Nurse Educator M.S.
The Nurse Educator master's degree program prepares graduates for faculty positions in nursing education programs, and also for planning and delivering staff and patient education. Designed with the working professional in mind, the 38 credit part-time curriculum is delivered online.
Nurse Educators Are In Demand
- One million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2020. Yet tens of thousands of students are turned away from nursing schools each year due to lack of faculty.
- Health care organizations need to ensure their teams are educated on best practices in a diverse and ever-changing health care environment.
- Through UND's Nurse Educator program, you can learn how to teach, to motivate and to ignite the passion among those committed to one of the most important professions in health care.
Nurse Educator Outcomes & Objectives
Graduates earn a Master of Science degree and are eligible to sit Certified Nurse Educator exam administered by the National League for Nurses (NLN). The graduate is also prepared for additional education in a Nurse Ph.D. program. It does not prepare the graduate for licensure as an advanced practice nurse.
Upon completion, you will be able to:
- Integrate knowledge from science, humanities, theory and research into evidence-based advanced nursing practice.
- Utilize knowledge of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, health care technologies, and policy to ensure high quality patient care.
- Participate as members and leaders of interprofessional health care teams.
- Apply advanced nursing skills in order to plan, manage and coordinate culturally appropriate health care for patient populations.
Building upon the Master’s Degree Program Outcomes, upon completion you will be able to:
- Demonstrate competence in developing, implementing, revising, and evaluating nursing curricula.
- Understand the impact of societal and technological changes on nursing education.
- Apply education theory, research, and experiential knowledge in nursing education settings.
- Utilize a variety of teaching strategies appropriately when assuming the nurse educator role.
- Analyze assessment and evaluation processes as they relate to nursing education.
UND produces outstanding nurse educators that are prepared to be leaders in developing compassionate, accountable and skilled nurses.Melissa Regalado-Smith, M.S., R.N.Emergency Department Clinical Staff/Nurse Educator
Level II Emergency/Trauma Center
Why be a Nurse Educator?
Our alumni share what they learned in UND's Nurse Educator program and how they applied their degree to their career.
The Nurse Educator program at UND prepared me for an academic faculty position in numerous ways.
The program’s design truly allowed for the development of my critical thinking skills, increased knowledge of theoretical concepts and evidence based practices influencing nursing education, and dedication to the scholarship of teaching and learning. The online curriculum was structured to allow students opportunities to achieve competencies for the role of nurse educator. The teaching practicum allowed for a self-directed learning experience of educational strategies and methods reflective of current practices in the classroom environment and clinical settings.
This cultivated an educational journey of inquiry, personal reflection, and a dynamic teaching philosophy. The Nurse Educator program at UND helped me to recognize the value and importance of a terminal degree in the nursing profession and continues to encourage my professional growth and academic journey towards a PhD. I am truly excited about contributing to my profession in a whole new way!
The UND Masters/Nurse Educator track online has been an irreplaceable experience in my career as an Emergency Department clinical staff/nurse educator in a Level II Emergency/Trauma Center.
The UND courses I have taken, as well as instructors and peers in the UND College of Nursing graduate program that I have had the privilege to interact with, have positively influenced my teaching and learning experience beyond measure!
In the online environment, communication and belongingness can be a challenge; however, the administration, instructors and advisors at UND make an obvious and concerted effort to communicate and interact as if I was present at the University.
I am confident that UND produces outstanding nurse educators that are prepared to be leaders in developing compassionate, accountable, and skilled nurses for our communities. I feel ready to embark on my future as a nurse educator!
Being a student of the nurse educator track while working as a simulation coordinator in an undergraduate nursing program was very beneficial to me. I was able to improve my teaching and learning skills while conducting simulations. My simulations went from just being a clinical experience to a rich learning environment in which students gained a strong experience to utilize in their future nursing careers. I learned to create simulations with objectives that were focused on learning and was able to assess the education learning each student gained from their simulation experience all because the nurse educator curriculum track helped me develop into a well-prepared nurse educator.
I’ve had a passion for teaching from the very moment that I started practicing nursing. Over the years I’ve been a patient educator and a nurse mentor for new nurses. In addition, I eventually became a clinical instructor. Sometimes I was highly successful with the outcomes of my instructional efforts and at other times I didn’t feel I had effectively reached the learner. With a personal goal of becoming an educator who could consistently support and motivate learners, I enrolled in the University of North Dakota Nurse Educator program. The courses were challenging and rigorous but the professors were exceptional in confirming that students understood assignments. The courses were designed to realistically help us develop the ability to develop curriculum, use a range of instructional strategies, to assess learning needs and to evaluate learning outcomes.
The online environment was really conducive to learning and thinking. Since most of the courses were available online my cohort included novice and experienced students who were all trying to earn a degree while balancing family and career responsibilities. By the end of the first semester we became a cohesive group of motivated learners willing to support and assist each other even though we came from across the country and one student was even stationed overseas. We benefited from the practical experience and knowledge shared by colleagues in other locations. There were numerous tools in the Blackboard platform that enabled us to meet with each other within “chat” rooms and to share our desktops in a manner that replicates a traditional classroom but at times of the evening or weekend that fit with our personal schedules. The structure of our courses not only allowed for but actually required us to network and interacts with our student colleagues as well as with the professors. In addition, technical support was only a phone call away well into the evening and for many hours on the weekend and these support staff really were able to solve any problems that came up.
I was especially impressed with the advisement provided by Dr. Linda Shanta related to my Teaching Practicum. With her guidance and under the direction of an experienced educator in the medical system I was able to design a 2 day pain management course that is still being used in this academic medical center today and is still receiving high ratings on the course evaluations. With the strong foundation I acquired through this program I’ve been able to develop more than 25 continuing education modules appropriate for nurses, social workers, chaplains, physicians and other professionals. I have also developed both face to face and computer based sessions for patients and family members.
I highly recommend the University of North Dakota College of Nursing Nurse Educator program.
The Master of Science degree in nursing education from UND provided the foundation for my professional career as a nurse educator.
In addition, the rigorous, high quality courses at UND were of high quality and rigor and have well prepared me for my current pursuit of a doctoral degree in nursing research. All of my courses were challenging, yet achievable and have enhanced my ability to create innovative and effective pedagogical approaches to teach students and patients effectively across the lifespan.
Every day, I credit the knowledge and competence gained through my graduate education within the UND Nurse Educator track I am able to collaborate everyday with students, colleagues, researchers, and highly competent nurse educators, for which I give credit to my graduate degree from UND.