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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

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Academic nurse educators are licensed registered professional nurses prepared at the graduate level who are expert in facilitating learning through curriculum design, teaching, evaluation, advisement, and other activities undertaken by faculty in schools of nursing. Nurse educators practicing in clinical settings are responsible for addressing the learning needs of professional staff and may be health care unit or system-based.

The Master of Science Nurse Educator program and Post-Masters Certificate program at MSU are dedicated to developing nurse educators who advance nursing clinical practice, education and research in academic and practice settings. Graduates are prepared to:

  • Integrate the science of nursing within the practice of teaching.
  • Translate knowledge to change teaching and nursing practice and improve family and societal health and healing.
  • Use assessment and evaluation methods to enhance outcomes related to teaching and learning and quality nursing care.
  • Synthesize knowledge in the direct care role responsibilities of the nurse educator.
  • Function effectively within the educational environment.        

Core competencies supported as preparation for the NE (National League for Nursing, 2005) guide the curriculum for the nurse educator student. They are as follows:

  • Competency I: Facilitate Learning
  • Competency II: Facilitate Learner Development and Socialization
  • Competency III: Use Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
  • Competency IV: Participate in Curriculum Design and Evaluation of Program Outcomes
  • Competency V: Function as a Change Agent and Leader
  • Competency VI: Pursue Continuous Quality Improvement in the Nurse Educator Role
  • Competency VII: Engage in Scholarship
  • Competency VIII: Function within the Educational Environment

Graduate faculty have used the American Association of Colleges of Nursing document, The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011) and The Scope of Practice for Academic Nurse Educators (NLN, 2005) to guide curriculum development in the NE Program. The graduate student preparing for certification as a Nurse Educator acquires the background for this specialty practice in nursing through Family Nursing Science Courses, Evidence-based Nursing Practice Courses, Advanced Nursing Practice and Education Courses, and Supportive Fields Courses.

Graduate students pursuing the Master of Science (MS) degree award in the 37 credit NE program are supported in their developing role through an interdisciplinary curriculum. Students complete courses in the College of Education and the College of Allied Health and Nursing to form the foundation for the NE practicum experience. During the practicum course (N658) the student gains advanced practice knowledge, competencies, and skills in didactic, clinical, and simulated clinical settings. Nurse educators prepared at the graduate level are able to contribute to the advancement of nursing practice and the discipline of nursing.

Upon completing the requirements of the Master of Science (MS) and after the conferring of the degree, students are eligible to take national certifying examinations as nurse educators through the National League for Nursing to obtain certification as a CNE. For more information on the NE role, you may also choose to access the website of the