MSN – Nurse Educator

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Earn your MSN Nurse Educator at Messiah University

MSN – Nurse Educator

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Earn your MSN: Nurse Educator and prepare for your NLN Certified Nurse Educator examination.

In the rapidly changing world of healthcare, there is increasing demand for highly skilled nurses—and for the nurse educators who mentor and prepare them. Messiah University’s Master of Science in Nursing will prepare you to be a nurse educator who is uniquely equipped to lead and teach in a variety of educational and clinical settings.

“Messiah has prepared me extremely well for a career as a nurse educator.”

– Kristin Shaub

Courses & Curriculum
Tuition & Aid
How to Apply
Why Messiah?

MSN – Nurse Educator overview

Messiah University’s master’s in nursing program will help prepare you to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator examination after meeting the practice requirement for eligibility. Our MSN degree program additionally provides a strong foundation should you choose to pursue doctoral study. It has been ranked by U.S. News & World Report as a 2019 Best Graduate School in the Nursing Master’s category.

Degree paths

MSN nurse educator 

Messiah University’s MSN nurse educator degree program is designed for nursing graduates who hold a BSN and are seeking to earn an MSN degree that will help to prepare them for a career as a nurse educator.

Program details
  • Two-level MSN structure: core courses followed by clinical / MSN-specific courses
  • Online coursework
  • No-fee tuition
  • No application fee
  • Flexible and accelerated plans of studies for motivated students
  • Hospital or unit based nurse educator
  • Staff development
  • Undergraduate clinical or classroom educator

The baccalaureate program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Messiah University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Messiah University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education. It is the highest accrediting authority recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for degree-granting colleges and universities located in Pennsylvania, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and several other locations internationally.

The baccalaureate program in nursing, the master’s degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Messiah University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

MSN – Nurse Educator courses & curriculum

The curriculum for the Master of Science in Nursing is designed to prepare graduate level nurse educators for entry-level teaching positions in undergraduate nursing education or in clinical practice settings. Accelerated and part-time plans of study are available. 

Nurse Educator Track (18 credits)

Designed for registered nurses who have earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing (BSN). The MSN plan of study requires completion of 39 graduate nursing credit hours. This track provides advanced graduate nursing education for academic and/or clinical practice nurse educator roles. Graduates will be prepared to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator examination after meeting the eligibility requirements. The MSN provides a foundation for doctoral study.

Foundations and Applications of the Nurse Educator Role

The focus of this course is on professional role development of the nurse educator. Philosophical foundations of nursing education as well as learning theories and instructional methods are introduced. A review of conceptual models and theories of nursing also is presented. Emphasis for the clinical component of the course is placed on knowledge and skills needed for teaching in higher education and clinical practice settings.

NURS 520 / 3 Credits

Curriculum in Nursing Education

This course focuses on the development of an in-depth understanding of curriculum design principles. Emphasis is placed on the analysis of curricular components including teaching/learning philosophies, mission statements, program goals, learning objectives, individual course competencies, and teaching plans. Standards and regulations influencing nursing education programs and curriculum development also are analyzed.

NURS 521 / 3 Credits

Principles of Measurement and Evaluation

This course focuses on the concepts of measurement and evaluation in nursing. Emphasis is placed on topics of test construction, item analysis, clinical performance evaluation, course evaluation, and program evaluation. Standards for program evaluation for program accreditation as well as legal and ethical issues related to evaluation also will be discussed.

NURS 522 / 3 Credits

Teaching Methods for Clinical Practice in Nursing Education

This course is focused on the nurse educator role in both higher education and clinical practice learning environments. Students explore various teaching modalities that facilitate critical thinking and clinical decision-making in learners. Emphasis is placed on the integration of theory and practice through practicum experiences of direct care and teaching in both the classroom and in clinical practice environments with application of evidence-based practice educational research for capstone project development. Nurse educator competencies are emphasized.

NURS 530 / 6 Credits

Nurse Educator: Leadership Role Development – Capstone

This course serves as the capstone course for the nurse educator curriculum. Key topics include skills for leadership and management in clinical nursing practice education and academic nursing education environments, methods for empowerment and change within higher education and healthcare systems, application of nurse educator competencies, and components of excellence in nursing education. Clinical-practicum experiences include application of leadership and management skills in nursing education environments and completion of an evidence-based nursing education capstone project.

