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Leverage your experience in healthcare and passion for teaching to become a nurse educator with the MS in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus.

Overview & Distinctions


Nurse educators work inside and outside of the classroom to train healthcare professionals, build community health education programs, and lead policy initiatives in industry and government agencies. In this program, you'll develop the communication, teaching, and technology skills needed to transform your clinical knowledge into rewarding, educational experiences.

As a graduate of this program, you'll be uniquely qualified to implement education programs in hospitals, educate a new generation of healthcare students in academic settings, or lead the continuing development of a healthcare staff.

Online, On Campus

D'Youville's MS in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus program is designed to accommodate working nurses through program platforms that meet their needs. When you apply, you'll be able to choose either a program that is 90% online or an on-campus format requiring you to visit campus one day per week and complete the rest of your program in a hybrid format.

What You'll Learn

As a student in D’Youville’s Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus MS program, you will:

  • Develop the skills needed to teach students to think critically and communicate accurately while helping them foster a desire for life-long learning.
  • Become an expert in developing educational programs for patients, groups, communities, industries, insurance providers, and government agencies.
  • Learn to better collaborate across healthcare disciplines and to work with information systems to assure your patients and their families have access to information and can understand it.
  • Learn to apply your experiences and impart your healthcare knowledge to professionals working in hospitals, rehab facilities, and long-term care, outpatient, and home care settings.

Why Choose D'Youville?

A Tradition of Educating Nursing Leaders

As the oldest continuously enrolling nursing school in Western New York, D'Youville's Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing has a tradition for student-centered education and with faculty involved in private practice, research, and patient-advocacy the D'Youville nursing faculty is committed to keeping students current, relevant, and prepared for changing career environments. 

An Accredited Nursing School and a Respected Credential

A degree from D'Youville's CCNE-accredited Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing is a sign to employers that you've received instruction under rigorous standards. Graduates of this program will be prepared to take the NLN Nurse Educator Certification Exam to further demonstrate their knowledge and experience to employers.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

The unique clinical focus of the MS in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus program ensures you'll be given the opportunity to explore a healthcare subject through real-world, hands-on learning. You'll identify a subject, create a project, and put your skills to work to the benefit of a community.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate programs at D’Youville, applicants for the master of science degree in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus must present the following:

  1. Completed online graduate application for admission (no application fee).
  2. Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC (ACEN) accredited program at a college or university in the US (or by the CNO in Ontario).
  3. Evidence of capability to succeed in a graduate program based on an overall undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  4. Official transcripts from all college/ universities attended. Non-US students must submit ‘course-by-course’ evaluation (or equivalent) of all college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES) or other approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.
  5. An overall G.P.A. of at least 3.0. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in nursing, earned more than five years ago, with an overall G.P.A. less than 3.0 but more than or equal to 2.7, who have achieved significant professional success as documented on curricula vitae, may submit an application for consideration. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  6. Active unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in New York or in Ontario for Canadian students.
  7. A current CPR certification with a psychomotor component.
  8. One year of practice as a registered nurse is recommended.
  9. Baccalaureate-level health assessment, pathophysiology and pharmacology courses or equivalent.
  10. Two references on clinical performance with one reference from a professional with an advanced degree attesting to the clinical knowledge, skills, leadership and the ability to be a good applicant. Other acceptable references include supervisor, manager or former professor. 
  11. Writing assignment on your philosophy of nursing, 2 pages in length, double space and 12-point font that includes philosophy of nursing focused on past experience, what influencing nursing has had on your career, why you chose to pursue this degree, how you see this degree enhancing your career and how you will utilize this degree to advance patient care and health care outcomes.
  12. A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently or previously enrolled in a graduate nursing program at another college or university must obtain a letter from that School of Nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.

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The 40-credit Master of Science in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to combine their nursing experience with the teaching and leadership skills needed to become successful nurse educators.

Course requirements for the program include: 

Find detailed course information for the Master of Science in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus program, tools to plan your education, and complete academic policies and procedures in the D'Youville academic catalog.

Course Requirements

NUR-600 Theory Development in Nursing Research 3
NUR-601 Research Methods in Nursing 3
NUR-610 Project Seminar Design & Proposal 3
NUR-613 Nursing Leadership and Communication 3
NUR-616 Curriculum Development and Evaluation 3
NUR-617 Teaching Strategies & Instructional Tech 3
NUR-618 Nurse Educator Role Practicum 3
NUR-619 Nurse Educator Capstone 3
NUR-627 Assessment and Evaluation 2
NUR-629 Project Advisement: Implement and Evaluation 1
NUR-631 Advanced Health Assessment 3
NUR-631L Advanced Health Assessment Lab 1
NUR-632 Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR-633 Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3
NUR-706 Co-MGT for Medical Disorders for APN's 1
NUR-714 Clin Practicum in Comm-Based Family Care 2
Total Credits 40



Healthcare professionals are in demand and a new group of experienced and educated professionals is needed to educate and lead. An aging population, an increase in preventive care, and an increasing number of nurse educators reaching retirement age, add to the growing demand for nurse educators.

A Nursing Educator's Role

Nurse educators are leaders in academic, hospital, community, and organizational settings. They provide valuable education to communities and groups from all areas of the healthcare field. The demand for nurse educators provides them the flexibility to work in all parts of the world and in a wide array of healthcare positions.

Nurse educators perform a wide range of roles, including:

  • Work as nursing faculty in higher education.
  • Educate patients in hospitals or other healthcare fields.
  • Develop community health programs for non-profits or industries.
  • Work as a consult with healthcare or pharmaceutical companies.
  • Oversee the staff development of a healthcare team.

Career Outlook

Demand for nurse educators is expected to mirror a strong demand for registered nurses as an aging and active population, a rise in chronic conditions, and a new emphasis on preventive care increases healthcare needs.

The demand for nurse educators is further boosted by a projected increase in post-secondary teaching positions and their flexibility to work across the healthcare career fields.

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