Nurse Educator Program

The Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing's on-line nurse educator track specifically prepares nurses to work as educators and faculty for nursing programs.  The degree has a distinct focus on preparing students with the required competencies to successfully pass the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam.  There is a tremendous shortage of nursing faculty across the U.S and this program is designed to be a response to this crisis.  The faculty shortage is projected to become even more severe as current faculty approach retirement.  Students who complete the program will be ready to fill the one of more than 1000 vacant faculty positions available nationwide.

IVMSON is pleased to be able to offer to our students funds from the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) that provides educational loans to graduate students pursuing a career in academic education.  Upon graduation up to 85% of the total borrowed can be forgiven by teaching 4 years full-time in a school of nursing.  Since the program is a federal program, you are not limited to any one state for employment.  The funds are available on a first come, first served basis and you should contact the school for NFLP details.

Nurse Educator students:

  • Earn a MSN degree on-line in 5 semesters (full-time)
  • Participate in cutting-edge, web-based learning with practicum experiences close to home
  • Access all coursework and resources anywhere, anytime from any internet connected electronic device
  • Receive close, personal attention from caring and supportive Samford faculty and advisors
  • Experience a rich tradition of high academic standards and quality education practice
  • Visit Samford's beautiful campus in Birmingham, Alabama for 3 required sessions during the program
  • Opportunity to participate in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The Nurse Educator track prepares the graduate to:  

  • Assume the role of the nurse educator in an academic or health care setting
  • Apply teaching and learning theories, current research findings, and knowledge of educational trends and professional standards to instructional design
  • Utilize knowledge of continuous quality improvement methodology to evaluate all components of instructional design
  • Provide a learning environment that will assist learners to become active, self-directed, problem-solvers with a commitment to life-long learning

Students who begin the graduate program in August will be on track to complete the Educator track in five semesters.  Classes are offered online; however students must attend scheduled on-campus class times approximately 2-3 times during their program of study.  Students are required to attend a mandatory 3-day on-campus orientation at the beginning of the program.  For more information about completing the Educator track, contact Allyson Maddox at or 205-726-2047.

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