Nursing: Nursing Education Concentration

Master of Science in Nursing Degree (M.S.N.)
MSN major

About this program

When you pursue a career in nursing, you can make a positive impact every day. But, when you teach a nurse, the potential is even greater than you could imagine. Thinking of expanding your career possibilities to teaching future nurses or your peers on the latest innovative technology? The Master of Science in Nursing program specializing in Nursing Education at Penn College opens new opportunities to advance your career. Part-time and 100% online, this specialized master’s program is flexible and designed to accommodate your busy schedule. From teaching best practices to curriculum development and outcome measurement, you’ll learn how to share your passion for nursing through education and inspire the next generation of nurses.

Special Admissions Requirements

A limited number of seats are available in this program. That’s why we rely on selective admission criteria to select applicants with the highest potential for success. Entry into the program is competitive.

Read more about the selection criteria →

Next steps...

You're on your way to becoming a tomorrow maker.

ALL APPLICANTS RECEIVE THE IN-STATE, UNDERGRADUATE TUITION RATE.

100%

Online

Part-Time Program

No GRE Required

Careers

Work as a nursing educator in a variety of settings, including:

  • Academia
  • Hospitals
  • State and federal agencies
  • Home healthcare
Courses

At Penn College, we believe your educational experience should go beyond specialized skills. Real-world ready means taking a broader approach that builds communication skills, inspires collaboration, and encourages exploration of arts, history, and science.

​​Specialization requires in-depth knowledge and high-level proficiency. Students learn and apply major-specific concepts, skills, and methods.

  • Transition to the MSN Program (NUR500)
  • Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice (NUR505)
  • Professional Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice (NUR515)
  • Trends in Nursing and Health Care (NUR525)
  • Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice (NUR535)
  • Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice (NUR545)
  • Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice (NUR555)
  • Health & Physical Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice (NUR565)
  • Educational Theory and Teaching Strategies (NUR605)
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education (NUR615)
  • Clinical Practicum in Nursing Education (NUR625)
  • Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (NUR635)
  • Didactic Practicum in Nursing Education (NUR630)

​Perspectives are points of view, offering a variety of ways of understanding, interacting, and influencing the world. Students identify, explain, and utilize the approaches used by academics and professionals to study, analyze, or understand problems, and offer solutions.

​​Foundations are the practical, intellectual, and social skills: communication, collaboration, critical and ethical thinking, quantitative thinking, and technological literacy that are crucial to every student at every stage of education and at every stage of life.

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Life as a Nursing Educator

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Our Leadership

“Whether the goal is to educate nurses in the industry workforce on emerging technologies to support positive patient outcomes, or to educate nursing students for a career in nursing, our MSN graduates will leave Penn College real-world ready to meet this demand.”

Dr. Sandra Richmond

Dean of Nursing & Health Sciences

Our Leadership

“If you have a passion for teaching and a desire to impact the future of nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing program is for you! The Nursing Education curriculum will prepare you with the skills and competencies necessary to shape the nurses of tomorrow, so that we can ensure they are real-world ready to safely care for patients in an ever-changing health care system.”

Dr. Valerie Myers

Assistant Dean of Nursing

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Convenience

  • Accessible online anywhere in the world
  • Part-time program for working professionals
  • Continue to work and be at home with your family

Value

  • In-state tuition rate for all students, regardless of residency
  • Same rigor as on-campus programs
  • Many employers offer tuition reimbursement - check with yours to see if you qualify

Service

  • One-on-one interaction with faculty
  • 24/7 online tutoring
  • Textbooks and course materials available for purchase online through The College Store
  • Graduates can participate in Commencement

Class Delivery

  • Classes delivered asynchronously through P.L.A.T.O., Penn College's Platform for Learning And Teaching Online
  • 100% online - no required campus visits
Industry Partners

Work with experts to become an expert

Penn College's strong partnerships impact every step of your journey – from your first day in the classroom and labs, to career placement (oftentimes before graduation) and beyond.

