What Are the Online Nursing Education Prerequisites in Minnesota?

To work as a nursing educator in Minnesota, you'll need a bachelor's degree (ADN or BSN in nursing) and a registered nursing license, just as you would for practice. The next step is to study for a master's degree (MSN), either in nursing education or a standard MSN that offers an education concentration. Doctorates (DNPs, PhDs, and EdDs where available) are also acceptable for working as educators and sometimes even preferred.

Online RN to MSN Nurse Educator Programs

Minnesota has one nurse educator program at Southwest State Minnesota College. Students will learn diagnostics and treatment, procedure, law and ethics, and assessment.

Entry requirements are:

  • Accredited Associate's Degree
  • Unencumbered RN license, which is in date
  • Criminal background check
  • A minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Non-native English speakers must demonstrate relevant language proficiency

Online BSN to MSN Nurse Educator Programs

Minnesota has several online MSN Nurse Educator programs. Students will learn teaching evidence-based practice, assessment, curriculum development, and much more.

  • A regionally accredited nursing bachelor's degree (BSN)
  • A GPA of 3.0; send transcripts
  • Schools may ask for grades from specific courses
  • A current, unencumbered RN license
  • Adhere to immunization policy

Online Doctorate Nurse Educator Programs: DNP, Ph.D., or Ed.D.

There are three doctorate programs for nursing education–a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), a Doctor of Nursing Philosophy (PhD), and a Doctor of Education (EdD).

The DNP is typically for those who want to become practicing doctors, while the PhD generally is for research. The EdD is for those students who want to go on to teach, but these degrees are less common.

Two great examples of Minnesota online programs for these specific degrees are both the PhD program and the DNP program at the University of Minnesota.

The admission requirements for a doctorate in nursing education are similar to those for other nursing education programs, but you will be required to hold a higher degree (MSN).

Nurse Educator Licensing and Certification in Minnesota

Nurse educators in Minnesota must hold an RN license and maintain all minimum requirements of the board. This remains in place even if you don't wish to work in clinical or other types of practice nursing.

Certification for nursing education is not mandatory; however, professionals are strongly advised to get certified. There are currently three types:

  • CNE: type one is for those working in academia
  • CNEcl: type two is for those working in teaching clinicians
  • CNEn: the third is the novice certificate for those with under three years of experience in their respective fields

Like licensure, the certification has a list of minimum requirements to maintain throughout certification.

RN licensing in Minnesota costs $105 for the application and $200 for the exam fees. You must also pay a $33.25 criminal background check fee. License by endorsement applicants must pay the application and background check fees only. Renewals are $85. CNE costs the same no matter where you are in the US: $500 for non-members of NLN and $400 for members.

Who Hires Nurse Educators in Minnesota?

What job roles are available once you have graduated and received a license and certification?

  • Academia: Colleges and universities employ nursing educators to teach undergraduates and postgraduate students
  • Professional: Working at medical facilities like hospitals, you'll provide ongoing education and upskilling to clinicians
  • Private training: While you may be involved in teaching professionals, you may also train non-clinical staff such as admin and sales
  • Non-profit: Aid agencies, public outreach, public health advisory, funding advocates, and much more need trained nurses with education skills

List of Nurse Educator Degree Programs in Minnesota

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

Marshall, MN

1501 State St.
Marshall, MN 562558
(800) 642-0684

Minneapolis, MN

MSN Programs
Henrietta Schmoll School of Health
601 25th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55454
(651) 690-6000

Moorhead, MN

Graduate Certificate ProgramsMSN Programs
1104 7th Avenue South
Moorhead, MN 56563
(180) 059-3724 x6

Rochester, MN

Graduate Certificate ProgramsMSN Programs
859 30th Ave SE
Rochester, MN 55904
(507) 285-7100

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