M.S.N. in Nursing Education

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Program Credits

The M.S.N. in Nursing Education is designed to build mastery of educational process and practical experiences in order to prepare students to be effective educators and leaders. The curriculum combines strong interdisciplinary courses in education while focused nursing courses develop expertise in teaching and presentation methods that incorporate the use of pedagogy, technology, and clinical expertise in teaching healthcare professionals. The M.S.N. program also offers a Simulation concentration, which prepares nurse educators who wish to specialize in the use of simulation technology for clinical and classroom instruction.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing and the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs in the School of Nursing, Education and Human Studies are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Contact Information

Dr. Ashlee Shields, PhD, RN, CCRN
RN-BSN/MSN Program Coordinator

Admission Requirements
  • Minimum nursing program GPA of 2.5 is preferred.
    • If the GPA is below 2.5, the student may be given the option of participating in an interview for admission consideration.
  • All post high school transcripts
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse 
Course Plan

* This program accepts students on a rolling admission. Semester of program entry will determine the program plan.

Year 1, Fall

  • HSAM6120: Ethics/Legal Issues (1st)
  • NURS6340: Nursing Informatics (2nd)

Year 2, Fall

  • NURS7016: Adv. Physical Assessment & Pathophysiology & Pharmacology (15 weeks)
  • NURS7020*: Clinical Focus Seminar & Practicum (clinical hours) (2nd)

Year 1, Spring

  • NURS6150: Applied Statistics (1st)
  • NURS6200: Research for Adv. Nursing Roles (2nd)


Year 1, Summer

  • EDUC6010: Theory of Learning (1st) EDUC6060: Curriculum Design (2nd)

Year 2, Spring

  • NURS7060*: Classroom Teaching Practicum (clinical hours) (1st)
  • NURS7080*: Clinical Teaching Practicum (clinical hours) (2nd)


Year 2, Summer

  • NURS7040: Health Policy & Economics (1st)

* The practicum courses provide on ground clinical experiences, which will be coordinated with a local preceptor.

Sample Courses:

These are some of the classes for students in this academic program:

Ethical & Legal Issues in Healthcare
Advanced Physical Assessment, Pathophysiology & Pharmacology
Curriculum Design

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More than ever before, today’s complex healthcare environment needs skilled clinicians,  expert communicators, and good people. Our students are about more than a major.

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