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MSN in Nursing Education

The Master of Science in Nursing-Nursing Education specialty track is designed to expand the knowledge of the registered nurse to include the design, implementation, and evaluation of nursing education. The focus on evidence-based practice, quality outcomes, clinical expertise, educational principles, and advancement of the individual nurse and profession will prepare the registered nurse for an advanced level of practice. Students complete a total of 120 practicum hours with 60 hours with a nurse educator in their community and 60 hours with a direct-care provider in their community.

This program does not lead to additional licensure or certification. As such, CTU has made no determination regarding prerequisites for licensure or certification in any state or jurisdiction.

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

Ranked Among the Best Online Nursing Programs

CTU’s online Master of Science in Nursing degree programs are ranked among the Best Online Master's in Nursing Programs by U.S. News & World Report for the fifth consecutive year.*

CCNE Accredited Degree Program

CTU is institutionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
The Master of Science in Nursing degree program at Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Nursing Education Program FAQs

The College of Nursing & Health Studies at CTU understands that licensed practicing nurses possess varying knowledge levels upon returning to school. To address these differences, we have designed our nursing curriculum using adaptive technology.

Intellipath®, CTU’s adaptive learning technology, lets you quickly move through the content you have already mastered to focus on what you still need to learn. This technology is similar to the computerized adaptive testing nurses use for entrance to the profession.

Our faculty-led nursing courses incorporate intellipath® assignments, writing assignments, discussion boards, virtual simulation, clinical experiences, and journaling, among others. However, we do not assign group projects. Instead, you experience interdisciplinary collaboration throughout your clinical courses as well as traditional assignments.

Students must disclose if they are requesting to do their practicum with their employer.

Students may not complete practicum hours in their current department or with in-line supervisors.

For the MSN Nursing Administration and Nursing Education programs, campus visits are not required.

The structure of the MSN-Nursing Education and MSN-Nursing Administration concentrations are designed to allow the working nurse to advance in his/her MSN degree while continuing to work within the community. With an asynchronous (any time of day) classroom format, this allows students to formulate a study schedule that can be incorporated into their professional life. Instructors also provide synchronous chats to support varied adult learning needs.

Information about the practicum requirements can be found in the Nursing Learning Center where the Master of Science in Nursing Practicum Guide is located. The Clinical Coordinator also partners with students to assist with practicum related questions.

To speak with an advisor, request information here.

Students work with the Clinical Coordinator to prepare for practicum courses. Students receive emails with instructions about practicum preparation starting in the first session with CTU.

Each concentration has two practicum courses built into the degree plan. Practicum courses are 5 weeks in duration and require 60 clinical hours each for a total of 120 hours. Students receive individual support from the Clinical Coordinator to help them prepare for the practicum experiences.

Students receive communication each session with instructions about how to prepare for practicum. The Clinical Coordinator also provides individual guidance. Student engagement in the placement process is important as it promotes a positive, educational experience for adult learners.

The MSN Capstone course does not require clinical hours. There are a variety of weekly deliverables that measure a student’s progress toward meeting programmatic outcomes. The MSN Capstone does not require the student to conduct research.


  • October 03, 2023
  • November 14, 2023
  • January 02, 2024




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Program Details

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  • Program Overview

    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 have the opportunity to learn about innovative teaching practices in the practice and virtual learning environments.

    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 19.3 percent (that’s 13,200 new positions) from 2014 to 2024.4

    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 have the opportunity to 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 Nursing Practice
    • Integrating Theory and Research for Evidence-Based Practicee
    • Healthcare Informatics and Technologies
    • Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare
    • Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Society
    • MSN Capstone

    Concentration. In the nursing education concentration, you will complete seven courses designed 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

    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 in total, and provide the opportunity to try out your teaching skills, including in a virtual environment.

    College of Nursing Mission Statement

    Through an innovative curriculum and student-centered teaching, the nursing faculty teaches, supports, and inspires students to become competent, caring, and accountable professionals who serve a diverse client population within a dynamic health care environment.

  • Degree Requirements

    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    NRSG610 Advanced Nursing Practice 4
    NRSG612 Integrating Theory and Research for Evidence-Based Practice 4
    NRSG615 Healthcare Informatics and Technologies 4
    NRSG617 Policy and Politics in Nursing and Healthcare 4
    NRSG625 Promoting and Preserving Health in a Diverse Society 4
    NRSG640 MSN Capstone 4
    Total Credit Hours: 24
    Course Title Course Description Credit Hours
    NRSG631 Advanced Pathopharmacology & Physical Assessment for the Nurse Educator A 2
    NRSG631 Advanced Pathopharmacology & Physical Assessment for the Nurse Educator B 2
    NRSG633 Innovative Teaching Strategies 4
    NRSG634 Curriculum Development and Design 4
    NRSG635 Assessment and Evaluation Strategies 4
    NRSG636 Applying Nursing Education Principles in Practice & Virtual Environments 4
    NRSG637 Application of QSEN in the Advanced Nursing Role 4
    Total Credit Hours: 24

    Total Credit Hours: 48

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  • Outcomes

    MSN Program Learning Outcomes:

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

    MSN - Nursing Education Concentration Learning Outcomes:

    1. 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.
    2. Critique curricular assessment and evaluation strategies to ensure optimal learner outcomes are achieved.
    3. 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.
  • Admission Requirements

    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 an institutionally 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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