Program Details

Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions
Total Program Credits & Course Length:
Total Program Credits: 36
Online: 8 weeks [ More Info ]
Transfer Credits:
Up to 12 credits or 1/3 of the program
Program Tuition Rate:
Online: $500 per credit. [ More Info ]
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Educate Nurses and Patients

The online Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education degree prepares you to advocate the highest care and ethical standards as a professional nurse. In this advanced masters in nursing education program, you study care policy as a framework to analyze how health is defined and healthcare is designed and delivered in the U.S. and around the world. Emphasis is placed on issues of cost, quality, access, disparities and finance.

Grand Canyon University’s (GCU) College of Nursing and Health Care Professions’ MSN education program includes both a clinical practicum and a capstone course to strengthen critical thinking skills and place theory into practice in a supervised clinical care environment. The capstone helps you strengthen analytical and critical thinking skills. During the clinical practicum, you have the opportunity to place educational theories into practice in a supervised situation in order to integrate the role of the nurse educator into your professional behaviors. The masters in nursing education capstone requires you to develop an evidence-based project proposal that addresses a challenge in professional practice. You develop solutions based on research, propose a solution and develop a plan to implement the solution, evaluate its outcomes and disseminate the findings.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing and master’s degree in nursing at GCU are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Select states may have additional requirements to meet their standards; reference your enrollment agreement or contact GCU for more information.

Degree Outcomes

Discover How to Lead in Learning

When you enroll in this masters in nursing education online program, you examine topics relevant to educating nurses, including ethics, policy and finance in healthcare, advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology, advanced health assessment, nursing and healthcare research, evaluation and assessment of learning, how to lead in learning, curriculum development and the use of learning and teaching technology. Upon successful completion of coursework, you may sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam to become a Certified Nurse Educator.

What You Will Learn

Study Our MSN Education Curriculum

Course topics in the masters in nursing education online include:

  • Theoretical foundations for nursing
  • Healthcare research analysis
  • Ethics, policy and finance
  • Health assessment for nursing educators

Career Outcomes

Become a Patient Educator

The masters 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. As a masters in nursing education graduate, you will be prepared for a variety of roles in nursing education, including patient educator and the educator role in clinical and academic settings. A post-master’s certificate program is available if you already have a Master of Science in Nursing degree and are looking to advance your career in the field of nursing education.

Course List

The programs offered at Grand Canyon University may vary by content and course length. You are currently viewing the program version available in Arizona. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor at 1-855-GCU-LOPE or click here to request more information.
36 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
36 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course examines nursing as a profession and a discipline and the individual nurse's role as a member of the profession. The theoretical foundations for nursing practice and roles are explored and applied. Emphasis is placed on developing scholarly writing and presentation skills. Critical thinking skills are refined as students discuss and synthesize the literature that guides nursing practice with a special emphasis on caring, diversity, and spirituality.

Course Description

This course focuses on the critical analysis of nursing and health care research and its application to nursing education, nursing practice, and the delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on strategies to access current and relevant data, synthesize the information, and translate new knowledge to practice. Ethical issues in the design and conduct of research are addressed. Prerequisite: NUR-502.

Course Description

This course utilizes health care policy as a framework to analyze how health is defined and health care is designed and delivered in the United States and around the world. Emphasis is placed on issues of cost, quality, access, disparities, and finance. The various roles of the master's prepared nurse in the health care system are explored. Prerequisite: NUR-504.

Course Description

This course focuses on advanced physiology, pathophysiology, and pharmacologic principles. This course will guide the Nursing Education student in interpreting changes in normal function that result in symptoms indicative of illness and the effects of select pharmacologic substances on that process. Evidence-based research provides the basis for determining the safe and appropriate utilization of medications and herbal therapies on human function. Appropriate education for various prescribed pharmacologic agents is incorporated. Prerequisite: NUR-508.

Course Description

This course builds upon the student’s previous health assessment knowledge offering more advanced health assessment content to provide the foundation for the advanced-professional nursing role of the nurse educator. This course emphasizes knowledge of health assessment, including physical, psychosocial, spiritual health assessment, risk assessment, and functional assessment in diverse populations in the promotion of health and prevention of disease. To maintain a nursing focus on patient responses to health, illness, or the threat of illness the nurse must exhibit effective communication and client teaching, which is incorporated throughout the course. The importance of effective documentation and health recordkeeping is included. Prerequisite: NUR-641E.

Course Description

This course examines professional standards as a foundation for curriculum design in nursing education in all settings. It explores the nature of traditional academic education and nontraditional academic education, as well as continuing nursing education. This course also focuses on theories of teaching/learning, traditional and alternative instructional strategies, and nursing education in the classroom and clinical setting. The course incorporates the development of curriculum frameworks and learning activities for adult learners from diverse backgrounds. Strategies to enhance critical thinking are included.

Course Description

This course incorporates technology into the educational process from the use of personal technology to institutional technology. Students have the opportunity to develop (or convert) educational programs to be delivered in an online format. Principles of curriculum development, teaching/learning theories, and implementation of evaluation strategies will be modified to the online learning environment. This course also examines professional regulatory and accreditation standards as an evaluation framework for curriculum design in nursing education in all settings. Strategies to assess learning are included from the assignment evaluation to the program evaluation based on outcomes. Prerequisite: NUR-647E.

Course Description

This is a culminating practicum experience completed with a nurse educator preceptor in a selected setting. This clinical practicum affords students the opportunity to refine educational expertise in their selected areas of interest (e.g., assessment of learning needs, program/curriculum planning, implementation, and assessment/evaluation in either a traditional or nontraditional setting). This course offers opportunities for students to begin integrating the role of the nurse educator into their professional behaviors. Practicum/field experience hours: 150. Prerequisite: NUR-649E. This course may be taken concurrently with NUR-699.

Course Description

This 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. Problems identified are those that are appropriate to students' specialty tracks: nursing leadership, nursing education, nursing public health, adult clinical nurse specialist, acute care nurse practitioner, and family nurse practitioner. Prerequisite: NUR-508.

Program Locations



Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere. GCU offers the most experienced leadership in delivering online degree programs. Full-time faculty members and fully trained adjunct instructors, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Designed with the career-oriented professional in mind, our online classes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Choose from programs across our distinct colleges, in high-demand employment areas. Classes begin frequently.


Grand Canyon University’s evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals who prefer an in-person learning environment. Our night classes meet just once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom. Night classes are designed for a specific number of students, providing a warm and nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. In an evening cohort, you will progress through your degree program with the same career-minded classmates, providing an opportunity to network and forge relationships that go beyond the classroom. Classes begin frequently at various locations, including our main campus.

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Online and Evening program disclosures (21 months)

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