The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) – Nursing Education major is designed for the bachelor’s-prepared registered nurse (RN) who has a passion for education, mentoring, and a desire to become a change agent. Students will learn advanced clinical concepts such as pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment while also developing the core competencies of a nurse educator. Designed for the working RN, this major offers asynchronous courses that are 100% online, with no on-campus visits required. The curriculum is designed to be completed on a part-time basis within two years.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this major will be prepared to work in a variety of areas including postsecondary education, health-care education, staff development, home health-care, hospitals, and state/federal agencies.

Special Admissions Requirements

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.

Special Equipment Needs

Laptop Computer Required 

  • Windows 10 or higher, MAC OSX 10.4 or higher recommended.
  • Intel Core i5 or i7 (generation 105 or higher) processor (recommended).
  • 8+ GB RAM (recommended).
  • 250+ GB Solid State Disk (SSD) drive (recommended).
  • Laptop must include webcam and microphone (required).
  • Laptop must include a wireless network card (required).
  • Additional plug-ins may be required (Information Technology Services - Service Desk available for assistance).
  • Chromebooks and other devices running ChromeOS are prohibited.

Transfer Procedures

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.

Program Goals

A graduate of this major should be able to:
  • demonstrate professional behaviors by exhibiting civility and compassion, with an emphasis on nursing science and advanced nursing practice, to provide optimum care for diverse populations. (Professional Behaviors)
  • deliver comprehensive, holistic consumer-centered care by applying advanced nursing practice to promote and preserve health outcomes. (Consumer-Centered Care)
  • engage the consumer in the teaching and learning process while exemplifying lifelong learning as a master’s prepared nurse. (Teaching and Learning)
  • utilize clinical decision-making and judgment to critically analyze, design, coordinate, and evaluate the delivery of care. (Nursing Process)
  • integrate current and emerging technologies to enhance the practice environment, optimize consumer care, and improve health-care outcomes. (Informatics)
  • employ effective communication to coordinate and manage care, and promote accountability and advocacy within the interprofessional health-care team to enhance the delivery of care. (Communication) 
  • synthesize current research, evidence-based practice, and continuing professional education as the foundation for practice to improve the health-care environment and advance nursing practice. (Evidence-Based Practice)

Performance Standards

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


First SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
NUR500Transition to the MSN Program 11 MREQ
NUR505Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice 33 MREQ
NUR515Professional Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice 33 MREQ
Second SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
NUR525Trends in Nursing & Health Care 33 MREQ
NUR535Nursing Research & Evidence-Based Practice 33 MREQ
Summer SessionCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
NUR545Pharmacology for Advanced Nursing Practice 33 MREQ
NUR555Pathophysiology for Advanced Nursing Practice 33 MREQ
Third SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
NUR565Health & Physical Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice 33 MREQ
NUR605Educational Theory & Teaching Strategies 33 MREQ
Fourth SemesterCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
NUR615Assessment & Evaluation in Nursing Education 33 MREQ
NUR625Clinical Practicum in Nursing Education 31 MREQ
Summer SessionCreditsNotesLectureLab/ClinicalM/SType
NUR635Curriculum Development in Nursing Education 33 MREQ
NUR630Didactic Practicum in Nursing Education 31 MREQ

Notice of Conviction

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.


Effective November 19, 2021, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on November 19, 2023. 

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 
3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, GA 30326 
(404) 975-5000

Note: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation