Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Nursing Education

The nursing education track prepares you to launch a career in teaching in schools of nursing or to serve as a nurse educator in a variety of healthcare contexts or settings. This distance-accessible track uses technology to bring learners, faculty, and content together. While most learning activities can be completed from a distance, there are five lab days in Advanced Physical Assessment that must be completed on-site. Additional optional on-site learning activities may be provided as well. Practicum hours may be completed in your local community; students select and arrange the practicum site to match their career interests and goals.

As a graduate of this program, you are eligible for certification through the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator.

42 credit hours
150 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 Advancing Nursing Education (4 cr)
  • 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 practicum hours)
  • Elective (3 cr)

Review the course descriptions.

Curriculum Delivery

  • Courses follow a traditional 15-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. Synchronous sessions are able to be attended either in-person or via videoconferencing technology. Y625 Advanced Physical Assessment includes five on-site lab days that must be attended in-person.
  • Nursing Education Courses (20 credits) are distance-accessible courses that combine online coursework with some synchronous class sessions. 
  • Please see the Nursing Education Track Guide for more details on course formats and sample plans of study.

Admission Timeline

  • Admission to the Nursing Education track is offered for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms.
  • Admission is rolling; applications are due at least one month prior to the start of the term you wish to begin the program.
  • Admission notifications are sent out 2-3 weeks after your completed application (including transcripts and recommendations) is received.
  • You can find detailed application instructions by clicking the Apply Now button at right.

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