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.


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.

Program Offered

Nursing (Nursing Education), MS

Offered by
Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation


Plan of Study

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Financial Aid
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Program 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.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program 

Students in the Doctoral and Master’s Program in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University are eligible to apply for the following loan forgiveness program.

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP), provides financial aid to Master of Science students with a concentration in nursing education.   As a loan forgiveness program, the NFLP is designed to support students who seek to obtain preparation to qualify as a nurse educator in an effort to fill existing vacancies in institutions providing nursing education programs.  The intent of the program is to decrease nurse faculty vacancy rates.  Students who commit to teach for four years following graduation from an accredited nursing program are qualified to have up to 85% of funds borrowed cancelled.   Twenty percent of borrowed funds are cancelled each year for the first three years with 25% cancelled on completion of the fourth year of teaching.  For additional information about this program, contact Dr. Pauline Komnenich in the Master’s Program Office at 602-496-0861.

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