MSN Degree

Nurse Educator



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

The Nurse Educator Concentration prepares students to assume complex professional roles in a variety of settings by integrating prior learning with advanced discipline-specific coursework and clinical experiences.

Concentration Highlights

Our Nurse Educator concentration has many benefits to students, no matter where you are in the country. The Nurse Educator concentration emphasizes the role of nursing in higher education, including the importance of research, service and teaching in academic settings.

Students learn the basics of curriculum design so they can build and refine curricula. They also learn to design a variety of clinical scenarios and apply them to a simulated learning environment. Students conduct their practicum experience by teaching during classes and clinicals under the supervision of a faculty preceptor

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-Time Schedule

Advance your career while you’re still working. Full-time studies could be completed in six terms (24 months). Term courses are planned with 2-3 courses.

Personalized Practicum Experience

Four of the curriculum plan terms include immersive practicum education experiences that include hands-on experience with curriculum development and evaluation, teaching strategies and assessment, instructional technology in education, integration of simulation and virtual reality in academic environment and practice settings related to all learners. You’ll have the support and guidance of a variety of educator setting preceptors who have 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 academic and clinical settings such as hospitals, community health care agencies, and interprofessional academic institutions.

Graduates of the Nurse Educator Concentration will be prepared to teach students in an academic setting, as well as patients and practicing nurses in various clinical settings including 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.

The Nurse Educator Master’s option and Post MSN Educator Certificate accepts students annually each spring term.


Sample Course Sequence

NOTE: Courses and sequencing are subject to change

Didactic 1 credit hour = 15 contact hours                                

Clinical 1 credit hour* = 60 clinical contact hours

Total contact hours = 765

TERM I Credit Hours Didactic Contact Hours Clinical Contact Hours
NURS 6420 Health Promotion Theory & Population Health 3 45 -
NURS 6523 Foundations of Scholarly Writing and Evidence-Based Practice 3 45 -
NURS 6327 Health Systems Policy 3 45 -
NURS 5549 Trends, Issues and Roles in Practice Education 3 45 -
NURS 5110 Pharmacotherapeutics 3 45 -
NURS 5547 Foundations and Innovation in Adult Education 3 - -
Term 4
NURS 5101 Advanced Pathophysiology for Primary Care 3 45 -
Term 5
NURS 5121 Advanced Health Assessment * 3 30 60
Term 6
NURS 5546 Simulation Principles 3 - -
NURS 5520 Practicum II: Teaching Strategies and Learning Assessment * 3 30 60
NURS 5530 Practicum III: Instructional Technology in Education * 3 30 60
NURS 5551 Practicum IV: Teaching in Clinical * 3 30 60
TOTAL 39 465 300

Admission Requirements

The following items are required when applying to the Master's Program for Nurse Educator:

  • BSN from a regionally accredited institution of higher education

  • Transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended

  • Cumulative GPA from undergraduate work 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale

  • Unencumbered/unrestricted RN License to practice in Missouri

  • Two Professional references from individuals who can address academic skills including oral and written communication skills and clinical competence

  • Current CV or Resume

  • A personal statement of personal attributes and experiences that will help you be successful in this program

The Admissions Department may provide a 10-year forgiveness for cumulative GPA calculation.  The student should submit a petition for forgiveness of prior grades to the Admissions Department.

Costs and Financial Aid

Tuition Costs

Earning your MSN degree is a significant investment, and one of the most important ones you will make. Take a look at expenses or download our program cost flyer.

Financial Aid

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