What Are the Online Nursing Education Prerequisites in Massachusetts?

To work in a nursing education career in Massachusetts, you need a nursing undergraduate degree to start. This is an ADN or BSN in nursing, followed by a registered nursing license. That allows you to work as a practice nurse, but to teach you need a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) dedicated to education, one offering an education pathway. Many nursing educators also pursue doctorates (DNPs, PhDs, and EdDs where available).

Online BSN to MSN Nurse Educator Programs

Massachusetts has two online BSN to MSN Nurse Educator programs, one of them being the University of Massachusetts. Students will have choices of courses in a range of subjects from statistics, teaching, learning techniques, and evaluation and assessment.

  • A regionally accredited bachelor's degree in nursing
  • A GPA of 3.0; include transcripts
  • Some courses may have specific requests for grades
  • A current, unencumbered RN license
  • Application form and fee; a resume may be requested
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A statement of purpose

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) is 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.

The University of Massachusetts has a well-known PhD program in nursing worth looking into, as well as a DNP program.

Nurse Educator Licensing and Certification in Massachusetts

Nurse educators in Massachusetts must have an RN license and follow all requirements to maintain that throughout, even if they have no intention of working in practice beyond the minimum needed for that eligibility.

While certification is not mandatory, you are strongly advised to pursue it. Three types are available:

  • CNEis the standard type– it is for academic educators
  • CNEcl is an alternative certification aimed at clinical practice educators
  • CNEn is for novices – that is for practitioners of the other two types who have less than three years of experience

Certification also has a list of minimum requirements for applicants to remain eligible for recertification at the end of the term.

RN licensing in Massachusetts costs $230 for the application and $200 for the exam. License by endorsement is $275 plus a $30 verification fee. Renewals cost $120. CNE is the same cost no matter where you are: $500 for non-members of NLN and $400 for NLN members.

Who Hires Nurse Educators in Massachusetts?

What possible career paths will be open to you once you've graduated and claimed your license and certification?

  • Academic teaching: Working in colleges and universities around the country, you'll teach and research both undergraduate and graduate students
  • Professional teaching: Working from medical facilities, you'll educate working professionals on procedures, practice, technology, and more
  • Private training provider: You may teach professionals, but you'll also work in training for sales professionals and other support employees
  • Non-profit and charity: There is plenty of work in training aid workers, public health outreach, and lobbying the government on health causes

List of Nurse Educator Degree Programs in Massachusetts

Ready to find an online or campus-based nurse educator degree program in Massachusetts? Explore our listings to find the perfect program that matches your academic goals and career aspirations.

Amherst, MA

Graduate Certificate ProgramsMSN Programs
651 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-2703

Beverly, MA

Graduate Certificate ProgramsMSN Programs
376 Hale Street
Beverly, MA 01915
(197) 892-7058 x5

Chicopee, MA

Graduate Certificate ProgramsMSN Programs
291 Springfield Street
Chicopee, MA 01013
(413) 594-2761

Dartmouth, MA

285 Old Westport Road
Dartmouth, MA 02747
(508) 999-9202

Weston, MA

MSN to DNP Programs
235 Wellesley St
Weston, MA 02493
(781) 768-7000

Worcester, MA

486 Chandler St
Worcester, MA 01602
(508) 929-8000

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