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 country is experiencing a shortage of nursing faculty. The Master of Science in nursing with a concentration in nursing education can help prepare students to advance their career and achieve their goal of becoming a nurse educator in an academic or practice setting. During this program, students prepare to teach future nurses and nursing leaders. They learn about educational theory and research, curricular design and evaluation, academic and clinical assessment, testing and evaluation, and they gain and advance their skills in curriculum and course development and delivery, research and evidence-based practice, and evaluation methods.

Courses in this program are led by experienced nursing faculty and designed with active learning strategies. The advanced-level courses in education can be used to provide a transition to doctoral-level study if students choose to further their education. Depending on their career goals, students can choose to work with a clinical educator or an academic educator during the program.

At the completion of the program, graduates are eligible to take the National League for Nursing's Certified Nurse Educator certification examination.

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Nursing (Nursing Education), MS

Plan of study

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Application Deadline

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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) or NUR 544 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing (3)
DNP 602 Evaluating Research for Practice (3)
DNP 604 Advanced Human Pathophysiology Across Lifespan (4)
DNP 608 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics Across Lifespan (3) or NUR 545 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
NUR 501 Individual and Innovation Leadership in Health Care (3) or HCI 538 Innovation and the Individual (3)
NUR 502 Advanced Health Assessment and Health Promotion (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.

Licensure requirements: Applicants for the MS in nursing and MS in nursing (nursing education) program must meet one of the following criteria:

  • hold a current unencumbered RN license in the state in which the student plans to do clinical practicums
  • Students located outside of the United States must provide international nursing credentials evaluated by the Credentials Evaluation Services (CES) Professional Reports through the Commision on Gradates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) International for equivalency to US RN licensure
  • Recent graduates of a nursing program must take and pass NCLEX, and receive RN licensure by the end of their first semester in the program.

Health and Safety Requirements: Students recommended for admission must meet health and safety requirements by established deadlines, including a passing disposition on a background clearance, satisfactory completion of a substance screen, and other requirements, as a condition of admission.

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