MSN Professors?

  1. Hey all! I see teaching in my future and I'd love to do so at the college/university level. A lot of my nursing school professors were PhD certified but I'd rather not go down that route. Have a lot of you had master's-certified professors in the past? Does anyone know how likely one is to get a teaching job with an MSN?

    Thank you!!!
  2. 10 Comments

  3. by   meanmaryjean
    Well first, PhD and MSN are not certifications but rather are academic degrees.

    Earning an MSN can qualify you to teach in an LPN/ LVN program and undergraduate programs. (ADN and BSN) One generally needs to be educated to one level ABOVE what you want to teach. So if you want to teach in a MSN program, you need to have a doctoral degree (DNP/ PhD/ EdD).

    Does that make sense?
  4. by   Rose_Queen
    Many BSN programs are also looking for doctoral degrees for classroom instructors- MSN degrees nurses only teach the clinical portion.
  5. by   amoLucia
    Even if one were hired in a university setting with a MSN, the expectation is that the nurse educator will be actively pursuing a terminal doctorate degree.

    Professors in other collegiate disciplines usually hold doctorates, so that is the same expectation for nursing faculty who seek full professorship and tenure with maximum compensation.
  6. by   traumaRUs
    Moved to Post Grad nursing student
  7. by   new gal
    All my teachers in my ADN program are MSN
  8. by   FullGlass
    There is a nursing faculty shortage, so many schools will hire MSN instructors for BSN and MSN lectures and clinicals. However, most schools require an MSN instructor who is teaching MSN students to obtain either a PhD or DNP within a specified period of time.
  9. by   mmc51264
    I started one RN-BSN program and very few had doctorates. It was very disorganized (they were reworking the program) the director of the program had an MPH. Not even an MSN in nursing! I did not stay there.
    I moved to another program that had all doctoral level instructors but also used a company that hires MSN instructors, most of which are working on terminal degrees, to be TAs. That was a great program.
    If you have an MSN, you can get a DNP or an Ed.D, in about 2 years and then teach at the University level. (as opposed to a 5-6 year Ph.D)
    I have a Masters in Teaching as well as MSN. I could get a post Masters CNE and teach clinical or specific topics, perhaps (I am ortho certified and am sitting for CDE soon).
    In Informatics, we had non-nursing degrees (Medical Information Management degrees), but that is the exception, rather than the rule.
  10. by   FolksBtrippin
    At my bsn program all professors were educated at the doctorate level, phd or dnp. Clinical instructors had a minimum of a master's degree.

    At the ADN programs near me, a master's degree is sufficient to teach lecture.
  11. by   Pixie.RN
    I teach in an RN-to-BSN program as an MSN-prepared nurse. We are encouraged to pursue a doctoral degree.
  12. by   woodsyny
    I have an MSN and teach online in a RN-BSN program. Many of the professors in the MSN program have a DNP, PhD, or EdD
    Last edit by woodsyny on Dec 24, '17 : Reason: forgot something