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Nurse Educator Program


The healthcare landscape is constantly changing. With research indicating a clear link between higher levels of nursing education and better patient outcomes, it’s no longer a luxury to expand your knowledge; it’s a necessity.

The Nurse Educator option can provide you with advanced knowledge of evidence-based teaching and learning principles, curriculum development, and evaluative techniques. After successful completion of the program, you will be prepared for educator roles in various academic and healthcare settings. In addition, the curriculum can help to prepare you for national certification as a nurse educator.

Why Penn State Nursing?

Our comprehensive curriculum provides you with an in-depth study of human health and development throughout the lifespan. You will also learn about providing health services in diverse care settings to individuals, families, and communities of varied cultural, ethnic, and racial backgrounds throughout the world.

Delivered online, this program is designed to meet the unique needs of working professionals. The flexibility of studying when and where you want can give you the opportunity to gain new skills and knowledge while maintaining your current responsibilities.

What are my career options with a Penn State MSN?

Job growth for nurse educators is expected to outpace other career areas, which means as a graduate of the program you’d be well-positioned to capitalize on this growth! With many career opportunities in hospitals, outpatient clinics, community care facilities, mental health and substance abuse hospitals, home health agencies, colleges/universities, and even businesses, you’ll be prepared for roles like a nurse educator or a nursing instructor. Further, these roles are critical to the future of the profession, without quality nurse educators we cannot prepare the next generation.


The curriculum is offered in both part-time and full-time academic plans. The part-time schedule consists of two courses per semester in fall and spring, with additional courses offered during the summer semester. With the full-time schedule, you would take three courses per semester in each fall and spring, with additional courses available during the summer semester

Learn more about your course options.

Requirements for enrollment

At minimum applicants must have the following:

  • are a registered nurse with a valid United States RN license
  • have a bachelor’s degree in nursing

More detailed admission requirements are outlined on the Penn State Bulletin website.

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Priority application deadlines – March 1, June 30, October 1
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis, to receive priority status apply by the previously listed deadlines. 

Program details, including information on courses, can be found on the Penn State World Campus website.

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