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Working As A Nursing Teacher

  • Training and Teaching Others
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Make Decisions

  • $74,000

    Average Salary

What Does A Nursing Teacher Do

Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books.

Duties

Postsecondary teachers typically do the following:

  • Teach courses in their subject area
  • Work with students who are taking classes to improve their knowledge or career skills
  • Develop an instructional plan (known as a course outline or syllabus) for the course(s) they teach and ensure that it meets college and department standards
  • Plan lessons and assignments
  • Work with colleagues to develop or modify the curriculum for a degree or certificate program involving a series of courses
  • Assess students’ progress by grading assignments, papers, exams, and other work
  • Advise students about which classes to take and how to achieve their goals
  • Stay informed about changes and innovations in their field
  • Conduct research and experiments to advance knowledge in their field
  • Supervise graduate students who are working toward doctoral degrees
  • Publish original research and analysis in books and academic journals
  • Serve on academic and administrative committees that review and recommend policies, make budget decisions, or advise on hiring and promotions within their department

Postsecondary teachers, often referred to as professors or faculty, specialize in a variety of subjects and fields. Some teach academic subjects, such as English or philosophy. Others focus on career-related subjects, such as law, nursing, or culinary arts.

At colleges and universities, professors are organized into departments that specialize in a subject, such as history, science, business, or music. A professor may teach one or more courses within that department. For example, a mathematics professor may teach calculus, statistics, and a graduate seminar in a very specific area of mathematics.

Postsecondary teachers’ duties vary with their positions in a university or college. In large colleges or universities, they may spend their time teaching, conducting research or experiments, applying for grants to fund their research, or supervising graduate teaching assistants who are teaching classes.

Postsecondary teachers who work in small colleges and universities or in community colleges often spend more time teaching classes and working with students. They may spend some time conducting research, but they do not have as much time to devote to it.

Full-time professors, particularly those who have tenure (a professor who cannot be fired without just cause), often are expected to spend more time on their research. They also may be expected to serve on more college and university committees.

Part-time professors, often known as adjunct professors, spend most of their time teaching students.

Professors may teach large classes of several hundred students (often with the help of graduate teaching assistants), smaller classes of about 40 to 50 students, seminars with just a few students, or laboratories where students practice the subject matter. They work with an increasingly varied student population as more part-time, older, and culturally diverse students are going to postsecondary schools.

Professors need to keep up with developments in their field by reading scholarly articles, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences. A tenured professor must do original research, such as experiments, document analysis, or critical reviews, and publish their findings.

Some postsecondary teachers work for online universities or teach online classes. They use websites to present lessons and information, to assign and accept students’ work, and to participate in course discussions. Online professors communicate with students by email and by phone and might never meet their students in person.

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Educational requirements vary with the subject taught and the type of educational institution. Most commonly, postsecondary teachers must have a Ph.D. However, a master's degree may be enough for some postsecondary teachers at community colleges. In career and technical schools, work experience may be important for getting a postsecondary teaching job.

Education

Postsecondary teachers who work for 4-year colleges and universities typically need a doctoral degree in their field. Some schools may hire those with a master’s degree or those who are doctoral degree candidates for some specialties, such as fine arts, or for some part-time positions.

Doctoral programs generally take multiple years after the completion of a bachelor’s degree program. They spend time completing a master’s degree and then writing a doctoral dissertation, which is a paper presenting original research in the student’s field of study. Candidates usually specialize in a subfield, such as organic chemistry or European history.

Community colleges or career and technical schools also may hire those with a master’s degree. However, in some fields, there are more applicants than available positions. In these situations, institutions can be more selective, and they frequently choose applicants who have a Ph.D. over those with a master’s degree.

Postsecondary teachers who teach career and technical education courses, such as culinary arts or cosmetology, may not be required to have graduate-level education. At a minimum they must hold the degree of the program in which they are teaching. For example, the teacher must hold an associate’s degree if they teach a program that is at the associate’s degree level. In addition, work experience or certification may be just as important as education for getting a postsecondary teaching job at a career or technical school.

Other Experience

Some institutions may prefer to hire those with teaching or other work experience, but this is not a requirement for all fields or for all employers.

In health specialties, art, or education fields, hands-on work experience in the industry can be important. Postsecondary teachers in these fields often gain experience by working in an occupation related to their field of expertise.

In fields such as biological science, physics, and chemistry, some postsecondary teachers have postdoctoral research experience. These short-term jobs, sometimes called “post-docs,” usually involve working for 2 to 3 years as a research associate or in a similar position, often at a college or university.

Some postsecondary teachers gain teaching experience by working as graduate teaching assistants—students who are enrolled in a graduate program and teach classes in the institution in which they are enrolled.

Some postsecondary teachers, especially adjunct professors, have another job in addition to teaching.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Postsecondary teachers who prepare students for an occupation that requires a license, certification, or registration, may need to have—or they may benefit from having—the same credential. For example, a postsecondary nursing teacher might need a nursing license or a postsecondary education teacher might need a teaching license.

Advancement

A major goal for postsecondary teachers with a doctoral degree is attaining a tenure—a guarantee that a professor cannot be fired without just cause. It can take up to 7 years of moving up the ranks in tenure-track positions. The ranks are assistant professor, associate professor, and professor. Tenure is granted through a review of the candidate’s research, contribution to the institution, and teaching.

Tenure and tenure track positions are declining as institutions are relying more heavily on part-time faculty.

Some tenured professors advance to administrative positions, such as dean or president. For information on deans and other administrative positions, see the profile on postsecondary education administrators. For more information about college and university presidents, see the profile on top executives.

