The Nurse Educator concentration prepares nurses for advanced practice as Nurse Educators in selected areas of expertise approved by the Coordinator. Students declare a specialty in the application and develop a portfolio from their graduate work demonstrating their expertise. Graduates of this program are prepared for academic positions teaching nursing at the entry into practice or RN-B.S.N. levels and meet the North Carolina Board of Nursing requirements for Nurse Educators.

Nurse Educator graduates are prepared to work as educators in:

  • B.S.N. Educational Programs
  • Practical Nursing Programs
  • Health Care Systems
  • Rural/Urban Settings


The program consists of 12 credit hours and can be completed in 12 months of part-time study.

Spring NURS 6301 - Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing Education (3hrs)
Summer (first session) NURS 6302 - Trends and Issues in Nursing Education (3hrs)
Summer (second session) NURS 6303 - Instructional Technology in Nursing Education (3hrs)
Fall NURS 6304 - Teaching Nursing Practicum (3hrs)


Do you live outside of the State of North Carolina?

General requirements for graduate students at UNC Charlotte can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

  • A B.S.N. or Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) degree from a nationally accredited program.
  • Current unrestricted licensure as a Registered Nurse.

Required with application:

  • One official transcript from all academic work beyond high school; uploading unofficial transcripts inside of the Apply Yourself application is not required
  • A statement of purpose describing the applicant's experience and objective in undertaking graduate study in the chosen specialty
  • Three letters of professional recommendation.

Students should complete the online Graduate Application for Admission. Post-Baccalaureate, or non-degree, students will need special permission from the Associate Director of the Graduate Division of the School of Nursing, Dr. Gwen Foss, before registering in distance education nursing courses.


Student Services prepares students for participation in UNC Charlotte distance education courses.

Among the topics in this orientation are: