MSN in Nursing Education

Nurse educators are tasked with an important job: to teach and motivate nurses of the future. As an individual with a nursing background, you may find that you enjoy teaching nurses and sharing your knowledge with others. Plus, many nurse educators express a high level of satisfaction with their work, saying that helping students to build their confidence and skills, and to provide them with mentorship, is nothing less than rewarding.1 If you aim to encourage, educate and shape the future of those in the nursing field, pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing with Nursing Education concentration may be your logical next step.

Advantages to CTU's Nursing Education Program

  • Can be completed in as little as 19.5 months
  • Curriculum offered 100% online excluding practicum
  • Potential to complete your practicum hours at employment site
  • Aligned to nursing industry standards and competencies
  • Tuition cost of $17,760*

MSN program goals:

  • Employ leadership skills to improve the quality of care in a variety of healthcare settings
  • Integrate advanced nursing and science knowledge into practice

Relevant Institutional/Programmatic Accreditation
CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission www.hlcommission.org

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  • Total Credits 

    48
  • Program Availability

    Online

Program Details

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  • Program Outline

    With Colorado Technical University's MSN program, you will not only take advanced courses in evidence-based practice, health promotion and health policy, and informatics, but you will also learn about innovative teaching practices in the practice and virtual learning environments. As a graduate, you’ll be on your way to helping prepare future nurses.

    Choosing Nursing Education

    CTU offers MSN concentrations in nursing administration and nursing education. The MSN-NE is geared toward those who want to pursue a career in teaching. Reports of shortages in the nurse education community began in 20022 and since then, due to the lack of nursing educators, nursing programs have had limited growth.3 That said, job opportunities for nurse instructors and teachers at the post-secondary level are expected to grow by 35.4 percent (that’s 24,000 new positions) from 2012 to 2022.4

    Expanding Your Nursing Knowledge

    To take the first steps toward MSN enrollment at CTU, you'll need to have an unencumbered US RN license as well as a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).

    Core education. In the core nursing courses of your graduate-level degree, you will learn about informatics, health promotion, evidence-based practice, theory and more. There are six courses to be taken as part of the core education, which include:

    • Advanced Professional Nursing Practices
    • Integrating Theory and Research for Evidence-Based Practice
    • Healthcare Informatics and Technologies
    • Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare
    • Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Society
    • Nursing Capstone

    Concentration. In the nursing education concentration, you will complete seven courses to help you learn more about how to instruct students in their nursing education and how to assess them on their learning. Some of these classes include:

    • Assessment and Evaluation Strategies
    • Curriculum Development and Design
    • Innovative Teaching Strategies
    • Pathopharm and Physical Assessment

    There also are two practicum courses to complete as part of the area of concentration. These experiential learning experiences are 60 hours each, for a total of 120 hours all together, and provide the opportunity to try out your teaching skills, including in a virtual environment. Finally, you will complete an MSN capstone project that will help you to encapsulate all of the knowledge you have gained throughout the program in a final project.

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    Degree Requirements

    Courses-Core
    NRSG610Advanced Nursing Practice 4
    NRSG612Integrating Theory and Research for Evidence-Based Practice4
    NRSG615Healthcare Informatics and Technologies 4
    NRSG617Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare4
    NRSG625Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Society4
    NRSG640MSN Capstone4
    Total Credit Hours:24
    Courses-Concentration
    NRSG0Advanced Pathopharmacology & Physical Assessment for the Nurse Educator A2
    NRSG0Advanced Pathopharmacology & Physical Assessment for the Nurse Educator B2
    NRSG633Innovative Teaching Strategies4
    NRSG634Curriculum Development and Design4
    NRSG635Assessment and Evaluation Strategies4
    NRSG636Applying Nursing Education Principles in Practice & Virtual Environments4
    NRSG637Application of Quality and Safety in Education for Nursing 4
    Total Credit Hours:24

    Total Credit Hours: 48

    Admissions Requirements

    Admission to this program requires an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study. 

    Students must have graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a regionally accredited institution. A cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 3.0 for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) hours of study undertaken for full acceptance into the program.

    Prior to starting the nursing program all applicants must submit an unofficial or official copy of college transcript from their BSN degree for review. Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program who meet all general admission requirements, but who have a CGPA for the BSN degree between 2.75 to 2.99 for the last 90 quarter (60 semester) hours of study, may be granted provisional admission. Students must successfully complete their first two MSN courses with a minimum of 3.0 GPA to be granted full admission to the nursing program or be administratively withdrawn.

    Students must successfully complete NRSG610 first before advancing to other courses in the MSN program. No other program courses may be taken prior to NRSG610.

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  • Admissions Requirements

    Admission to this program requires an unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN) in the United States. All students must maintain this licensure throughout the program of study.

