Nursing Education

Duke ranks number one for best online nursing education program.

The nursing education major and certificate is designed to prepare you for the nurse educator role in academic or staff development settings. It reflects the nurse educator competencies developed by national organizations and is comprehensive in nature. The curriculum integrates core master’s-level concepts, advanced clinical foundations (i.e., assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology) and education-focused courses (principles of teaching, assessment/evaluation, curriculum development, etc.). The nursing education major is delivered through an online asynchronous format that allows you to participate in courses at your own convenience. The major culminates in Nursing 744 (Implementing the Educator Role: Synthesis), an intensive individualized practicum in which you collaborate with a master educator to implement the role.

The advanced clinical-focused courses included in this major provide you with a strong foundation regarding what you will teach, and the education-focused courses provide an exceptional basis regarding how to teach. As a result, graduates of the Nursing Education MSN specialty are well prepared to assume faculty or clinical instructor positions in schools of nursing or staff development positions in health care institutions.

  • Program ranked #1 2022 Best Online Nursing major by U.S. News & World Report

  • Opportunity to work with master teachers at premier schools of nursing or health care institutions throughout the country, including Duke.

  • Nationally-known experts in nursing education teach all specialty courses and serve as role model master teachers.

  • Course development is guided by nurse educator competencies that have been established by national nursing education organizations.

  • Most of the courses are one credit and are offered in concentrated blocks of time, allowing for flexibility and intense focus on particular areas (e.g., educational technology).

  • The strong clinical base is a unique feature.

  • 36 credit hours

Enrollment Options

The Nursing Education program is online.

Learn more about our curriculum.

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