The Nursing Education program prepares you to function as an academic or clinical
nurse educator across various program levels and settings.
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 Spring 2022 would complete the program at the end of
Summer semester 2023.
NURS 700 – Theoretical and Conceptual Foundation for Nursing A
NURS 707 – Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurses
NURS 710 – Role of the Nurse Educator B
NURS 702 – Pharmacological Management of Pediatric, Adult and Gerontological Patients
Across the Lifespan
NURS 724 – Education in Nursing
NURS 704 – Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning+
NURS 725 – Nursing Education: Curriculum and Evaluation A
NURS 739 – Online Instruction and Technology in Nursing Education B
NURS 727 – Nurse Educator Practicum *
NURS 789 – Statistical and Research Methods for Nursing A
NURS 791 – Seminar in Clinical Nursing Research B
NURS 720 – Clinical Application of Population Analysis A
NURS 743 – Advanced Nursing Practicum for the Educator *
Total 39 credits / 500 clinical hours
Aindicates A term, B indicates B term. If not noted, full semester course.
+on campus immersion
*course requires clinical hours
Upon graduation and meeting experience criteria, you are eligible to sit for the National
League for Nursing – Certification as Certified Nurse Educator Exam (CNE)
BSN in Nursing from a nationally accredited program
Minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale from previous undergraduate and any graduate work
3 Letters of references from individuals who are master’s or doctorally prepared in
the healthcare field, who can address the applicant’s ability to successfully complete
the Master’s in Nursing Education program
A personal goals statement that reflects MSN program outcomes
Current curriculum vitae or resume
Current unencumbered RN License in the state of residence
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 spring entry.
Admission cycle for spring entry: Application opens - July 1 Final deadline - October 31
Dr. Bradshaw has vast experience in pediatric nursing and nursing education. She practiced
as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in both rehabilitation and primary care settings.
Her academic experience includes higher education institutions in Virginia, Michigan,
Colorado and South Carolina. She has served in academic administration as an Associate
Dean, Director and Dean of Nursing, and currently serves UofSC as an Executive Academic