NURS 531 / 3 Credits

Core Requirements (21 credits)

Health Informatics

This course provides an introduction to health informatics in healthcare environments. An inter-professional approach is used for students to explore the use of health informatics for practice, administration, health policy, and education areas of healthcare. Emphasis is placed on the selection and use of healthcare information systems to promote quality and safety in healthcare.

NURS 500 / 3 Credits

Statistics for Evidence-based Practice

This course focuses on the development of skills needed to understand statistical analysis and reasoning. Emphasis is placed on comprehending the use and relevance of statistics in nursing research.

NURS 501 / 3 Credits

Nursing Research Design and Methodology

This course focuses on the critical appraisal of nursing research and methods of inquiry to guide evidence-based practice. Emphasis is placed on the skills and knowledge needed to critically appraise and determine the strength of evidence available to inform issues of current nursing practice and education.

NURS 502 / 3 Credits

Advanced Pathophysiology

This course provides an in-depth analysis of physiological processes and pathological alterations that affect health across the lifespan. Synthesis and application of current research-based knowledge regarding pathological changes also are considered.

NURS 503 | 3 credit

Advanced Pharmacology

This course focuses on a study of the pharmacotherapeutics and pharmacokinetics of broad categories of pharmacologic agents. Emphasis is placed on topics of pharmacologic mechanisms of action, effects on organ systems, routes of administration, therapeutic uses, considerations related to age and physiologic state, adverse reactions, contraindications, and drug interactions.

NURS 504 | 3 credits

Advanced Physical Assessment Across the Lifespan

This course provides an introduction to the skills of advanced clinical history taking and physical assessment. Emphasis is placed on discernment between normal and abnormal findings, recognition of common health problems, and the process of critically analyzing problems. The clinical component of the course gives students the opportunity to apply concepts, theory and practice in obtaining comprehensive health histories and physical assessment data for patients of all ages across the lifespan and states of health. Offered over 6 weeks online with two synchronous classes. 

NURS 505 | 3 credits (2 theory; 1 clinical = 60 hours)

Christian Philosophical & Ethical Foundations of Healthcare

This course focuses on a Christian perspective of ethical theories and principles for application to moral dilemmas within the social context of healthcare. Emphasis is placed on professional responsibility and accountability, patient’s rights, social justice, and principles of analysis used to resolve moral and spiritual dilemmas encountered in all areas of healthcare.

NURS 506 / 3 Credits

MSN – Nurse Educator tuition cost

No-fee tuition

Know what you are paying for with Messiah’s no-fee tuition. With our graduate programs, the cost per credit is what you pay – there are no hidden fees for labs, courses, services or technology. We put the true cost of your program upfront so that you can accurately compare and plan for your graduate education. There are additional costs to the program not billed through Messiah University (background checks, clearances, course materials, clinical expenses, etc.)

2022-2023 tuition per graduate credit hour: $735

Tuition cost for the entire 39 credit-hour program at the 2022-2023 rate: $28,665.

Graduate students are eligible to apply for federal financial aid.

Next steps for admissions

Applying for admission to a graduate program at Messiah University is the first step to making your personal and professional goals a reality.

Admissions requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an ACEN, CCNE, or CNEA accredited program (or equivalent) and an institution that is regionally accredited by one of the following: Middle States, New England, North Central, Northwest, Western and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Completed application
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate nursing courses and prerequisite courses leading to registered nurse (RN) licensure and a baccalaureate degree in nursing
  • Official transcripts indicating the degree earned
  • Personal Statement of Purpose
  • Three letters of recommendation from professionals in the healthcare field
  • Resume
  • Minimum of one year of recent professional nursing practice prior to taking NURS560
  • Grade of C or better in the following undergraduate courses: statistics and research (as a separate course or integrated concept) and a health assessment course
  • Unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse (United States and territories)
  • Proficiency with basic computer operations (download, upload, email, website navigation), Microsoft Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), and PDF files.
Next course start dates


Late spring: March 13th

Early summer: May 15th

Late summer: July 3rd

Early fall: August 21st

Late fall: October 23rd

How to apply

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Flexible. Respected. Faith-based.

What makes our MSN program unique?

  • CCNE accredited nurse educator and nursing administration programs
  • The academic distinction of a nationally ranked, accredited Christian university
  • The flexibility of online coursework
  • Messiah University nursing graduates are well respected and in demand
  • Nursing faculty are experienced Christian educators, nursing professionals and accomplished scholars who mentor you in your education, faith and career
  • A MSN that can be completed in as little as two years
  • Deferred payment options are available
  • Flexible program start dates

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