Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator


The Nurse Educator specialty prepares nurses for advanced practice as Nurse Educators in selected areas of expertise. Students declare a specialty in the application and develop a portfolio from their graduate work demonstrating their expertise. Graduates of this program are prepared for academic positions teaching nursing at the entry into practice or RN-BSN levels and meet the North Carolina Board of Nursing requirements for Nurse Educators.  Graduates who have two years of full-time teaching experience will be prepared to take the NLN certification exam for Nurse Educators.

The program consists of 39 credit hours and can be completed in 30 months of part-time study. Students generally are admitted for the Summer I term however can enroll during any semester.

Admission Requirements

General requirements for Master's students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the Graduate School, the following are required for admission to the MSN in Systems Population Nursing; Nurse Educator.

    • Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse. Current license in North Carolina or a compact state or the state identified by faculty for clinical practice before enrollment.
    • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited university. A BSN degree from nationally accredited program is preferred. If the baccalaureate is not in nursing, and courses in research, leadership management, aging and health, and community health are lacking, they will be required as part of the program of study.
    • Overall GPA of 3.0 in the last degree earned is preferred.
    • Completion of a statistics course with a grade of C or better.
    • A statement of purpose, describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty. Include a description of a selected area of specialization in nursing practice. It is expected that the student will develop a portfolio demonstrating expertise in a specialization during this program of study.
    • For the three letters of recommendation required by the Graduate School, references should be from professional colleagues.
    • One year of professional nursing practice is recommended.
    • Access to computer within minimum requirements for online courses. Current minimum computer hardware specification are listed by Distance Education.
    • GRE is not required for this application.

    Application Instructions

    Application Deadlines:
    Fall start August 1
    Spring start December 1
    Summer start May 1 
    Applications are reviewed on a year-round basis. 

    Process: All applications are submitted online to the Graduate School.

    Graduate Admissions
    UNC Charlotte
    Cato 210
    9201 University City Blvd.
    Charlotte, NC 28223-0001
    704-687- 5503 (phone)
    704-687-1668 (fax)


    Degree Requirements

    The Nurse Educator program consists of 39 semester hours and is only offered on line on a part-time basis.

    Additional Degree Requirements

      • Nurse Educator courses are only offered online through Distance Education. Core and System Core courses can be taken on campus or online as published in the Schedule of Courses.
      • A total of 180 hours in a clinical specialty and 15 hours of supervised classroom teaching experience, individually arranged, is required to complete the program.
      • It is expected that the student will develop a portfolio demonstrating expertise in a specialization during this program of study.
      • Students must maintain a minimum 3.0 (“B”) GPA in their graduate courses, and may not accumulate more than two “C” grades.
      • Faculty Advising is required.

        * Approved online electives include the following. Other courses may be approved in concert with faculty advisor. NURS 6090 Study Abroad (3)


        Curriculum is only offered at part time.  All courses are offered once a year and should be taken in sequence (example) shown below.

        Year One


        NURS 6101 - Theoretical Basis for Nursing Practice (3hrs)


        NURS 6211 - Health Disparities and Nursing (3hrs)
        NURS 6115 - Health Policy and Planning in the US (3hrs)


        NURS 6212 - Program Improvement and Evaluation (3hrs)
        NURS 6160 - Research in Nursing and Health Professionals (3hrs)

        Year Two


        STAT 6127 - Introduction of Biostatistics (3hrs)


        NURS 6495 - Clinical Nurse Specialist Practicum (3hrs)
        NURS 6601 - Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice I (1hr)


        NURS 6301 - Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing Education (3hrs)
        NURS 6602 - Synthesis in Advanced Nursing Practice II (2hrs)

        Year Three


        NURS 6302 - Trends and Issues in Nursing Education (3hrs)
        NURS 6303 - Instructional Technology in Nursing Education (3hrs)


        NURS 6304 - Teaching Nursing Practicum (3hrs)

        Contact Information

        Systems Population Coordinator
        Meredith L. Troutman-Jordan
        UNC Charlotte School of Nursing
        Charlotte, North Carolina

        Associate Director for Graduate Programs
        David Langford, PhD, RN

        UNC Charlotte Distance Education Office
        Stephannie Miles | Senior Program Manager

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