Important Qualities

Critical-thinking skills. To challenge established theories and beliefs, conduct original research, and design experiments, postsecondary teachers need good critical-thinking skills.

Interpersonal skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be able to work well with others and must have good communication skills to serve on committees and give lectures.

Resourcefulness. Postsecondary teachers need to be able to present information in a way that students will understand. They need to adapt to the different learning styles of their students and teach students who have little or no experience with the subject.

Speaking skills. Postsecondary teachers need good communication skills to give lectures.

Writing skills. Most postsecondary teachers need to be skilled writers to publish original research and analysis.

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Nursing Teacher Demographics

Gender

Female

75.0%

Unknown

13.4%

Male

11.6%
Ethnicity

White

58.9%

Hispanic or Latino

18.2%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

7.8%

Unknown

3.1%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Thai

50.0%

Spanish

50.0%

Nursing Teacher Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

14.3%

New York University

10.7%

University of Houston

7.1%

University of Texas at Austin

7.1%

Tyler Junior College

7.1%

Assumption College

3.6%

Tri-County Technical College

3.6%

Rochester Community and Technical College

3.6%

Colorado Technical University

3.6%

University of California - San Francisco

3.6%

Everest Institute

3.6%

Texas Woman's University

3.6%

National University

3.6%

Quincy College

3.6%

Winston-Salem State University

3.6%

Saint Peter's University

3.6%

Excelsior College

3.6%

Purdue University - North Central

3.6%

University of Massachusetts Amherst

3.6%

Chabot College

3.6%
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Majors

Nursing

58.2%

Health Care Administration

4.1%

Management

3.1%

Public Health

3.1%

Business

3.1%

Medical Assisting Services

3.1%

Education

3.1%

Psychology

2.0%

English

2.0%

Mental Health Counseling

2.0%

Medicine

2.0%

Nursing Science

2.0%

Elementary Education

2.0%

Nursing Assistants

2.0%

Early Childhood Education

2.0%

Social Work

2.0%

Pharmacy

1.0%

Health Sciences And Services

1.0%

Management Science

1.0%

Sociology

1.0%
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Degrees

Bachelors

31.4%

Other

29.8%

Masters

18.2%

Associate

14.0%

Certificate

2.5%

Diploma

1.7%

Doctorate

1.7%

License

0.8%
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Average Yearly Salary
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$36,000
Min 10%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
$74,000
Median 50%
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$74,000
Median 50%
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Highest Paying City
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Highest Paying State
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Avg Experience Level
2.9 years
How much does a Nursing Teacher make at top companies?
The national average salary for a Nursing Teacher in the United States is $74,202 per year or $36 per hour. Those in the bottom 10 percent make under $36,000 a year, and the top 10 percent make over $150,000.

Real Nursing Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary State University of New York Buffalo, NY Sep 15, 2011 $125,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary University of Rochester Rochester, NY Nov 30, 2011 $111,395
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary New York University New York, NY Feb 26, 2010 $100,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary University of Florida Gainesville, FL Sep 13, 2013 $93,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary The Ohio State University Columbus, OH Sep 15, 2011 $92,220
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Apr 01, 2013 $90,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Azusa Pacific University San Diego, CA Jan 23, 2014 $85,782
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT Feb 27, 2014 $85,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, OH Feb 14, 2014 $82,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA Jun 17, 2013 $80,210
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Radians College Washington, DC Nov 21, 2013 $80,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Radians College Washington, DC Nov 22, 2013 $80,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Azusa Pacific University San Diego, CA Feb 20, 2013 $79,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Emory Healthcare Inc. Atlanta, GA Dec 12, 2013 $77,940
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary University of Louisville Louisville, KY Apr 24, 2013 $75,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary University of California, Irvine Irvine, CA Dec 02, 2013 $75,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary George Mason University Fairfax, VA Dec 12, 2013 $74,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary The University of Alabama In Huntsville Huntsville, AL Sep 29, 2014 $73,500
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary University of Iowa Iowa City, IA Feb 20, 2013 $72,500
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary University of Hartford West Hartford, CT Apr 21, 2014 $71,500
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary University of Arkansas-Fort Smith Fort Smith, AR Nov 18, 2010 $70,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary State University of New York Buffalo, NY Jul 03, 2012 $69,365
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary California School of Health Sciences Garden Grove, CA May 09, 2012 $64,380
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Marquette University Milwaukee, WI Jun 02, 2010 $64,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Washington State University Spokane, WA Mar 23, 2010 $63,900
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Milwaukee, WI Apr 19, 2012 $63,000
Nursing Teacher-Postsecondary Pacific Union College Angwin, CA Apr 30, 2015 $61,683
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary California Nurses and Vocational Institute San Francisco, CA Apr 11, 2008 $61,273 -
$85,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary California Nurses and Vocational Institute San Francisco, CA Jan 25, 2008 $61,273 -
$85,000
Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary Radians College Washington, DC Nov 27, 2013 $60,000

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Top Skills for A Nursing Teacher

  1. Substitute Nurse
  2. Lesson Plans
  3. Patient Care
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  • Substitute nurse as well as teacher for the Elementary and High school students.
  • Develop informative course materials and lesson plans for career technology nursing essentials program.
  • Evaluated patient care needs, prioritized treatment and maintained patient flow.
  • Organized medical records, filed, as well as input medical information (e.g., shot records).
  • Initiated career and technical student organization (Skills USA and HOSA) for the health career students of SMHS.

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