If you are an experienced nurse with a strong desire to teach others, consider earning a Master of Science in Nursing Education degree. After graduation, you'll have the knowledge and credentials to become faculty at a nursing school, help improve the wellness of employees in a corporate setting, or teach new techniques to other nurses at a healthcare facility.
One of the first steps to pursuing an MSN in education is examining program costs to find the best option for you in North Carolina. Tuition and fees may change each academic year, so keep that in mind when pricing a program. Online MSN programs are often more affordable than on-campus programs and they are much more convenient for working nurses.
The current cost per credit hour at Duke University is $1,838, though tuition and fees are subject to change each academic year. A full-time student would pay an average of $11,028 per semester for the MSN program. It is important to note that while Duke offers many courses online, students are required to come to campus for course-related activities throughout the program.
Duke charges students a $150 technology fee and $18.25 graduate student activity fee each semester. The $10 graduate student services fee is assessed for fall and spring semesters. The first semester requires a $40 transcript fee. Health fee is $407 each for spring and fall semesters, plus $287 for the summer semester. Additionally, there is a $125 clinical lab fee for one nursing class and an estimated $100 to $200 per year in drug screening costs for those in clinical programs. Optional fees include student health insurance and a recreation fee.
The MSN in Nursing Education requires 36 hours of study. That's $66,168 in tuition, plus all fees for four semesters over two years (estimated at $1,022). Grand total is $67,190.
The Master of Science in Nursing: Concentration in Nursing Education program at Gardner-Webb University is currently $496 per credit hour. It is worth noting that tuition increases at the beginning of summer for the following academic year.
Gardner-Webb University does not mention any additional fees about their program, but it is best to check with the university on current requirements.
Their degree requirement is 30 credit hours plus six hours for specialization. Tuition for the entire program is $17,856.
Queens University of Charlotte
Queens University of Charlotte offers an online MSN degree with the Nurse Educator specialization for $550 per credit hour. Students can combine 8-week and 16-week courses to complete the program in two years.
There is no GRE or application fee required. Each semester has a clinical fee of $35.
The full program through Queens University is 37 credits. In six semesters over two years, tuition totals $20,350 plus $210 in clinical fees. The grand total is $20,560.
University of North Carolina Wilmington
The MSN Nurse Educator online program at the University of North Carolina Wilmington costs $231.32 for tuition per credit hour with fees of $25.70 per credit hour for North Carolina residents. Each three-credit-hour course totals $771.06 with fees included, and the 33-hour program totals $8,481.66.
No matter where you choose to pursue your MSN in education online, check with the educational institution to be sure you have the accurate, current overview of tuition and all fees.
Learn more about the University of North Carolina Wilmington's online MSN Nurse Educator program.
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