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Nurse Educator Program

Master of Science

Our nurse educator program is about advancing yesterday's medical practices, responding to today's healthcare environment, and preparing tomorrow's nurses.

Our online M.S. Nurse Educator program is designed for nurses seeking the credentials to teach in pre-licensure and degree-completion nursing programs. Courses will provide the most current information and skills for student and staff education. With the reality of the nursing faculty shortage and the constant changes in healthcare, opportunities for nurse educators are growing, and tomorrow’s nurses will need experienced nurse educators who can prepare them well for nursing roles.

Program Option(s)

Nurse Educator

Completion of the M.S. Nurse Educator program provides immediate eligibility credentialing as a nurse educator with the National League for Nursing following successful completion of their exam. Through integration of hands-on activities, our graduates leave prepared to teach nursing in pre-licensure and degree-completion programs.

You will complete 100% of your coursework online with additional field experiences and an internship within academic and healthcare system settings. You will have face to face opportunities working with experienced faculty for the field experiences and internships. 

Delivery Fully Online
Location Online
Credits 41
Cost per Credit $590
Estimated Total Cost $24,190*

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* These program details and costs are estimated and subject to change. View our program details disclaimer for more information.

Recent Nurse Educator News

Upcoming Nurse Educator Events

MAR 7 2018

Missional Nursing Close to Home

5 p.m. Boardroom

Dinner and network with senior clinical leaders

MAR 22 2018

M.S. in Nurse Educator Online Info Session

Noon CT Online

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Hands-On Learning

Our nurse educator program takes your online learning beyond papers and readings. Integrated throughout the program are also valuable opportunities to gain experience teaching with the assistance of experienced educators. You’ll participate in teaching students how to think critically as they make patient assessments, learn nursing skills, respond to changes in patient conditions, and use our patient simulators to practice acute care, pediatric, and obstetric nursing skills. You’ll have the opportunity to conduct an internship at Bethel or other educational institutions for more in-depth, hands-on learning.

Students practicing nursing

$45.44 - median hourly wage of recent nursing graduates.

$65,000 - Median income range of recent Bethel Graduate School alumni

-2015 Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey

Program Highlights

Immediate credentialing

Completing the M.S. Nurse Educator program means immediate eligibility for credentialing as a nurse educator with the National League for Nursing following successful completion of their exam. This credential will make you stand out among employers.

Designed for working professionals

We built our program for working nurses, so you can earn your degree while continuing to advance in your career. This means you'll receive the personalized attention you need to thrive as both a student and healthcare professional.

Experienced faculty

Our professors are doctorally prepared nurse educators who conduct active research in academic, healthcare, and community settings; write and contribute to nursing textbooks; and teach nursing around the globe. They’ll connect you to the nursing community and help you network with internship and career opportunities in your area.

Teaching from a Christian worldview

We weave Christian faith into all our courses, recognizing the need for professionals to take the time not only to develop on-the-job skills, but also to fulfill a sense of personal call that leads to a lifetime of meaningful work.

Reputable nursing program

Bethel’s Nursing Department is among the best in Minnesota at preparing nurses for caring and knowledgeable service. Our nurse educator program is an integral part of a Christian faith-based nursing program that began in the early 1980s.

Field experiences

Almost every semester, we'll provide you with field experiences that fit your career goals and schedule so you gain practical skills in facilitating learning, evaluating curriculum, and using today's information technologies to teach nursing concepts.

Prepare to Teach

The M.S. Nurse Educator program will prepare you to teach in pre-licensure and degree-completion nursing programs. You’ll also gain the skills to work in staff development or patient education roles.


Learn how to:

  • Function as an effective nurse educator 
  • Design curriculum based on educational trends and professional standards
  • Support the nurse educator role with enhanced direct care knowledge and skills


Our graduates have gone on to teaching, leadership, or staff development roles at places like:

  • Bethel University
  • University of Northwestern-St. Paul
  • Century College
  • Hennepin Technical College
  • St. Paul College
  • Pine Technical College
  • Other pre-licensure practical nursing and 2- and 4-year nursing programs
  • Healtheast
  • Allina
  • Health Partners

Graduate Schools

Our graduates have gone to doctoral programs at:

  • St. Catherine University
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Phoenix
  • Walden University
  • Capella University
  • Winona State University

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