practice. The course requires 70 practicum clock hours of clinical learning experience in the practice setting and the development of a nursing project proposal. Pre-requisites: NRHL 647. 3 semester hours

NRHL 655: Advanced Nursing Practice: Capstone Project Implementation
This course provides opportunities for the student to apply knowledge and skills learned throughout the program into nursing practice. Under the direction of the faculty and guidance from the preceptor, students complete a nursing project that demonstrates their cumulative learning, nursing practice abilities, and professional growth that reflects master’s nursing practice. The project validates students' ability to synthesize and apply new knowledge and skills to real-world clinical issues and problems. The course requires 70 practicum clock hours of clinical learning experiences in the practice setting. Pre-requisites: NRHL 653. 3 semester hours

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:

TitleSalary RangeProjected 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.