Prepare to Educate with a Master’s in Nursing Degree

The online Nurse Educator MSN degree prepares nurses to teach in undergraduate nursing and health professions programs at colleges and universities, healthcare agencies, or in the community.

In addition to core and clinical courses, students must complete an internship in their home community under a nurse educator with a master’s degree and a faculty mentor.

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the optional national exam to become a Certified Nurse Educator®.

UCF’s online MSN provides foundational knowledge for application to doctoral degree programs.

 

No GRE requirement

Deadlines: Apply by April 1 for Fall and by Oct. 1 for Spring
Program Length: Full-time (5 semesters; Fall or Spring start)
Part-time (7 semesters; Fall or Spring start)
Program Type: Online; Clinical hours & internship in home community
Credit Hours: 35
Clinical Hours: 240

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Is this program for me?

To apply to this program, you will need to meet the following:

  • You fulfill the general UCF graduate admissions requirements (see Admissions section of the UCF Graduate Catalog).
  • You are a licensed RN for the state or country in which you practice.
  • You either:
    • have a BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and program accredited by either CCNE or ACEN, OR
    • are a RN with a non-nursing bachelor’s degree.
  • You completed and passed an undergraduate statistics course.

Please note: Online programs do not meet immigration requirements for students holding an F1 or J1 Visa to maintain status. If you have questions, please contact UCF Global at global.ucf.edu or call 407-823-2337.

Do I need to have a BSN to apply?

No, you don’t need a BSN. You can apply to the Nurse Educator graduate program if you are an RN and have a bachelor’s degree in another area of study. However, if you have a non-nursing bachelor’s degree, you must complete three prerequisite courses before enrolling in graduate level courses.

Should I apply to the graduate certificate or MSN Nurse Educator program?

Your career goals should be the deciding factor. If you are currently enrolled in another MSN program (such as the Nurse Leadership & Management or Healthcare Simulation) or have already earned a MSN degree, you may want to apply to the Nurse Educator post-graduate certificate program if you plan on teaching at some point in your career. However, if you want to be a full-time faculty member at a college or university, then you may want to consider the MSN Nurse Educator program.

Can I be a part-time student?

Yes, you can enroll as either as a part-time student (7 semesters) or a full-time student (5 semesters). If you begin as a full-time student but feel that you cannot continue the pace of a full-time program, you may change your plan of study to part-time.

How much does the program cost?

Tuition may vary each academic year and may depend on your residency (in-state or out-of-state). Click here for current information on tuition and costs for UCF Online graduate programs.

Do I have to complete any clinical hours?

Yes, you will complete a total of 240 clinical practice hours and will need to find a clinical preceptor.

How will I gain teaching experience ?

You will enroll in an internship course where you will identify a faculty preceptor for face-to-face teaching experiences as well as clinical and online experiences (total of 180 hours).

Do I need to come to campus for courses?

No, all courses are offered online and in an asynchronous mode (no specific class meeting times). However, there are two courses where you will need a preceptor and face-to-face interaction. These two courses can usually be completed with preceptors in your home community.

Can I pursue this online degree program from outside of Florida?

UCF is an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership in NC-SARA requires the university to disclose information regarding state licensing and certification requirements for the selected program of study when licensing and/or certification are a requirement to practice in the profession after graduation.

While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, this program does not lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria.

You are welcome to contact the College of Nursing’s Assistant Dean of Students with questions in this regard, and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.      

Can I work while I am a student?

Yes, the online format is convenient and allows for flexibility around your work schedule. However, the graduate program is rigorous in nature and will require time and commitment to studies. You will also be expected to complete clinical and teaching internship hours.

Can I take the Certified Nurse Educator exam after completing the program?

Graduates of this program are eligible to take the optional national exam to become a Certified Nurse Educator®. Taking the certification exam is your choice. It is not a program requirement.

While licensure or certification may be available in this field of study, this program does not lead to such licensure or certification upon graduation. The professional preparation you receive in our program may still assist you in such pursuits; however, we are unable to confirm the specific licensure and certification requirements of each state, territory, or foreign entity in which professional credentialing may be possible. If you intend to pursue such credentialing in your state or elsewhere, we advise you to contact the applicable state credentialing authority to familiarize yourself with its specific requirements and determine if our program meets its academic criteria.

UCF is an approved institution of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). Membership in NC-SARA requires the university to disclose information regarding state licensing and certification requirements for the selected program of study when licensing and/or certification are a requirement to practice in the profession after graduation.

You are welcome to contact the College of Nursing’s Assistant Dean of Students with questions in this regard, and we will do our best to assist you in your career planning.      

I’m ready to apply. What are the next steps?

Visit our MSN Admissions page for details on the application process and requirements.

 

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