Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education

The 39-hour MSN in nursing education prepares you to meet Illinois requirements for teaching nursing and pursuing future doctoral study.

Preparing You For Success

You learn how to apply your clinical expertise as an educator. Outside the classroom, you spend 300 hours in academic and health care settings with nurse educator preceptors. Once you complete the degree, you can take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam. The degree is designed to be completed in two years, though you have five years to complete it.

Your experiences include:

  • Networking and professional development opportunities in Illinois’ second-largest medical community
  • Two practicum experiences in settings such as academic nursing programs, hospital staff education and simulation center education
  • A capstone professional project

Making Your Mark

The degree opens the door to health care education in a variety of settings. Recent graduates are working at Midwestern nursing colleges and schools, as well as a simulation center. Others may choose to earn a doctorate in nursing.

Graduate Program Requirements

Required Courses - 39 hrs.

  • ENC 510 Statistical Procedures - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 501 Nursing Theories: Analysis and Development - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 505 Leadership in the Health Care Delivery System - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 510 Legal and Ethical Issues in Health Care - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 526 Evidence Based Practice - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 530 Advanced Health Assessment, Pathophysiology & Pharmacology - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 615 Health Informatics - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 640 Healthcare Policy - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 660 Seminar in Nursing Education - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 661 Education Practicum I - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 662 Education Practicum II - 3 hrs.
  • NUR 697 Capstone Project in Nursing - 1 hr. (repeat 3 times)
  • ETE 651 Curriculum Theory & Development or ETE 655 Instructional Theory - 3 hrs.
Program Outcomes