Nurse Educator

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Take your nursing career in a new direction with the Nurse Educator Concentration in the Master of Science in Nursing program at Vermont State. This online, six-semester program will prepare you to become a certified nurse educator (CNE) or Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE-cl). You’ll learn to educate new nurses and employees and impact quality of care by driving policy and evidence-based changes. You’ll practice a full range of skills and graduate prepared for leadership roles in healthcare organizations.

Classes meet online in eight-week modules designed for part-time study, and you will be guided by an M.S.N.-level nursing advisor. The final semester includes an in-person practicum experience, which you can choose to complete at your place of employment, at another organization of your choosing, or we can assist you in finding an appropriate placement. Taking two courses each fall, spring, and summer semester will allow you to complete the program in 24 months. You can complete clinical hours in a variety of settings, possibly including your place of employment.

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Assistant Director of Admissions


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Helen Papeika

Co-chair Department of Nursing, Assistant Professor of Nursing, MSN Program Coordinator


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Why Study to become a Nurse Educator at Vermont State?

  • Enrollment, On Your Schedule: Eight-week modules allow you to enroll when you’re ready and complete the program at your own pace, one course at a time. You can earn your M.S.N. in as few as 24 months! 
  • Flexible Clinical Hours: Required clinical hours can be completed locally and sometimes even at your current job. Our clinical coordinator can also help you find a placement. 
  • Professors Who Care: You’ll have direct access to your professors through in-person or virtual office hours, and small class sizes lead to the kind of relationship-building that will help you excel. 
  • Paths to Certification: This concentration qualifies you to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) certification examination for either Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) or Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator (CNE-cl).   
  • Earning Potential: Glassdoor estimates that salaries for entry-level certified nurse educators (CNE) often exceed $80,000. 

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Sample Courses

  • The Nurse Educator Role
  • Teaching and Active Learning Strategies

Meet Our Faculty

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Co-chair Department of Nursing, Assistant Professor of Nursing, MSN Program Coordinator

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  • Castleton Campus

Assistant Professor

  • Castleton Campus

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Senior Staff Assistant

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