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Online RN to MSN Nurse Educator Program Overview 

Make a difference in the lives of patients and nurses through the art of teaching with Spring Arbor University’s CCNE-Accredited Online RN to MSN Nurse Educator program.  

Spring Arbor University's uniquely designed, online RN to MSN bridge programs are ideal for working nurses interested in advancing their credentials from ADN to MSN, or ASN to MSN. 

As a student in the online RN to MSN Nurse Educator program, you can: 

  • Work full-time while you earn your nurse educator degree through a flexible online nursing education program format, saving time as you earn your BSN, then MSN Ed. 
  • Enjoy a week off in between classes with our 7-1-7 model (7 week courses, 1 week break). 
  • Create effective lesson plans, advance your teaching skills and learn how to oversee clinical practices. 
  • Learn ways to advocate for vulnerable populations by partnering with media.  
  • Be supported by a Student Success Coach during the program.  
  • Graduate ready to take the NLN-certification exam (CNE). 
  • Grow personally, spiritually, and professionally from a faith-based education

As one of the leading Nurse Educator programs, Spring Arbor offers students practical skill-development from a Christian perspective, allowing you to serve and shape the future of healthcare. 

Spring Arbor University's online RN to MSN Nurse Educator program is CCNE-accredited and highly ranked for academic quality. 

If you already have your MSN, we offer a Post-Master’s Certificate-NE that can be completed in 12 to 16 months, depending on completed prerequisites. 

The master's degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. 

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I have or will have at least a bachelor’s degree. 
I have or will have at least a high school diploma or GED.
I have or will have at least an associate degree or diploma in nursing leading to RN licensure.
I have or will have at least a bachelor's degree in nursing leading to RN licensure.
I have or will have at least a master's degree in nursing.
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Upcoming Start Dates

Next application deadline:
July 30, 2024

Next start date:
 September 3, 2024

Online RN to MSN - Nursing Educator: Fast Facts

  • 4-year program 
  • 38 credits total 
  • 570 clinical hours 
  • One 3-day campus residency during the third year 

Designed for Working Nurses 

  • Online, asynchronous coursework 
  • 4 intakes per year 
  • Take one seven-week course at a time and enjoy a week off in between 
  • Flexible login times — complete your assignments on your schedule 

RN to Nursing Education Program Curriculum

For a complete listing of courses, contact us for a program guide.

This course utilizes learning theories to design a teaching/ learning project. Strategic planning steps such as needs assessment, behavioral objectives, instructional design, and delivery for non-traditional learners will be explored.

Students will delve into the selection and application of instructional strategies for traditional and online learning environments. A variety of approaches for learning experiences in higher education, professional/staff development, and community programs for individuals or groups will be used.

Special topics of interest to the nurse-educator will be presented in this course. The topics will vary by semester at the discretion of the nursing department.

This course provides individually supervised field experience in clinical and academic settings that integrate concepts in nursing education with practical teaching situations. Students will also design an evidence-based project based on their practice setting.

Prerequisites: NUR 625 and NUR 635


Frequently Asked Questions

SAU’s RN to MSN-NE online program can be completed in as few as 48 months.

Enjoy a week off in between classes with our 7-1-7 model (7-week courses, 1-week breaks). 

Typically, our nursing classes have 20-25 students. 

To be accepted in SAU’s Online RN-MSN programs, you must meet the following requirements: 

  • Associate degree from an accredited program or diploma in nursing 
  • Official transcripts 
  • A 3.0 GPA calculated from the most recent 60 academic credits 
  • Short personal statement 
  • Current nursing license 
  • Online application 

Nurse Educator Career Outlook

Nurse educators teach the next generation of nurses and are significant in the delivery of patient care. The healthcare field is growing and in need of qualified educators. With an MSN Ed degree, nurse educators can earn as much as $94,720* depending on experience.

Contact us today to discuss Spring Arbor’s online RN Nurse Educator degree.


Grow as a Christ-Centered Nurse 

At Spring Arbor University, it is a privilege to provide a Christ-centered nursing education to our students and to participate in their journey. You will grow spiritually, personally and professionally throughout this program and will gain a better understanding of what it means to live out your faith as a nurse.  

While the Christian faith is the foundation of our program, we welcome all students regardless of personal faith. All students will benefit from introspection and critical thinking as they consider how to meaningfully care for patients of different faith backgrounds. 

Watch this video for more information on our faith-based philosophy. 

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at Spring Arbor University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. (

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