Expand your knowledge of how to construct and evaluate education programs for nurses—and apply what you learn immediately at your workplace—with our online MSN with a specialization in Nursing Education.
Nurse educators play a pivotal role in strengthening the nursing workforce. They serve as role models and provide the leadership needed to implement evidence-based practice. Influence the future of healthcare as a nurse mentor with the MSN-Nursing Education specialization.
More than 98% of employers of Walden MSN graduates responding to our survey say they would hire another Walden MSN graduate.2
Choose from two MSN-Nursing Education learning formats.
If you prefer an instructor-led approach and learning on a predetermined schedule, the course-based format may be a good option for you.
If you prefer a flexible learning experience with no set weekly deadlines, allowing you to make progress at your pace, on your schedule, the competency-based format may be for you, available only in the BSN-MSN track.
“I am an RN with a BSN.” Choose this track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.
“I am an RN without a BSN.” Choose this track if you are an RN entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.
“I am an RN who wants an accelerated BSN-MSN path.” Choose this option in the RN-BSN program, which allows you to take MSN courses as an undergraduate. These credits will be applied toward to your Walden MSN program once you complete your BSN.
Upon completing this specialization, you will be prepared to:
Nurse educators work in academic settings, hospitals, community health organizations, healthcare organizations, consulting firms, or corporations.
According to PayScale, the average annual salary for a nurse educator is $74,642.3
If you have the right experience and training, Walden’s MSN program with a specialization in Nursing Education can help position you for roles such as:
Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.
Optional Certification for Nurse Educators is offered through the American League of Nursing (NLN).
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CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program
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CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program*
Healthcare continues to change in both incremental and significant ways and nurse executives are needed to help shape the future in innovative and effective ways.
With Walden's Nurse Executive specialization, you can gain the essential skills that will make you an effective leader in decision-making, planning, finance, and human resources.Learn More
This dual-specialization program will enhance your marketability as an advanced-practice nurse. You will expand your skills and qualifications beyond primary care into emergency and urgent-care settings.Learn More
Choose Walden's Nursing Education specialization and learn the skills needed to assure quality educational experiences that prepare nurses for a diverse ever-changing healthcare environment.
Coursework is designed to prepare you to address current healthcare problems in a clinical setting as well as participate in teaching projects in the classroom and patient and staff development settings. Stay on the leading edge of clinical practice and combine your clinical expertise and a passion for teaching into a rich and rewarding career.Learn More
Choose Walden’s Nursing Informatics specialization and learn the skills needed to enhance patient care through the use of information technology.
Our curriculum addresses how technology systems and workflows can improve and expedite the communication process and the handling of patient data. In this specialization, you will learn about information systems, database concepts, project management, the protection of information, and knowledge management in a healthcare setting.Learn More
Choose either the Adult-Gerontology or Family Nurse Practitioner specialization and gain the advanced practice clinical skills and knowledge to help advance your career as a provider in the delivery of healthcare.
Students explore strategies for improving health outcomes through effective collaboration and communication. Coursework is rooted in evidence-based practice so that you can gain knowledge in providing comprehensive and cost-effective care.Learn More
Choose this specialization if you want to focus on primary care of adolescents (those age 13 and older) through older adults.
Gain the skills that will allow you to conduct initial assessments and deliver diagnoses as well as develop treatment and care plans. Prepare yourself to work in a variety of settings from doctor offices, internal medicine, family practice, health departments, free clinics, community clinics, nursing homes, rehab centers, assisted living centers, and more.Learn More
This specialization focuses on the advanced care of acutely or chronically ill adolescents (those age 13 and older) through older adults.
In addition to learning how to conduct initial assessments, make diagnoses, and develop treatment and care plans, you will participate in clinical research. Apply your skills as a practitioner in the emergency room and in surgical and medical intensive care units and explore procedures such as transplants, cardiovascular surgery, and neurosurgery.Learn More
If you aspire to improve community health and address disparities in access to health care, collaborate with key stakeholders, and positively impact the public health field, our MSN Public Health Nursing specialization can help you build the skills and knowledge to achieve your goals.
For nursing professionals interested in preparing for Advanced Public Health Nursing (APHN-BC) certification, an online MSN degree from Walden can help you meet the graduate degree requirements for eligibility.Learn More
Discover special training to assess, diagnose, provide therapy, and prescribe medications for patients with psychiatric disorders and substance abuse issues.
With this specialization, you can prepare to treat patients across the life span in a variety of settings, from psychiatric hospitals to mental health clinics to schools.Learn More
I have the unconditional support of family and friends, some of whom applied to Walden after hearing about my experience.
Walden University has taught me to act on my passions and address societal challenges using research and investigation. Transforming society is my goal and the goal of a Walden scholar.
I find that when I educate, whether in a formal or informal environment, I learn from my students as much as they learn from me.
1Source: National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) IPEDS database. Retrieved July 2017, using CIP code 51.3801 (Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse). Includes 2016 preliminary data.
2Source: www.WaldenU.edu/survey_methodology; % calculated on total number of respondents to our 2015 survey.
3Source: PayScale, Average Nurse Educator Salary. National salary estimates may not reflect local and/or short-term economic or job conditions, do not guarantee actual salaries (or salary growth), and are subject to change.
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing (BSN), master’s degree program in nursing (MSN), and Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Walden University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).
Officially recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education as a national accreditation agency, the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing.
Note on Certification: Walden’s MSN program is designed to provide the academic degree required to apply for national certifications. Because no graduate program can guarantee that graduates will achieve national certification, we encourage students to consult the appropriate credentialing center for the specific requirements. It is an individual’s responsibility to understand, evaluate, and comply with all requirements relating to national certification as requirements vary widely. Walden makes no representations or guarantee that completion of Walden coursework or programs will permit an individual to obtain national certification. For more information about certification programs, students should contact the American Nurses Credentialing Center at www.nursingworld.org/ancc, or other certification websites.
Note on Competency-Based MSN Specializations
Walden University is currently unable to accept applications for the competency-based MSN specializations in Nurse Executive, Nursing Education, and Nursing Informatics from residents of the following states: Alabama, Alaska, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Washington, and Wyoming.
Walden University’s competency-based options are priced as an all-you-can learn model, where students subscribe to three-month learning periods instead of paying for courses or credit hours. Walden offers monthly starts, the first Monday of every month, for the competency-based option. If you start the MSN nursing informatics competency-based before April 7, 2020, please note that not all of the curriculum may be available when you start your program, and the earliest you can complete the program is April 7, 2020.