Nursing (Nursing Education), MS

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The Nurse Education concentration prepares nurses as educators for increasingly complex health environments, from highly technological academic settings to culturally diverse populations.  The program fosters scholarship, creativity and innovation as the foundation for teaching and leadership in academic and practice settings.  The Nursing Education concentration offers advanced-level courses in education that can provide a transition to doctoral level study, depending on career goals.  

Graduates are eligible to take the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator certification examination.

Key areas of program emphasis:

  • Utilize theory and research, which provide a knowledge base for innovation in nursing education, science and art.
  • Plan, produce and evaluate educational programs that account for regulatory, ethical and legal standards in academic and practice settings.
  • Adapt best practices in the delivery of innovative learner-centered education and principles of leadership and change in academic and practice settings.


If you are inspired to teach in an academic or practice setting and prefer the convenience of online courses using state of the art technology with the enrichment of in-person sessions, this is the program for you.


The MS program in nursing education prepares nurses as educators to work in increasingly complex, technology-rich health environments with culturally diverse populations. The program is designed to foster scholarship, creativity and innovation as a foundation for leadership roles in teaching in academic and practice settings.

The program offers advanced-level courses in education that can be used to provide a transition to doctoral-level study, depending on career goals. At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National League for Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator certification examination.

At A Glance

Nursing (Nursing Education), MS

Plan of study

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Application Deadline

This degree follows the general graduate application deadlines.

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Financing Your Education

Nurse Faculty Loan Program
Students accepted into this Edson College program are eligible to apply for the Nurse Faculty Loan Program to help complete their degree.

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Financial Aid
ASU has many financial aid options. Almost everyone, regardless of income, can qualify for some form of financial aid. In fact, more than 70 percent of all ASU students receive some form of financial assistance every year.

Degree requirements

Required Core (18 credit hours)
DNP 601 Theoretical Foundations for Advance Practice Nursing (3)
DNP 602 Evaluating Research for Practice (3)
DNP 604 Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (4)
DNP 608 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across the Lifespan (3)
NUR 501 Individual and Innovation Leadership in Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
NUR 502 Advanced Health Assessment, Pathophysiology and Pharmacotherapeutics for Health Promotion I (2)

Concentration (12 credit hours)
NUR 670 Curriculum Development in Academic and Practice Settings (3)
NUR 671 Teaching in Academic and Practice Settings (3)
NUR 672 Design and Delivery of Mediated Instruction (3)
NUR 673 Producing and Evaluating Programs for Academic and Practice Settings (3)

Other Requirements (5 credit hours)
NUR 509 Clinical Prevention and Population Health Practicum (2)
NUR 579 Role-Focused Practicum: Nurse Educator (3)

Culminating Experience (3 credit hours)
NUR 593 Applied Project (3)

Additional Curriculum Information
This degree program culminates in an applied project related to learner-centered education. The core of the program consists of 18 credit hours of courses and a practicum. The program focuses on the science and art of nursing education, and includes theory and practice courses.

Admission requirements

Applicants must fulfill the requirements of both the Graduate College and the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Applicants are eligible to apply to the program if they have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing from a nationally recognized, regionally accredited institution.

Applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in the last 60 hours of their first bachelor's degree program, or applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 (scale is 4.00 = "A") in an applicable master's degree program.

All applicants must submit:

  1. graduate admission application and application fee
  2. official transcripts
  3. three professional letters of recommendation
  4. resume
  5. goal statement
  6. proof of English proficiency

Additional Application Information
An applicant whose native language is not English must provide proof of English proficiency regardless of current residency per the Graduate College requirement and all requirements for the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools.

All students are also required to have an unencumbered Arizona RN license or an unencumbered compact state RN license as mandated by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The RN license must remain unencumbered throughout enrollment in any nursing program.

An interview with program faculty is required.

There are no required admission examinations for this program.

Health and safety requirements include passing disposition on a background clearance and satisfactory completion of a substance screen.

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