Nursing Education: Academic Nursing


College of Nursing


Master of Science in Nursing, Master's


Center City




2 - 3 Years

Program Overview

The Master of Science (MSN) in Nursing Education: Academic Nursing is designed for professional nurses seeking faculty positions in entry-level or graduate nursing education programs to teach in the classroom, clinical environment, or online. Courses focus on contemporary curriculum design, instructional methodologies, student assessment, and program evaluation methods. Completion of two preceptor-facilitated practicums provides students the opportunity to transfer knowledge to the actual academic environment.

Our flexible, online program with experiential learning offers professional growth and career trajectory toward successful transition into the professorial role in an academic setting.

Graduates are eligible, depending on employment role and work history, to apply for any of the three National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examinations. NLN-CNE designation indicates exceptional proficiencies in the field of nursing education.

MSN Program Highlights

  • 224 hours of expert academician preceptor-facilitated experiential learning
  • A nursing education core curriculum course in Online Education & Instructional Design in Academic Nursing
  • Program outcomes incorporate the NLN competencies for nurse educators

MSN Program Outcomes

  • Integrate relevant knowledge, principles and theories from nursing and related sciences into the advanced nursing care of individuals, families and populations. (Essential I)
  • Demonstrate acumen in organizational leadership through effective collaboration,consultation, and decision-making. (Essential II)
  • Integrate research translation and evidence appraisal  into advanced nursing practice to initiate change and improve quality outcomes.(Essential IV)
  • Evaluate information science approaches and patient-centric technologies to improve health outcomes and enhance quality of care. (Essentials III, V)
  • Analyze the impact policies, economic factors, and ethical and socio-cultural dimensions have on advanced nursing practice and health care outcomes. (Essential VI)
  • Integrate the concepts of interprofessional communication, collaboration and consultation to effectively manage and coordinate care across systems.  (Essential VII)
  • Incorporate culturally-appropriate concepts in the planning and delivery of evidence-based preventive and  clinical care to communities, and populations. (Essential VIII)
  • Demonstrate expertise in a defined area of advanced practice nursing  that influences health care outcomes for individuals, populations and systems. (Essential IX)