Nursing Education

Nursing Education Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

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. 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 fully 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.
  • Full 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.


MSN: Nursing Education

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.

Nursing Education Courses

Online MSN: Nursing Education courses build on baccalaureate nursing programs and include core courses, advanced clinical practice, and specialty courses in curriculum development, instructional strategies and assessment methods.

Course Examples
  • Theory and Research in Nursing
  • Nursing Organization and Leadership Theory
  • Foundations of Nursing Education
  • Information Systems for Nurses in health Care Organizations
  • Health Policy in Nursing
  • Curriculum Design in Nursing Education
  • Teaching and Instructional Strategies in Nursing
  • Assessment and Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education
  • Nursing Education Role Practicum


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The undergraduate and graduate nursing programs of California University of Pennsylvania are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).


MSN Faculty

Dr. Donna Caruthers
Assistant Professor

Dr. Joan Clites
Associate Professor

Dr. Patricia Davies
Assistant Professor
Dr. Nicole Evanick
Assistant Professor

Dr. Mary O'Connor
Professor and Global Online MSN Program Coordinator

Dr. Linda Pina
Chairperson and Professor

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