Degree type(s): Master's
Degree field(s): Healthcare; Nursing; Education
Location(s): Online
Program offerings by location and modality are subject to change.

BSN to MSN Online Degree Program: Nurse Educator

Nurses: Take your BSN and leverage it into an MSN, potentially increasing your nursing career opportunities and salary. The University of Mary’s BSN to MSN program for nurse educators is offered online, in an accelerated format.

What is an MSN? Our accredited program prepares nurses for leadership roles in practical and educational settings that emphasize curriculum development, teaching strategies, and learning assessment. Nursing educators with an MSN degree have a variety of career opportunities, not only in higher education but also hospitals, public health agencies, community settings, and more.

The BSN to MSN online program enables you to earn a nurse educator master’s degree with flexibility and convenience from an accredited, private university. The BSN to MSN online program also offers exciting opportunities to gain practical experience within clinical settings.

Students in the online master’s in nursing education MSN program complete a total of 500 hours of practical leadership and educational experiences as part of coursework assignments. The online BSN to MSN program starts three times per year: spring, summer, and fall.


BSN to MSN Online Degree Program Highlights

The University of Mary is an accredited, Christian, Catholic university founded by Benedictine sisters who have a long history of leadership and service in nursing. Like all of Mary’s graduate nursing programs, the online BSN to MSN nurse educator degree program offers a number of distinct advantages:

  1. Demonstrate servant leadership in your nursing career

    Use Benedictine values to build effective learning environments and demonstrate servant leadership in your nursing career and personal life.

  2. Gain unique learning opportunities

    Take advantage of unique learning opportunities in high-quality clinical services, cutting-edge nurse education programs, and leading nursing institutions.

  3. Earn your degree in a flexible format

    Balance work, family, and community obligations while earning your MSN online.

  4. Learn from world-class nursing faculty

    Mary's world-class nursing faculty are scholar practitioners who encourage collaborative learning through discussion and hands-on experiences.

I experienced invaluable personal and professional growth as a graduate student in the Nurse Educator program at the University of Mary. I acquired the knowledge and skills to serve as a leader in the nursing profession and to positively influence my students, patients, and community. The University of Mary’s emphasis on lifelong learning has shaped me into an individual who is striving for excellence in all areas of my life.”

Nicole Hatzenbuhler, RN MSN Nurse Educator 



The University of Mary’s nursing educator program includes courses in pathophysiology and health assessment for nurse educators, decision making and information management, curriculum development in higher education, teaching strategies, and more.

The master’s degree program also includes a seminar in nursing education and a final thesis.

Graduation requirements or transfer course equivalent: Students must complete or transfer in credit for an undergraduate or graduate statistics course.

Required Courses

Capstone Option (choose one)


EBP Project

Application Requirements

  • Completed application
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Current unencumbered RN license
  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions attended
  • Two letters of reference
  • Criminal background check
  • Criminal background check release form
  • Resume
  • Goal statement

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Admission Requirements

Acceptance at the University of Mary does not automatically qualify you to pursue a program in one of the academic programs of study. Application requirements are specific to each major or academic program. 

We recommend consulting your advisor for details. Applications are reviewed by the faculty members of the program. You will be notified that you have been admitted or denied admission to the program.

Dr. Julie Klein

Nurse Educator Program Coordinator 
Professor, Graduate Nursing
Office: Casey 108
Phone: 701-400-1594
Email: [email protected] 

To see the full listing of our faculty please click here.

Can I work while I earn my degree?

Yes, the BSN to MSN Nurse Educator program is flexible and designed for working professional nurses. Classes can be taken on a full-time or part-time schedule to allow you to have a good work-life-school balance. 

Does this program require the GRE or other prerequisites?

The GRE and other prerequisites are not required. However, the program includes graduation requirements or transfer course equivalents. If you need a course, it is integrated as part of your program of study. We also accept transfer credits from accredited colleges and universities, eliminating the need for you to take a class again.

How long does it take to earn an MSN degree?

The average completion time for the BSN to MSN degree is 20 months.

How do I apply?

It’s easy to apply, visit to apply online or email [email protected] with any questions.