Nurse Educator Schools in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico's nursing shortage is not quite as severe as many of the states. There is a shortage of Nurse Educators, and the shortage of all nurses is expected to grow.

Contact the schools with online Nurse Educator programs below to learn more about becoming a nursing instructor in Puerto Rico.

It is legal for the nurses of Puerto Rico to work in Florida and other states. As Florida has a large Hispanic population and nurses from Puerto Rico are typically bilingual, this is a distinct advantage for nurses from Puerto Rico with graduate degrees who wish to relocate.

Nurse Educators should have the ability to communicate information in a manner that others will easily understand. The attributes of being an active listener, critical thinker and using logic for problem solving is very advantageous.

Nursing Educator Programs in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico has several universities with nursing programs, and their requirements for licensing and continuing education are similar to the United States. There are several online programs for Nurse Educators as well.

The University of Puerto Rico in San Juan and Universidad Metropolitana in Cupey each have graduate nursing programs. The University of Puerto Rico has a Post Masters Certificates as well.

The curriculum includes core competencies that are recognized by the National League for Nursing (NLN), so you will be ready to take the Certified Nurse Educator examination. As a student you may choose the Educator Specialty Track or the Nursing Education Graduate Certificate Option. The curriculum is listed below.

The admission requirements include:

  • Official transcripts from all college education
  • A bachelor's degree in nursing
  • Current, unrestricted RN license
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Completed online application
  • Employment history
  • If English is not your first language, take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • A regular access to a computer with an Internet connection is necessary

Each MSN degree course requires completion of the (18 credit hours) core curriculum, which includes:

  • Foundational Concepts & Applications
  • Theoretical Basis for Advance Nursing Practice
  • Leadership & Nursing Practice: Role Development
  • Advance Research Methods: Evidence-based Practice
  • Healthcare Policy
  • Fundamentals of Nursing Informatics

The Nurse Educator Specialty Track (18 credit hours), which includes:

  • Advanced Pathophysiology, Health Assessment & Pharmacology For Nurse Educators
  • Curriculum Development (6 Credit Hours)
  • Theoretical Foundations & Instructional Strategies in Teaching & Learning
  • Assessment & Evaluation Techniques and Education
  • Education Practicum
  • Capstone (6 credit hours)

The Nursing Education Graduate Certificate option (12 credit hours), which includes:

  • Advance Pathophysiology, Health Assessment & Pharmacology for Nurse Educators
  • Curriculum Development (6 credit hours)
  • Theoretical Foundations & Instructional Strategies in Teaching & Learning
  • Assessment & Evaluation Techniques and Education
  • Education Practicum

The National League for Nursing offers us or certificate exam for Nurse Educators. Following graduation you are qualify to take the NLN exam, and this certificate is a mark of professionalism and distinguish you from other Nurse Educators. This will help you in your job search and may increase your income as well. The fee for this test is $375 for NLN members and $475 for nonmembers.

In May 2013, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Nursing Instructors earn a mean annual income of $60,060 in Puerto Rico. A nurse with a graduate degree will earn a higher income, which would be based on education, certifications and experience.

The Universidad Metropolitana and the University of Puerto Rico are more affordable with an average tuition of $5,000 a year.

The Health Resources and Services Administration provides low interest loans for students of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico that are also long term loans. You must be able to demonstrate financial need. It is also wise to check with the Financial Aid office at your university.

Becoming a Nurse Educator is a position that has job security as they are in short supply in Puerto Rico and virtually every state. You will have a great since of satisfaction upon completion of your graduate degree.