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Master's Programs

Nursing Education

The Nursing Education program prepares you to function as an academic or clinical nurse educator across various program levels and settings.

Application Deadline

Applications are accepted November 1 - May 1 for fall entry.

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As an MSN nursing education student, you will gain a strong foundation in education theory, principles, teaching strategies and modalities, learner diversity, and curriculum and program evaluation. Students will learn to integrate teaching strategies via the classroom, distance-learning, clinical settings, in the learning and simulation laboratories, and through precepted and service-learning opportunities.

The interactive, online course delivery, paired with practicums that expose students to academic and clinical educational settings, provides flexible, yet comprehensive preparation for a nurse educator role. Upon completion of program and with required experience, graduates are eligible to sit for the National League of Nursing’s certification for nurse educator (CNE) examination.

MSN in nursing education requires 39 credit hours and can be completed in 5 semesters. All didactic work is online, distance format with complimentary practicums that may be completed in one’s geographic region. Courses are offered in a variation of 7 or 15-week semester courses, with an average of 6-9 credit hours per semester.

Students beginning the program in Fall 2023 would complete the program at the end of Spring semester 2025.

Required Courses

1st semester

  • NURS 700 – Theoretical and Conceptual Foundation for Nursing A
  • NURS 707 – Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses
  • NURS 710 – Role of the Nurse Educator B

2nd semester

  • NURS 702 – Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients Across the Lifespan
  • NURS 724 – Education in Nursing B
  • NURS 789 – Statistical and Research Methods for Nursing A

3rd semester

  • NURS 704 – Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning +
  • NURS 725 – Nursing Education: Curriculum and Evaluation 

4th semester

  • NURS 739 – Online Instruction and Technology in Nursing Education 
  • NURS 743 – Advanced Nursing Practicum for the Educator *

5th semester

  • NURS 720 – Clinical Application of Population Analysis A
  • NURS 727 – Nurse Educator Practicum *
  • NURS 791 – Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research B

Total 39 credits / 500 direct clinical hours
+on campus immersion
*course requires 250 direct clinical hours
 Aindicates A term, B indicates B term. If not noted, full semester course.
Upon graduation and meeting experience criteria, you are eligible to sit for the National League of Nursing – Certification as Nurse Educator Exam (CNE).

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from previous undergraduate and any graduate work
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended must be submitted whether you received a degree or not. Applicants who attended a BSN program that issued pass or fail grades for all classes will not be consider a competitive applicant.
  • Three professional references - The professional recommendation should come from individuals with a master’s or higher in a healthcare field who can evaluate your potential for success in a graduate program. (Letters of recommendation cannot be used in lieu of our recommendation form.) Recommendations from family members are not appropriate.
  • A personal goal statement that reflects MSN program outcomes
  • Current curriculum vitae or resume
  • Current unencumbered RN License in the state of residence
  • GRE not required

Apply to Graduate School

The Graduate School coordinates online applications to our master's and doctoral programs. There may be supporting materials that are required along with your online application for graduate admission, so be sure to review the degree requirements before you apply.

The Nursing Education program accepts students for fall entry.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Early applications are encouraged. 

  • Admission cycle for fall entry:
    Application opens - November 1
    Final decision deadline - May 1

MSN program costs depend on several factors. For estimated costs, view Graduate Programs Cost Estimates 2022-2023. For the most up-to-date cost information, visit the Bursar's Office Tuition and Fees website website.

Financial aid is available. To determine your eligibility, complete the FAFSA form on the university’s Financial Aid website. The College of Nursing also offers general scholarships. In addition, other scholarship and financial aid opportunities are available through The Graduate School and the university’s Financial Aid and Scholarships office.

Contact Us

Phone: 803-777-9173

Williams-Brice Building, Room 208
1601 Greene St.
Columbia, SC 29208

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Meet the Program Director

Kathleen Bradshaw, PhD, RN, PNP, CNE, ANEF has served as a nurse, nurse educator and academic nurse administrator for over 40 years. As a nurse educator, she has taught in numerous nationally recognized academic settings and taught both undergraduate and graduate students. As a pediatric nurse practitioner and academic leader, she taught in advanced practice nursing and nursing administration programs. In the last 20 years, she has served as a director, associate dean and dean of schools of nursing. She has participated as a fellow in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Leadership in Academic Nursing Program; in the AACN-Wharton Executive Nurse Leader Fellowship program; the UofSC Academic Pipeline for Leaders and has been inducted in the National League of Nursing Academy as a Nursing Education Leader fellow. She is pleased and proud to be part of the UofSC College of Nursing’s Excellence as an Executive Academic Strategist and Professor.

Meet the Nursing Education (NE) Graduate Student Advisor

Melissa Kupfer is the Director of Graduate Student Affairs in the Office of Academic Affairs.  She also serves as the graduate student advisor for the NE program. 

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