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Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education

The long hours spent at patient bedsides have brought you here. The care you’ve given, the hands you’ve held, and the patients you’ve said goodbye to will be with you forever. It’s time for you to use these experiences to train the next generation of nurses.

Get your MSN Nursing Education degree and shape the next generation of nurses.

MSN Nursing Education Fast Facts

Degree: Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Education

Format: Online

Credit Hours: 36 hours

Completion Time: Five semesters (fall admission only)

Application Deadline: March 1, 2022

Our MSN Nursing Education Degree

Georgia Southern University’s MSN Nursing Education degree is designed to prepare individuals for a nurse educator role including knowledge of curriculum design and development, teaching methodologies, educational needs assessment and learner-centered theories and methods. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the nursing discipline, nursing practice and added pedagogical skills. Contemporary educational approaches include developing pedagogies for teaching in traditional, hybrid and online formats. The master’s prepared nurse may teach patients and their families and/or student nurses, staff nurses and a variety of direct-care providers.

The program is 36 credit hours, including 320 applied clinical hours, and is designed to be completed in two academic years.

Did you know?
U.S. nursing schools turned away 80,407 qualified applications from baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs in 2019. The top reason? Faculty shortages.*

Nursing educator jobs are expected to grow by 12% by 2030 — more than twice the national average.**

Nursing Education Curriculum

Both synchronous (live, real-time) and asynchronous (on your own, not live) formats are used. Most of the course work is asynchronous but live sessions are scheduled in selected online courses. Students should consult with individual course syllabi for specific live session requirements.

This degree does not make graduates eligible for board certification as an APRN.

  • Scholarly Writing at the Graduate Level
    • Focuses on evidence-based knowledge, skills, and attitudes for scholarly writing development. This online course examines the processes of translating and integrating scholarship into practice as well as the dissemination of evidence-based findings to diverse audiences through scholarly writing. Emphasis will be placed on advanced information searches, analytical reasoning and writing strategies relevant to the practice of advanced professional nursing, scholarly writing in the form of a manuscript using peer-reviewed journal guidelines, the generation of complex scholarly writing, and appropriate citation format according to the American Psychological Association (APA).
  • Theoretical Basis for Clinical Scholarship
    • This course explores the scientific underpinnings and theories from nursing and related disciplines in the application to clinical practice. The student is prepared for the implementation and integration of evidence-based practice. The framework for professional practice and professional role activities is developed from the current American Nurses’ Association Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice.
  • Informatics
    • This course prepares the APRN to utilize informatics and health care technologies in the management of individuals, groups and organizations for the improvement of patient outcomes. The course will introduce and explore the use of information technology and applications used by health care professionals to support health in clinical practice, education, research, and administration. This is an online course.
  • Pathopshsiology and Differential Diagnosis
    • The advanced concepts of pathophysiology that alter and/or disrupt body system functioning in the adult and child patient are explored. Clinical findings and diagnostic approaches are emphasized. Current and emerging biomedical research is integrated and lays the foundation for advanced practice nursing. Having knowledge of pathophysiology concepts provide the foundation for determining differential diagnosis related to patient complaints and physical findings.
  • Advanced Pharmacology
    • Pharmacotherapeutic principles for advanced nursing management of patients across the lifespan will be explored. The legal, professional and evidence-based dimensions of prescribing are addressed.
  • Advanced Health Assessment
    • Advanced health assessment builds on undergraduate assessment skills and knowledge across the lifespan in diverse populations. Recognition of pathological signs and symptoms associated with illness and assessment of health promotion needs are emphasized.
  • Advanced Health Assessment Clinical
    • Advanced health assessment- clinical course requires precepted hours in a primary care setting to refine undergraduate assessment skills across the lifespan in diverse populations. Oral, written, and electronic documentation and communication is developed. Campus visits may be required.
  • Biomedical Ethics
    • This course is designed to present ethical principles preparing the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN) to guide patients, families, and communities through the complex maze of ethical dilemmas. Students will use evidence-based nursing and interprofessional literature to analyze ethical dilemmas that arise in practice. Through the philosophical study of morality as applied to biomedical ethics in current health care systems, APRNs will be able to help people arrive at culturally sensitive and individually appropriate solutions that focus on protecting vulnerable individuals and restoring health.
  • Theoretical Perspectives of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education
    • This course explores the theoretical underpinnings that provide the foundation for teaching and learning in nursing education. A broad vase of theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology and education as applied to the needs of learners are covered. The role of the nurse educator is explored to meet the teaching needs of diverse learners in diverse learning environments designers and strategies to assess learning experiences from the standpoint of learner and instructor are investigated. Course includes exploring the nurse educator role as a leader in the academic community and cultivation of teaching, scholarship and service activities.
  • Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education
    • This course explores the processes of curriculum design and program development and in nursing education. The elements of the philosophical and contextual foundation of a curriculum, the application of professional standards and implementation and evaluation of both a curriculum and an educational program are explored.
  • Teaching Strategies and Methods in Nursing Education
    • This course explores a broad array of creative classroom and clinical learner-centered teaching strategies, particularly those that promote critical thinking and facilitate active student learning. Frameworks, tools, and experiences to select, evaluate, and use teaching strategies appropriate to a variety of learning environments in nursing education are explored. An assessment of learning experiences from the standpoints of self, learner and instructor as well as appropriate assessment strategies to address teaching and learning issues and situations are addressed. Course content will include a focus on the use of technology in classroom and clinical nursing education.
  • Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education
    • This course focuses on the examination of a range of assessment methods, techniques, devices, and strategies and ways to determine appropriate assessments for measuring student learning and curricular goals in both theoretical and clinical applications.
  • Clinical Specialty Practicum
    • This course emphasizes the enhancement of clinical proficiency through focused and sustained clinical experiences designed to strengthen patient care delivery skills as well as understanding of organizational dynamics. The clinical experiences afford the student the opportunity to focus on a population of interest or a specific clinical role. Teaching strategies and methods focusing on high quality and safe nursing practices will be applied in field experiences under the direct supervision of qualified nurse preceptors. 135 contact hours.
  • Nursing Education Capstone
    • This capstone educational experience course provides an opportunity to integrate the role of the nursing educator in a real-world context. Student-centered educational activities will be developed that incorporate pedagogy, instructional design, curriculum development, and assessment of learner outcomes within a nursing course under the guidance of an experienced nurse educator. 135 contact hours.
Fall Semester
6 Credit Hours
Spring Semester
10 Credit Hours
Summer Semester
8 Credit Hours
NURS 7121 Theoretical Basis for Clinical Scholarship (2)

