MSN/ED Program

Program Overview

The online MSN in Nursing Education program at Spring Arbor University is a CCNE-accredited program for individuals who have their BSN in nursing. The online nursing program delivers the advanced knowledge needed to serve as a teacher of nursing students navigating today’s complex healthcare system. A 39-credit, three year program, the MSN/Ed program for nurse educators prepares graduates for roles in patient education, staff nurse education and pre-licensure nursing education in academic settings. Graduates are prepared to take the NLN-certification exam (CNE). Students will also:

  • Learn to develop lesson plans, teach courses and oversee students’ clinical practices.
  • Explore strategic planning steps such as needs assessment, behavioral objectives, instructional design and delivery for non-traditional learners.
  • Gain advanced familiarity in the clinical foundations of assessment and clinical application of normal and pathophysiologic mechanisms related to altered health status and disease processes.
  • Learn to work with the media, advocate for the health care needs of vulnerable populations and develop grants.

You will have direct access to dedicated educators who are known for their active involvement in improving nursing care and a dedicated Student Success Coach who will walk beside you every step of the way. In addition, you will be a valued member of a close-knit community of nurses across the nation.

Fill out the form on this page to download a program brochure; or, use our easy online scheduling tool to book an appointment with an admissions advisor now.

Program Delivery

MSN in Nursing Education online courses meet the needs of busy nurses – with no mandatory login times. You enjoy a stress-free learning experience by focusing on one, seven-week course at a time. You will also complete a nursing internship, minimum 200 contact hours, that provides individually supervised field experience by a master educator in clinical settings that integrate concepts in nursing education with practical teaching situations. Students will also design an evidence-based project based on their practice setting.

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Careers & Outcomes

The U.S. is facing a nursing shortage. By 2025, the U.S. will need an estimated 260,000 additional nurses to meet the demand, but almost 80,000 qualified nursing applicants are turned away each year because nursing schools do not have enough instructors to teach them.

Earning your MSN/Ed can help you advance to a position of nursing professor or clinical leader:

  • Clinical leaders oversee the integration of care for patients and the medical team with which they work. Together with the medical team, clinical leaders help ensure that patients get the best care possible. This includes determining a treatment plan for your patients, collecting and evaluating treatment results and overseeing your patients’ medical teams.
  • Nursing professors hold instructor positions at schools of nursing, helping to prepare the next generation of nurses to deliver high-quality and compassionate care.

Nurse educators and clinical leaders with an MSN/Ed degree earn, on average, $78,242 per year.

Fill out the form on this page to download a program brochure; or, use our easy online scheduling tool to book an appointment with an admissions advisor now.

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Admissions & Tuition Information

Admissions Requirements

  • A BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution and nursing program (CCNE or NLN)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
  • A cumulative 3.0 GPA for last 60 college credits
  • Research – Nursing-related; NUR452 (SAU course)
  • Statistics – 200-level or above
  • An unrestricted, unencumbered RN license from the state or country in which the nurse practices (Note: License must remain current throughout program)
  • Two reference letters (one from a nursing professional; one either character or academic-related)
  • A two- to three-page MSN graduate Goal Statement:
  • A conference-call interview may be required at the discretion of the admissions committee.
  • Completed application

Fill out the form on this page to download a program brochure; or, use our easy online scheduling tool to book an appointment with an admissions advisor now.

Cost & Financial Aid

The MSN Nursing Education program is $665 per credit hour. Financial aid is available for nurses who qualify. Visit our financial aid page for more information.

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Program Curriculum

All students in the MSN program complete the core course requirements with students from various practice backgrounds along with integration of the three area concentrations in an interactive learning environment. All students will take the first-year cohort together, completing the core course requirements. The Nursing Department reserves the right to change curriculum requirements based on professional or accreditation recommendations.

