What Are the Online Nursing Education Prerequisites in Missouri?

If you wish to operate as a nursing educator in Missouri, you will need to follow several mandatory steps. First, you need a relevant undergraduate degree. Both ADNs and BSNs are acceptable. Next, you need a nursing license just as you would practice nursing. You will also need a Master of Science in Nursing dedicated to nursing education or with a dedicated education pathway. Doctorate graduates (DNPs, PhDs, and EdDs)can also apply.

Online RN to MSN Nurse Educator Programs

Missouri has a small number of nurse educator programs, and most are available online, such as the one at the University of Missouri. 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

Missouri has multiple online BSN to MSN nurse educator programs, such as the one at Missouri State. Students will cover courses in both diagnostics and treatment, curriculum and training program development, assessment, and study skills.

  • An accredited bachelor's degree (BSN)in nursing
  • Application form and fees
  • A GPA of 3.0
  • Send transcripts
  • A current, unencumbered RN license
  • TOEFL or equivalent for non-native English speakers

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

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

There are three doctorate programs for nursing education. The first is a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), which is a degree reserved for practicing doctors. There are a few DNP programs available online, including at the University of Missouri.

The second is a Doctor of Nursing Philosophy (PhD). This degree is typically for those working toward a career in nursing research. The University of Missouri offers a great program for this specific degree.

Some universities in some states offer online Doctor of Education (EdD) for nurse educators, but there aren't any EdD programs offered online in Missouri at this time.

Nurse Educator Licensing and Certification in Missouri

Nurse educators in Missouri are required to maintain all eligibility standards of their RN license throughout, even if they do not work in practice.

Optional certification is also available, and you are strongly advised to attain certification; it will generally be better for your career options.

There are three types:

  • CNE: type one is a certification for academia – teaching undergraduate and graduate students
  • CNEcl: type two is for those who teach clinicians with ongoing training and upskilling
  • CNEn: type three is the novice certification for both the previous two types where the applicant has less than three years of experience

Like the license, the certification has some mandatory requirements to maintain eligibility.

RN licensing in Missouri is $200 for the examination and a $41.75 criminal background check fee. License by endorsement is a $55 application fee. The renewal cost is $60. CNE is set nationally by the board and costs $400 for NLN members and $500 for non-members.

Who Hires Nurse Educators in Missouri?

Now you have achieved all the steps above, maybe you're considering where you might apply your new skills and qualifications.

  • Academic teaching: Colleges and universities are great destinations, for teaching nursing students at the both undergraduate and graduate level
  • Professional education: You'll work from medical facilities teaching nurses mostly in providing their ongoing education needs
  • Private provider: While you may still train professionals from outside of the health network, you may also train non-clinicians such as support staff
  • Charity trainer: You might train aid workers, their support staff, and medical professionals in a non-profit area. Public outreach is also a great career

List of Nurse Educator Degree Programs in Missouri

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

Cape Girardeau, MO

MSN Programs
One University Plaza
Cape Girardeau, MO 63701
(573) 651-2000

Columbia, MO

MSN Programs
136 Clark Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-2491

MSN Programs
S235 School of Nursing
Columbia, MO 65211
(573) 882-0277

Fayette, MO

College of Graduate and Extended Studies
411 Central Methodist Square
Fayette, MO 65248
(877) 268-1854

Kansas City, MO

MSN Programs
5100 Rockhill Rd
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-1000

Springfield, MO

School of Nursing
901 S National Ave
Springfield, MO 65897
(417) 836-5000

St. Louis, MO

Graduate Certificate Programs
4483 Duncan Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-7055

MSN Programs
4483 Duncan Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 454-7055

MSN Programs
470 East Lockwood Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
(800) 981-9801

Warrensburg, MO

MSN Programs
P.O. Box 800
Warrensburg, MO 64093
(877) 729-8266

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