Program Highlights

The Nurse Educator track is designed for nurses who seek opportunities teaching in a school of nursing, a continuing education program, or a staff development role. A strong emphasis is placed on experiential learning opportunities focusing on teaching pedagogy and assessment of learning.

Students receive a strong foundation in curriculum development, methods of inquiry, nursing theory, the role of education in health care, and evidence-based practice to enhance clinical outcomes. The nurse educator track incorporates a collaborative teaching residency with a skilled educator mentor.

Graduates will be eligible to take the Certified Nurse Educator examination from the National League for Nursing.

Plan of Study

Nurse Educator Plan of Study

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

Download the Nurse Educator Plan of Study

Application of Theory to Practice


Builds on students’ knowledge of nursing theory and focuses on the application of nursing as well as interdisciplinary theories will provide the student with knowledge to research, and education. A comparative analysis of theories will provide the student with knowledge to apply a variety of theoretical approaches in complex health care systems. Students will focus on improved patient care by examining the relationships among theory, research, and practice. The course will emphasize the application of nursing and interdisciplinary theories to address a complex nursing practice issue and demonstrate leadership in applying appropriate theoretical concepts to facilitate safe, quality care and improve patient outcomes.  

Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan


Enhance the student’s ability to perform comprehensive health assessments with diverse patient populations.  This advanced health assessment course builds upon the student’s current understanding of health assessment utilizing a clinical reasoning strategy to guide nursing process.  Nursing responsibilities including history taking, targeted assessment physical examination techniques and documentation will be addressed.    

Advanced Pharmacology  Across the Lifespan


Provides necessary knowledge to develop a greater understanding of pharmacology across the lifespan. It is designed to reinforce pharmacology concepts, including pharmacokinetics pharmacodynamics and pharmacotherapeutics, and to enhance evidence-based treatment. Students will explore the principles of pharmacology as they apply to various disease processes with consideration of medication selection factors, client adherence, and ethical implications. Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor.    

Evaluating Clinical Education & Patient Care Outcomes


Explore the links between clinical outcomes and health care improvement with an emphasis on learning and change that enhances clinical outcomes and the care management environment. Evaluation will be utilized to connect clinical outcomes with health care improvement. Prerequisites: Enrollment in Nurse Educator (NE) or Master’s Entry into Nursing Practice (MENP) tracks or consent of instructor. 

Professional Nurse Residency


Culminating application of the role of the graduate-prepared generalist.
Under faculty supervision, students will design a collaborative residency with clinical preceptors focusing on refinement of nursing leadership skills and management of clinical and educational outcomes in the clinical environment. While the residency will have components of clinical practice and the role of the nurse as educator, the student will identify the main area of focus (clinical practice/nurse educator) for the residency. Students will apply evidence-based practice for promotion of patient and educational outcomes and integration of informatics to advance decision-making. Completion of or co-enrollment in NU 535 Theories/Principles of Teaching and Learning. The graduate nursing residency will require a minimum of 200 hours. 

Advanced Nursing Project I


The project will be synthesis of master’s learning experiences directed at the integration of concepts to advance nursing. Students will implement the approved advanced nursing project involving a validated problem within a complex system in collaboration with faculty, educators, and clinical leaders. An extensive review of the literature that guides and clarifies multiple approaches to problem resolution will be used to support project design, analysis, implementation, and evaluation of outcomes. The final project will enable the student to act as a change agent and result in a final paper or business plan that is peer-reviewed, of sufficient rigor to be replicated, and/or published in the professional literature. The project will be submitted to the project chair and committee to meet the course and graduation requirements. Prerequisite: consent of faculty. 

Getting Into the Program

Qualified candidates for the MSN degree for Nurse Educator are highly motivated individuals who hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing from an accredited program and who seek leadership roles in clinical practice or educational settings. 

Graduate applicants should:

  • Complete the MSN Application. Click here to start your application.
  • Send official transcripts from all graduate and undergraduate institutions attended
  • Demonstrate a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Provide evidence of successful completion (grade of C or better) of courses in undergraduate nursing research, health assessment, and statistics.
  • Possess an unencumbered license as an RN in Illinois or be eligible to obtaion one upon admission.
  • Provide scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) if undergraduate cumulative GPA is below 3.0.
  • Provide three (3) written recommendations (form).
  • Submit a written statement.
  • Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.

International Students

International students must submit official transcripts (in English) with an official evaluation of those transcripts by a foreign credentials evaluation agency and proof of English proficiency as evidenced by a minimum score of 550 on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). International students must also possess an unencumbered license as an R.N. in Illinois or be eligible to obtain one prior to admission.