UPMC Susquehanna
Geisinger
Evangelical Community Hospital
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Clinical Practicums

Your knowledge in practice

Gain real-world experience through two hands-on practicums. Working alongside master’s prepared nurse preceptors, you’ll benefit from expert insight and have an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned in previous courses in professional settings.

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More Information

Anyone desiring entrance into this major must first gain admission to Penn College. Acceptance into this selective admission major is based upon additional requirements beyond College admission. Details are available on the Selective Admission Criteria and Process webpage.

All students must earn a ‘B’ (3.0) or higher in all NUR courses within the MSN program; if a lower grade is earned in any NUR course, the course must be repeated.

The following grading system is applied to all nursing courses in this major. There is no rounding of grades:

A = 90-100
B = 80-89.99
C = 75-79.99
F = 74.99 and below

Child abuse clearances and criminal background checks are required by some agencies involved in clinical practice experiences. Agencies can prohibit students from participating in clinical experiences at their sites if a criminal record exists or a positive drug test is noted. By virtue of contract for Pennsylvania College of Technology, when students are at a clinical site, agencies have the right to ask for random drug testing. Inability to complete clinical, fieldwork, or intern educational experiences will result in the inability to meet course and program outcomes. For additional clarification, students can speak with their program director.

The Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing advises that a drug-related conviction and/or conviction of a felonious act or two misdemeanors might result in denial and/or revocation of a license to practice nursing. In accordance with the professional Nurse Law, Act of 1951, P.L. 317, No. 69, as amended, the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing shall not issue a license to an applicant who has been convicted of a felonious act prohibited by the Act known as “The Controlled Substance, Drug, Device and cosmetic Act” or convicted of a felony relating to a controlled substance in a court of law of the United States or any other state, territory or country unless a least 10 years have elapsed from the date of the conviction.

Penn College complies with the federal Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989. Pursuant to this Act, all forms of marijuana, including medical marijuana, are classified as prohibited controlled substances. Additionally, alcohol, illegal drugs, and legal drugs obtained without a prescription or which may impair a student’s ability to perform his/her educational responsibilities are strictly prohibited. Students are subject to drug screening at various phases of the program. Please note that a positive drug screening for marijuana will be deemed a positive test and will result in a student being dismissed from the program, even if the student has been lawfully certified to use medical marijuana and/or possesses a valid medical marijuana identification card issued in accordance with applicable state law.

The transfer of graduate level nursing credits will be evaluated on an individual basis. Students must have a minimum grade of 'B' (3.0) in courses transferred into the major. A maximum of 6 credits at the graduate level may be transferred into this major.

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Students must meet the Essential Functions for Nursing as established by the Nursing Program, as well as health and safety requirements including, but not limited to, immunizations (MMR, hepatitis B, varicella, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, annual influenza vaccination, PPD), medical examination, 10 panel drug screen, CPR certification, and background clearances as established by clinical affiliation agreements. Some clinical sites may have additional health and immunization requirements that are not part of the current program requirements, for example, COVID-19 vaccination.

Students accepted into this major will incur expenses for uniforms, malpractice insurance, clearances, certifications, etc. Refer to equipment and estimated cost list.

Technical Requirements

Laptop Computer Required (Windows 7 or higher, MAC OSX 10.4 or higher recommended)

  • Intel Core i5 or i7 (generation 5 or higher) processor (recommended)
  • 4+ GB RAM (recommended)
  • 250+ GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drive (recommended)
  • Webcam and microphone
  • Internet Connection (cable or DSL highly recommended)
  • Additional plug-ins may be required (Information Technology Services - Student Help Desk available for assistance)

*Chromebooks and other devices running ChromeOS are prohibited

Operating Systems:

P.L.A.T.O. (Platform for Learning and Teaching Online) is Penn College's implementation of Desire2Learn/Brightspace LMS. It is a Web-based course management system that allows instructors to post course materials online, facilitate course communication, gauge student progress, and extend learning beyond the classroom.

Browsers:

The fully supported browsers for P.L.A.T.O. are: Firefox, Google Chrome and Safari

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