Nurse Educator Schools in Kentucky
If you’re currently working as a practice nurse in the state of Kentucky, you have probably at some point considered a career change. Maybe now is the ideal time to switch to nursing education. Here is how you go about achieving it.
Nurse educators working in Kentucky are required to have an undergraduate degree (ADN or BSN), and an RN license as with all nurses. But you also need a graduate degree which can be either an MSN in nursing education or an MSN with an education path. You may also practice nursing education with a doctorate.
Online BSN to MSN Nurse Educator Programs
Kentucky has one option for a BSN to MSN Nurse Educator degree through the University of Kentucky. Students study education theory, analysis, and application of teaching techniques, health policy, and both diagnostics and treatment courses. Admission requirements include:
- A relevant accredited nursing bachelor's degree. The minimum entry grade is 3.0 on the 4.0 GPA scale
- Minimum grade C in statistics
- 1,000 hours minimum practice nursing
- Current RN license (unencumbered)
- The application form and fees
- Submit to a criminal background check
Online Doctorate Nurse Educator Programs: DNP, Ph.D., or Ed.D.
The DNP is typically for those who want to become practicing doctors, while the PhD is typically for research. The EdD is for those students who want to go on to teach, but these degrees are less common.
Kentucky has a few options for the respective online versions of these degree programs. Eastern Kentucky University has a great DNP program, and the University of Kentucky has a PhD program worth looking into. Western Kentucky University has an EdD program that is well-known.
The admission requirements for entering a doctorate program in nursing education are similar to the requirements for other nursing education programs. Still, you will be required to hold a higher degree (MSN).
If you want to work as a nurse educator in Kentucky, it's important to follow these mandatory steps. This means a registered nursing license of course, and you'll need to adhere to the minimum number of practice and training hours even if you have no intention of practicing.
Certification is not mandatory but strongly advisable. There are three types that apply to different settings:
- CNE: This is the certificate you need for an academic career
- CNEcl: This is the certificate you need for a professional training career
- CNEn: This is the certificate for novices in either of the other two fields, applicable to those with under three years of experience
The certificate requires applicants to adhere to some minimum requirements for ongoing eligibility. This includes practice hours and commitment to ongoing education.
RN licensing in Kansas costs $125 for the application.A$200 examination fee applies along with a $13.25 fingerprint fee. License by endorsement is $165 plus the fingerprint fee above. CNE costs the same nationwide: $400 for NLN members and $500 for non-members.
Now that we've covered what you need to do to become a nursing educator, what are your career options?
- Academic education: You will work in research and teaching both undergraduates and graduate students in colleges and universities
- Professional training: You will work for medical providers at clinics or hospitals training nurses and other nursing staff for their professional development requirements
- Private training provider: Training not just medical professionals and health frontline workers, you'll work for an independent provider training on a range of issues
- Charity: This could be any of the above, but also lobbying for health causes, public awareness, and international aid, among other options
Ready to find an online or campus-based nurse educator degree program in Kentucky? Explore our listings to find the perfect program that matches your academic goals and career aspirations.
Bowling Green, KY
Highland Heights, KY
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