Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education

The Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education is designed for BSN-prepared registered nurses who have a passion for mentoring and teaching future nurses and are interested in pursuing or advancing in a position in nursing education. Master in nursing education graduates will be prepared for a variety of roles in nursing education including patient educator, as well as the educator role in clinical and academic settings.

Students in this master in nursing education program will study a variety of topics including: ethics, policy and finance in health care; advanced pathophysiology; pharmacology; advanced health assessment; nursing and health care research; evaluation and assessment of learning; how to lead in learning; curriculum development; and the use of learning and teaching technology.

This master in nursing education program includes both a capstone course and a clinical practicum. The capstone course provides an opportunity for students to develop an evidence-based practice project proposal that addresses a problem, issue, or concern in professional practice. Students 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 students the opportunity to refine educational expertise in their selected areas of interest and begin integrating the role of the nurse educator into their professional behaviors.

A post-master's certificate program is available to those nurses who already have a Master of Science in Nursing degree and are looking to advance their career in the field of nursing education.

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 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation).

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.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

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

Request Information Apply for Admission