MSN: Nursing Education Concentration

Major: Nursing Education 
Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) 
Calendar Type: Quarter 
Total Credit Hours: 45.0; 160 practicum hours 
Co-op Option: None 
Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) code: 51.3817 
Standard Occupational Classification (SOC) code: 25-1072 

About the Program 

The MSN: Nursing Education program prepares students to work as nursing educators, nursing faculty, or nursing professors in all types of programs, at all levels, in a variety of settings. This unique program also instructs students on how to teach online, integrate simulation, and use technology to teach nursing in innovative ways. 

Currently, there is a severe and critical nursing faculty shortage in the United States. This program will prepare graduates to fill these faculty and educator positions in healthcare organizations through cutting-edge content and learning experiences that build the skills and competencies essential for today's nurse educators. 

The program integrates theories specific to adult learning, curriculum design, evaluation of courses and programs, critical thinking, both clinical and classroom techniques, and the preparation for the role of the nursing professor. The program also includes opportunities to explore contemporary and leading-edge educational modalities. Knowledge and skills gained through this program are applicable in a variety of settings. 

The practicum course, which spans over two quarters, allows students the opportunity to apply knowledge and demonstrate competence in the areas of nursing education and their clinical specialty under the supervision of a preceptor. The nursing education component of the practicum experience allows students to apply what they have learned throughout the curriculum in either an academic or professional development setting depending on their professional career goals.

Participants complete a role practicum experience in teaching, providing ample opportunity to apply theory to practice. In addition, students are required to attend an immersive on-campus intensive (OCI) simulation residency when enrolled in IPS 617: Simulation in Healthcare Education. The OCI is offered biannually.  

The MSN in Nursing Education prepares students to sit for the following exams: 

  • Certified Nurse Educator
  • Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator® 

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). 

Additional Information 

For more information about this program, contact: 

Graduate Nursing Division 

Additional information is also available on the Drexel's College of Nursing and Health Professions MSN in Nursing Education webpage and on the Drexel University Online MSN in Nursing Education webpage. 

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a program fully accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN/ACEN) or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN/CCNE)
  • 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or the last 60.0 credits completed. Applications from RNs with a GPA less than a 3.0 may be considered on an individual basis.
  • Official transcripts from all previous educational institutions are required.
  • Two professional references required from colleagues or supervisors who can attest to the applicant’s knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
    • Letters of recommendations are waived for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Personal statement (no more than two pages and no less than one page double-spaced) that will give the admissions committee a better understanding of the following:
    • Why you are choosing this particular program of study
    • Your plans upon completion of the certificate
    • How your current work experience will enhance your experience in this program
  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Copy of current United States RN license required
  • Copies of any Advanced Practice Nursing licensure and certification documents
  • While specific experience is not required for applicants to the track, previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.

International applicants must possess a BSN (or its equivalent) and current United States RN license.

TOEFL Requirement

International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and United States permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor’s degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing, and reading. U.S. citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status; otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements:

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you are required to have a minimum combined score for the listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.

If you take the TOEFL, you are required to have a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Degree Requirements

About the Curriculum

The program integrates theories specific to adult learning, curriculum design, evaluation of courses and programs, both clinical and classroom techniques, and the preparation for the role of the nursing professor. It combines theory, research and practice from the disciplines of education, management, and leadership. Knowledge and skills gained through this program are applicable in both the academic and clinical arenas. Please note: NURS 632 runs over two quarters.

Required Courses
Core Courses
NURS 500 [WI] Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments3.0
NURS 502Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care3.0
NURS 544Quality and Safety in Healthcare3.0
RSCH 503Research Methods and Biostatistics3.0
RSCH 504Evaluation and Translation of Health Research3.0
Required Track Courses
IPS 617Simulation in Healthcare Education4.5
NURS 591Foundations of Healthcare Education3.0
NURS 606Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition3.0
NURS 613The Role and Responsibility of the Nurse Educator 3.0
NURS 615Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation3.0
NURS 616Teaching Methods in Nursing Education3.0
Practicum
NURS 632Nursing Education Practicum 6.0
Support Course
NURS 574Advanced Integrative Clinical Concepts 4.5
Total Credits45.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirement

A [WI], Writing Intensive, next to a graduate course in this catalog indicates that the graduate course is a writing intensive course. The graduate course is a required course in your curriculum.

Sample Plan of Study

First Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NURS 5003.0NURS 5023.0NURS 5443.0NURS 6153.0
NURS 5913.0NURS 6063.0NURS 6133.0RSCH 5033.0
 6 6 6 6
Second Year
FallCreditsWinterCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
NURS 6163.0NURS 5744.5IPS 6174.5NURS 632*6.0
RSCH 5043.0   
 6 4.5 4.5 6
Total Credits 45
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