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MSN - Nursing Education (CCNE-accredited)

Capella University's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Education program is designed to equip nursing professionals with the teaching strategies and understanding of learning theories needed to become nursing instructors. Read more about this online MSN degree here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Education

School Offering Program:

Capella University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of the MSN - Nursing Education program should be licensed RNs and possess the desire to train those new to the field or teach nursing students in academic settings. They must also have a bachelor's degree in nursing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; strong communication and organizational skills are also helpful. All applicants to Capella University should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

In the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Education program at Capella University, students have the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in nursing instruction strategies, practices, and technologies for teaching in academic or clinical settings. Specialization courses address such topics as roles and responsibilities of nursing educators; learning and teaching theories; the design of curriculum reflecting nursing standards and trends; types and uses of technological tools in nursing education; and the assessment of students in various learning environments, such as in clinical, classroom, or online settings. In core courses, students could expect to discuss health care delivery, policy development, health care economics, health promotion strategies, disease prevention, health care quality control and patient safety, and the integration of biopsychosocial concepts in various areas of health care delivery, such as safety, efficiency, and effectiveness. A personalized field experience and portfolio creation is achieved in the program's practicum and capstone. This program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and is designed to meet requirements for the Certified Nursing Educator (CNE) credential.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

54 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Capella University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a specialization in Nursing Education:

MSN students in this specialization must complete 34 credits in core coursework and 20 credits in nursing education classes. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Capella University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (34 credits)

  • Communication, Collaboration, and Case Analysis for Master's Learners
  • Health Care Law and Policy
  • Economics and Decision Making in Health Care
  • Evidence-Based Practice for Patient-Centered Care and Population Health
  • Quality Improvement of Interprofessional Care
  • Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice 1
  • Biopsychosocial Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice 2
  • MSN Practicum and Capstone

Nursing Education Specialization Courses (20 credits)

  • The Nurse Educator Role
  • Teaching and Active Learning Strategies
  • Curriculum Design, Development, and Evaluation
  • Integrating Technology into Nursing Education
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education program, graduates who wish to obtain more advanced positions in health care or academic institutions, such as administrators or department heads, might consider a doctoral program. A doctorate might also be required for those who seek careers in nursing research.

Doctoral degrees graduates might be prepared to pursue include, but are not limited to:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice
  • Doctor of Health Administration
  • PhD in Education - Nursing Education

Career Paths:

Careers in academics or clinical training could await those who graduate from the MSN - Nursing Education program. Graduates might be prepared to work in the nursing departments of public or private colleges or universities or in such health care settings as hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities, or home health care agencies. In addition to instruction, other responsibilities for professionals in this field might include curriculum development, program evaluation, and student assessment.

Roles that graduates could be prepared to fill include:

  • Nurse educator
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Nursing instructor
  • Full-time or adjunct nursing faculty

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