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 75,000 qualified applicants in 2018, 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 complete a total of 300 practicum hours which provide them with opportunities to build in-depth knowledge and expertise in curriculum development, instruction, and evaluation for traditional and online learning in academic and staff development settings (150 hours) as well as within their specialty area of nursing practice (150 hours). 

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

Graduates of this program meet educational eligibility requirements to take the NLN Certified Nurse EducatorCM (CNE) examination.

Why Kent State? We offer you:

  • Faculty mentorship and advising from nationally Certified Nurse EducatorsCM, 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

Admissions Criteria

We invite you to apply to the MSN program if you meet the following criteria:

  • Bachelor's and/or graduate degree from an accredited registered nursing program.1
  • Minimum 3.000 undergraduate/graduate GPA on a 4.000 point scale. 2
  • The completion of an undergraduate statistics course with a minimum C grade.
  • Active, unrestricted registered nurse license in the state in which clinical coursework will be completed.

Additional Requirements

  • A résumé or curriculum vita.
  • Essay (2-3 pages) describing reasons for seeking the master's degree in the identified specialty and professional goals.
  • Three letters of reference from a health care professional or academic faculty who can speak to the applicant's professional and academic abilities.
  • English language proficiency - all international students must provide proof of English language proficiency (unless they meet specific exceptions) by earning one of the following:
    • Minimum 560 TOEFL PBT score (paper-based version)
    • Minimum 83 TOEFL IBT score (Internet-based version)
    • Minimum 78 MELAB score
    • Minimum 6.5 IELTS score
    • Minimum 55 PTE score
Admission to the MSN degree is a selective process. In the selection process for applicants, program faculty will consider years of registered nurse experience, professional experience relevant to the specific MSN concentration and evidence of scholarship and involvement in the nursing profession as indicated on the applicant's résumé, along with GPA and intent for full-time study.
1. Applicants with an RN license and a bachelor's degree in a non-nursing field will be considered based on faculty review of a portfolio submitted with the application.
2. Applicants with a lower GPA may be considered for conditional admission according to the University's Graduate Student Admission Policy.
Additional Requirements


The Nurse Educator concentration is 34 credit hours which includes 300 practicum hours.

Below you will find a sample curriculum plan for 2-year full-time students. Other options for part-time plans of study are also available.

Year 1

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60101: Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • NURS 60601: Nursing Curriculum and Instruction in Higher Education / 3 credits
  • NURS 60045: Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60403: Methods of Inquiry / 3 credits
  • NURS 60602: Roles and Evaluation for Nursing Curriculums in Higher Education / 3 credits
  • NURS 60607: Clinical Nursing and Education Issues in a Specialty Area (7 weeks – 1sthalf)
  • NURS 60605: Nursing Education with Technology (7 weeks – 2nd half) / 2 credits
  • NURS 67092: Clinical Nursing and Education Issues in a Specialty Area Practicum (150 hours) / 2 credits
Year 2

Fall Semester

  • NURS 60592: Nursing Education Practicum (150 hours) / 3 credits
  • NURS 60015: Advanced Health Assessment / 3 credits
  • NURS 60441: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing / 3 credits

Spring Semester

  • NURS 60025: Health Policy and Advanced Nursing Practice / 3 credits
  • NURS 60010: Advanced Nursing Informatics / 3 credits

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Post-Master's Certificate

We also offer a Nurse Educator post-master's certificate for nurses who already hold a Master's degree or higher in nursing.

Learn more about the Nurse Educator post-master's certificate

Meet the Faculty

Learn more about the Nurse Educator course instructors:

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Tina Saunders

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Ann Ancona
Associate Professor

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Marcy Caplin
Ph.D., RN, CNE
Associate Professor


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Begin Your Transformation

Discover why Kent State's Nurse Educator master's concentration is right for you. Enrollment advisors can be reached at 330-672-7911.

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