Nurse Educator Programs in Tennessee

State Nursing Board: Tennessee Board of Nursing

State Nurses Association: Tennessee Nurses Association

State Hospital Association: Tennessee Hospital Association

Tennessee is experiencing the nursing shortage, and they have several new student assistance programs in place to address this problem. The nursing community in Tennessee has given $1.4 million to forgive student loans for nurses who have their graduate degrees and teach for four years at the college level. Tennessee has also matched this amount, making it possible for several nursing professionals to enter the field of academia in the state.

In 2013 according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing there were 1,916 qualified applicants that did not get into the nursing programs in Tennessee due primarily to the lack of Nurse Educators and clinical training sites. If you are ready to help reduce this number by becoming nursing faculty in TN, we recommend first requesting program information from the schools listed below to learn about the different ways to become an educator.

Earning your Master’s Degree in Nursing Education in Tennessee is a way to make an entry into this vital nursing profession. There are several choices to make regarding your advanced degree, including where, when and how you want to enroll. You may want to find an online MSN in Education program in TN, or you may be looking to enroll in a ground based program. Regardless of the route you choose, you can expect the admission criteria to include much or all of the following.

  • BSN from an accredited university (CCNE or NLNAC)
  • Unrestricted RN license in state or country of residence
  • Undergraduate GPA of 2.8
  • Letter stating professional experience, future career goals and reasons for pursuing graduate studies
  • Three formal letters of recommendation from qualified individuals familiar with applicant's nursing practice, capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse
  • Professional resume
  • Successful completion of 3 or 4 credit hour statistics class
  • Transferring students from another university must submit a letter of good standing and the transcripts from the dean/director of any other attended colleges or universities
  • Applicants for whom English is not their primary language are required to meet the University's minimum required TOEFL score: paper based 550 or greater; internet based 79; or 213 computer based.

The curriculum for a Master’s in Nursing Education in Tennessee typically many or all of the courses that are outlined below.

  • Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Practice
  • Curriculum Design and Education in Nursing Education
  • Clinical Focus Practicum
  • Health Care Policy
  • Advanced Nursing Research
  • Advanced Role Development
  • Scholarly Synthesis/Research
  • Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education
  • Advanced Health Assessment
  • Advanced Pathophysiology
  • Advance Pharmacology

Specialty Electives with Clinical Focus

  • Advanced Adult Health Nursing
  • Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
  • Advance Critical Care Nursing
  • Advance Women's Health and Perinatal Nursing
  • Advanced Pediatric Nursing

Nursing Education Practicum Requirements cap the program, and include both clinical and non-clinical areas.

Once you have graduated from your master's degree program, you are eligible to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) examination for your credential. This accreditation demonstrates your expertise as a Nurse Educator. It communicates to your employer and your peers that you have met the high standards required to become certified. If you are a NLN member the cost of this exam is $375, and if you are a non-member the cost is $475.

Nurse Educators in Tennessee earned a mean annual income of $70,200 in May 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Salaries, however, are based on education, credentials, experience and the type of employer where you work. For instance, hospitals tend to pay higher salaries than colleges.

There is a 2014-2015 Lori Mayer Re-Entry Women's Graduate Fellowship program that provides personal encouragement and financial support to returning adult women students with a baccalaureate for graduate school expenses. The Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation is another source of financial aid as they have a grant, loan and a Lottery Scholarship program.

If you are ready to return to graduate school to become a Nurse Educator, which is a rewarding career with numerous job opportunities, can help. Contact the schools you see on this page and request program information today to start your research.

Programs from Tennessee Schools

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

Online programs may not be available in all areas

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Belmont University (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Nurse Educator Track
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Carson-Newman College (Jefferson City, TN)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
East Tennessee State University (Johnson City, TN)
Program Name: Nursing Education, Nursing Education (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
King College (Bristol, TN / Knoxville, TN)
Program Name: MSN - Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
Middle Tennessee State University (Murfreesboro, TN)
Program Name: Nursing Education (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN)
Program Name: Nurse Educator
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Tennessee State University (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
TN eCampus (Nashville, TN)
Program Name: Nursing Education (online)
Accreditation: ACEN accredited
Union University (Jackson, TN)
Program Name: Education Track (online)
Accreditation: CCNE accredited
University of Memphis (Memphis, TN)
Program Name: Nursing Education
Accreditation: CCNE accredited