Frequently Asked Questions

Nurse Educator Program

Students who elect the Nurse Educator program are prepared to teach in an academic or health care setting. Frequently asked questions and information about the Nurse Educator program are provided below. 

“NEs practice in academic and clinical settings. Academic nurse educators (NEs) are licensed registered professional nurses prepared at the graduate level, who are expert in facilitating learning through curriculum design, teaching, evaluation, advisement, and other activities undertaken by faculty in schools of nursing. Academic nursing is a specialty area and an advanced role within professional nursing” (National League for Nursing, 2005). “Preparing students in a practice discipline requires specialized knowledge and advanced education. NEs practicing in clinical settings are responsible for addressing the learning needs of professional staff and may be unit or system-based.”

Learning to teach in the NE role occurs in the NE practicum courses (NURS 616, NURS 617, NURS 618, NURS 619, NURS 669, NURS 670, NURS 671, and NURS 672). Learning to teach while working with a preceptor occurs in clinical and academic settings in the processes of assessment, health promotion and implementation of pedagogies. NE students complete 300 clinical hours throughout the curriculum. 

Yes, it may be possible to complete your teaching in your home area if you can find a preceptor who meets the criteria (minimum of a MS in Nursing) and the institution fits your learning needs. 


The core courses are primarily face-to-face classes in Rochester with ITV to Winona. Other courses in the NE focus are offered in a blended manner, meaning there are some in-class time and some on-line work.