    Students must have graduated from a regionally accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program. A minimum CGPA of 3.0 at the bachelor’s or higher level from an accredited college of nursing is required.

    Prior to starting the nursing program all applicants must submit an unofficial or official copy of college transcript from their BSN degree for review. Applicants to the Master of Science in Nursing degree program who meet all general admission requirements, but who have a CGPA for the BSN degree between 2.75 to 2.99, may be granted provisional admission. Students must successfully complete their first two MSN courses with a minimum of 3.0 GPA to be granted full admission to the nursing program or be administratively withdrawn.

    Students must successfully complete NRSG610 first before advancing to other courses in the MSN program. No other program courses may be taken prior to NRSG610.

    At this time, Colorado Technical University cannot accept inquiries for the Master of Science in Nursing program from residents of the states of Alabama, Alaska, Delaware, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, Tennessee, Utah, Washington, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

  • Tuition

    Tuition

    Total tuition for the MSN-NE will vary depending on your educational needs, existing experience, and many other factors. The information below represents standard per-credit-hour tuition rates for CTU degree programs online and at our campuses.

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    Ways to Save

    Cost of this degree may be reduced based on one or more of the following:

  • Outcomes

    MSN program outcomes:

    • Synthesize knowledge from nursing and a variety of sciences in diverse settings for the purpose of improving nursing care
    • Apply organizational and systems leadership concepts to promote quality patient care
    • Evaluate performance improvement processes designed for the purpose of providing quality patient care
    • Apply research outcomes and evidence-based practice to recommendations for improved patient care
    • Synthesize health policy processes established for the advocacy of quality healthcare
    • Integrate interprofessional collaboration to the management of patient and population health outcomes
    • Apply organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts to clinical prevention and population care to identified populations

    MSN Nursing Education outcomes:

    • Utilize pedagogical principles to develop, design, and revise an innovative nursing curriculum that promotes quality and safety in the delivery of nursing care and education.
    • Critique curricular assessment and evaluation strategies to ensure optimal learner outcomes are achieved.
    • Demonstrate clinical expertise through the synthesis of evidence from nursing and other sciences in preparation and delivery of nursing education to a diverse population of learners.
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Below you can find placement rates and other information tailored to your chosen campus and program. Certain disclosures are published on this website to assist students in understanding the facts about their programs.

The MSN program was initially launched in January, 2016 and has not graduated more than 10 students at this time. The graduation rate shown below represents the percentage of First Time Full Time students across all CTU online undergraduate programs that completed within 150% of the normal program length and is not specific to the MSN program.

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Online Programs - Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students who started between
7/1/2010 and 10/15/2010 who completed within 150% of the normal time period: 20%

All Colorado Technical University campuses and both ground and online enrollments are included in this Graduation Rate.

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Graduation Rate

A first-time student has no prior postsecondary experience before enrolling at this campus. This means that a student who attended another college, university or other postsecondary school before enrolling at this school is not included in the calculation. The rate also does not include students initially enrolled part-time, taking individual classes (as compared to enrolling in a full program), or only auditing classes. These rates are calculated using the Student Right-to-Know formula in order to comply with U.S. Department of Education requirements. The statistics track all first-time, full-time and certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students who began school during the date range and have completed within 150% of the normal program length. For example, for a two-year program, the graduation rate would include students who had completed within three years of beginning the program. This statistic is not specific to one program alone; rather, all applicable undergraduate programs are included in this overall rate. Information pertaining to the Graduation Rates of all postsecondary institutions recognized by the U.S. Department of Education may be found on the College Navigator website. http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/

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1"Your Career as a Nurse Educator," Jean E. Bartels. http://www.nsna.org/Portals/0/Skins/NSNA/pdf/Imprint_Jan05_educator.pdf (Visited 4/8/16)
2 "Nursing Faculty Shortage," American Association of Colleges of Nursing. http://www.aacn.nche.edu/media-relations/fact-sheets/nursing-faculty-shortage (Visited 4/8/16)
3 "NLN Nurse Educator Shortage Fact Sheet," National League of Nursing. http://www.nln.org/docs/default-source/advocacy-public-policy/nurse-faculty-shortage-fact-sheet-pdf.pdf?sfvrsn=0 (Visited 4/8/16)
4 Nursing Instructors and Teachers, Postsecondary, Projections Central. http://www.projectionscentral.com/Projections/LongTerm (Visited 4/8/16)
5http://burning-glass.com/job-market-data/; The career titles are provided by Burning Glass. These results are based upon an analysis of over 7 million current job listings compiled from over 17,000 sources – the world’s most comprehensive repository of job openings. Students who earn this degree should not view this list as exhaustive and are not limited to only these options post-graduation. Some career titles listed above may not be entry-level and may require further education or job experience.
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