Arkansas, filled with beautiful parks and mountains, is having difficulty recruiting nurses despite the numerous career opportunities the professional allows for. There are opportunities in private hospitals and in rural areas. The Nursing Campaign for Action is working closely with several nursing schools and professional organizations in the state, and they agree that providing high quality care requires nurses to be better prepared through education that meets the needs of a more complex healthcare environment.
Many different nursing education programs are available in Arkansas, from Master’s to PhD level courses. You can also find online nursing education programs in AK, if you need a greater deal of flexibility in your studies. To find a program that will work for you, submit a request for information to the nursing schools in Arkansas listed below that offer an educator route.
A typical list of admission requirements to Nurse Educator programs in Arkansas includes:
- Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or University in nursing
- GPA of 3.0
- Graduate admission application with $75 fee
- Official transcripts for any college or University education you have received
- Completed a statistics course that covers descriptive and inferential statistics
- Three letters of professional recommendation directly to the School of Nursing
- Must have completed a minimum of one year of clinical experience as a RN
- Have an active unencumbered Arkansas RN license
The graduate degree in Nursing Education may be completed in about 12 months. You may attend full-time or part-time, and nurses must be able to document continuous current certification in CPR for adults, infants and children.
Many MSN Educator programs have core courses totaling around 20 credits, such as:
- Role Development and Advance Practice Nursing
- Healthcare policy Issues in Advance Practice Nursing
- Nursing Research Methods
- Knowledge Development for Advance Nursing Practice
- Biostatistics for Health Professionals
- Individual Project (2 credits)
There are 25-30 additional credits required for the Nurse Education option:
- Advance Pathophysiology
- Advance Health Assessment and Primary Care
- Pharmacology for Primary Care
- Teaching and Learning and Nursing
- Curriculum Development and Evaluation
- Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education
- Distance Education in Nursing
- Teaching Practicum in Nursing
- Advisor Approved elective
There is a Graduate Certificate in Nursing Education available for those nurses who already have a master's degree. This program is based on the newly developed Core Competencies of Nurse Educators that were proposed by the National League for Nursing (NLN). This certificate program is offered online only, and it is a 15-credit graduate certificate. Graduate advisors review and meet with you for a formal orientation before beginning your first semester of study. This certificate is a sequence of graduate courses that enhance your previous education and may contain a capstone experience or project that will focus on nursing education.
A Post–Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) is also available online. Many programs have an initial orientation followed by a practicum over two semesters called Application of Evidence-Based Practice. The DNP program requires students to maintain a GPA of 3.0. The minimum number of credit hours is 31 and the student must meet the required 1000 practicum hours before graduation.
Once you have graduated with your master's degree you can take the exam for certification given by the National League of Nursing, which is considered a mark of professionalism for academic nurse educators.
According to O'Net Online, Nurse Educators earned an average income of $65,940 in 2013. There are many advantages for nurse educators, such as flexible hours, child care and job security.
If you need help with tuition expenses, complete a FAFSA application, which is a federal grant program. The Health Resources and Services Administration also has an excellent loan repayment program, which allows you to work in a Critical Shortage Facility to receive 60 percent of your total qualifying educational loan balance. Many colleges also offer merit scholarships and grants for the disenfranchised.
There are several awards available for nurses whose career goals is nursing research. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing has numerous sources for financial aid on their webpage.
If you are ready to become a Nurse Educator, check out the accredited programs in your area to begin. You can find a complete list of MSN in Nursing Education programs and request information directly from our site. As a nursing instructor, you can guide nursing students as they learn how to function professionally in a complex healthcare environment, resulting in the satisfaction of creating positive outcomes for both the profession and patients.
Listed below are all of the nationally accredited Nurse Educator programs with campus locations in Arkansas.