Nurse Educator Concentration,
Nursing, MSN

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Why be a Nurse Educator?

Nurse educators who work in university settings provide the essential teaching platform for baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who wish to advance their knowledge, practice, and research skills. The nurse educator develops programs of study to expand required cognitive knowledge of nursing principles, assessment, and technical skills in order to promote quality health care for patients. (American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2012-2014 Strategic Plan Goals and Objectives)


Nurse educators who work in a health care environment educate nurses and assistive personnel to create opportunities for continued learning, professional development, and instruction in new clinical information and technology. The ultimate goal of the nurse educator is to promote competent and safe practice and quality health care for patients. (The National Staff Development and Training Association Web site)

Degree Requirements

The master's program in nursing, nurse educator concentration requires 41 graduate credits. Of these, a 15-credit core consists of course work in the theoretical and ethical foundations of nursing, nursing research and biostatistics, nursing informatics, and the organization of nursing and health care delivery systems. The remaining credits are satisfied by completing the additional 26 credits required for the concentration.

View the program requirements for Nursing, Nurse Educator Concentration, MSN.

Student Requirements

Student health exams, immunization records, and criminal background checks are part of the final admission process. Graduate students are required to have up-to-date annual health exams, current immunizations and CPR certification. Students must be in the process of completing a hepatitis B immunization series when they enroll for their first practicum course. Criminal background checks are required of all School of Nursing students. No student may attend practicum courses unless all these requirements are met.

All students enrolled in the School of Nursing are required to maintain health insurance at all times.

All students are required to use an active Mason email account.


For questions about the program and admissions process, contact:

Janice Lee Beverly

Cherl Oetjen


Dr. Cheryl Oetjen
Term Assistant Professor
Assistant Dean for MSN and DNP Concentrations