Wilkes University

Master of Science: Nursing Education

An online M.S.N nursing education program allows nurses to continue their careers and develop the skills needed to become a nurse leader and educator.

The explosive growth of the health care industry means the need for highly skilled, well-educated, and professionally adept nurses is at record levels. Nurse educators able to effectively teach and nurture the next generation of health care practitioners are now in high demand.

If you're ready to advance your nursing career as an educator, Wilkes University's 39-credit online Nursing Education master's degree program offers the knowledge and skills to help you make a profound and lasting impact in the profession.

Our program emphasizes academic theory and evidence-based research, preparing you to be a highly qualified nurse educator. Our course of study is grounded in effective teaching/learning strategies, curricular design, and assessment measures.

Core coursework provides Wilkes Nursing students with a solid foundation of academic and clinical study. Nursing Education concentration courses offer the in-depth knowledge and professional development skills needed to effectively teach others. A final scholarly review course allows students to synthesize and review issues relevant to the Nursing Education concentration, and begins the preparation for graduates to take the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) Examination.

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Student Learning Outcomes

In addition to meeting all the objectives and requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing online degree program, successful Nursing Education candidates will also:

  • Analyze theoretical and evidence-based research specific to nursing education
  • Develop expertise in education assessment, teaching/learning strategies, evaluation and testing
  • Design a curriculum that addresses a dynamic complex nursing environment
  • Demonstrate leadership abilities through classroom and clinical teaching in a variety of community agencies


Wilkes University's Nursing Education concentration is a 39 credit-hour online program and will result in a Master of Science in Nursing degree.

The Nursing Education curriculum is comprised of the following courses. Please note that NSG 590 will be the last class taken in the Nursing Education sequence.

Graduate Nursing Core Courses

24 credits
  • NSG 500 (3) | Advanced Health Assessment
    • This course presents an overview of the full and comprehensive health assessment of patients across the life span. Emphasis on multiple aspects of assessment including physical, functional, and mental health assessment along with transcultural variations, will prepare the student for advanced practice nursing. (Nurse Practitioner students are required to complete an onsite residency).
  • NSG 501 (3) | Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science
    • Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 502.
    • This course emphasizes the systematic process of theory development in nursing. The role of traditional science in relation to other ways of knowing is explored. Students will describe, analyze, and evaluate current theories of nursing. The relationship of research and practice to theory is discussed.
  • NSG 502 (3) | Advanced Nursing Research
    • Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 501.
    • This course builds on knowledge and skills developed in undergraduate research and statistics courses. Skills in the analysis and evaluation of nursing research are further developed. Students analyze the contributions of the empirical approach to the development of nursing science. Selected research designs and methodologies which are used to advance nursing knowledge are examined. Students are given the opportunity to critique and synthesize current research for its application to an identified problem in nursing practice.
  • NSG 504 (3) | Advanced Role Development in Nursing
    • Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 505.
    • This course examines the development of roles for advancing nursing practice. The historical development of these roles along with current scope of practice in a variety of clinical settings will be explored. Focus will be placed on the legal, historical, political, social, and ethical aspects of advanced practice nursing.
  • NSG 505 (3) | Health Policy and Politics for Advancing Nursing Practice
    • Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 504.
    • Complex and continuous changes in healthcare environments require that nursing professionals contribute to care delivery systems for improving population health outcomes. This course focuses on the role of the nurse advancing nursing practice through developing health policy, politics, and advocacy systems. Approaches to health issues for shaping policy on a local, state, and federal level are analyzed in accordance with policy making processes, politics in healthcare and government, healthcare economics, and ethical frameworks.
  • NSG 530 (3) | Advanced Pathophysiology
    • Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 533.
    • This course provides an overview of the normal physiologic and pathologic mechanisms of disease and serves as one primary component of the foundation for clinical assessment, decision-making, and management. The course will prepare the advanced practice nurse for interpreting changes in normal function that results in symptoms indicative of illness in patients across the lifespan.
  • NSG 533 (3) | Advanced Pharmacology
    • Accelerated-track students will take this concurrently with NSG 530.
    • This course provides the basic principles of pharmacodynamics, pharmacokinetics, and pharmacotherapeutics for broad categories of drugs. Purpose of action, common interactions and contraindications of major drug categories are highlighted. Case studies are integrated to provide students the opportunity to demonstrate application of pharmacological theory in advancing nursing practice.
  • NSG 590 (3) | Scholarly Review
    • Nurse Executive accelerated-track students will take this course concurrently with NSG 564.
    • In this course the student will synthesize and review issues relevant to their specialty clinical practice. This course is designed as a review of the required masters level core nursing courses and specialty focused curriculum for advanced nursing practice. This course will provide an overview of both the required core nursing courses as well as each specific specialty course.
    • Prerequisite: Completion of Graduate Nursing Core and Concentration courses.
    • Note: NSG 590 is a core nursing course, and is the last class taken in the program sequence.

Nursing Education Concentration Courses

15 credits
    • NSG 540 (3)| Role of the Nurse Educator and Curriculum Work in Nursing Education 
    • Course content prepares the student to examine the nurse educator role, the concept of role change and its impact on the transition from nurse clinician to nurse educator. Curriculum development, implementation, and evaluation is analyzed with a focus on professional standards and criteria. Emphasis is on designing a curriculum that is grounded in evidence, aligned with current and projected contexts, and organized around specific curricular elements.
  • NSG 541 (3) | Teaching Methodologies and Strategies in Nursing Curriculum
  • Course content informs the student on effective teaching and learning strategies in nursing curriculum. Theoretical foundations of teaching and learning are discussed. Utilization of technology, including simulation and distance learning in nursing education, is explored. Teaching in various settings is identified.
  • NSG 542 (3) | Testing and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Course content informs the student on the elements of curriculum evaluation.Concepts of assessment, testing, and evaluation related to student achievement are described. Social, ethical, and legal components of testing and evaluation are discussed.

  • NSG 544 (3) | Classroom Practicum in Nursing Education* (100 Hours)
  • This practicum provides the student an opportunity to participate in a faculty or staff development role within an educational setting. Each student will develop an educational offering based upon an area of advanced nursing practice.  The student is required to obtain a mentor who will provide classroom teaching learning experiences.  (100 practicum hours required). Pre-Requisites NSG 540, 541, or 542

  • NSG 545 (3) | Clinical Practicum in Nursing Education* (100 Hours)
  • This practicum provides the student an opportunity to actively participate in a faculty or staff development role within an educational setting. Each student will develop an educational offering based upon an area of advanced nursing practice The student is required to obtain a mentor who will provide teaching learning experiences within a clinical environment.  (100 practicum hours). Pre-Requisites NSG 540, 541, or 542

*Students will be responsible for arranging their own experiences with their local college. university, or health care agency. The faculty member instructing this course will be responsible for ensuring the student experience meets Wilkes academic requirements.

Career Opportunities

The following are just a few of the unique career opportunities possible with a Nursing Education concentration, part of the Master of Science in Nursing degree program available online through Wilkes University:

  • Nurse Faculty/Instructor
  • Nursing Curriculum Specialist
  • Patient Education Coordinator
  • Nursing Education Consultant
  • Program Director
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Continuing Education Specialist
  • Staff Development Officer

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Michael DeBlasio
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Wilkes University
(570) 408-4232

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The baccalaureate degree in nursing/master's degree in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice/, and post graduate APRN certificate programs at Wilkes University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).