MS Nursing: Clinical Nurse Educator

The Master of Science in Nursing with specialization in Clinical Nurse Educator prepares students to teach college-level students or seasoned nursing professionals. This program is designed for BSN trained registered nurses who want to combine clinical expertise and a passion for teaching into a rich and rewarding career.

The Clinical Nurse Educator concentration provides theory and practice, which builds upon the knowledge and experiences students bring to the curriculum and facilitates further development of skills in the art of teaching nursing. The teaching role option offers the choice of focusing on adult education (staff development and/or continuing education in a health care agency) or higher education (teaching nursing students in a degree-granting institution).

The MSN Clinical Nurse Educator will be prepared to provide highly qualified direct patient services and discipline-specific educational concepts to nursing practice. This program is geared towards students pursuing a Nurse Educator position or higher. The Clinical Nurse Educator cognate requires a total of 15 credit hours. Those who participate will experience a focused curriculum that is aligned with the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Nurse Educator Certification Program. Students will be poised academically to pursue a certification and professional employment options in nursing education. The education concentration prepares the student to continue graduate study at the Doctoral level.

Benefits of an MSN in Clinical Nurse Educator degree:

  • Broaden career options to include either academia or healthcare organizations
  • Become eligible to be board certified in Nursing Professional Development
  • Garner skills to use right away
  • Prepare for doctoral-level studies

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About the Cohort Program

The Jacksonville University, Brooks Rehabilitation College of Healthcare Sciences, Keigwin School of Nursing has a long standing tradition of teaching RN-BSN and Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) courses off-campus on a rotating basis at hospitals around the city.

The Cohort program is designed to afford busy working registered nurses the ability to obtain their graduate degree at a reduced tuition rate, in a setting that is familiar and convenient. Located at a satellite institution, classes are held in the evenings one night a week. Students take one course every 8-weeks, which offers the opportunity to complete a Master's degree in roughly 22 months.

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Post Master's Certificate

In addition to the MSN cognate, we offer a Post-Masters certificate in Clinical Nurse Educator. Students who possess an MSN degree are eligible to enroll in the Post-Masters certificate program. Participants of the Clinical Nurse Educator certificate program will be complete five educator specialization concentrated course plus the MSN capstone course, if they have not already previously completed the course.

Upcoming Cohort

  • Beginning: January 6, 2021
  • Location: TBD
  • Classes will be held every Thursday night from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Application Deadline: December 4, 2020

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Download a printable MSN Clinical Nurse Educator Specialization cohort flyer.

Admission into the Cohort program is conducted on a rolling basis. Applicants must submit the following documents to be considered for admission;

  • Completed Application
    • MSN Cohort or Post-Master Certificate
  • Official Transcripts from all colleges and universities attended 
    • A minimum 3.0 undergraduate nursing GPA on a 4.0 scale is required
    • Graduation from a CCNE, NLN or ACEN accredited BSN program
  • Official GRE scores of 290 or higher
    • The requirement of official GRE scores will be waived for all applicants who have a 3.0 or higher undergraduate nursing GPA
  • Evidence of completion of undergraduate courses in statistics and physical assessment
  • Resume/CV
  • Statement of Intent
    • A personal statement describing your reasons for pursuing an advanced degree and detailing your professional goals. Should not exceed 2 pages.
  • Copy of active Florida license to practice as a Registered Nurse
    • Out of state applicants must have valid RN license from a US state and be eligible for license endorsement in the state of Florida.
  • Students whose first language is not English, must also take the TOEFL Examination and score either 540 on the paper-based exam, or 76 on internet-based exam

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If you decide to apply, please have official transcripts sent to the Office of Admissions at Jacksonville University. JU requires applicants to send all transcripts even if the course resulted in a drop, withdrawal, failure, or if the course was transferred to another school – we will still need the original transcript to be sent to us. Without each and every transcript, a delay in the admissions process may occur. For information on how to send JU your transcripts, please visit the Registrar's transcript instructions site. Please order transcripts as soon as possible as it may take a while for it to be mailed and delivered to our Admission's Office.


Master of Science Program

To obtain a Master of Science in Nursing - Clinical Nurse Educator (MSN), each student must complete 33 credit hours of graduate level coursework. The credits include MSN core courses and the specialization courses. Students matriculate a total of 10 MSN level nursing courses throughout the duration of the program. 

MSN Core Courses (18 credits)

  • NUR 510: Nursing Theory & Research I (3)
  • NUR 512: Organization, Delivery, and Policy in Healthcare (3)
  • NUR 514: Nursing Leadership and Advanced Roles (3)
  • NUR 516: Information Systems & Technology for Improved Healthcare (3)
  • NUR 520: Nursing Research & Theory II (3)
  • NUR 551: Advanced Role Practicum (3)

Specialization Courses in Clinical Nurse Educator (15 credits)

  • NUR 508 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • NUR 521 Pharmacology & Physical Assessment for the Clinical Nurse Educator (3)
  • NUR 522 Academic Nurse Education (3)
  • NUR 523 Clinical Nurse Education (3)

Total Credits for an MSN in Clinical Nurse Educator: 30 credit hours

Post-Master's Certificate Program

Students who are enrolled in the Post Masters certificate program, will take the following four clinical nurse educator concentrated courses plus the MSN capstone course (Iif they have not previously completed the course)

Certificate in Clinical Nurse Educator (18 credits)

  • NUR 508 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • NUR 521 Pharmacology & Physical Assessment for the Clinical Nurse Educator (3)
  • NUR 522 Academic Nurse Education (3)
  • NUR 523 Clinical Nurse Education (3)
  • NUR 551 Advanced Role Practicum (3)  


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Angelica Novo, M.Ed.

Cohort Coordinator 

For information about our MSN online program, please visit the MSN Online Program website

Master of Science in Nursing

Keigwin School of Nursing

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