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Nurse Educator Option (Online)

  • Duration
    2-year program for Registered Nurses (RNs) with a baccalaureate degree and
    nursing experience
  • Mode of Delivery
    Online coursework and precepted practicum learning experiences
  • Practice Setting
    Hospitals, clinics, community-based care, behavioral health, and
    college/university nursing programs


The Master of Science in Nursing-Nurse Educator is an online program option which prepares licensed, registered nurses who have completed baccalaureate nursing studies, and at least one year of clinical experience or are currently practicing as an RN, for a successful career as a nurse educator in a clinic, hospital, or college/university setting. Selected courses use a combination of teaching methodologies such as online learning and preceptored clinical experiences.

*Clinical experiences must be completed in person


Graduate Student Handbook

Admission & Program Requirements
  1. Proof of current unrestricted professional registered nursing license.
  2. Graduation from an NLNAC or CCNE-accredited baccalaureate nursing program with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. At least one year of nursing practice or currently practicing as an RN.
  4. Completion of listed courses with a grade of "C" or better:
    • Community Health Nursing
    • Statistics
    • Health Assessment
    • Nursing Research
  5. Computer literate in word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation software.
  6. If English is not your native language: Confirmation of fluency in the English language or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (written), 213 (computer-based), or 79-80 (internet-based) with a score of at least 23 on the speaking portion of the exam.
  7. All students will be subject to a criminal background check prior to matriculation into the program.
Application Process

Graduate admission at Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences includes the following:

  1. Complete application at www.trinitycollegeqc.edu
  2. Submit application fee ($50.00).
  3. Submit 1-2 page written essay describing your educational and career goals (text box included with application).
  4. Submit letter of recommendation forms to your references, which may include your employer, previous nursing faculty, or nursing professionals with whom you have worked.
  5. In addition to completing the above, please mail:
    • Copy of current CPR card
    • Current professional resume/vita to:
      Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences
      2122 25th Ave., Rock Island, Illinois 61201
Contact previous institutions and request official transcripts be sent to Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences.
After all materials are received, a faculty member from Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences will call you to schedule an interview.
Registered Nurse (RN) Applicants with a Non-Nursing Bachelors' Degree

The RN applicant with a bachelor's degree in another field other than nursing must meet the following content requirements in addition to general admission requirements for the MSN program:

  1. Statistics - 3 credit hour undergraduate course
  2. Nursing Research - 3 credit hour undergraduate course
  3. Nursing in the Community - 3 credit hour undergraduate course
  4. Health Assessment - 3 credit hour undergraduate course
Conditional Acceptance
Conditional applicants are those individuals requesting admission with a grade point average (GPA) below 3.0; those needing to complete undergraduate courses in statistics, nursing research, nursing in the community, and/or health assessment; and /or those without one year of clinical practice as an RN. Individuals with a GPA less than 3.0 will be required to submit official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (within last 5 years) and complete nine credit hours of non-clinical graduate coursework with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above before conditional status is removed; others must satisfy course deficiencies to have the conditional status removed.

The Graduate Admission and Academic Standards Committee reserves the right to make final decisions regarding admission to the MSN program.

Program Goals

Intellectual Curiosity
  • Apply knowledge of the concepts and theories from nursing, education, and related disciplines to guide nursing practice. (AACN Master's Essentials 1- Background for Practice from Sciences and Humanities)
  • Apply knowledge of information systems and effective communication skills to promote optimal patient outcomes. (AACN Master's Essentials 5 - Informatics and Healthcare Technologies; 7 - Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes; 9 Master's Level Nursing Practice)
Professional Practice
  • Provide leadership in clinical practice, education, research utilization, and service. (AACN Master's Essentials 2 - Organizational and Systems Leadership; 9 - Master's -Level Nursing Practice)
  • Use the process of scientific inquiry to foster best practices, validate and translate evidence into practice, and promote life-long learning. (AACN Master's Essentials 4 - Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice)
  • Evaluate quality and safety initiatives to assure optimum individual and population health outcomes (AACN Master's Essentials 3 - Quality improvement & safety; 9 - Master's - Level Nursing Practice)
Caring for Self and Others
  • Demonstrate caring that recognizes the uniqueness and cultural diversity among individuals, families, communities, and the population. (AACN Master's Essentials 8 - Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health)
  • Practice evidence-based nursing within the framework of professional standards, values and codes, with ethical and legal considerations. (AACN Master's Essentials 6 - Health Policy and Advocacy; 9 - Master's Level Nursing Practice)