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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.

Clinical Specialty Options 

Nursing education students may pursue the following areas of clinical interest:

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Emergency Nursing
  • OR/Perioperative Services
  • Pediatrics
  • Women's Health
  • Ambulatory Nursing
  • Oncology
  • Family Practice/Family Medicine
  • Community Health
  • Home Health Care

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. 
  • MS to PhD Combined Accelerated 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.



Applying to the Nursing Education Program

The UR School of Nursing uses a comprehensive, holistic review process during which each application receives individual consideration. We seek applicants whose goals include a nursing education role, who are motivated and prepared to pursue this program of study, demonstrate strong communication skills, and who are committed to upholding the values of the school.   

To complete your application, you will need to create an account and complete all sections of the application. After you complete your application you may be invited to interview with members of our Admissions Review Committee. We look forward to reviewing your application.

  • Official transcripts from all schools attended
  • Two letters of recommendation from academic or professional references
  • Current resume or CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores: if English is not your first language

For details on how to submit these materials, reference How to Complete an Application and the directions in the online application system.

Start your application

Application Deadlines

Program prerequisites and selected program courses may also be taken as a non-matriculated student in spring and summer semesters.
    • For a September start date
      The application deadline is the prior April 15.
    • For a January start date
      The application deadline is the prior Sept. 15.
    • For a May start date
      The application deadline is the prior Jan. 15.

Program Duration

Students can take one or two courses per semester.

Students may complete this part-time, 36-credit program in as little as five semesters.

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the mean wage for nurse educators in 2020 was:


  • $84,320
    per year at a college or university
  • $119,050
    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