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NURSE EDUCATOR CREDENTIAL REQUIREMENTS

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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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.

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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 will 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.

Sacred Heart University

Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing

CCNE Accredited
Fulfill NLN and ANCC Education Requirements for Certifications

As the healthcare workforce continues to grow, demand is high for qualified instructors to teach and train the next generation of nurses. Sacred Heart's Nursing Education specialization will complement your clinical training with the latest theories and strategies in teaching and learning. With this specialization, graduates can explore opportunities in nursing schools or instructor positions at hospitals or other healthcare organizations.

From a basic understanding of the issues surrounding nursing education to the latest advances in curriculum design and evaluation, a Master of Science in Nursing with a Nursing Education specialization will prepare you for a rapidly growing and critically important role in our nation's healthcare system.

The Nursing Education track of the SHU CCNE accredited Online MSN fulfills the education requirement for the certification as a Nurse Educator certified through the National League for Nursing (NLN). Graduates of the SHU Online MSN program who have completed all Nursing Education courses are eligible to seek NLN Nurse Educator certification provided they have a minimum of two years of experience as a nurse educator.

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RN to BSN to MSN

CCNE Accredited
Fulfill NLN and ANCC Education Requirements for Certifications

A Master of Science in Nursing can give you more opportunities to move into higher-level positions and jobs with more personal fulfillment. If you are a registered nurse with a diploma or an associate's degree in Nursing, Sacred Heart's online RN–BSN–MSN program can put you on an accelerated path to earning that master's degree.

By combining your BSN and MSN studies in SHU's CCNE accredited online RN–BSN–MSN program, you'll save time and money that you'd spend earning both separately. In our program, you only have to take eight MSN classes instead of 12, allowing you to get your master's degree sooner. And your BSN is awarded along the way, so if circumstances prevent your completion of the program, you'll still have a chance to earn a higher degree.

The Nursing Education specialization is designed to complement your clinical expertise with skills in teaching and learning strategies. The curriculum is designed to provide you with an understanding of issues in nursing education, application of curriculum design and evaluation theory, and experience in the role of the instructor.

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American Sentinel University Online

American Sentinel is a proud supporter of our military personnel, which comprise of one-quarter of enrollment. American Sentinel offers high quality accredited education and outstanding student support for less than most other online universities.

Nursing Education
Master of Science in Nursing

CCNE Accredited
Fulfill NLN and ANCC Education Requirements for Certifications
Among Lowest Tuitions Online

The American Sentinel MSN, nursing education online specialization, is designed for experienced nurses who wish to pursue educator roles within a clinical environment or become faculty members at traditional or non-traditional schools of nursing. The specialization emphasizes curriculum development, teaching various learning styles and teaching via distance technology.

Students may choose between two capstone courses: Academic Program Leadership or Educational Leadership. The Academic Program Leadership capstone is for students interested in leadership positions in academic environments and has a special emphasis on institutional and programmatic accreditation. The Educational Leadership capstone is for students who wish to continue their education in doctoral studies with the ultimate goal of becoming a faculty member at a university or college.

Students graduating with American Sentinel’s CCNE-accredited MSN, nursing education specialization, complete 36 credit hours of course work. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.

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Capella University

Nurse Educator
Master of Science in Nursing

CCNE Accredited
Fulfill NLN and ANCC Education Requirements for Certifications

The curriculum incorporates the Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, with a focus on nursing education. Taught by faculty members with both academic and professional nursing experience, the courses are designed to provide advanced knowledge of nursing theory and practice, as well as the design, delivery, assessment, and evaluation of nurse education programs. Courses are taught in a prescribed sequence that builds on your newly developed knowledge and skills. This CCNE accredited program also offers convenient features such as electronic textbooks and auto-registration for your entire sequence of courses. People likely to be interested in this specialization include registered nurses pursuing advanced positions as nurse educators or clinical nurse leaders in higher education institutions, health care organizations, and the military.

Nurse Educator Bridge
Master of Science in Nursing

CCNE Accredited
Fulfill NLN and ANCC Education Requirements for Certifications

The CCNE accredited MSN Nurse Educator Bridge specialization provides licensed registered nurses with a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing the opportunity to pursue a Master of Science in Nursing. The bridge curriculum incorporates the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Nursing Practice and the Essentials of Master's Education for Advanced Practice Nursing established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. You will expand your knowledge of health care systems and policies, patient education, health promotion, and technology integration, with a focus on the design, delivery, assessment, and evaluation of nurse education programs. Courses are taught in a prescribed sequence that builds on your newly developed knowledge and skills. This specialization also offers convenient features such as electronic textbooks and auto-registration for your entire sequence of courses. People likely to be interested in this specialization include registered nurses pursuing advanced positions as nurse educators or clinical nurse leaders in higher education institutions, health care organizations, and the military.

Nursing Education
Doctor of Philosophy

CCNE Accredited
Fulfill NLN and ANCC Education Requirements for Certifications

Capella's doctoral Nursing Education specialization is designed to prepare master's-level nurses to meet the growing need for nursing faculty and to advance the field of nursing through doctoral research. The National League for Nursing (NLN) recognizes that this PhD specialization in Nursing Education aligns with the Core Competencies for Nurse Educators©, using competencies that are integral to the Certified Nurse Educator® (CNE) exam. The curriculum includes such topics as advanced nursing theory and concepts, curriculum design and evaluation, teaching strategies, and classroom assessment. People likely to be interested in this specialization include nursing faculty members who want to pursue advanced faculty or leadership positions and nurses currently working in health care delivery who want to share their knowledge of nursing.

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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 Payscale.com, the median salary for experienced nurse educators (2-6 years in the field), is $66,400. Salary varies greatly by location, employer, education, experience, etc. >> See Salary by Major City

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. One of the key reasons for that shortage is the lack of nurse educators to train future nurses. 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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