MSN - Clinical Nurse Educator

There’s never been a higher demand for nurse educators. Across the United States, our healthcare system is facing a critical nursing shortage. You chose nursing because you wanted an impactful career focused on improving the quality of people’s lives through the delivery of highly skilled and compassionate care. When you become a clinical nurse educator, you’ll multiply that impact by serving as a leader and mentor to the nurses of tomorrow.


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Advance Your Career

Carroll University's Master of Science in Nursing degree with a Clinical Nurse Educator focus (MSN-CNE) is designed to provide you with the knowledge, skills and experiences you'll need to step into a rewarding career as a nurse educator in both the academic and/or the clinical practice setting. This advanced degree will provide you with the tools you need to develop, implement and evaluate nursing curricula that prepares entry-level nurses for practice. It will also ensure you’re ready to mentor practicing nurses to provide the highest level of care.

Our program was designed to fit conveniently with schedules for working nurses.

  • Eight-week courses meet one night per week
  • Hybrid delivery with online and in-person courses
  • Clinical education may be completed in your current work setting
  • Educational practicum may be completed with the nursing faculty at the University

Make an Impact

In Carroll's MSN-CNE program, you'll be prepared to provide education to nursing students, clinical staff nurses and/or other direct-care providers. You’ll be ready to teach, educate and inspire future generations of nurses through work done in a classroom or simulation setting. You'll also be qualified to educate current nurses in a clinical setting, helping ensure the latest practices and methods of care are being used. In addition, you'll enhance your clinical skills to provide better care and health education to patients.

Fill a Growing Need

The number of students seeking an education in nursing has never been higher, driving the need for additional nurse educators. Post-secondary nursing educators are expected to see a 19 percent growth in employment through 2024, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) report that the demand for nurse educators within schools of nursing will continue to increase as the nursing shortage grows.

About the Program

Student in Hastad Hall Nursing Lab

The MSN-CNE program offers small class sizes, convenient class offerings and an affordable and innovative curriculum taught by faculty with a reputation for teaching excellence.

Learn in State-of-the-art Facilities

Carroll University’s MSN-CNE students learn in two modern nursing lab facilities—the recently-constructed Donald and Martha DeWees Nursing Simulation and Collaboration Hub in Doug and Nancy Hastad Hall and the Henke Nursing Center, both located on the historic main campus.

  • Simulation rooms with adjoining control and observation rooms
  • State-of-the-art medical manikins and equipment
  • Large laboratory/examination area equipped with hospital beds and exam tables
  • Four debriefing pods

Improve Clinical Expertise

Advanced courses in pharmacology, physical examination and pathophysiology prepare nurse educators with the latest clinical knowledge, skills and methodologies.  Education in healthcare informatics provides skills in using data and technology systems to inform patient care through effective treatment and efficient practices. Evidence-based research projects provide additional expertise in developing procedures and solving complex problems.

Develop Teaching Strategies

In addition to “what” to teach related to clinical expertise, graduates will be equipped with the skills of “how” to effectively teach others. Courses on teaching and learning, curriculum design, evaluation of learning and the role of a nurse educator develop foundational skills. Coursework on leading and managing change ensure graduates are prepared as change agents in today's dynamic healthcare environment.

Prepare for Certification

Carroll University MSN-CNE graduates will be eligible to sit for the CNE or CNE-cl examinations offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

These certifications establish nursing education as a specialty area of practice and create a means for academic faculty and clinical nurse educators to demonstrate their expertise in this role, communicating the highest standards of excellence in the profession are being met.


Carroll University is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The baccalaureate in Nursing Program at Carroll is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE is a nationally recognized accrediting agency devoted exclusively to the evaluation of baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing education. Carroll's nursing program received accreditation December 2010 through December 2020 with no deficiencies.

Carroll University has received approval from the Higher Learning Commission to offer the MSN Degree-Clinical Nurse Educator focus.

The master's degree program in nursing program at Carroll University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202.887.6791. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

Program Details

Meet the Faculty

Dr. Jamie Hansen

Dr. Jamie Hansen

Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
Dr. Teresa Kaul, APRN-CNP

Dr. Teresa Kaul, APRN-CNP

Chair of the Department of Nursing / Clinical Associate Professor of Nursing
Karie Ruekert Kobiske

Karie Ruekert Kobiske

Clinical Associate Professor - MSN Program Director

Your goals arewithin reach

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