A graduate degree as a Nurse Educator prepares you for a leadership role in academia, staff development and the community as an educator.
UMKC’s School of Nursing and Health Studies will prepare nurse educators to employ cutting-edge teaching strategies in the didactic, simulation and clinical setting, synthesize teaching and learning theories and acquire skills in curriculum development and evaluation. Clinical objectives include the student’s ability to provide didactic and clinical instruction as well as in writing objectives, teaching, clinical instructing, test writing and student management. Completion of the program meets the educational requirements to be eligible for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Certification Exam.
The online program offers hands-on experience in writing objectives, teaching, clinical instructing, and test writing and student management. Completion of the program meets the educational requirements to be eligible for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Certification Exam.
The program allows students to arrange their clinical preceptors and sites — with UMKC approval — for the three Nurse Educator clinical courses. Students must maintain clinical eligibility to practice during the program.
Wondering if an online course will fit your needs? The MSN Nurse Educator program allows students to start slow by taking one class. Call or email us to see how the program will fit your needs.
The Nurse Educator Preceptorship Courses
- N5544 Advanced Health Assessment Skills requires clinical preceptor and site for focused/systems assessment practice, preferably in an acute care inpatient setting (45 clinical contact hours).
- N5564NE Clinical for Nurse Educators requires clinical preceptor and site for acute care clinical practice and student teaching in an inpatient staff development department (180 clinical contact hours).
- N5572NE Synthesis Practicum for Nurse Educators requires clinical preceptor and site for clinical instructing and didactic teaching in an academic unit setting (180 clinical contact hours).
Nurse Educator Certificate
The post-master’s Nurse Educator Certificate program of study builds on the Masters of Science in Nursing degree to prepare professional nurses to become leaders in nursing education. Certificate students learn to synthesize teaching and learning theory, acquire skill in curriculum development and evaluation methods, and employ cutting-edge teaching strategies in both clinical and academic settings. Hands-on experience in objective writing, teaching, clinical instructing, test writing, and student management are offered through clinical experiences provided by master educators.
Completion of the certificate program meets the eligibility requirements for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Certification Exam. There are five courses required for the program with a total of 12 credit hours. All courses must be completed within three years.
- N5515NE Role of the Nurse Educator (2 credit hours)
- N5516 Curriculum Development (3 credit hours)
- N5517 Teaching Strategies (2 credit hours)
- N5559 Evaluation Methods (2 credit hours)
- N5572NE Synthesis Practicum for Nurse Educators (3 credit hours precepted clinical course)
Note: Students are responsible for arranging their clinical preceptor and site for the Practicum course. It is the student’s responsibility to maintain clinical eligibility to practice during the program. It is recommended that students maintain active clinical practice in preparation for the practicum course.
On Campus Residency Requirements
Nurse Educator students have the option of taking an orientation session online or on campus. However, the track requires one visit to our Kansas City campus to complete a class, N5544 Advanced Health Assessment Skills. The one to two-day visit will take place in late November or early December.
State Regulation Requirements
Each state has different registration and approval regulations for online degree programs. We highly encourage you to review this information prior to submitting an application. We are not approved to offer online degree programs in all states. Please review the state regulatory map to verify the status of your state’s regulations.
Online/Hybrid Distance Education, How Does it Work?
The MSN Nurse Educator program provides maximum flexibility to fit the schedule of a working professional. The program offers rolling admission so you can apply at any time. We also offer in-state tuition regardless of your location.
Students use the web-based software, Canvas, for their online courses. Courses are conducted in synchronous and asynchronous modes depending on the professor and class.
You can log on to find homework, class assignments, a class list, a syllabus and more at any time. The program allows students to ask questions and share ideas with instructors and classmates.
Geography might separate you from your professor, but our faculty members are committed to personal attention. Professors can be reached by phone and email.
Didactic work is completed online but you will work with a preceptor near you to fulfill the clinical work. The preceptor, who is approved by our school, will maintain regular contact with your professor in Kansas City.