Graduate College | Henrietta Schmoll School of Health

Nursing: Nurse Educator

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Nurse Educator option from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN combines a commitment to nursing excellence with a passion for innovation and transformational leadership. Our master's in nursing education students build on personal motivations in a rich learning experience that is grounded in St. Catherine's traditions of clinical and educational excellence, leadership, social justice, and community-based learning.

The nursing education master's curriculum reflects the rapidly changing landscapes of healthcare and education. Our graduate program offers opportunities for integrating new technologies and informatics concepts into teaching and learning, which improves problem-solving and critical thinking skills. You’ll also study emerging trends in nursing, healthcare and society.

what can I do with a Nurse Educator degree?

Well-trained nurse educators are in high demand, regionally and nationally. St. Catherine's MSN: Nurse Educator option prepares nurses for a wide spectrum of healthcare and educational settings.

Nurse educators are needed in academic settings to prepare students for careers as registered nurses. A diverse student body and increasing reliance on technology tools require an academic nurse educator who can fluidly respond to these educational trends.

In clinical settings, nurse educators guide the continuous professional development of working nurses and other clinicians in hospitals and clinics, as well as provide education to patients to ensure reduced re-admission rates and complications, and enhance the overall patient experience.

how will I study?

St. Catherine’s 39-credit MSN: Nurse Educator option is completed in a full-time cohort model over two and a half years. This nursing master's program is designed for adult learners, combining the community-building and social aspects of face-to-face learning with the flexibility of online interaction and engagement.

Evidence-based course content focuses on principles of the education process, assessment of learning styles, needs and characteristics of diverse learners and innovative instructional techniques and evaluation strategies. You’ll learn to design dynamic learning experiences that are flexible and relevant in a challenging environment. The unique opportunity to engage in extensive practicum work beginning in your first semester prepares you to be practice-ready immediately after graduation.

why St. Kate’s?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.

The MSN: Nurse Educator option is offered within the Graduate College through the Henrietta Schmoll School of Health.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2017-18 academic year, the tuition rate for the 39-credit MSN: Nurse Educator option is $624 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs include fees for student services and technology, clinical components, books, etc.

Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. In addition, St. Catherine offers Nurse Educator students access to the Nursing Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). If you're an NFLP participant, and if you serve in a college teaching capacity after graduation, you may have most of your loan balance forgiven.

Nurse Educator students employed by one of our corporate partners may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.

Program Outcomes and Accreditation

The MSN program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) and approved by the Minnesota Board of Nursing.

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Nurse Educator Degree Requirements

Nurse Educator Degree Requirements

The MSN: Nurse Educator option includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.

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How to Apply

How to Apply

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Our Nurse Educator faculty are nationally recognized researchers, global leaders and skilled teachers.