Shape the future of healthcare with a career as a nurse educator

About Nursing Education at Keuka College

Keuka College's master's degree in nursing education will allow you to combine a passion for teaching with your clinical expertise as you learn to prepare, design, implement, and manage nursing curriculum. You’ll gain the skills and knowledge to effectively lead a classroom of students, using your professional background as subject for engagement and experience-based learning.

Our graduates are prepared to work in schools of nursing at community colleges, hospitals, and universities, as well as in patient care centers, health care organizations, home health organizations, seminar companies, and professional membership organizations.

Nursing Education Program Highlights

Real-World Internship Experience

A self-selected internship provides you the opportunity for direct application of your classroom and clinical instruction, giving you hands-on experience.

Blended Format

You’ll enjoy a blend of both face-to-face and online instruction, allowing you the flexibility to maneuver through your program with ease.

Experienced Faculty

Keuka College’s nursing faculty actively practice as Nurse Practitioners and Clinical Nurse Specialists, so you’ll receive an education rooted both in theory and hands-on experience from seasoned professionals.

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Program Overview

Take action aimed at strengthening the nursing workforce and combating nursing faculty shortages through the pursuit of your master’s degree in nursing education. Keuka College’s program focuses on developing the knowledge and skills needed to become a nurse educator in academic or staff development settings. As a student in this program, you will gain the experience needed to effectively teach and lead clinical classes through hands-on delivery methods and evidence-based practice.

An integration of core and specialty coursework promotes strategies for change as you learn to lead within the nursing profession. Our graduates build community healthcare partnerships to resolve large scale health-related issues, expand the use of experiential learning in advanced nursing practice, and utilize value-based research to deliver high quality and cost-effective professional nursing interventions.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be prepared to address the faculty shortages at nursing schools across the country by offering a diverse background and specialized training as a nurse educator.

Program Requirements

The Faculty

Keuka College has been teaching nurses for over 70 years and continues to maintain an outstanding reputation as a leader in nursing education. Our nursing faculty are seasoned professionals and innovative educators committed to your success. They serve as role models, leaders, practitioners, and advocates dedicated to helping you achieve your educational goals, paving the way to improve the health of the nation and the world.

Experienced, professional nursing faculty will guide you through our rigorous curriculum while role modeling the integration of self-reflection, computational communication, and client-focused care.

Our faculty have expertise in adult and family health care, diabetes management and education, human subject protection, endocrinology, trauma care, cardiopulmonary, pediatrics, lactation, K-12 permanent counseling and teaching, nursing home administration, neonatal care, home health care, peri-anesthesia, obstetrics, bereavement counseling, and health education.

Faculty in the Division of Nursing

Adjunct Faculty

Global Education

Many nursing students are drawn to Keuka College for the opportunity to travel internationally during their college experience. At Keuka College, you’ll discover many options to travel, both individually and through group expeditions.

International group travel experiences offer you the opportunity to travel abroad and experience a new culture without the time commitment of a traditional study abroad program. Each year, nursing faculty organize trips that provide you with the chance to experience the health care systems of other countries, and develop strategies to improve quality of life for those in developing countries.


Nursing is a practice profession, which relies on current scientific and medical evidence to ensure proper diagnosis and care. Keuka College nursing faculty engage in regular clinical practice and scholarship in their areas of expertise in order to provide the most cutting-edge information to you.

Through courses in nursing theory and research, you’ll develop an understanding of how advancements in nursing knowledge are an essential component of scholarly practice. You’ll begin to see how critical thinking, problem-solving, and review and analysis are cultivated as you implement your own methods of research.


We bring Keuka College to you!

Face-to-face classes are held one evening per week at a Keuka College branch campus, or partner location close to where you live or work. Online assignments, homework, and group work are completed in Moodle, our easy-to-use learning management system. And our robust virtual library and online writing center are available for your use 24 hours a day.

Even though you’ll attend classes off-campus, you’re still a Keuka College student. That means you can use the home campus’s private lakefront beach, fitness center, and library anytime you’d like.

Award Opportunities

Florence Nightingale Award

Florence Nightingale, called the founder of modern nursing, was a strong-willed woman of quick intelligence who used her considerable knowledge of statistics, sanitation, logistics, administration, nutrition, and public health not only to develop a new system of nursing education and health care, but also to improve the social welfare systems of her time.

Criteria: Combined excellence in academic and clinical achievement; GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrates a concern for the community and environment.

Virginia Henderson Award

Virginia Henderson was a well-known nurse theorist, author and researcher. Born in 1897, she was one of the first nurse educators to obtain a master’s degree from Columbia University. Her long career included serving in 1929 as a teaching supervisor in the clinics of Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Until her death in 1996, she was very active in the many activities of the World Health organization.

Criteria: Academic excellence with a GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrates ongoing commitment to intellectual excellence and lifelong learning.

