Program of Study



Program of Study


The Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator prepares nurses to assume any of a number of advanced nursing roles, including academic nurse educator, patient educator, and professional development educators. Learning at St. Kate's will prepare you for a wide spectrum of healthcare and educational settings.

Evidence-based course content focuses on principles of the education process, assessment of learning styles, needs and characteristics of diverse learners and innovative instructional techniques and evaluation strategies. You'll learn to design dynamic learning experiences that are flexible and relevant in a challenging and changing environment. You'll analyze the legal and leadership dimensions of the nurse educator role. You'll be ready for what's next in your role as a nurse educator.

Hands-on learning

Applied practicum experiences are a key feature of this program, beginning in the first semester and culminating in a final capstone course and practicum. The 36 credits of study are divided between 28 classroom credits and 8 practicum credits; A total of 480 practicum hours are required. Practicum experiences are integrated into the courses, and provide opportunities for you to apply course content in a variety of practice settings, including your own work setting when applicable.

Moving into the DNP

Your academic advisors can guide you through a transition from the MSN: Nurse Educator into the post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Several DNP prerequisite courses, marked by an asterisk (*) below, are built into the Nurse Educator curriculum, preparing you to move seamlessly toward completion of your doctorate.

Incorporating advanced practice courses

In addition to a focus on advanced skills and knowledge in teaching and learning, Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator students gain knowledge in core advanced practice areas.  You'll take courses in pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment. You'll also have opportunities to explore coursework in complementary therapies.

Integrating new technologies

At St. Kate's, educational technologies are a key tool for improving problem-solving and critical thinking skills. You'll learn ways to integrate the latest in instructional technologies, and best practices in teaching and learning to make them work for your students and clients. You'll also acquire an understanding of informatics and its critical role in the future of clinical care.

Academic plan

Courses for the Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator are listed below. For full descriptions of these courses, see our online graduate catalog — click on the "MSNU" section of this page.

First Year

Fall Semester

  • Nurse Educator Practice (3 credits)
  • Nurse as Educator (3 credits)
  • Evidence-Based Practice (3 credits)

January Term

  • Topics: Introduction to Epidemiology (1 credit) *
  • Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics (2 credits) *

Spring Semester

  • Instructional Technology (3 credits)
  • Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (2 credits) 
  • Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan  (3 credits)

Second Year

Fall Semester

  • Curriculum Design in the Discipline of Nursing (3 credits)
  • Evaluation and Educational Measurement (3 credits)
  • Advanced Pharmocology Across the Lifespan (3 credits) 

January Term

  • Scholarly Project Part I  (1 credit)
  • Optional course: Complementary Therapies (1 credit)

Spring Semester

  • Leadership in Designing Systems to Support Change in Education (3 credits)
  • Scholarly Project Part II (1 credit)
  • Nurse Educator as Leader (2 credits)

* These courses are prerequisites for St. Catherine University's post-master's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.