Nurse Educator

Nurse Educator: Inspiring, Vital, Transformative

Empowering the Future of Healthcare

The demand for skilled, compassionate, and well-prepared nurses has never been greater. As the healthcare landscape evolves, the need for highly trained nurse educators is also on the rise. If you’re an experienced RN passionate about teaching and inspiring the next generation of healthcare professionals, an MSN Nurse Educator degree can open up new doors and opportunities for personal and professional growth.

BSN student and teacher in the Oak Brook Sim Center

Created for the Working Professional

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Hybrid Program

Online, in the classroom, and in the practice setting

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Capstone Project

Showcase your lessons learned and lessons given in your MSN scholarly project

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Faculty Mentors

Individualized academic and career guidance

Why You Belong at Oak Point

Hear Dr. Foscett-Gonzalez discuss how a nurse who touched her life inspired her to focus her career on educating nurses.

La Tisa Foscett-Gonzalez, DNP, RN
Director of Undergraduate Nursing Education + Student Development

Calling All #BadassNurses Finalist
Oak Point University Alum, DNP 2021 (Resurrection University chapter)

Getting Your Nurse Educator MSN at Oak Point

If you want to teach and truly inspire nursing students, the MSN Nurse Educator Program at Oak Point University can prepare you for long-term success. The program was designed by experienced Nurse Educators to help you develop the skills you’ll need in both classroom and practice settings. From how to prepare your nursing curriculum to creating dynamic lesson plans to developing engaging instructional techniques, the MSN Nurse Educator Program will take your abilities to the next level. Designed for the bachelor’s prepared nurse who wants to mentor and teach the next generation of nurses. Working in the classroom and in the practice setting, you will prepare your nursing curriculum, create lesson plans, instruct, encourage, and inspire future nurses.

Ideal Candidates

The Nurse Educator MSN is designed for the student who has:

  • a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and
  • an active RN license.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program of study, graduates will:

  1. Synthesize and apply theories, conceptual models, and principles from nursing and other related disciplines to facilitate decision-making related to nursing education.
  2. Integrate the use of communication skills, information systems, and technology in relation to nursing education.
  3. Develop and maintain collaborative relationships required in the delivery of effective nursing education programs.
  4. Interpret and apply evidenced-based data to assess cohort risk, implement interventional strategies, and evaluate outcomes as part of an educational team.
  5. Design, implement, and evaluate innovative teaching, learning, and evaluation strategies used in educational programs to achieve quality outcomes.
  6. Pursue continuous quality improvement through the nurse educator role.
  7. Serve as a leader, consultant, mentor, or change agent to advance nursing education and facilitate learner development and socialization.
  8. Participate in innovative curriculum design and evaluation of program outcomes.
  9. Create a capstone project for oral and written presentations on a nursing education topic.
  10. Model interprofessional education through communication, teamwork, values and ethics, and roles and responsibilities.

Core, Clinical + Specialty Courses

View the core, clinical core, and specialty courses that will prepare to be a critical care partner for those who need it most and set you up for success in taking your certification exam.

Faculty and PhD alum LaTisa Foscett-Gonzalez

Credit Hours  //  11

Core Courses

NRG 5000 // Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5002 // Health Care Delivery // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5005 // Evidence-Based Practice for the Advanced Nursing Role // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5910 // Leadership Roles in Healthcare Organizations // 2 Credit Hours

Credit Hours  //  11

Clinical Core Courses

NRG 5101 // Advanced Health and Physical Assessment // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5102 // Advanced Pathophysiology // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5103 // Advanced Pharmacology // 3 Credit Hours

NRG 5105 // Advanced Health and Physical Assessment Lab with APN Skills // 2 Credit Hours

Credit Hours  //  18

Specialty Courses

NRG5601  //  Clinical Management for Nurse Educators  //  3 Credit Hours

NRG5601R  //  Clinical Management for Nurse Educators Residency  //  1 Credit Hours

NRG5602  //  Teaching/Learning in Nursing Education  //  3 Credit Hours

NRG5602R  //  Teaching/Learning in Nursing Education Residency  //  0.5 Credit Hours

NRG5603  //  Curriculum Development in Nursing Education  //  3 Credit Hours

NRG5604  //  Evaluation and Testing in Nursing Education  //  3 Credit Hours

NRG5606  //  Legal and Ethical Issues in Nursing Education  //  1 Credit Hours

NRG5607R  //  Nurse Educator Residency I  //  1 Credit Hours

NRG5608R  //  Nurse Educator Residency II  //  1 Credit Hours

NRG5609R  //  Nurse Educator Residency III  //  1.5 Credit Hours

Helping to Ensuring Healthier Tomorrows

Those who are called to nursing need your education and guidance. It’s a vital role. You’ll inspire, transform lives beyond measure, and help make the world a healthier place.

Personal + Professional Growth

Pursuing an MSN Nurse Educator degree will challenge you to develop new skills, expand your knowledge base, and refine your teaching abilities. This program equips you with advanced clinical expertise, evidence-based practice, curriculum development, and assessment strategies, preparing you to effectively educate the next generation of nurses.

Enhanced Patient Care

As a nurse educator, you’ll play a crucial role in ensuring that future nurses are well-trained to provide the best possible patient care. By sharing your knowledge, experience, and passion for nursing, you’ll contribute to shaping a competent, compassionate, and skilled workforce.

Addressing the Nursing Shortage

The nursing profession faces a critical shortage of frontline nurses and qualified educators. By pursuing an MSN Nurse Educator degree, you’ll take a significant step toward addressing this issue. Educating and inspiring the next generation of nurses will help alleviate the nursing shortage and help ensure equal access to high-quality healthcare services.

Flexibility + Job Security

Nurse educators are in high demand, which translates to greater job security and flexibility. As a nurse educator, you may have the option to work part-time or full-time, in-person or remotely, and even teach at multiple institutions. This flexibility allows you to create a work-life balance that best suits your personal and professional goals.

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Career Outlook

Advancement Opportunities

A Nurse Educator MSN can open doors to a wealth of rewarding career opportunities within nursing. With this advanced degree, you’ll be qualified to work in various settings such as hospitals, nursing schools, healthcare organizations, and community health centers. Some of the exciting roles you may pursue include:

  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Director of Nursing Education
  • Healthcare Consultant
  • Professional Development Specialist

Earning Potential

As a nurse educator, you’ll possess the expertise to assume more specialized roles and leadership positions. This advancement often comes with a significant increase in earning potential. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, nurse educators can earn a median annual salary of $74,440, with the top 10% earning over $125,930 annually.

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