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ANCC's Professional Nursing Development (RN-BC)
Applicants for ANCC's credential must meet the following criteria.
  • Hold a current, active RN license within a state or territory of the United States or the professional, legally recognized equivalent in another country.
  • Hold a bachelor's or higher degree in nursing.
  • Have practiced the equivalent of 2 years full-time as a registered nurse.
  • Have a minimum of 4,000 hours of clinical practice in nursing professional development within the last 5 years.
  • Have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing professional development within the last 3 years.
    (15 hours = 1 college credit)

NLN's Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
Applicants for NLN's credential must meet the following criteria.

Option A: Must meet criteria 1 & 2

  1. Licensure
    • A currently active registered nurse license in the United States or its territories.
  2. Education
    • a master's or doctoral degree in nursing with a major emphasis in nursing education or
    • a master's or doctoral degree in nursing plus a post-master's certificate in nursing education or
    • master's or doctoral degree in nursing and nine or more credit hours of graduate-level education courses*

    Examples of acceptable courses include: Curriculum Development and Evaluation; Instructional Design; Principles of Adult Learning; Assessment/Measurement & Evaluation; Principles of Teaching and Learning, Instructional Technology

    Note: Graduate-level research or statistics courses do not count toward this requirement
Option B: Must meet criteria 1, 2 & 3
  1. Licensure
    • A currently active, unencumbered registered nurse license in the United States or its territories.
  2. Education
    • A master's or doctoral degree in nursing (with a major emphasis in a role other than nursing education).
  3. Experience
    • Two years or more employment in a nursing program in an academic institution within the past five years.

All eligibility criteria for initial certification must be met at the time of application.

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Nurse educator programs from accredited universities and colleges.

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Need for Nurse Educators is Greater than Ever

By 2020, the demand for RNs is anticipated to be 29 percent greater than the available supply, according to the National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice. Based on AACN's 2011-12 report on Nursing programs, U.S. nursing schools turned away 75,587 qualified applicants from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2011 due to an insufficient number of faculty, clinical sites, classroom space, clinical preceptors, and budget constraints.

Education Requirements to Become a Nurse Educator

ANCC and NLN offer the two nurse educator credentials that most industry professionals recognize. Both require RN's to be actively licensed.

ANCC requires atleast a BSN and 30 contact hrs of nursing education within the last 3 years.

NLN requires applicants to have a graduate degree with a nursing education emphasis or a graduate nursing degree plus a post-graduate certificate or graduate coursework in nursing education.

>> Full Eligibility Requirements for ANCC and NLN

Salary and employment figures are based on a national median and may vary by location.

Online Schools offering Nursing Education Programs
Kaplan University

Nurse Educator
Master of Science in Nursing

Fulfill NLN and ANCC Education Requirements for Certifications

In Kaplan University's CCNE accredited online Master of Science in Nursing degree program, students focus on developing courses and programs that integrate nursing philosophy. They will examine the applications and ethical and legal issues related to the use of technology in teaching, as well as analyze assessment, measurement, and evaluation methods used in nursing education. Graduates can be prepared for a faculty or educator role in colleges or schools of nursing, continuing education programs, staff development, clinical education, and patient and community education. The nurse educator specialization is designed to prepare students for the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination. Candidates should check eligibility requirements on how to fully qualify for the certification exam.

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Chamberlain College of Nursing Online

Chamberlain College of Nursing is proud of over 120 years of excellence in nursing education. CCN is ranked among the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report.

Distinguished faculty includes professionals who hold doctoral degrees. These instructors include published author of informatics articles, a senior informatics policy maker who led efforts to recognize nursing informatics as a distinct specialty, and co-founder of the Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI). U.S. News & World Report ranked Chamberlain College of Nursing among the top five online graduate programs in nursing in the Faculty Credentials and Training category.

Nurse Educator Specialty
Master of Science in Nursing

CCNE Accredited
Fulfill NLN and ANCC Education Requirements for Certifications
Includes 100 Hour Supervised Local Practicum

The CCNE accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a post-baccalaureate professional degree designed to prepare nurses for expanding roles in healthcare and enhance opportunities for professional advancement. The Educator Specialty Track includes courses designed to prepare the student to teach in an academic or clinical-practice setting. Coursework includes educational foundations, instructional methods, program assessment and evaluation and curriculum development. Students complete a 100-hour practicum in their own geographic location, allowing them to develop educational skills with the support of an experienced nurse educator.

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Nurse Educator FAQs

How Do I Prepare for a Nurse Educator Career?
First, a Nurse Educator must be an active licensed RN. At a minimum, nurse educators who work in academic settings must hold a master's degree. In order to be promoted to the upper academic ranks (e.g., associate professor and professor) and to be granted tenure, academic faculty typically must hold an earned doctoral degree. Nurse educators who work in clinical settings must hold the minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing, but more and more institutions are requiring the master's degree for such appointments.

Many master's degree and post-graduate certificate programs are available to prepare nurses specifically for the educator role. These programs, which are sometimes offered online, focus on the skills needed to prepare advanced practice nurses to teach, including instruction on the learning process, curriculum development, student counseling, program evaluation, and the principles of adult education.

Due to the immense need for qualified nurse educators, there are numerous sources of funding for nurses who want to pursue a nursing education graduate degree.
>> AACN Funding Resources for Future Nurse Educators (pdf)

What is the Salary of a Nurse Educator?
Nurse educators working in academic settings typically are on a nine-month appointment (e.g., September through May). Opportunities to teach in the summer often are available, and this is compensated separately. Salaries vary greatly depending on rank, education (e.g., master's or doctorate degree), and institution type (e.g., a large academic health center vs. a small liberal arts college).

According to the US BLS, median salary for nursing instructors and educators was $67,480 in 2015. Median wages ranged from $41,490 at the 10th% to $112,680 at the 90th%.

What is the Career Outlook for a Nurse Educator?
This career is in extremely high demand because the United States is experiencing a serious nursing shortage. The US BLS projecst 35% employment growth for nursing instructors during 2012-22. Nursing schools nationwide are struggling to find new faculty to accommodate the rising interest in nursing among new students. The shortage of nurse educators may actually enhance career prospects since it affords a high level of job security and provides opportunities for nurses to maintain dual roles as educators and direct patient care providers.

Nurse Educator Certification
Certification in any field is a mark of professionalism. For academic nurse educators, it establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), you serve as a leader and a role model. The National League for Nursing (NLNAC) oversees the certification process for nurse educators. >> NLNAC CNE Candidate Handbook (pdf)

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