Nurse Educator

Preparing Health Care Providers for the Changing Health Care World

Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing's online nurse educator option specifically prepares nurses to work as educators and faculty for nursing programs. The degree focuses on preparing students with the required competencies to seek eligibility for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam.

There is a significant shortage of nursing faculty across the United States and this program is designed for those nurses called to teach. Students who complete the program will be ready to fill one of the more than 1,000 vacant faculty positions available nationwide.

There are funds available to graduate students pursuing a career in health care education through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). On graduating, up to 85% of the total amount borrowed can be forgiven if you teach four years full time in a school of nursing. Since the program is a federal program, you are not limited to any one state for employment. These funds are available on a first come, first serve basis. Contact the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing for NFLP details, or download the fact sheet.

Why Samford?+

Nurse educator students:

  • Earn an M.S.N. degree online in five semesters (full time)
  • Participate in cutting edge, web-based learning with practicum experiences close to home
  • Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime from any internet-connected electronic device
  • Receive personal attention from caring and supportive Samford faculty and advisors
  • Experience a rich tradition of high academic standards and quality education practice
  • Visit Samford's beautiful campus in Birmingham, Alabama, for three required sessions during the program
  • Gets the opportunity to participate in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program


The nurse educator program prepares you to:

  • Assume the role of the nurse educator in an academic or health care setting
  • Apply teaching and learning theories, current research findings and knowledge of educational trends and professional standards to instructional design
  • Utilize knowledge of continuous quality improvement methodology to evaluate all components of instructional design
  • Provide a learning environment that will assist learners to become active, self-directed, problem solvers with a commitment to lifelong learning

Students who begin the graduate program in August will be on track to complete the nurse educator program in five semesters. Classes are offered online, however, students must attend scheduled on-campus class times approximately 2-3 times during their program of study. Students are required to attend a mandatory three-day on-campus orientation at the beginning of the program.

Admission Requirements & Criteria+

Nurse Educator Admission Deadline

Entry Month: August 
Slate Application Deadline: April 1

Admission Criteria for Nurse Educator

  • Unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse
  • B.S.N. from CCNE, CNEA or ACEN (formerly NLNAC) accredited program
  • Cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in nursing courses
  • A  video submission (a link to this site will be provided after application has been submitted)
  • One undergraduate course in nursing research with a grade of C (2.0) or better
  • One undergraduate health assessment course with a grade of B (3.0) or better
  • International applicants (applicants who are not United States citizens or permanent residents) must contact the director of graduate student services for detailed program requirements
  • American citizens or permanent residents who learned English as a second language must score at least 550 (paper), 213 (computer) or 80 (internet) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
  • If accepted, a non-refundable fee of $750 is required to secure admission into the program. This fee is applied to the first semester's tuition.
  • Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis. 

Application Process+

Nurse Educator Application Process

Applications to the Nurse Educator program are submitted online through Slate. 

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Plan of Study & Clinical Requirements+

Nurse Educator Curriculum

The nurse educator curriculum requires 38 credit hours.

Plan of Study

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