University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

College of Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Educator Specialization


1 University Boulevard

San Marcos, CA 92069

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Nursing Nurse Educator Specialization

Format: Online

Program Description:

Nurse educators teach student nurses, practicing nurses and other health care providers, and clients. This teaching may occur in either academic or practice settings.  Their duties often include curriculum development, instructional design, teaching, and evaluation of learning.  Students who successfully complete this track may be eligible for certification as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) by the National League for Nursing (NLN) or Nursing Professional Development (RN-BC) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Today’s rapidly evolving health care industry provides nursing professionals, who have the right education and expertise, with advanced career opportunities and expanded employment options. Enroll at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences (USAHS) to take the next steps in your education and advance your nursing career.

The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences offers innovative, career-focused clinical and practice-based health science programs online and in the classroom. The University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) is a fully online program, giving students the choice of three nurse specializations, that offers optional campus-based experiences and provides students access to nursing faculty members who are nurse leaders in practice and education. The program gives students 24/7 access to online courses and learning resources – providing the flexibility to fit the busy schedule working nurses must manage. 


Students can complete the MSN program entirely online, giving you the flexibility to study at times that fit your busy schedule.  As a USAHS student, you’ll also have the option of participating in compressed on-campus courses and related extracurricular activities, such as journal clubs, discussion groups, and guest lectures.  In most circumstances, you’ll enjoy the convenience of completing your practicum requirements in your home community, working with your faculty mentor and preceptor.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences offers three convenient start dates throughout the year (Fall/January, Spring/May, Fall/August), so you can get started sooner and at a time that's most convenient for you.

Program Overview

  • The 36-credit program can be completed in two (2) years attending part-time. Students take 19 credits of core didactic courses, 12 credit hours of specialized didactic courses, and 5 credit hours (225 clock hours) of practice in the selected specialty.
  • Take the program fully online or as a blended program that incorporates online and on-campus coursework with extracurricular experiences such as journal clubs, discussion groups, and guest speakers.
  • Collaborate in an interprofessional learning environment with students from other health professions.
  • Complete practicum hours in your own community by working with a faculty mentor and preceptor.
  • Learn from faculty who are leaders in their fields, many of whom are currently practicing, presenting original research at major conferences, and publishing books or articles in respected journals.
  • Benefit from the knowledge and experience of your peers - nurses from across the country participating together in our online classroom.
  • The University offers three (3) different nurse specializations within the MSN curriculum.


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