Online MSN Nursing Education Courses

  • NUR 510 Moral & Ethical Decision Making (residency) (3)
  • NUR 522 Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Practice (3)
  • NUR 532 Organizational & Systems Leadership (3)
  • NUR 551 Applied Research Methods (3)
  • NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • NUR 618 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • NUR 620 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators (2)
  • NUR 693 Population Health (3)
  • NUR 683 Health Policy (3)
  • NUR 625  Educational Theory & Curriculum Design (3)
  • NUR 635  Instructional Strategies (3)
  • NUR 665  Special Topics Elective  (1)
  • NUR 660 Nurse Educator Internship (6)

Online MSN Nursing Education Course Descriptions

NUR 510 – Moral & Ethical Decision Making

This course provides a meta-cognitive foundational approach to advanced nursing practice in the contemporary world. It explores worldview presuppositions with an emphasis on a Christian perspective and development of a consistent, conscious understanding of reality.

NUR 522 – Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Practice

This course promotes examination, analysis and synthesis of a variety of conceptual frameworks, models and theories that provide a foundation for research and applied practice in the areas of nursing, business and education. Philosophical ideation, beliefs, scope and assumptions of select theories and models will be explored.

NUR 532 – Organizational & Systems Leadership

The focus is on understanding the professional role of the advanced practice nurse. The processes associated with role development, socialization and effective collaboration with diverse interdisciplinary partnerships will be examined.

NUR 551 – Applied Research Methods

This course focuses on the significance of research to the development of a profession and the practical application of statistics to evidence-based outcomes. Emphasis will be placed on design, methodology and data collection relative to development of a research-based capstone project or thesis.

NUR 612 – Advanced Pathophysiology

This course provides advanced knowledge and clinical application of normal and pathophysiologic mechanisms related to altered health status and disease processes. Diagnosis and treatment skills will be analyzed, interpreted and evaluated for changes in normal function seen during illness/disease and when assessing an individual’s response to treatment.

NUR 618 – Advanced Pharmacology

This course will provide the advanced practice nurse with the knowledge and skills necessary to assess, diagnose and manage pharmacologic agents, alternatives to pharmacological interventions and therapeutic modalities. Prescriptive authority, including responsibilities and legalities, will be discussed, including controlled substances and the potential for abuse.

NUR 693 – Population Health

The focus of this course is on integrating the learning from previous courses to design treatment and evaluate outcomes for the most vulnerable groups, particularly the systems of care that manage services for frail elderly, the chronically ill and other similarly compromised patients.

NUR 683 – Health Policy

The focus is on the knowledge of professional responsibility to support policy issues associated with humane health care that promotes dignity, respect and justice. Practical skills such as working with the media, product and service evaluation, advocating for the health care needs of vulnerable populations and seeking program grants will be addressed.

NUR 620 – Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators

This course focuses on advanced skills in health assessment that prepare the nurse educator to teach these skills to BSN and/or ADN nursing students. The course also emphasizes comprehensive history, physical/psychological assessment, pathophysiology and health promotion needs assessment.

NUR 625 – Educational Theory & Curriculum Design

This course utilizes learning theories to design a teaching/learning project. Strategic planning steps such as needs assessment, determining behavioral objectives, and instructional design and delivery for non-traditional learners will be explored.

NUR 635 – Instructional Strategies

Students will delve into the selection and application of instructional strategies for traditional and online learning environments. A variety of approaches for learning experiences in higher education, professional/staff development and community programs for individuals or groups will be used.

NUR 655 – Special Topics Elective

This course is a self-directed course that explores a special topic or an emerging issue in nursing education. Students will work at their own pace and be monitored by course faculty. Students will have self-graded quizzes at intervals during the course to help determine their learning progress. A final assessment will be graded by the faculty and faculty will be available for questions and discussion during the course.

NUR 660 – Nurse Educator Internship

This course provides individually supervised field experience in clinical settings that integrate concepts in nursing education with practical teaching situations. Students will also design an evidence-based project based on their practice setting:

  1. A highly interactive online learning method that challenges and engages students while remaining convenient for working nurses.
  1. Clinical experience with simulated patients and local clinical sites with experienced educator preceptors.
  2.  An intensive individualized teaching internship (minimum of 200 contact hours) in which each student collaborates with a master educator to implement the nurse educator role.

Fill out the form on this page to download a program brochure; or, use our easy online scheduling tool to book an appointment with an admissions advisor now.

The Nursing Department reserves the right to change curriculum requirements based on professional or accreditation recommendations.

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