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Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online

Complete Coursework: 24 months Credit Hours: 42 Tuition: $19,950

Program Overview


Our online Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education program prepares you to take on new nursing roles as an educator and mentor and to provide leadership to the next generation of nurses. Build on your clinical expertise and passion for teaching with our streamlined, workplace-relevant curriculum. You will work with clinically current faculty and learn best practices for teaching and assessment while keeping patient care and professionalism at the forefront of your nursing practice.

At a time when nursing schools across the country are facing faculty shortages, earning your MSN in Nursing Education online prepares you for excellent employment opportunities in the high-demand area of nursing education. Position yourself as educational leader in health care institutions, universities and throughout the community.

Graduates of Our MSN – Nursing Education degree online may:

  • Serve as an educator and mentor while championing best educational practices with confidence and competence
  • Explore and develop educational philosophies that reflect commitment to professional nursing practice
  • Identify significant gaps between clinical nursing practice and nursing education and provide leadership that emphasizes patient care in every real-world solution
  • Assess the qualities of good measurement instruments and explore the relationship between measurement and educational decision-making from evidence-based practice
  • Investigate society's needs for health care and provide education to address those needs


In order to earn your Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education degree online, you must complete graduate nursing core courses and nursing education track specialty courses. Core courses are designed to build upon your nursing experience through evidence-based practices and clinical reasoning, while specialty courses focus on educational programming, resource allocation, assessment and evaluation, and a practicum in nursing education. You will also study roles and ethics in nursing practice and issues and policies in health care.

To see the full list of our Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online courses, view courses.


The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree at the University of Indianapolis. Please review the admission guidelines carefully. For the Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online degree program, students must be fully admitted to the University of Indianapolis, hold a BSN from a regionally accredited university and have a valid professional nursing license.

To learn more about our Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online admissions requirements, view admissions.


Tuition for the Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online degree program is affordable. To help make the cost more manageable, students can pay for each course as they enroll and may choose to seek federal assistance by filing aid applications.

To learn more about our Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online tuition, view tuition.


For the convenience of our Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online students, there are multiple start dates each year on the academic calendar. Students should consider application deadlines, as well as the document deadline, when turning in required documents for admission. After those steps are completed, students must register for classes and pay for tuition by the payment due date.

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For the Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online, the curriculum includes 15 courses for a total of 42 credit hours.

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Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is unique because it provides a platform for research application within the health care context. Faculty and students learn to work collaboratively across areas of clinical interest. Students interactively explore research areas of interest and analyze data. This design emphasizes student understanding and application of research that forwards the scientific progression of evidenced-based clinical practice and scholarship.

Software programs used include SPSS, Excel, PowerPoint, selected websites, and ACE (a web-based course management system). Students enter and manage complex, “real life” data sets. They graph and use descriptive and inferential approaches in analyzing and testing statistical assumptions. They perform analysis of relationships and hypothesis testing in clinically related studies to determine meaningfulness, strength of relationship and degree of difference. This approach reduces the mathematical details of statistical analysis. The use of interactive spreadsheets and interpretation of statistical output fosters student ability to understand and apply statistical analysis for data interpretation. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: None.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the analysis and application of theories relevant to advanced nursing practice. Theoretical frameworks from nursing and other disciplines are utilized. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: None.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course builds on a basic understanding of the research process and focuses on clinical research methodology. Literature review, formulation of problem statements, research design, and critical analysis of published research relevant to advanced nursing practice are emphasized. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate standing, NUGR 510 Applied Statistics, or consent of instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

The four spheres of political action in nursing are discussed. Policy and politics in the workplace, community, professional organizations, and government are examined. In addition, social, economic, legal, ethical and professional forces that have impact on health policy and the health care delivery system are explored. The course will provide opportunity to evaluate critical issues in health care and promote vigorous dialogue as to the provocative dilemmas faced by advanced practice nurses. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course will provide foundational knowledge of advanced practice nursing roles by analyzing the historical development, role components, and variations and alignment with national competencies and essentials of advanced practice nursing. Development of moral agency will be promoted by providing a foundation in ethical theories and decision-making processes which students will use to illustrate and frame important issues in health care ethics. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

Students must complete a culminating, evidence-based project to meet the requirements for attaining a master's degree from the University of Indianapolis graduate nursing program. An oral presentation of the project in a scholarly venue is also required. Students must complete a minimum of one NUGR590 credit hour to graduate (.5 credit hour will be taken in the first semester in the last year of the program of study and .5 credit will be taken in the final academic semester). If the project is not completed after a total of 1 credit hour of NUGR590 enrollment, the student will enroll in .5 credit hour of NUGR590 until the requirements are satisfactorily completed. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Completion of majority of graduate coursework with enrollment occurring in the last two semesters of graduate coursework.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course provides a comprehensive scientific background for the evaluation of clients in various health care settings. Students will analyze the relationship between normal physiology and the disease state. A brief review of normal physiology and anatomy is included, as well as the pathophysiology of selected disorders and diseases. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate of an accredited four year nursing program OR prior coursework in human anatomy, animal or human physiology, and organic chemistry.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a clinically focused course that allows the student to develop the ability to prescribe and manage drug therapy within the primary care setting. The course will focus upon developing appropriate drug therapy using case studies that stress patient-specific issues and the pathophysiology of disease, the principles of evidence-based prescribing practices, as well as the consensus guidelines that serve as algorithms for decision-making and monitoring. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Graduate standing or permission of the instructor.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course prepares the student to conduct comprehensive health assessments of patients throughout the lifespan. Comprehensive health parameters are applied to the assessment process. Students perform detailed health histories, family histories, physical examinations, and selected screening and prevention/wellness skills. Clinical reasoning development and differentiation between normal and abnormal findings are emphasized. Integrated throughout the course are principles of health promotions/wellness, illness prevention and early detection. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: BIO 509, NUGR 508.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course focus is educational program design, delivery, and evaluation in academic and clinical settings. Integral elements impacting curriculum (program) design and delivery including institutional mission, professional standards, national recommendations, accreditation standards, legal issues, and attainment of desired outcomes are explored. Important program design considerations including who, what, when, where and how are also addressed. The state of science regarding evidence based education (generally) and evidence based.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares nurses to understand and advocate for needed resources related to the education function in the practice and academic areas. Resources include content, time, personnel, facilities, money and materials. Participants will determine ways to request resources based on purposes of programs and develop strategies for seeking resources from traditional and non-traditional sources. Participants will propose program budgets and predict expenses required for effective operation of all aspects of program delivery and follow up. Techniques for communicating information about resource requirements via proposals and other formats will be emphasized. Examples of maintaining record congruent with accreditation bodies will be developed.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course introduces measurement concepts, role of measurement in education and the application of measurement data. Qualities of good measurement instruments, construction of teacher made tests and other classroom assessments, measurement and educational decision making is explored through the instructional design models/theories, philosophy, and methodology. Formative and summative education program evaluation studies are explored.

Duration: 14 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The practicum experience provides students with mentored opportunities to facilitate professional growth in the nurse educator role. The experience begins with the development of appropriate student-generated nurse educator practicum goals. Specific practicum sites and mentors are next selected to provide the student with the experiences needed for goal attainment. The practicum experience consists of 240 hours of goal-directed and mentored nurse educator clinical practice. Activities to enhance reflection and self-assessment include regular collaboration with NUGR560 faculty, log record-keeping and active participation in seminar style group discussions. Students must complete a total of four practicum credit hours. Practicum planning is completed during the first semester. Practicum experiences can be scheduled over 1-2 semesters. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: Completion of selected core and specialty courses and permission from the Nurse Educator Graduate faculty.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course prepares the nurse educator to perform competency assessments and evaluations in skills laboratory and clinical practice settings. Evaluation purposes and standards are integrated into the development of reliable and valid methods and tools that can be used to collect, organize, assess and evaluate performance data at practice levels ranging from competent to incompetent and novice to expert. Techniques for performing assessments and evaluations are compared and contrasted. Strategies for providing accurate and meaningful feedback are reviewed. Specific challenges unique to the practice evaluation process are explored. Prerequisites and/or corequisites: NUGR 510, NUGR 533.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course is designed to improve the knowledge and skills of nurse educators in the area of informatics and use of technology for teaching and learning. The course will discuss current issues and concepts related to informatics applied to nursing education. Students will have the opportunity to propose educational programs based on evidence based practice or education using appropriate electronically mediated technology.

Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education Online Admission Requirements

The admission process is the first step toward earning your online degree. Applicants must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission:

  1. Complete online graduate nursing application.
  2. Official transcripts of all previous college work. A bachelor's degree in nursing (BSN) from an ACEN, CNEA or CCNE-accredited program with at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required. Must demonstrate evidence of completed coursework in undergraduate statistics and research. For applicants who have not had this coursework, provisional admission will be considered, and the coursework must be successfully completed within the first two semesters of graduate study.
  3. Recommendation letter from a nursing supervisor (MSN preferred) addressing academic ability, work experience, professional nursing contributions, and potential for success in graduate school.
  4. Current resume.
  5. Unencumbered professional nursing license.

The University of Indianapolis is authorized to offer online education to students in Indiana as well as Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online:

Program Per Credit Hour Per Three-Credit Hour Total Tuition
MSN – Nursing Education $475 $1,425 $19,950*

*Does not include $75/semester technology fee.


Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online

At the University of Indianapolis, we offer multiple start dates to accommodate your schedule. Our calendar includes other important dates to make it easier for you to get started on your program.

Course Start App Deadline Doc Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline
8/28/2017 8/7/2017 8/16/2017 8/23/2017 8/23/2017
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