Janet Mance Award

Janet Mance started her career in nursing after her graduation from Yale University. Her career has included direct patient care, administration, and teaching. Janet has made significant contributions to nursing through her work with professional organizations throughout her lifetime. She was the president of the Genesee Valley Nurses Association, the New York State Nurses Association, and the Foundation of New York State Nurses. Her later efforts focused on working for the standardization of nursing education at the baccalaureate level. Her experiences brought her to Keuka College, where she taught and had roles in chairing the division of nursing.

Criteria: Combined excellence in academic and clinical achievement; GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrates an appreciation of the relevance of the past to the present and future of the nursing profession; actively involved in professional activities outside of the classroom; and brings an enthusiasm for nursing and its future to the classroom.

Nancy Bailey Award

This award was established in September 2004 and recognizes the contributions made to the Nursing Honor Society by Nancy D. Bailey, the College’s first Vice President. This award is presented to a member of this Society who demonstrates high professional standards in practice, administration, or teaching; demonstrates outstanding interpersonal skills through encouraging or mentoring others in supporting the goals of the Society; and exemplifies leadership qualities through participation in Honor Society activities.

Honor Society: Sigma Theta Tau International Chapter #474 Upsilon Upsilon

Organizational Mission

The mission of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is to support the learning, knowledge, and professional development of nurses committed to making a difference in health worldwide.

Society Vision

The vision of the Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, is to create a global community of nurses who lead in using knowledge, scholarship, service, and learning to improve the health of the world’s people.

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) – In 1922, six nurses founded STTI at the Indiana University Training School for Nurses, now the Indiana University School of Nursing, in Indianapolis, Ind., USA. The founders chose the name from the Greek words Storgé, Tharsos, and Timé, meaning "love," "courage," and "honor." STTI became incorporated in1985 as Sigma Theta Tau International Inc., a nonprofit organization with a 501(c)(3) tax status in the United States.

Criteria for Regular Membership

Student candidates must have demonstrated superior academic achievement, academic integrity, and professional leadership potential. Students must have graduated from a baccalaureate or equivalent nursing degree program that leads to the first professional nursing degree. Students in graduate programs shall be eligible for membership if they have graduated from an accredited program of graduate study in nursing including master, post-master, doctoral, and post-doctoral. Students in both basic and graduate programs shall be eligible for membership if they have achieved excellence according to the standards approved by the society.

Criteria for Nurse Leaders

A nurse leader, who is a registered nurse, legally recognized to practice in his/her country with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree or the equivalent in any field, and who has demonstrated achievement in nursing, shall be eligible for membership.

Graduate Leadership Award

The Keuka College Division of Nursing Graduate Leadership Award celebrates and recognizes the nurse leader who exemplifies the vision of the school to provide transformative leadership in nursing education locally and globally.

Criteria: Combined excellence in academic and clinical leadership; GPA of 3.5 or above; demonstrates ongoing commitment to advancing the future of nursing.


The Keuka College M.S. in Nursing program is accredited by the New York State Board of Regents and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). The CCNE address is:

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 530
Washington, DC 20036
Telephone: (202) 887-6791.

Keuka College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Those with questions may contact the organization at:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education
3624 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Telephone: (267) 284-5000

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Admissions Requirements

Master’s programs begin in the fall and spring, provided minimum enrollment is met—the ideal cohort size is 8-15 students. You must have access to the Internet, either at home or at a public location, for the entirety of their program.

  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Non-refundable $50 application fee.

Candidates must apply online. Additional information, such as essay requirements and supplemental items, are on the application.

Additional Requirements for M.S. in Nursing

  • Bachelor’s degree must be from an accredited nursing program.
  • Applicants must hold an unencumbered NYS license and current registration as a Registered Professional Nurse (RN).
  • Applicants must be currently working as an RN either full- or part-time.

Tuition & Aid

Program Credits Cost/Credit Total
Master of Science, Nursing (Education) 38 $650 $24,700

Financial Aid

Keuka College's full-service financial aid office is here to help you make graduate school affordable. Learn more about financial aid for graduate students.

What can you do with this degree?

Thinking about your future career? Here are some sample job titles that people with similar degrees have at organizations around the country.

• Advanced Nursing Professor
• Clinical Nursing Instructor
• Clinical Nursing Professor
• Registered Nursing Professor

Demand & Salary Data

Career Group Career Summary Median Annual Wage in 2015sort ascending Predicted Openings Between 2014 and 2024 Change in Demand for These Jobs, 2024 vs. 2014 Education Typically Needed
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary

Demonstrate and teach patient care in classroom and clinical units to nursing students. Includes both teachers primarily engaged in teaching and those who do a combination of teaching and research.

$67,480 25,400 13,200 Master's degree

Data Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

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