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MSN – Nurse Educator Track


Our online master’s in nursing education program will prepare you to work as a nursing educator in the following positions:


Bachelor and associate degree programs

Health care staff development

Continuing education programs

Community education programs

You will learn how to create curricula and plan, revise, implement, and evaluate programs. Nurse Educators work in academic, hospital, and community-based settings to teach other nurses or to help educate the community on best practices or health concerns.


Students develop an area of clinical specialization as well as competency in curriculum development, teaching-learning strategies, and assessment of student learning. Particular emphasis is placed on tailoring content and practicum experiences to individual needs. Master’s in nursing education students have direct care practicum experiences in both acute care and community settings. The Nurse Educator core courses are offered online. During their practicum courses, students learn strategies for teaching in the classroom, online, simulations, and in the clinical setting. Two  2-3 day, on-campus immersions are required.


Application Deadlines:

Fall 2013 Applications – Due August 1st (Need to start later? Ask your counselor about mid-semester start dates.)

Fall 2013 Classes Start – September 3rd

Spring 2014 Early Action Deadline – Due November 1st ($50 fee waived)

Spring 2014 Applications – Due December 15th

Spring 2014 Classes Start  – March 17th

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Nurse Educator Quick Facts


36 credit program

Spring, fall and summer sessions

8-Week Sessions: Each semester contains two 8-week sessions taken one after another (fall and spring only). You can accelerate your progress through the program by taking more than one class in each eight week session. Taking two classes at a time allows you to complete your degree in as few as 5-6 semesters.

Two on-campus immersions are required (2-3 days each)


$900 per credit hour

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.


Nurse Educator Dates & Deadlines


Fall 2013 Applications – Due August 1st

Fall 2013 Classes Start – September 3rd

Spring 2014 Early Action Deadline – November 1st ($50 fee waived)

Spring 2014 Applications – Due December 15th

Spring 2014 Classes Start – March 17th

Program information is subject to change. Contact an Admission Counselor for further questions.


A nursing professional in this area typically gains employment in one of the following settings:

  • Four-year colleges and universities
  • Junior or community colleges
  • Hospital-based schools of nursing
  • Technical colleges
  • Hospitals
  • Community health agencies
  • Home care agencies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Online using distance learning technology

Nurse Educators in academic settings typically work on a nine-month faculty appointment during the regular academic year. Opportunities to teach during summer months are often available. Salaries vary depending on rank, education, institution type, and region of the country.

Master’s in nursing education students and professionals take advantage of the many benefits of teaching, including autonomy, a flexible schedule, and the intrinsic reward of teaching future nurses.

  • Accreditation: Our Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Additionally, Gonzaga University is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
  • Ranking: Gonzaga University has been ranked one of the top universities in the West for 16 years by US News & World Report. In addition, The Princeton Review and Forbes Magazine have separately ranked us one of the nation’s best universities.
  • Practicing Faculty: Gonzaga nursing faculty walks the talk. All nurse practitioner faculty still actively work in health care and provide students access to current health care policy issues, evolving trends, and real-world challenges facing the industry.
  • Accessible and Flexible: You have complete access to professors as needed through online discussion boards, email, and scheduled phone or Skype appointments. Your coursework can be accessed from anywhere thanks to a convenient online environment. Participate in our open Student Lounge forum, which allows you to communicate with other students around the world about the course, the school, practical advice, or any other topic you care to discuss. This discussion forum is not graded, but is a great networking opportunity.
  • Jesuit: Gonzaga online nursing students experience the subtle, yet intentional infusion of the Jesuit mission of men and women for others. This humanistic approach creates a community that encourages an exchange of knowledge with and among each other—the faculty, the students, and the communities in which they live and work to impact change.

Systems thinking: Graduates with their master’s in nursing education from Gonzaga are prepared to engage in systems thinking to solve complex problems, translate evidence to improve health care practices and population health, lead quality improvement and change initiatives, and demonstrate effective intraprofessional collaboration.