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Nurse Educator Concentration

Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College offers an online Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Educator concentration for BSN-prepared registered nurses interested in becoming professional nurse educators with competencies in patient education, staff development, and academic practice education. 


The Nurse Educator concentration prepares students to assume the complex professional educator role in a variety of settings by integrating prior learning with advanced graduate-level course work and clinical experiences. 


The Nurse Educator concentration emphasizes the role of clinical practice nursing education, including the importance of learning in academic practice settings. Students will learn the history and development of curriculum, self and learners in a variety of practice settings. Students will also learn to develop teaching plans to deliver and evaluate content to learners in the practice setting.   


Graduates of the Nurse Educator Concentration will be prepared to prepare and deliver content to patients, communities, and other learners. Students will gain experiential learning in acute and community settings as well as academic practice settings.  A Post-MSN Nurse Educator Certificate is also available. Each student will have an individualized curriculum plan based on an analysis of the applicant’s prior course work. 


Graduates will be prepared to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE®) exam and/or the Academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE-Cl®) upon completion of requisite experience. 

Program Highlights

  • Program length: 1.5 years full-time,  2-3 years part-time
  • Application deadline: Two months prior to program start
  • Term start: Summer, Fall
  • All online courses


Our Nurse Educator Concentration program has many benefits to students, no matter where you are in the country. Here are just a few of them:

Convenient Online Classes
There’s no need to travel to campus to complete your studies. All of your courses and communication will be online, and even orientation can happen virtually.

Full or Part-Time Schedule
Advance your career while you’re still working. Full-time studies could be completed in 4 terms (16 months), while part-time students will need a minimum of 6 terms.

Personalized Practicum Experience
The final term includes active teaching and learning experiences in both the academic and clinical nursing areas. You’ll have the support and guidance of a mentor who is a master’s (or higher) prepared nurse educator in a pre-licensure nursing program.

Diverse Career Potential
Share your knowledge by teaching students in an academic setting, as well as working with patients and practicing nurses in clinical settings like hospitals and community health care agencies.

Prepare for Excellence
Graduates will be eligible to take the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam upon completion of requisite experience. The Nurse Educator role is recognized by NLN as a specialty area of practice.

Become a Nurse Educator

Interested in learning more about the Nurse Educator Concentration for your Master of Science in Nursing? Read about our admissions requirements and course sequence (coming soon).

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Learn more about all of our concentration programs on the Masters of Science in Nursing page.

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