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UM’s Online Master’s Degree for Nurse Educators Aims to Address Critical National Shortage 

Kathy Dean Education, Health, News

MOBILE, Ala. – The University of Mobile is enrolling students now for a fully online Master of Science in Nursing Education that prepares registered nurses to meet the critical need for nursing educators.

The deadline to apply for the fall semester of 2022 is July 15. Learn more and apply today at

The four-semester program is 100% online and may be completed while students work full time. Students may select the focus of their practicum experience, allowing them to apply current work experience to meet degree requirements for clinical hours. The program prepares nursing educators for positions in various health care and academic settings.

Dr. Jessica Garner, interim graduate chair of the School of Nursing, said, “Nursing educators are needed to prepare the next generation of nursing professionals to meet the fast-growing health care needs of an aging population.”

The current deficit of nurse faculty limits the ability to educate nurses, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, which noted there were nearly 1,500 job openings in 2020. A shortage of nursing faculty was one of the top reasons thousands of students were denied admission to bachelor’s degree programs, according to the 2020 AACN annual survey.

Online Nursing Degrees

UM offers a variety of online programs for professionals wanting to continue their education and move ahead in the health care profession. Some online programs include on-campus practicums. Programs include:

Learn more about programs in the University of Mobile School of Nursing at For more information about enrolling at the University of Mobile, call Enrollment Services at 251.442.2222.

About the University of Mobile

The University of Mobile is a Christ-centered university offering on-campus and online bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in over 75 academic programs. Founded in 1961, the University of Mobile is affiliated with the Alabama Baptist State Convention and is located 10 miles north of Mobile, Alabama on a campus of over 880 acres.

For information about the University of Mobile, areas of study, admissions and more, visit, connect with UM on social media @univofmobile, or call Enrollment Services at 1.800.WIN.RAMS or 251.442.2222.

About the Author

Kathy Dean

Kathy Dean is assistant vice president for university communications and has helped tell the University of Mobile story since 1993. She is an award-winning public relations professional and former journalist. Her husband and daughter are UM graduates. She loves playing in the yard – planting flowers, picking blueberries, pulling weeds and petting her two mini-schnauzers.