Help shape the future of nursing
Set a high bar for quality patient care by earning your Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator online from Worcester State University. This education-focused, graduate nursing degree prepares you with advanced clinical knowledge and proven instructional techniques that empower you to guide nurses and elevate their patient care outcomes.
As an online graduate student, you will learn from our world-class educators who are experienced in both nursing practice and education. In fact, the faculty and teaching staff in the Dr. Lillian R. Goodman Nursing Department take pride in their longstanding reputation for training top quality nurses and supporting students in and outside of the classroom. Our faculty will instill in you the cornerstones of good teaching and shape you to be a successful nursing educator yourself.
This rigorous academic program prepares you for evidence-based nursing practice with a growing focus on multidisciplinary care and the nurse’s role as leader and manager of the client’s health care. Our graduate level curriculum reflects the core knowledge for all master’s programs in nursing as defined in The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. These Essentials are core for all master’s programs in nursing and provide the necessary curricular elements and framework, regardless of focus, major, or intended practice setting.
Your master’s program will culminate with two practicum courses in which you will have the opportunity to apply your learnings in real-world settings. You will benefit from the guidance of working clinical staff who serve as preceptors as well as from our expert faculty. Plus, you will be able to complete direct patient care hours in your preferred area of specialty.
As an added benefit, in earning your MSN Nurse Educator degree and gaining the relevant experience, you will be eligible to apply for national certifications including:
- The Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Examination by the National League for Nursing
- The Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator CNEcI Examination by the National League for Nursing
For nurse educators, certification establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice and creates a means for faculty to demonstrate their expertise in this role. It communicates to students, peers, and the academic and health care communities that the highest standards of excellence are being met. By becoming credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), or CNEcl, you serve as a leader and a role model.
In this program, you will:
- Lead others in high quality and safe patient care practices
- Promote a culture of safety, professional accountability, and evidence-based patient care
- Collaborate with teams to improve care outcomes and support policy changes
- Integrate emerging informatics, health care technologies, and related ethical principles in your clinical decision-making processes
- Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing
- Analyze health outcomes from an ecological, global, biological, and socio-cultural perspective
- Integrate clinical prevention and population health concepts in the development of culturally relevant and linguistically appropriate nursing education
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a regionally accredited institution
- Grade point average of 2.75 or higher
- Active, unencumbered RN license in the state you would like to complete practicum hours
- Two professional references
- Career essay
Official transcripts may be mailed or emailed directly from the granting institution(s) to:
Graduate Admissions Office
Worcester State University
486 Chandler Street
Worcester, MA 01602