MSN/ED Program

Program Overview

The online MSN in Nursing Education program at Spring Arbor University is CCNE accredited and delivers the advanced knowledge needed to serve as a teacher of nursing students navigating in today’s complex healthcare system.

  • 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 fit the needs of busy nurses – with no mandatory log-in times. You enjoy a stress-free learning experience by focusing on one, seven-week course at a time. You are invited to attend an optional residency in Michigan, but no travel is required to complete this program – Your practicum can be completed in your area.

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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, among others:

  • 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 team.
  • Nursing professors hold instructor positions at schools of nursing, helping to prepare the next generation of nurses to deliver 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

  • BSN degree from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    • We also offer an RN-MSN/ED program for nurses who have not earned a bachelor’s degree. Learn more about this online RN-MSN/ED program here.
  • Official transcripts from all institutions of higher education attended
  • A 3.0 GPA calculated from the most recent 60 academic credits
  • An unrestricted, unencumbered, current nursing license from the state of employment; license must be kept current throughout the program
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • A two-page goal statement that explains your rationale for pursuing a graduate nursing degree
  • 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

MSN Nursing Education is $640 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. Core courses are taken sequentially. 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 Role Development & Leadership (3)
  • NUR 551 Applied Research Methods (3)
  • NUR 612 Advanced Pathophysiology (3)
  • NUR 618 Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • NUR 602 Advanced History & Physical Exam (residency) (3)
  • NUR 693 Population Health (3)
  • NUR 683 Health Policy (3)
  • NUR 625  Educational Theory & Curriculum Design (3)
  • NUR 635  Innovative Strategies (3)
  • NUR 650  Education Practicum for Adult Learners (3)
  • NUR 690  Capstone Project (3)

Online MSN Nursing Education Course Descriptions

NUR 510 – Moral & Ethical Decision Making (residency)

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 – Role Development & 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 602 – Advanced History & Physical Exam (residency)

This practicum will prepare students with the core knowledge and competencies needed to complete a comprehensive assessment using client data to detect signs and symptoms of pathophysiological changes and psychosocial variation from an individual, family or community perspective. Effective strategies will be developed to address health care issues, including health promotion, communication and client-teaching skills using a holistic approach. The practicum will provide clinical opportunities to further refine and practice the history taking and physical examination skills necessary for competence as an advanced practice nurse.

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 625 – Educational Theory & Curriculum Design

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

NUR 635 – Innovative 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 650 – Education Practicum for Adult Learners

The practicum provides individually supervised field experience in online and traditional settings that integrates adult learning theory with practical teaching situations.

NUR 690 – Capstone Project

Individually designed teaching/learning capstone project. Students may elect to complete a thesis and register for additional credit as needed to complete.

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.

PLEASE NOTE – PSY351 Statistics for Behavioral Sciences is also required FOR ALL MSN programs (if Student has not taken a comparable statistics course, this is required to be taken during the MSN program. The Student is notified of this upon acceptance into the program.)

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