Master of Science in Nursing (MSN): Concentration in Nursing Education

Master of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program offers three tracks of concentrated study: Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, and Family Nurse Practitioner. In addition to these three tracks of study, the MSN program offers the MSN/MBA dual degree and the RN to MSN option.

Graduate Admissions

A Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Education will prepare you to become a professional educator in an academic or healthcare setting. This program of study offers students the opportunity to apply nursing education and learning principles in practice settings. The degree with specialty concentration requires 30 to 36 credit hours of graduate coursework.

Accreditation for the Hunt School of Nursing is maintained through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing Inc. (ACEN) located at ACEN, 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA, 30326, phone: 404-975-5000 and information can be found on the ACEN website.

The program is taught online and students can begin in either the Fall (August), Spring (January), or Summer (May, 10-week) term. 

As a graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing program, you will:

  • Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings;
  • Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership to promote high quality and safe patient care that emphasizes ethical and critical decision making, effective working relationships, and a systems-perspective;
  • Apply the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality and quality principles within an organization to promote high quality and safe patient care;
  • Apply research outcomes within the practice setting to resolve practice problems, working as a change agent through dissemination of results;
  • Integrate appropriate technologies for knowledge management to improve health care;
  • Intervene at the system level through a policy development process that employs advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare;
  • Function as a professional member and leader of inter-professional teams through communication, collaboration, and consultation with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care;
  • Synthesize broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families and aggregates/identified populations; and
  • Articulate the understanding that master’s level nursing practice integrates advanced level understanding and approach to nursing intervention (including both direct and indirect care components) that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.

Required Common Core
Courses Credit Hours
NURS 500 Theoretical Basis for Advanced Practice 3
NURS 501 Nursing and Healthcare Systems and Issues 3
NURS 502 Methods of Advanced Research 3
NURS 504 Statistical Techniques for Graduate Research 3
NURS 506 Professional Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice 3

Required Courses by Concentration
Nursing Education
Courses Credit Hours
NURS 600 The Nurse Educator 3
NURS 601 Curriculum Theory and Application 3
NURS 602 Instructional and Evaluation Strategies 3

Capstone Experience
Courses Credit Hours
NURS 616 Advanced Nursing Specialty Practicum 6
NURS 610 Thesis/Project
NURS 612 Thesis/Project

Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.

  • Graduate School application
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a nationally accredited nursing program
  • Current, unrestricted licensure to practice as a Registered Nurse in the United States
  • GPA of 2.70 on all undergraduate work OR GPA of 2.7 for last 64 hours of undergraduate or graduate work
  • Transcripts of all previous college studies to:
    Gardner-Webb University
    Digital Learning
    PO Box 1896
    Boiling Springs, NC 28017

    Or official electronic transcripts to

  • Three professional or academic references to be filled out on the designated Graduate Study Reference Form
  • Current, official, satisfactory Criminal Background Check results from current state of residence and any other state lived in during the past 10 years, package code GA98
  • Immunizations as required by the University
  • Completion of an undergraduate or graduate statistics course with a grade of “C” or better
  • RN applicants with a baccalaureate degree in another field may be accepted but must meet the following additional requirements during the first year of enrollment:
  • NUR 312 Advanced Health Assessment
  • NUR 412 Community and Public Health Nursing (education track)

Students will be admitted provisionally until these course requirements are met. A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses in order to meet requirements.