Nursing Education Program

Why Choose the Nursing Education Program?

Nursing is both an art and a science. So is teaching. Both disciplines require passion and compassion, but also careful research and best practices. In today’s increasingly complex health care environment, there is a growing need for experienced nurses who are trained to teach the next generation of health care professionals in an academic or clinical setting.

The Nursing Education program from the University of Rochester School of Nursing is designed for experienced working nurses who want to transition to a teaching role, either as a nurse educator or in patient safety and education. By earning your master's degree in nursing education, you can change your career path without changing careers, which will broaden your opportunities for advancement and allow for a more regular work schedule.

Learn the proven methods and technologies of effective teaching through a series of hybrid courses (a blend of online and in-person) and then drive those lessons home through real-world interactions and observations. The Nursing Education program follows a cognitive apprenticeship model, in which students learn by observing, practicing, reflecting, and participating within a community of nurse educators.

Program Options

In addition to the traditional master’s program in nursing education, we also offer a:

  • RN to BS to MS program — Designed for associate-prepared registered nurses who want to earn their bachelor’s in nursing and master’s in nursing education. Provides a savings of up to 20 credits of coursework.
  • MS to PhD Dual Degree program — Designed for bachelor’s-prepared nurses who want to earn their master’s in nursing education and PhD in five years of full-time effort.
  • Post-Master's Certificate program — Designed for NP, CNS, or CNL graduates who want an additional concentration in education to function more effectively as a clinical or academic faculty; preceptor; or staff or patient educator. This 15-credit, five course sequence can be completed in four semesters.

Program Requirements and Application Process

Start your online application today. The Nursing Education program is designed for experienced nurses with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The full list of admission requirements includes:

  • a bachelor’s degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • licensure as a professional registered nurse
  • cumulative GPA of 3.0 preferred
  • official transcripts from all schools attended
  • resume/CV
  • CPR certification
  • statistics course with a grade C or above
  • personal statement of your goals related to teaching and learning in an educational or clinical setting
  • writing sample (prior term paper, published article)
  • two references that address teaching potential
  • personal interview(s) with program faculty members
  • one year of clinical experience is preferred
  • for international students, TOEFL with a minimum score of 560 (paper-based), 230 (computer-based) or 88 (iBT)

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis with a formal cohort start date each fall. Program prerequisites and selected program courses may also be taken as a non-matriculated student in spring and summer semesters.
  • Rolling Admissions
  • Application fee is $50.

Program Costs

Tuition for the Nursing Education Program for the 2017-18 academic calendar year is:

Program Duration

Students can take one or two courses per semester.

Students may complete this part-time, 35-credit program in as little as five semesters.

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the median salary for full-time nurse educators in 2015 was:

  • $75,310
    per year at a college or university
  • $85,790
    per year at hospitals

What You Can Do with an MNE

With a Master’s of Nursing Education degree from the UR School of Nursing, you’ll be prepared take on teaching roles in a variety of academic and clinical settings:

Nursing Faculty at a College or University
Hospital/Health System Educator
Staff Development Educator
Patient Education Specialist
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One of my favorite things to do is teach diabetic patients and their parents. The relationships you build through teaching are so rewarding. I started to think more about it, and realized I could see myself teaching, not only on the unit, but in a classroom.
Marissa Kloss, BS, RN, student in the MNE program
Level II nurse within Golisano Children’s Hospital