Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN)

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Program Overview

The Nursing Education program prepares nurse educators at the master’s level to meet the minimum State of Illinois Nurse Practice Act requirements and to prepare nurse educators for future doctoral study. This program is designed to synthesize knowledge from the humanities, the social sciences, the sciences, and mathematics and internalize advanced concepts, principles, and nursing theories to implement the nursing process as the base for advanced professional nursing and utilize advanced leadership skills to improve the profession of nursing. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Rd., N.E., Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, (404) 975-5000.

Program Requirements

The MSN - Nursing Education program has a minimum requirement of 36 semester hours. Students must complete either a thesis (4 semester hours) or directed research (2 semester hours) or capstone project (2 semester hours). Students will have to demonstrate mastery of knowledge and skills for the Nurse Educator through formative evaluation and final comprehensive examination. Please see the Graduate Catalog for a detailed explanation of the MSN-Nursing Education program requirements.

Estimated Time to Complete the Program

Students carrying full-time course loads can reasonably expect to finish the MSN - Nursing Education program in one and one-half to two years. Students carrying part-time course loads have up to a maximum of five years to complete the program.

Faculty Research Interests

Details about individual faculty and their interests can be found on the Department of Nursing web site.

Admission Requirements

In addition to meeting the admission requirements of the Graduate School, individuals seeking admission to the MSN - Nursing Education program must have completed a statistics course with a grade of “C” or better and completed an undergraduate nursing research course. Applicants must also submit a resume, three letters of recommendation, and proof of Illinois nursing license, or eligibility for licensure in Illinois.

Department Contact Information

Department Chair
Dr. Cindy Brubaker, (309) 677-2547,

Graduate Program Coordinator
Dr. Deb Erickson, (309) 677-4974,

Department Secretary
Anna Estes, (309) 677-2530,