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Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education

About the Online MSN in Nursing Education

Teach the next generation of nursing professionals as a nurse educator. The 100% online MSN in Nursing Education from California University of Pennsylvania prepares you to instruct nurses in an academic or healthcare setting.

In this master’s degree program, you’ll learn to develop, implement and evaluate nursing education programs and curricula as a nurse educator. Students take two courses per semester (summer, fall and spring) and complete the 36-credit program in about two years.

The online MSN program includes core graduate-level courses, advanced clinical practice, and specialty courses including:

  • Curriculum design and development.
  • Teaching and instructional strategies.
  • Assessment and evaluation methods.

A preceptor-led practicum course lets you apply your skills as a nurse educator. During this 150-hour practicum you will immerse yourself in the nurse educator’s role as you design, implement and evaluate an educational activity within the practice setting. 

The Nursing Education concentration is derived from Cal U’s Master of Science in Nursing program, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Fill the demand for capable nurse educators

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports that faculty shortages at U.S. nursing schools limit the number of nurses that can be trained, even as the need for skilled nurses continues to grow. 

As the Baby Boom generation ages and requires more healthcare services, there will be an even greater need to educate registered nurses.

Help to meet this demand and advance your career — without stepping away from the workplace. With the online MSN in Nurse Education from Cal U, you can earn your master’s degree while continuing to work full time. 

Graduate outcomes

Median pay for nurse educators in colleges, universities and professional schools exceeds $75,000 per year, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The median pay is even higher — more than $85,700 annually — for nurse educators in medical or surgical hospitals. 

Competencies for the academic nurse educator who completes Cal U’s online master’s degree program provide a foundation for specialty courses in education. And the 150-hour practicum experience is applicable to Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

In addition, graduates of the MSN: Nursing Education program can seek Certified Nurse Educator certification from the National League for Nursing. 

Post-Master’s Certificate

Students who already hold a master’s degree in nursing may earn a specialized, advanced certificate 100% online.

  • Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education, 24 credits.
    Core courses, advanced clinical practice, specialty courses and a preceptor-led practicum prepare students to educate nurses in an academic or healthcare setting. Classes begin in spring 2018.

Admissions requirements

MSN Nursing Education

Candidates for admission to the MSN: Nursing Education program in a specialized nursing area must have:

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, with a grade-point average of 3.00 or higher in the undergraduate nursing degree or in the last 60 credits completed. (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission.)
  • An official transcript from an accredited BSN program.
  • An unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which the applicant is employed in nursing.
  • A current resume indicating at least one year of experience in nursing, preferably in nursing management.
  • An essay that describes career goals and objectives, as well as how the student plans to utilize the MSN degree. 

International Global Online Applicants

  • The applicant’s scholastic record must be comparable to a 3.00 GPA, verified with official transcripts. The applicant must be licensed in his/her country of residence.
  • The applicant must submit a credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing coursework, and from the World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing coursework.

Pre/Co-Requisite Courses

Applicants may take a 3-credit course in statistics at Cal U or another accredited institution before seeking regular admission or after conditional admission in order to remove deficiencies in pre/co-requisite courses.

Nursing Education Post Master’s Certificate

  • Master of Science in Nursing degree (MSN) with a GPA of 3.00 or higher (Students with a GPA below 3.00 may apply for conditional admission)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited MSN program
  • Unencumbered RN licensure in the state in which the applicant is employed in nursing
  • Current Resume indicating at least one year of experience working in nursing, preferably, nursing management
  • International Global Online Applicants
    • Scholastic record must be comparable to that reflected by a 3.00 GPA verified with official transcripts and applicant needs to be licensed in their country of residence
    • Applicants must submit a credential evaluation from the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) for nursing course work and World Education Services (WES) for non-nursing course work.

Pre/Co-Requisite Courses

Applicants may take a 3-credit course in statistics at Cal U or another accredited institution before seeking regular admission or after conditional admission in order to remove deficiencies in pre/co-requisite courses.

How to Apply:

School of Graduate Studies and Research
California University of Pennsylvania
Box 91
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419

  • Submit unofficial transcripts and other documents by mail (using the address above), by email  to gradschool@calu.edu, or by fax at 724-938-5712.

For additional information:

Email: calugo@calu.edu
Phone: 866-595-6348

Faculty

All Cal U faculty in the MSN: Nursing Education program hold RN, MSN and doctorate degrees.

  • Dr. Donna Caruthers, assistant professor
  • Dr. Joan Clites, associate professor
  • Dr. Patricia Davies, assistant professor
  • Dr. Nicole Evanick, assistant professor
  • Dr. Mary O’Connor, program coordinator and professor
  • Dr. Linda Pina, department chair and associate professor
  • Dr. Robin Weaver, assistant professor

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