Passionate about quality health care? Are you a registered nurse with a desire to instruct and train other nurses? Advance your health care career and inspire others to exceptional service as a nurse educator.

Appalachian State’s online Master of Science in Nursing degree program supplies the foundational knowledge and credentials needed to work as a nurse educator.

What Does a Career as a Nurse Educator Look Like?

Nurse educators are registered nurses (RNs) who have earned advanced nursing degrees and have the credentials and knowledge required to teach nursing curriculum at colleges, universities, and hospital-based nursing programs. Nurse educators may determine educational curriculum and standards as they work to prepare students to successfully transition out of academia and into clinical settings.

Nurse educators typically:

  • Instruct or teach nursing students in the classroom or clinical setting.
  • Oversee clinicals and practical demonstrations of health care knowledge and techniques to ensure nursing students master skills.
  • Provide instruction, support and critique of nursing skills and protocol.
  • Precept nursing students in clinical settings.

Nurse Educator Career Salary and Forecast

Professionals working in North Carolina as BSNs earn a median salary of $70,705 (as of 2018).

Nurse educator salary

Job opportunities for North Carolina professionals working in this career are growing at a rate of 27% per year. This job growth rate is significantly higher than the national labor market average of 7.97%.

North Carolina is eighth in the nation when it comes to top hiring regions for this career.

Nurse educator job demand

What Education is Required to Work as a Nurse Educator?

The majority of nurse educators (53%) have a master’s degree.

Nurse Educator Job Opportunities

Job titles in this industry vary by employer. Graduates of this degree program find employment working as the following:

  • Nurse Educator
  • Health Educator
  • Clinical Nurse Educator

Nurse educators are in demand. Explore job opportunities here.

Ready to Get Started?

Ready to advance your nursing career? Apply now to get the education required to work as a nurse educator.

Data sourced from Burning Glass Labor Insight and: 2018.