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Nurse Educator Master’s Degree (M.S.N.)

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Our Nurse Educator program for baccalaureate nurses is designed to help you develop expertise as an advanced-level nurse in a teaching role.

This program is offered online through Blackboard, a course delivery system. On-campus attendance requirements are kept to a minimum.

Clinical requirements can usually be completed in the student’s city of residence within the state of Texas, provided course objectives are met. Preceptors and clinical sites are subject to approval per course requirements and expected course objectives.

Online Only

Degree

Master of Science in Nursing

Careers

Nurse educators are RNs who serve as faculty members in nursing schools and teaching hospitals, sharing their knowledge and skills to prepare the next generation of nurses for effective practices.

Program Highlights

  • U.S. News and World Report ranked our program 34th in Best Online Nursing Programs 2014.

  • Our program is nationally accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies, applicants for regular admission to the M.S.N. program must meet the following criteria:

  • Acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies
  • U. S. citizenship*
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale**
  • Undergraduate statistics course (3 sch) completed with a grade of “C” or higher. (Junior or Senior level statistics within 5 years is recommended but not required.)
  • Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas required.***
  • Three professional references addressing your ability to succeed in graduate school (leadership, time management, initiative).
  • Personal statement describing your personal and professional goals, commitment to your field of study, nursing experience and community service related to healthcare. Graduate study is rigorous. Briefly discuss plans to incorporate graduate study into your schedule. (500 word maximum)
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/resume

*In accordance with College of Graduate Studies admission requirements, applicants from a foreign country whom English is not their first language, must also include official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) taken within the last two years.

**When an applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, but between 2.75 and 2.99, and if the applicant has achieved a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the applicant may be granted provisional admission.

***All faculty-supervised clinical practica must be completed in Texas.

Note: All of these materials must be submitted using NursingCAS (Nursing Centralized Application Service). Prior to setting up a NursingCAS account, you need to Apply to ASU’s College of Graduate Studies using the ApplyTexas application. