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  • Online Master’s in Nursing Education (MSN)

    Drexel's CCNE-accredited online Master’s in Nursing Education (MSN) readies you for the role of nurse educator in either a professional development or academic setting. The curriculum incorporates core graduate level concepts (patient safety, ethics, advocacy, and research), advanced clinical concepts, and contemporary education content to prepare nurses for diverse roles in education. The program includes all nurse educator competencies and prepares graduates to successfully pass the Certified Nursing Educator Exam.

    In addition, you're given a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the art and science of simulation with a course that teaches you how plan, create, facilitate, evaluate, and revise simulation scenarios to fit the needs of learners in various educational settings. This course is great preparation for the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator Exam.

    MSN Nursing Education Program Features

    • 45 Quarter Credits (equivalent to 30 semester credits)
    • Ranked #2 in 2020's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs: Nursing Education by U.S. News & World Report
    • Ranked #16 in 2020's Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report
    • The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the master’s degree in nursing at Drexel University
    • Learn from an experienced, board-certified faculty who are actively involved in nursing education from Drexel's acclaimed College of Nursing and Health Professions
    • An online format that is highly interactive, engaging, and challenging while remaining convenient for working nurses
    • You can schedule your clinical practicum in a variety of settings, customizing it to fit your future career goals
    • Three-year tuition lock for those who complete the program within 3 years

    What is an MSN in Nursing Education?

    The MSN in Nursing Education is a Master of Science in Nursing program that allows you to use your nursing experience as a basis to teach both students and other nurses. It weaves advanced clinical foundations with theories specific to adult learning. At the completion of the program, you'll have the ability to apply everything you learned in a practicum experience.

    In education-focused courses, you'll study material that is central to curriculum design and methods to assess nursing courses and programs. While learning to think critically, the program also focuses on clinical and classroom teaching tactics. Contemporary nursing trends including online teaching, simulation, and learning technologies are also focused on in the curriculum. This program will prepare you to provide quality instruction in traditional classrooms, clinical environments, the simulation lab, and the online learning environment using innovative and engaging technology.

    What is a Certified Nurse Educator

    Certified Nurse Educators have successfully completed an academic nurse educator certification program through the National League for Nursing (NLN). The NLN offers two such certifications:

    • Certification for Nurse Educators
      An academic nurse educator is involved with planning curricula, teaching, and evaluating students. They may also serve as an advisor, performing other activities in the capacity as faculty member in nursing schools.
    • Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator
      An academic clinical nurse educator is involved with teaching the clinical components of nursing programs.

    These credentials are a mark of professionalism that indicates expertise in this role. It shows students, peers, and the academic and healthcare communities that a nurse educator is a leader and role model.

    What Can You Do with A Master’s Degree in Nursing Education?

    A master’s degree in nursing education is the typical entry-point to a teaching career in nursing. The MSN: Nursing Education degree program will prepare you for roles in both higher education and professional development. As a graduate of this program you will be prepared to teach in classrooms, clinical settings, online, and simulation labs, and to hold positions such as:

    • Nursing Faculty
    • Clinical Instructor
    • Simulation Educator
    • Hospital Nurse Educator
    • Professional Development Specialist
    • Certified Diabetes Educator
    • Public Health Educator
    • Community Health Education Coordinator
    • Professor, Researcher

    If this sounds like your calling, it is a great time to pursue your master’s in nursing education online. Per recent data by BLS.gov, there were 67,900 nurse educators in the workforce, yet demand is expected to increase by 24 percent through 2026. This forecast is much faster than other occupations.

    What’s the Salary for a Nurse Educator with an MSN?

    Nursing instructors and teachers at the postsecondary level earn median annual salaries of $81,350. Salaries do fluctuate by location, experience, and workplace setting.

