About the Nurse Educator program

Kent State's Nurse Educator master's concentration will prepare you to teach, mentor, and develop both nursing students and practicing nurses.

There has never been a greater need for nurse educators. Currently, a nationwide shortage of nursing faculty is compounding the overall nursing shortage. According to a fact sheet released by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), nursing schools denied over 64,000 qualified applicants in 2016, in part due to the faculty shortage.

The Nurse Educator MSN concentration gives students the advanced nursing knowledge in curriculum development, instruction and evaluation for traditional and online learning in academic and staff development settings. Emphasis is placed on the application of educational theories and principles in curriculum development and evaluation and acquisition of skills in role development as a nurse educator. Students engage in individualized practicum experiences with master educators to gain experience in their desired field of nursing education.

Employment opportunities are available to graduates in academic settings, as well as the practice setting in areas such as professional staff development.

Why Kent State? We offer you:

  • Faculty mentorship and advising from nationally Certified Nurse Educators, advanced practice nurses and active researchers with decades of experience
  • 100% Online courses
  • Full- and part-time customizable academic plans
  • Fall and spring semester start dates
  • Academic quality at a reasonable educational cost
  • Educational experiences tailored to your experience and goals


The Nurse Educator concentration is 34 credit hours which includes 180 practicum hours.

Tuition, Costs, and Financial Aid

A top-tier education at an affordable price.

Kent State University's nursing program is one of the largest and most respected in the United States. We are proud that we can offer our bachelor's degree completion program at a reasonable price–only $400 per credit hour–to both Ohio and out-of-state registered nurses.

Below is a breakdown estimate of the total cost:

Cost Per Credit Hour Total Credits Total Cost
$400 30 $12,000
This total does not include books or incidental fees.

Students who need to complete additional coursework to fulfill the degree requirements will pay the same reduced rate of $400 per credit hour for those courses. Depending on your previous academic background, this could be a significant cost savings since most other schools charge their full tuition rate for non-RN to BSN courses.

Financial Aid

At Kent State University, we try to make the financial aid process as simple as possible. Our financial aid services and scholarship programs help a wide range of students make their goals affordable. Financial aid options for RN-to-BSN students include:

  • Tuition Reimbursement: Many employers will pay some or all of the cost of a BSN completion program. Talk with your human resources department to find out if you qualify.
  • Scholarships: Kent State University, the College of Nursing, and many nursing and health care organizations provide scholarship support for nursing students. See our Financial Aid & Scholarships page for more information.
  • Federal Loans and Grants: You may be eligible for federal and/or private loans and federal/state grants. Contact the One Stop for Student Services at 330-672-6000 for more information.

Payment Options

  • Tuition can be paid online using a credit card or check, by mail with a check, or in-person with a check.
  • Monthly payment plan options are available.* Tuition can be spread out over 3, 4, or 5 monthly payments.
  • Students who are receiving tuition reimbursement through their employer can apply to defer tuition payment to after the semester ends.*

Learn more about payment options