Nurse Educator Degrees in Arizona

State Nursing Board: Arizona State Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: Arizona Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

As the demand for nurses continues to grow, the need for nursing instructors and educator grows as well. Nurse Educators in AZ play a huge role in the changing healthcare environment, and can make a significant impact on the up and coming generations of nurses. If you are considering getting your graduate degree take a look at the nurse educator programs in Arizona listed below. There are several universities and accredited online programs that can provide the education you need to make an impact on the future of nursing.

In addition to an aging population, Arizona has 47 medically underserved areas that are in need of a larger number of nurses. The Arizona Campaign for Action is exploring data to determine what kind of health providers will be most beneficial in the future, and it is imperative that the Nurse Educator leads the way in many aspects of the profession.

Most Arizona nursing schools have very similar admission criteria, which may include any or all of the following:

  • BSN degree from an accredited University
  • GPA of 3.0 for undergraduate work
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended
  • Three recommendations from professional people who are knowledgeable about the applicant's academic and nursing leadership potential
  • Unencumbered active RN licensure in state where clinical practice will be conducted
  • Foreign students must pass the TOEFL exam if English is not their primary language
  • Interview with faculty if requested

The list of courses required for an online nursing education program is usually 36 credit hours, but does not include clinical hours. One of the advantages of taking online courses is you can adjust your computer and study time with a schedule that fits your lifestyle. The programs typically include a capstone course along with the clinical practicum.

Typical course lists for Nurse Educator programs includes:

  • Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Roles and Practice
  • Health Care Research Analysis and Utilization
  • Ethics, Policy and Finance in the Health Care System
  • Advanced Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for Nurse Educators
  • Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators
  • Nursing Education Seminar I, II
  • Nursing Education Practicum
  • Evidence-Based Practice Project

Also, if you have a Master of Science in Nursing degree, there are postmasters certificate programs for nursing education available. This certificate requires 15 credit hours with a total practicum of 135 hours.

The general nursing courses include:

  • Teaching in Academic and Practice Settings
  • Curriculum Development in Academic & Practice Settings
  • Design & Delivery of Mediated Instruction
  • Producing and Evaluating Programs for Academic & Practice Settings
  • Teaching Practicum (135 hours)

You may want to consider getting your Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing or in Nursing Practice instead of a Master’s Degree. Many nurse educator programs are available online, giving a great degree of freedom. This degree could allow you to work in research or in a scientific environment. Of course, you would have the option to teach masters level nursing courses as well. There are various DNP tracks available for the nursing student. Some doctorate prepared nurses are able to position themselves in the research, and they are able to publish, which may impact the nursing healthcare field.

Some of the typical doctorate courses include:

  • Statistical Interference for Evidence-based Practice or Statistics for the Health Sciences
  • Health Care Information Systems
  • Theories of Leadership & Organizational Management
  • The Science and Practice of Nursing or DNP Forum
  • Philosophy of Nursing Science & Practice
  • Advanced Statistics for the Health Sciences
  • Theory Development & Evaluation
  • Qualitative Methods for Clinical Nurse Research
  • Molecular & Clinical Genetics/Genomics
  • Translational Research
  • Health Policy and Economics
  • Emerging Diseases & Population Health
  • Evaluation Methodologies for Safety & Quality Improvement
  • Research Preceptorship
  • Dissertation
  • Practice Inquiry

There are numerous career opportunities available, so you may choose the program that most closely resembles your career goals.

The master's prepared Nurse Educator in Arizona earned an average annual income of $65,940 in 2013. Your income will certainly depend on your experience, your education, your credentials and your employer.

The National League for Nursing offers the Certified Nurse Educator examination. This credential establishes nursing education as a specialty area of practice, and it is very helpful for you to be able to include the certification on your resume. This association works to strengthen the core competencies of the nurse educator practice that contribute to professional development.

If you are seeking assistance for your tuition expenses, complete a FAFSA application first, which allows you to apply for both federal loan and grant based programs based on income. Universities in Arizona provide some financial aid for nurses in the form of academic merit or achievement scholarships and grants. Student loans at low interest rates are also available, but they must be repaid. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has a list of financial aid resources on its webpage.

As a Nurse Educator you will play a vital, challenging role in the preparation of the next generation of nurses. This vital role for nursing education is one of satisfaction for many Nurse Educators, and is crucial to helping to remedy the nursing shortages that Arizona is experiencing.

Programs from Arizona Schools

Listed below are all of the nationally accredited Nurse Educator programs with campus locations in Arizona.

Online programs may not be available in all areas

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Arizona State University (Tempe, AZ)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Brookline College (Phoenix, AZ)
Program Name: Master of Science Degree – Nursing Education (online)
Grand Canyon University (AM) (Phoenix, AZ)
Program Name: Clinical Nurse Specialist: Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited