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M.S. Nursing, Nursing Education

If your passion for nursing includes a gift for sharing your knowledge with others, choosing Nursing Education as the specialization for your Master of Science Nursing will enable you to directly impact the quality of nursing for generations to come. An MSN, Nursing Education is one of  seven specializations offered by our CCNE-accredited MSN program and is specifically designed to be 100% online for maximum flexibility.

Why Our MSN Program Works

MSN Nursing Education Curriculum

A specialization in Nursing Education gives you a foundation in educational research and the skills you need to integrate evidence-based practices into curriculum. Our rigorous curriculum covers a breadth of issues in nursing education, including academic freedom and ethics. Key courses include:
  • Curriculum Design and Learning Outcomes
  • Teaching to Diverse Learning Styles
  • Organizational Dynamics of Higher Education

M.S. Nursing, Nursing Education Curriculum

Completion of the MSN, nursing education specialization, requires 36 credit hours. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 18 credit hours from previous graduate study.
View more information on MSN practice experiences.


Credit Hours*

REQUIRED COURSES (36 credit hours)
Core Courses (18 credit hours)


Credit Hours*

Nursing Infection Prevention and Control Specialization (18 credit hours)
* Credit hours are equivalent to semester hours
The mission of the MSN program
is to prepare highly qualified professional nursing personnel to serve global healthcare communities as administrators, educators, and informatics specialists.

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More on the MSN Nursing Education

You’ll study with nursing leaders from top facilities around the country, including Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Geisinger Clinic, Kaiser Permanente and more. Our MSN Nursing Education graduates are prepared to:

  • Teach in nursing schools and clinical environments
  • Identify and teach to different learning styles
  • Design and develop curriculum
  • Utilize distance learning technology

Graduates of the MSN program, nursing education specialization, will be able to:

  • Analyze the role of the nurse educator in practice environments.
  • Design curriculum using emerging trends in nursing education.
  • Develop assessment and performance evaluations of individual learners.
  • Develop a plan for evaluating program effectiveness in an academic or institutional setting.
  • Integrate roles as leaders and collaborators in various healthcare settings.
  • Use theoretical knowledge to guide advanced nursing practice.
  • Analyze models that expand the role of nurses in a global society.
  • Evaluate legislation, policies, and economics as applied to the current healthcare environment.
  • Appraise research to enhance professional nursing practice.

All coursework for the Master of Science Nursing is 100% online and includes Practice experiences. Practice experiences do not involve hands-on patient care. Unlike the clinical experiences you completed to become a registered nurse, practice experiences are built in to your courses and do not add additional work.

Practice experiences are interactive learning opportunities where you get to apply the concepts you are learning to real world scenarios. They are an important requirement for accreditation, as it enables students to demonstrate educational competencies.

See MSN Practice Experiences for more information.

  • Active, unencumbered RN license
  • Bachelor of science nursing degree with a minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Up to 18 credit hours can be transferred in
  • Foreign students must hold a comparable degree as determined by NACES member outside evaluation service
  • No GRE or other placement test is required service

Student Stories

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Sharon VanDalinda had considered earning her BSN for years, but was sparked into action by the Institute of Medicine report recommendation that 80 percent of nurses hold baccalaureate degrees by 2020 – not one to stop when she’s on a roll, Sharon decided to earn her MSN as well.
In 2016, Sybilla finished her BSN classes—and with flying colors, as the recipient of the 2017 Dean’s Award. Now armed with her BSN, she is excited about what the future holds.
Sally Brown beat cancer and earned her BSN at the same time, underlining what an incredible role model she is for her two daughters.