MSN Nursing Education

MSN Nursing Education Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

About the Online MSN 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. Nursing education students take two courses per semester (summer, fall and spring) and complete the 36-credit program in about two years.

Take specialized courses to develop and apply teaching skills.

The online MSN program for nurse educators includes core graduate-level courses, advanced clinical practice and specialty courses in subjects such as:

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

A preceptor-led practicum course lets you apply your skills in nursing education. During this 150-hour practicum you will immerse yourself in the nurse educator's role as you design, present and assess an educational activity within the practice setting.


Accredited Program: The nursing education concentration is derived from Cal U's Master of Science in Nursing program, which is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This is your assurance of a high-quality program that meets professional nursing standards.

Go Further: The 150-hour practicum experience is applicable to Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs. And graduates of the MSN: Nursing Education program can seek Certified Nurse Educator certification from the National League for Nursing, a mark of professionalism that testifies to your expertise as a leader in nursing education.



$75 K
Median pay for nurse educators in colleges, universities and professional schools. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, median pay is even higher for nurse educators in medical or surgical hospitals.
35 %
Maximum number of students in each class, or cohort, that moves through the nursing education curriculum together. You'll build a network of nursing professionals as you earn your degree.
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Degree Benefits

The nurse educator program at Cal U offers these benefits:

  • 100% online graduate learning that can be completed in two years.
  • Faculty who are experienced nurse educators; each holds an RN, MSN and doctorate degree.
  • CCNE program accreditation for Cal U's online MSN program.
  • Great value, with affordable tuition rates and financial aid available for eligible students.
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Graduate Outcomes

Skills taught in Cal U's nursing education program are in demand in Pennsylvania and across the country. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing reports faculty shortages at nursing schools nationwide. As the Baby Boom generation ages and requires more healthcare services, there will be an even greater need for instructors to educate registered nurses.



Curriculum, Admission Requirements and Related Programs

MSN courses build on baccalaureate nursing programs and include nursing theory and research, health promotion and disease prevention, health policy, legal and ethical practice, management, organization, delivery systems of patient care, human resource management, and healthcare finance.

Course Credits
NUR 601  Theory and Research in Nursing 3
NUR 602  Health Policy in Nursing 3
NUR 603  Information Systems for Nurses in Health Care Organizations 3
NUR 604  Population Health Promotion and Disease Prevention 3
NUR 711  Nursing Organization and Leadership Theory 3
NUR 721  Foundations of Nursing Education 3
NUR 722  Curriculum Design in Nursing Education 3
NUR 723  Teaching and Instructional Strategies in Nursing Education 3
NUR 724  Assessment and Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education 3
NUR 725  Advanced Clinical Practice for Nurse Educators 3
NUR 823  Nursing Education Role Practicum 6
Total 36



Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements (Regular)  

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  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree (BSN) with a GPA 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)
  • Official transcripts from an accredited BSN 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
  • An essay to include career goals and objectives as well as a description of how the student plans to use the MSN degree
  • 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

Conditional Admission Requirements

  • Conditional Admission may be granted with the following modifications of the Regular Admissions Requirements.  Those admitted conditionally based on missing document/s or pre/co-requisites, have up to a maximum of two semesters to satisfy these requirements:
    • Bachelor's degree with a GPA under 3.00 will be reviewed for a decision
    • Deficiencies in Pre/Co-requisite Courses (up to two maximum semesters to satisfy the deficiencies)

Provisional Admission:
Applicants who have provided unofficial documentation of test scores, prerequisite courses, transcripts or lack of letter(s) of recommendation may be admitted provisionally.

This policy also applies to undergraduate students who apply for graduate admission pending bachelor degree completion. Upon receipt of all official documents, a student will be changed from Provisional Admission to either Regular Admission or Conditional Admission. Provisional Admission students may take classes for one term but will not be eligible for Federal Financial Aid.

 Pre/Co-Requisite Courses

  • Applicants may remove deficiencies in the following pre/co-requisite courses at Cal U or another accredited institution prior to regular admission or after conditional admission
    • 3 credits undergraduate or graduate level Statistics

How to Apply:

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

For additional information:
Phone: 1.866.595.6348

Related Programs

Post-Master's Certificate

Students who already hold a master's degree in nursing may earn a specialized, advanced certificate 100% online. The 24-credit Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education includes core courses, advanced clinical practice and specialty courses. Classes begin in spring 2018.


Applied Learning

A 150-hour practicum lets you sharpen your teaching skills as you work with a preceptor and are guided by Cal U faculty. Build experience as you present an educational activity from  start to finish within the practice setting. Competencies for the academic nurse educator provide a foundation for specialty courses in education.


Choose Your Path


This online master's degree program in nursing education opens doors to a variety of career opportunities. Graduates are prepared to teach nurses in an academic setting, such as a college, university or specialized school of nursing, or to instruct nurses in a hospital or other healthcare organization.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at California University of Pennsylvania are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (


MSN Faculty

Dr. Donna Caruthers
Chairperson and Assistant Professor

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Dr. Nicole Evanick
Assistant Professor; Global Online Coordinator, MSN and MSN-MBA Programs

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Dr. Kathleen Morouse
Assistant Professor

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Dr. Mary O'Connor
Professor of Nursing, MSN and RN-BSN Programs

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Dr. Linda Pina

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Dr. Robin Weaver
Assistant Professor, Global Online RN-BSN Program Coordinator

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