Nurse Educator Schools in Illinois
Nurses currently working in practice in Illinois have many career options if they’re considering a change. One such career path is nursing education. However, to get there you will need to follow a specific series of educational and administrative steps. Most importantly, you’ll need to be accepted into a program that will help you advance in your career such as the RN to BSN to MSN program at Chamberlain University.
Much like working as a practice nurse, you will need a nursing undergraduate degree (such as an ADN or BSN), and a registered nursing license. You will need a relevant graduate program – either a master's (MSN in nursing with an education focus or a dedicated nursing education program) or a doctorate (PhD, DNP, or EdD).
Online BSN to MSN Nurse Educator Programs
Illinois currently offers several choices of BSN to MSN programs, one of which is a hybrid requiring in-person visits to the campus. Students study a wide range of courses covering education of patient care, leadership, and curriculum. Entry requirements include:
- A minimum GPA of 3.0 on the 4.0 scale
- Send transcripts
- Schools may require grades from specific subjects
- You must have already completed an accredited BSN
- Send the application form and fees
- Unencumbered RN license
- English proficiency may be required for applicants from non-native English speakers
Online Doctorate Nurse Educator Programs: DNP, Ph.D., or Ed.D.
There are three doctorate programs for nursing education to choose from. A Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP) for practicing doctors, a Doctorate of Nursing Philosophy (PhD) for doctors of research, and a Doctorate of Education (EdD) for those who wish to teach in the nursing field.
The admission requirements for applying to a doctorate program in nursing education are similar to the requirements for other nursing education programs, except that you will need to possess a master's degree before you begin.
RN licensing is mandatory in Illinois to both study and practice as a nursing educator. This applies even if you no longer wish to work as a practice nurse beyond what is stipulated in the requirements of maintaining eligibility. A graduate degree is also mandatory.
Certification for nursing educators is available under three types. Not mandatory, but advisable. They are:
- CNE is the first type. It is for academics
- CNEcl is the second type. It is for educators of professionals
- CNEn is the third type. It is for novices without the required minimum number of years of experience required for the other two
An in-date and unencumbered RN license is mandatory for CNE certification. Other stipulations apply, including a minimum number of hours of ongoing education.
RN licensing in Idaho costs$98 for the application and $200 for the exam. License by endorsement is $50. CNE cost is $400 for NLN members and $500 for non-members. This is the same nationwide.
What are your career options once you've graduated and gained both license and certification?
- Formal academia: You will teach undergraduate and graduate nursing students. You may also engage in research or other academic responsibilities
- Professional educator: You will work for health providers, in hospitals and clinics, training working professionals
- Private training: This is similar to professional skills education, but you'll work for private providers educating both medical professionals and support staff in technology and procedure too
- Charities: You could work in public health awareness and education, health advocacy and lobbying, or educating charity and disaster relief workers
Ready to find an online or campus-based nurse educator degree program in Illinois? Explore our listings to find the perfect program that matches your academic goals and career aspirations.
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