NURS 7110 Scholarly Writing at the Graduate Level (1)

NURS 7141 Pathophysiology and Differential Diagnosis (3)





NURS 7142 Advanced Pharmacology (3)

NURS 7143 Advanced Health Assessment (3)

NURS 7710 Advanced Health Assessment Clinical (90 clinical hours) (1)

NURS 7136 Theoretical Perspectives of Teaching and Learning in Nurse Education (3)


NURS 7137 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
NURS 7135 Informatics (3)
NURS 9123 Biomedical Ethics (2)







Fall Semester
6 Credit Hours
Spring Semester
6 Credit Hours
NURS 7138 Teaching Strategies and Methods in Nursing Education (3)
NURS 7720 Clinical Specialty Practicum (135 clinical hours) (3)



NURS 7139 Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
NURS 7721 Nursing Education Capstone (135 clinical hours) (3)


  • Develop advanced clinical practice expertise to affect positive health care outcomes with individuals, families, populations, and systems, particularly in rural and underserved areas.
  • Evaluate theory and research for the application of evidence-based practice to health care provided by advanced practice nurses.
  • Employ critical thinking and diagnostic reasoning skills in the application of advanced practice nursing knowledge to develop plans of care that promote health, reduce risk, and manage the illness trajectory.
  • Employ effective communication and technology within the multidisciplinary collaborative context of advanced practice nursing.
  • Demonstrate advanced leadership, advocacy, consultation, and citizenship activities to improve health care delivery and effect change in professional and political realms.
  • Incorporate human caring values, ethical principles, and cultural and spiritual sensitivity in all aspects of the advanced practice nursing role.
  • Demonstrate role responsibility and accountability in all professional endeavors within the scope of advanced practice nursing.

MSN Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association (i.e., NLN or CCNE) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Current Georgia RN license. Out-of-state students must apply for Georgia RN license.
  • One year of full-time clinical nursing experience prior to beginning health assessment.
  • Submission/completion of all of the following materials:
    • Complete College of Graduate Studies online application with payment of required fee.
    • Georgia Southern University Health Services Form (must be completed prior to first semester entry and completed each semester afterward)
      •  All materials are to be submitted online through the College of Graduate Studies Admission’s office with the application.
    • Three letters of recommendation. Forms in the online application are acceptable, or you can attach 3 recommendation letters to the application.
    • Proof of American Heart Association Level C (2 person-BLS) CPR certification.
    • Proof of Georgia RN licensure (write COPY) over any replication of license submitted.

All admission application materials must be received by March 1 for admission consideration to the fall cohort. Students who are admitted to the MSN, Nursing Education program will be given a program of study. Applicants will be pooled for admission consideration. Interviews with individuals under consideration may be conducted prior to admission.

Upon Acceptance

  • Proof of current RN malpractice liability insurance (policy cover page) with name, dates of coverage and amount (1 million incident/3 million aggregate)
  • Proof of “student” malpractice insurance prior to entering ANY clinical course that requires clinical hours
  • Nursing Student Health Forms

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and fees charged by Georgia Southern University are approved by the University System of Georgia annually.

Contact Us

Please contact the graduate program secretary for program information on the Statesboro Campus or Armstrong Campus.

Chelsea Doyle
Graduate Program Secretary
Office: Armstrong Campus-Ashmore Hall 266
Phone: 912-344-2973
Email: chelseadoyle@georgiasouthern.edu

Accreditation

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master’s degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program and/or post-graduate APRN certificate program at Georgia Southern University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).

For all Online Programs:

Federal Law requires colleges and universities to make certain disclosures to prospective students of these programs. These disclosures include information on the University’s authority to operate outside of Georgia, complaint processes, adverse actions, and refunds.

For required disclosures in general with regard to online programs offered by the University, visit the Office of Legal Affairs website.

* American Association of Colleges of Nursing —  https://www.aacnnursing.org/news-information/fact-sheets/nursing-faculty-shortage
** Bureau of Labor Statistics — https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/postsecondary-teachers.htm

Last updated: 3/21/2022