    Job Title

    Average Salary

    Health Specialties Teacher


    Nursing Professor/Researcher


    Community Health Program Coordinator


    Health Promotion Specialist


    Nursing Educator
    (General Hospitals)


    Master’s in Nursing Education On-Campus Requirement

    An exciting three-day mandatory on-campus experience is incorporated into the master’s in nursing education track. This experience gives you the opportunity to apply the didactic simulation content learned in the program. It builds proficiency in designing and implementing simulated learning experiences, and features engaging and hands-on sessions in our state-of-the-art simulation lab where you'll work with:

    • Standardized Patients
    • High Fidelity Simulators
    • Modern teaching/learning technologies used in the educational process

    You'll be required to attend the residency when taking IPS 617: Simulation in Healthcare Education. The residency is offered bi-annually in the Spring and Fall quarters. Housing is available for all students who live at a distance.

    Given the current pandemic, we are temporarily conducting the on-campus experience virtually via Zoom. We will continually monitor the situation to determine when we can bring students to campus again.

    Questions? We're here to help!

    College of Nursing and Health Professions Program Team

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master's degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.
    The MSN: Nursing Education program at Drexel University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    The plan of study is designed with 1-2 courses per quarter. Graduate students who utilize student loans (FAFSA) have to maintain a minimum enrollment of 4.5 credits for a term or two courses per Quarter.

    Core Courses  
    NURS 500 Confronting Issues in Contemporary Health Care Environments 3.0
    NURS 502 Advanced Ethical Decision Making in Health Care 3.0
    NURS 544 Quality and Safety in Healthcare 3.0
    RSCH 503 Research Methods and Biostatistics 3.0
    RSCH 504 Evaluation and Translation of Health Research 3.0
    Track Courses  
    IPS 617 Simulation in Healthcare Education 4.5
    NURS 591 Foundations of Nursing Education 3.0
    NURS 606 Curriculum Design for Higher Level Cognition 3.0
    NURS 613 The Role and Responsibility of the Nursing Professor 3.0
    NURS 615 Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation 3.0
    NURS 616 Teaching Methods in Nursing Education 3.0
    NURS 632 Nurse Educator and Faculty Role Practicum 6.0
    Support Course  
    NURS 574 Advanced Integrative Clinical Concepts 4.5
    Total Credits 45.0

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    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
    • Your BSN must be from an institution accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE.
      • Nurses with a non-nursing bachelor's may consider applying for the RN-BSN-MSN program to earn both a BSN and MSN concurrently, or apply to the RN to MSN Bridge Program.
    • Cumulative GPA of 3.0
      • If your GPA is lower, you're still encouraged to apply, but should ensure that relevant professional experience is included on your resume. You must also provide two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study.
    • While specific clinical work and/or volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application more competitive.

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application
    • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions attended (including trade schools)
    • Two professional letters of recommendation from either previous or immediate supervisors or former faculty members who can attest to your clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study
      • If you have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, this requirement can be waived
    • Personal statement describing your interest in the program and particular specialty
    • Resume
    • Copy of your United States RN license
    • Additional requirements for International Students

    An admissions interview may be required.


    The tuition rate for the academic year 2021-2022 is $1037 per credit. (A 10% tuition savings off Drexel's regular tuition rate of $1152 per credit)

    • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
    • Special tuition rates available for Drexel University AlumniMilitary members, and members of our Partner Organizations.
      • These rates apply only to new online students and students being readmitted.
      • These rates apply only to fully online courses. Hybrid or on-campus courses may have different rates.
      • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
      • All students must contact applyDUonline@drexel.edu within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
      • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you'll be given the one with the largest savings.
      • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

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    Academic Calendar

    2021-2022 Academic Year


    Classes Begin

    Classes End

    Exams Begin

    Exams End

    Fall 2021

    September 20, 2021

    December 4, 2021

    December 6, 2021

    December 11, 2021

    Winter 2022

    January 3, 2022

    March 12, 2022

    March 14, 2022

    March 19, 2022

    Spring 2022

    March 28, 2022

    June 4, 2022

    June 6, 2022

    June 11, 2022

    Summer 2022

    June 20, 2022

    August 27, 2022

    August 29, 2022

    September 3, 2022

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