How to become a clinical instructor of nursing

As more students pursue nursing degrees to meet America’s nursing shortage, nursing schools are seeking qualified instructors to teach them. If you have a passion for training and teaching others to responsibly deliver patient care, the opportunity to become a clinical instructor is wide open.


Clinical instructors hold positions at schools and in research to help prepare the next generation of nurses to deliver quality care.

Clinical instructors in nursing typically perform the following:

  • Develop instructional materials and guide classrooms
  • Evaluate and grade student work in the classroom, laboratory and clinic
  • Plan, evaluate and help determine curricula, instructional methods and policies
  • Create and deliver lectures to students on health care topics

Average salaries

Clinical instructors with a MSN/Ed earn, on average, $78,242, with projected job growth in the field at 22% through 2022 — much faster than the average for all occupations.

Work environment

Clinical instructors can work in an academic or staff-development setting.  Colleges, universities, general and surgical hospitals, technical and trade schools, and business schools are all common work environments.

College degree

Registered nurses can enhance their education with an RN-MSN/Ed degree. Nurses with a BSN can go on to earn their Master of Arts in Nursing/Ed degree. Both can be completed online at Spring Arbor University. Learn more now.