MSN or PhD to teach nursing?

  1. 0 Hello Nurse Educators,

    I am soon to graduate with my MSN-Nursing Education, and am wondering if I need a PhD to teach nursing? My goal is to teach at the university level/online, although I am open to teaching any level of nursing, to get my foot in the door. My specialty is adult Med/Surg.

    So, do any of you have or plan to get a PhD in nursing or education?

    Thanks in advance,
    Sunflower3
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  3. Visit  Sunflower3 profile page

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    Sunflower3 has '23' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'NPD; Administration; M/S; Critical Care'. From 'Midwest, US'; Joined Jan '06; Posts: 123; Likes: 35.

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  4. Visit  classicdame profile page
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    depends on your State's requirements (if in USA). My state requires a minimum of one degree higher than what you are teaching, with the exception of PhD. Only PhD's can teach doctoral candidates. So if you teach an ADN program you must have a MSN or be within 18 hours of graduating with MSN. BSN teachers must have MSN minimum in my state.
  5. Visit  llg profile page
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    States have different rules about faculty educational requirements. So do different schools. As a general rule though ... you can teach undergraduates with an MSN and maybe teach a couple of graduate schools (e.g. supervise clinicals, etc.). However, your career advancement possibilities will be limited with only an MSN.

    Some of the higher level roles in academia (and maybe some of the more desirable teaching assignments, depending on your interests) may not be available to you. For example, large research universities often require PhD's for the higher ranks of the professorate (full professor, associate professor, tenure, etc.) -- or to be a program director, course coordinator, etc.

    In short, with only an MSN, you will have job opportunities -- but not as many at the higher end of the pay scale and responsibility continuum as you would with a PhD.

    You'd have to check with your local schools to see the particular requirements where you live.
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  6. Visit  Sunflower3 profile page
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    llg,

    This is very helpful-a big Thank You for the guidance! I see that I need to continue on with my original plans and get started on my PhD. I suppose even having 'PhD Student' on my resume will be advantageous, in the meantime!

    Thanks,
    Sunflower3
  7. Visit  classicdame profile page
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    I disagree with the above post. I think it depends on where you live. In my area the only jobs for PhD nurses is teaching in one university and there are no openings (of which I am aware). But MSN prepared nurses can teach in 3 local ADN programs, two BSN programs and hold positions in various hospitals and other facilities. If I had continued with my education I would have had to move and did not want to do that.
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    Quote from classicdame
    I disagree with the above post. I think it depends on where you live. In my area the only jobs for PhD nurses is teaching in one university and there are no openings (of which I am aware). But MSN prepared nurses can teach in 3 local ADN programs, two BSN programs and hold positions in various hospitals and other facilities. If I had continued with my education I would have had to move and did not want to do that.

    Are you saying they wouldn't ALLOW a PhD to teach in those programs? I've never run into that before. A PhD may not be required, but I never heard of a college level program that PROHIBITED them.

    But as I said, it depends on the local conditions and your interests in teaching. If you want to teach at a major university or BSN level program, then a PhD is an advantage -- and may be required for career advancement. However, if you just want to teach entry-level students, then the PhD is less of an advantage. It all depends on what type of teaching you want to do and how high up the academic career ladder you want to go.
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  9. Visit  Whispera profile page
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    I think having a PhD could limit getting your teaching job since the school would have to pay you more than they'd have to pay a MSN educator. It would be good to start teaching as a MSN, to get your foot in the door, and then go for your PhD or DSN or DN or DNP.

    I live in Indiana. Here BSN educators can teach LPN and ADN students. BSN educators can teach clinicals for BSN students but must be working on their MSNs. Once a person has the MSN, the pay increases substantially and the educator can teach any BSN level course.

    Schools usually require their full time faculty to be working toward a doctorate, if they want to continue teaching. I know several faculty members who did that work one course at a time over a long period of time.
  10. Visit  Lstcats profile page
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    Quote from Sunflower3
    Hello Nurse Educators,

    I am soon to graduate with my MSN-Nursing Education, and am wondering if I need a PhD to teach nursing? My goal is to teach at the university level/online, although I am open to teaching any level of nursing, to get my foot in the door. My specialty is adult Med/Surg.

    So, do any of you have or plan to get a PhD in nursing or education?

    Thanks in advance,
    Sunflower3
    Yes, it does depend on your geographic area. But, most of the time you need a PhD for BSN programs but not for clinical. MSN is fine for clinical adjunct. MSN degree is fine for all other programs below a BSN. Of course, must have a PhD for a MSN program. most online programs require a PhD except PN programs. Check out www.higheredjobs.com for a list of faculty positions. Hope this helps.
  11. Visit  Lstcats profile page
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    Hi all,

    I am rereading these and very intriguing to find out that MSN prepared nurses can teach in BSN programs as full faculty. I live near Boston and it is definitely against BORN to have anything less than a PhD as FT faculty for a BSN program and never a MSN for anything w/ a doctoral program. And, Deans of Nursing in MA have to have a PhD even in ADN programs or be working towards it. BSN programs must have a PhD and many creditiantials as a Dean. Very strict here so again depends on your location.
  12. Visit  marachne profile page
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    Quote from Lstcats
    Hi all,

    I am rereading these and very intriguing to find out that MSN prepared nurses can teach in BSN programs as full faculty. I live near Boston and it is definitely against BORN to have anything less than a PhD as FT faculty for a BSN program and never a MSN for anything w/ a doctoral program. And, Deans of Nursing in MA have to have a PhD even in ADN programs or be working towards it. BSN programs must have a PhD and many creditiantials as a Dean. Very strict here so again depends on your location.
    Some of it may have to do with "areas of need." Fore example, in Oregon, if I remember correctly, a school can maintain its accreditation with MSN faculty if they can prove that the extant pool does not include enough doctorally prepared faculty.
  13. Visit  Goodoldnurse profile page
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    It really does matter what state you are wanting to teach in. In Oklahoma, you can teach as high as BSN students with a MSN degree. A PhD helps if you want to teach the MSN students (am told we need many more of those), but all other programs shoud have at least a BSN working on an MSN. This must be a new rule since many LPN programs are putting their faculty through MSN programs!
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  14. Visit  sandra l. bohman RN profile page
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    I am also debating on whether to get a MSN to teach nursing. Please does anyone have an answer concerning if I obtain a MSN degree to teach or am I wasting my time and will have to go back in a couple of years to get another degree to continue to teach?
    slb
  15. Visit  MissJulie profile page
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    Quote from sandra l. bohman RN
    I am also debating on whether to get a MSN to teach nursing. Please does anyone have an answer concerning if I obtain a MSN degree to teach or am I wasting my time and will have to go back in a couple of years to get another degree to continue to teach?
    slb
    At the school I currently attend (an ADN program), our instructors either have their BSN or are working on their MSN (the college requires atleast a masters for any program). However, there is one exception, our lab instructor, she is currently working on her BSN, but, then again, she's showing us how to do skills on manequins not the difference between Hypokalemia and Hypernatremia, so that may be the difference!

    May I offer a suggestion as to what level of education you will need to teach nursing? The easiest way may be to ccontact some instructors at facilities you would like to apply to, and ask them what level of education they have, or are required to have.

    Hope it helps


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