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Why choose the MSN Nurse Educator degree?

  • $79,640 median salary* 
  • 19% job growth by 2020**

The nurse educator degree prepares you for a role in academic or staff development settings. Graduates of the Nurse Educator specialty are well prepared to assume faculty or clinical instructor positions in schools of nursing or staff development positions in health care institutions.

*Data provided by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics 2017 report’s median national wage at a college or university.

**Based on the 2019 

Advantages of Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences

A degree from Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences means you get a quality education from a proven leader with over 115 years of nursing education experience. Our program prepares you to create quality curriculums, improve your instructional skills, and receive hands-on training to better prepare you for the classroom 

Students choose Saint Luke’s College for:

  • Financial aid, work-study and scholarships available to those who qualify
  • Access to stellar academic resources and sites
  • Networking opportunities with one of the largest employers in the Kansas City area
  • Nursing faculty with industry, clinical and teaching experience
  • Part-time and full-time options available for working adult learners
  • Courses offered year-round
  • Accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

*The master’s degree program in nursing at Saint Luke’s College Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) or a Master of Science in Nursing Degree from a CHEA recognized institution and nursing program accredited by CCNE or ACEN
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • An active nursing license in the state where they practice
  1. Complete your application and pay $50 application fee via College website
  2. Official transcripts are required from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended
  3. Current resume/CV including detail of responsibilities and specific job experience
  4. Three professional letters of recommendation sent directly to the admissions office:
    Letters need to come from current or previous supervisors, prior nursing faculty, or other individuals who can address the candidate’s clinical knowledge, skill and prospective aptitude for success within a graduate program of study. Letters may not come from direct peers or family members.
  5. Personal statement (400 to 800 words) addressing the following:
    • Discuss why you want to pursue an MSN degree and your specialty of choice
    • Describe how your past and/or ongoing work experience will enhance your experience in this program
    • State your goals/plans upon completion of the degree
  • Submit a new online application by the deadline
  • Submit all items not submitted previously including updated transcripts

A minimum GPA of at least 3.0 is required.

We are affiliated with the largest health care system in Kansas City giving your access to many clinical sites. It’s the responsibility of the student to secure clinical placements and seek approval by the program director. 

MSN students who wish to complete clinical rotations in a state other than Missouri or Kansas must contact the Board of Nursing and/or Board responsible for professional requirements in field requiring licensure in the state where they are completing their clinical rotations to learn and abide by the requirements and obtain special permission. Not all requests can be granted. Additional fees may apply.

A total of 45 credit hours is required to complete the program. The program can be completed at a part-time or full-time pace but continuous enrollment is required and it must be completed within seven calendar years. 

Yes, flexible part-time and full-time options available for working adult learners.

Flexible part-time and full-time options available for working adult learners.

  • We offer financial aid (Department of Education loans, grants, scholarships). Complete your FAFSA application to help determine eligibility for need-based federal financial aid (Saint Luke’s College FAFSA Code: 009782).
  • We offer scholarships
  • We accept third-party scholarships
  • A maximum of 12 credit hours may be transferred into the master’s degree program at Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences
  • Courses must be equivalent to courses in the MSN tracks at Saint Luke’s College
  • Consideration of transfer credit must occur as part of the admissions process and will not be considered after a student has begun the program
  • Transfer credit will be applied to the student’s graduate academic record only after 12 hours are completed at Saint Luke’s College 
  • The student must have an earned a grade in the course of B or higher to be considered for transfer

Below are the minimum laptop computer requirements to work with the courses at the College. Google Chromebooks will not work at the College due to download requirements. Please make sure you have access to reliable, high-speed internet.

Minimum computer specifications:

  • Processor: Intel Core i5 (or higher) or AMD Ryzen 5 (or higher)
  • Operating System: Windows 10 or Mac OSX 10.12
  • RAM: 8 GB (or higher)
  • Hard Drive: 128 GB minimum (or higher) SSD highly recommended
  • Wireless network card 802.11AC 
  • Headset with microphone capability required
  • Web camera required

Software applications required:

  • Microsoft Office 2016 or newer (The College provides you with one free copy of Office 2016 via the OntheHub)
  • Supported internet browser: Google Chrome
  • Adobe Reader

Degree Requirements

Nurse Educator Program (NE) Full-Time Sample Course Sequence

Master of Science in Nursing students must complete the following requirements:

  • Complete the prescribed credit hours for the chosen MSN track
  • Earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Repeat any course in which a grade below a B was earned. Students may repeat a course only one time. Students are allowed to repeat a maximum of two courses.
Required Courses for the MSN - Nurse Educator Degree
Course Number Course Title Credit Hours
Semester I 9 Required
N502 Professional Roles, Quality and Safety for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N505 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing Practice 3
N565 Advanced Pathophysiology and Disease States 3
Semester II 9 Required
N515 Policy, Organization and Leadership 3
N545 Advanced Health Care Research 3
N575 Advanced Pharmacology 3
Semester III 7 Required
N525 Health Promotion, Health Protection, and Disease Prevention 3
N595 Advanced Health Assessment and Physical Diagnosis 3
N596 Advanced Health Assessment and Physical Diagnosis Practicum (100 Practicum Hours) 1
Semester IV 10 Required
N681 Educational Theories & Conceptual Foundations of Nursing Education 3
N685 Instructional Strategies 3
N698 Teaching Practicum and Role Development for the Nurse Educator I 1
N696 Applied Statistics for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Semester V 10 Required
N703 Curriculum Design for Nursing Education 3
N783 Educational Assessment and Evaluation Methods 3
N700 Teaching Practicum and Role Development for the Nurse Educator II 1
N799 Capstone in Nursing Education 1
N704 Clinical Management for Nurse Educators 2
Total Credits 45 Credits

This is a sample plan of study. The courses can vary depending on a student’s transferred credit. Please work with the MSN advisor to complete your plan of study.

Program Mission

Saint Luke’s College of Health Sciences graduate nursing program focuses on discovery, scholarship, leadership and practice that meets societal needs for advanced nursing practice for diverse populations in diverse settings. The graduate nursing program provides a rigorous academic curriculum with rich and varied clinical opportunities. 

Program Goals

  1. To prepare advanced practice nurses as nurse leaders who provide safe, competent care to diverse populations in primary and/or acute care settings 
  2. To prepare nurse educators as nurse leaders who facilitate learning and are competent in teaching, curriculum development, and evaluation 

Student Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the graduate will be able to: 

  1. Incorporate scientific and theoretical concepts from nursing and other relevant disciplines to improve nursing practice in a variety of settings
  2. Exhibit organizational and system leadership skills to promote ethical, safe, and high-quality patient care
  3. Contribute to improvement and safety in health care organizations using validated instruments, methods, and quality improvement measures
  4. Incorporate research to guide clinical decisions, patient education, and professional practice
  5. Use appropriate technology while engaging in care management, collaboration, education, and decision making
  6. Advocate for consumers and interprofessional health team members through policy development and implementation
  7. Collaborate effectively as an interprofessional team member or leader to facilitate care for individuals and populations in a diversity of settings
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