MSN: Nursing Education (Online)

  • MSN
  • Graduate
  • Online
  • Nursing & Health Professions

Make a difference in the next generation of nurses with an online MSN: Nursing Education degree. As an experienced clinician and instructor, you can play a role in ensuring the quality of nursing education and future patient care.

Program Details

  • Next Start Date:  September 3, 2024
  • Est. Program Length:  2 years
  • Credit Hours:  36
  • Course Length:  14 weeks
  • Cost Per Credit:  Nursing Courses $697/Clinical Courses $1,088

Rankings and Accolades

Rivier Ranked Top Nursing School in New Hampshire

Nursing Schools Almanac 2024 has recognized Rivier’s exceptional nursing education, ranking the University as the #1 nursing school in NH!

Rivier ranked #1 Online College in New Hampshire

Rivier University has been named the #1 online college in New Hampshire by, a trusted resource for higher education programs. 

MSN: Nursing Education Overview

There is a critical need for nurse educators in the United States. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), U.S. nursing schools turned away 80,407 qualified applications from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2019, with faculty shortages cited as a major reason. In the same year, an AACN survey reported 1,637 faculty vacancies among 892 U.S. nursing schools.

Rivier’s online master’s degree in nursing education prepares you to meet growing industry demand and positively impact the future of nursing. Offered online and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), this program provides quality education in a flexible, convenient format designed for working nurses like you.


Rivier University is unable to accept students from some states due to the post-secondary higher-education requirements. There are also some restrictions for programs that lead to professional licensure due to the various requirements of individual state boards of nursing. See state guide.

For further information on Professional Nursing Licensure at the state level, please use the following contact list (also available on the NC-SARA website).

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A Commitment to Quality

Rivier’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates, and DNP programs located in Nashua, NH are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). 3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30326, (404) 975-5000.

The most recent accreditation decision made by the ACEN Board of Commissioners for the master’s nursing program is Continuing Accreditation. View the public information disclosed by the ACEN regarding this program.

MSN: Nursing Education Learning Outcomes

When you finish your master’s degree in nursing education, you will be able to:

  • Advance your career as a qualified nurse educator
  • Teach in all areas of health care delivery
  • Sit for national nurse educator certification through the National League for Nursing (once you have met prerequisite work experience requirements)

MSN: Nursing Education Degree Curriculum

Rivier’s online, ACEN-accredited MSN: Nursing Education program includes 36 credits and 12 total courses. The flexible, convenient format will allow you to complete your classes while working full time and maintaining personal commitments. We accept up to nine transfer credits, so you can accelerate your studies and earn your degree at a lower cost.

Explore Other MSN Tracks

Four other tracks are available through Rivier’s master’s in nursing education program. You can learn more about each option below.

View Degree Requirements

Graduates of the MSN in Nursing Education degree program are well-positioned for a rewarding career as nursing educators in academic and clinical practice settings. Explore degree requirements below.

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Where Will Your MSN in Nursing Education Degree Take You?

Graduates of Rivier’s MSN: Nursing Education program are prepared to assume roles as nursing educators in a variety of contexts, including colleges and universities, hospitals, community health agencies, and other practice settings.

Careers for MSN in Nursing Education Degree Holders

  • College professors: $69,797 per year
  • Clinical nursing instructors: $75,470 per year
  • Nursing program directors: $87,429 per year
  • Medical-surgical instructors: $61,792 per year

Dr. Tracy Hardy, DNP, APRN-BC, was honored with the 2016 Presidents' Good Steward Award by Campus Compact for NH in recognition of her service contributions to state communities and her efforts to advance public service on the Rivier campus. Dr. Hardy, Assistant Professor of Nursing, serves as the community health screenings coordinator for Rivier’s graduate nursing programs. She leads health screenings at local schools and non-profit organizations and coordinates Rivier faculty and students to staff grant-funded clinics at St. Joseph Hospital.

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Degree Requirements

Graduates of this MSN in Nursing Education program are well-positioned for a rewarding career as nursing educators in academic and clinical practice settings.

How to Apply

Learn about online graduate nursing program criteria, how the admissions process works, and what you will need to apply.


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Completing Rivier’s online MSN Nursing Education program can help you realize personal and professional goals. Ready to take the next step? Prepare to advance your career with an MSN: Nursing Education degree from Rivier.