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Specialize Your MSN with Nursing Education Credentials
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MS in 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.

COVID-19: We’ve implemented course accommodations to support you while you are doing so much to care for your communities.

MSN Education Graduate Discusses Why She Chose American Sentinel University

Brigitte Mosely earned her MSN, Education online at American Sentinel University. She explains why she chose American Sentinel’s Master’s in nursing education and what she thought of the program.

MSN (Term-Based) vs. MSN Powered by SIMPath®

Which method is right for you?

You can choose from a traditional term-based delivery method or a more flexible method utilizing virtual simulations called MSN Powered by SIMPath® to complete your degree.

MSN (Term-Based)

Ideal for learners who prefer a structured approach with more guidance and less emphasis on computer simulated learning environments.

  • Coursework is presented completely online
  • Monthly starts
  • Total of 12 term-based nursing courses
  • Structured 8-week courses
  • Complete 1-2 courses in 8 weeks
  • 8-week courses may be overlapped or spaced out
  • Courses are in a traditional format:
    • Highly structured courses with consistent due dates. Discussion posts are due on Wednesdays and papers are due on Monday mornings.
    • Regular peer interaction through discussion posts
    • Competencies are mainly demonstrated through writing papers
    • Fewer virtual simulation assignments

$560 per credit hour or $1,680 per course

Total standard tuition: Up to $20,160 (could be less depending on your transfer credits)

MSN Powered by SIMPath®

Ideal if you are self-disciplined and comfortable with technology. You can move through courses at you own pace and demonstrate your skills utilizing an array of methods. 

  • Coursework is presented completely online
  • Monthly starts
  • Register for 16-week semesters and complete the 12 courses at your own pace
  • Courses are in our Powered by SIMPath® format:
    • Show mastery of competencies in unique ways such as PowerPoint presentations, graphics, videos, papers or something completely new
    • Utilize digital resources such as Sentinel Data Labs to enhance the learning experience
    • Weekly meeting with your instructor and peers to keep you on track
    • No “due dates” – although all projects need to be submitted by the end of the 16-week semester

$4,000 per 16-week semester

Total standard tuition: $16,000 (based on completing graduate in four semesters – can be completed in fewer semesters)

Note: start with a maximum of 3 courses; add as your schedule permits

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 – Term Based 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 are equivalent to semester hours

M.S. Nursing, Nursing Education – Powered by SIMPath® 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 are equivalent to semester hours

What Our Students Are Saying

This really is the perfect curriculum for my goals and the fact that it is online and I can continue to work full time is a bonus.

Lars Summerhays

Lars Summerhays

MSN, Nursing Education with Fresnius Kidney Care

"There is a lot of opportunity where I am to grow and I’m excited that I’m now more prepared for that. With my education, I’m up to date on a field that is constantly changing, and I have the credentials to pursue my future goals."

Kristen Hale

Kristen Hale

MSN Nursing Informatics graduate, 2019

My education has opened my eyes and showed me all these different ways I can have a positive impact on patients.

Eileen Allen

Eileen Allen

MSN, Nursing Education with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Somerset

"I had this feeling that it was a program that would fit me best, and I loved that the school is military friendly and offers discounted tuition for military members and veterans."

Adrienne Rollins

Adrienne Rollins

MSN Nursing Education student, 2019

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.

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.

For information on program eligibility requirements, please visit the Master’s Program Admissions Requirements page.