Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education)

This bridge program to a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an Emphasis in Nursing Education program is designed for experienced, registered nurses (RNs) who have bachelors degrees in a field outside of nursing who want to earn their MSN. Instead of requiring you to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree, youll complete six courses from our BSN degree program and then launch into the MSN degree with an Emphasis in Nursing Education.

If you have a passion for mentoring or educating future nurses, then pursuing or advancing toward a position in nursing education is best suited through this MSN bridge program. You will be prepared for a variety of roles in nursing education as a patient, clinical and academic educator in a variety of health care settings. Learn how to lead others and manage resources through motivational or cognitive strategies. Courses and in-depth explorations of public health, finance, various nursing roles, research and statistics.

You will also study a variety of topics including:
  • Ethics
  • Policies
  • Advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, health assessment, health care research, evaluation and assessment of learning
  • Curriculum development and the use of learning and teaching technology

Available 100 percent online for convenience and flexibility, you can continue to practice or work for your organization while pursuing this bridge MSN degree, which includes both a capstone course and clinical practicum.

The capstone course provides an opportunity for you to develop an evidence-based practice project proposal that addresses a problem, issue, or concern in professional practice. You can identify a problem amenable to research-based intervention; search literature; propose a solution; and develop a plan to implement the solution, evaluate its outcome(s), and disseminate the findings.

The clinical practicum affords you several opportunities to refine educational expertise in your selected areas of interest and begin integrating the role of nurse educator into your professional behaviors and endeavors.

GCU Nursing Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
The baccalaureate degree in nursing and masters degree in nursing at Grand Canyon University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.

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* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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