Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Nursing Education
Nurse Educators play a vital role in developing the next generation of nurses. Our Nursing Education track is ranked #9 in U.S. US News and World ReportNews & World Report's 2022 Best Online Programs and offers students the opportunity to learn from nationally recognized faculty experienced in preparing both novice and experienced educators to:
  • Design evidence-based nursing curriculum
  • Develop innovative, effective teaching strategies
  • Evaluate student learning
  • Utilize best practices in the field of nursing education
The Nursing Education track prepares you to launch a career as a nurse educator in a variety of healthcare contexts or settings:
  • Community colleges
  • Universities
  • Hospitals
  • Community health agencies
  • Private industry
  • Privately supported educational institutions

For Nurse Educators pursuing a career as a nursing faculty member, IUSON participates in the federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program which provides up to 85% loan forgiveness for service as a nursing faculty member at an accredited school of nursing.

Graduates are eligible for certification through the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator.

42 credit hours
225 clinical/practicum hours

MSN Core Courses (22 Credit Hours)
  • N502 Nursing Theory I (3 cr)
  • N504 Leadership for Advanced Nursing Practice (3 cr)
  • R500 Nursing Research Methods (3 cr)
  • R505 Measurement & Data Analysis (3 cr)
  • Y515 Advanced Pathophysiology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y612 Advanced Pharmacology Lifespan (3 cr)
  • Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment Lifespan (4 cr)
Nursing Education Track Courses (20 Credit Hours)
  • T601 Advanced Nursing Education (4 cr/75 clinical hours - direct patient care)
  • T604 Curriculum in Nursing (3 cr)
  • T620 Computer Technologies for Nurse Educators (3 cr)
  • T618 Evaluation in Nursing (3 cr)
  • T680 Nursing Education Practicum (4 cr/150 teaching practicum hours)
  • Elective (3 cr)

Review the course descriptions.

Program Details
  • Three-year/part-time and two-year/full-time plans of study available.
  • Courses follow a traditional 16-week semester format; summer courses run across both summer sessions for 12 weeks.
  • MSN Core Courses (22 credits) are primarily taught online, with the potential for some synchronous class sessions held via Zoom. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes six on-site lab days that must be attended in-person.
  • Nursing Education Courses (20 credits) are primarily taught online, with some synchronous class sessions held via Zoom. Additional optional on-site learning activities may be provided as well. 
  • Clinical/practicum experiences can be completed in your home community within Indiana and are arranged cooperatively by students and faculty.
  • All clinical/practicum hours must be completed within Indiana due to supervision requirements.
Minimum Criteria for Admission
  • BSN degree from a CCNE or ACEN accredited program, or foreign equivalent.
  • BSN degree GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (as listed on BSN transcript.)
  • Active, unencumbered Indiana or Compact RN license.
  • RN experience is not required for admission to the Nursing Education track.
  • Completion of a three-credit hour undergraduate statistics course from an accredited college or university with a B- or better.
  • Pass/fail courses are not accepted.
Admission Timeline
  • Admission to the Nursing Education track is offered for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.
  • Application deadlines:
    • Fall Start: May 15th
    • Spring Start: October 15th
    • Summer Start: February 15th
  • Admission notifications are sent out approximately six weeks after the application deadline.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.

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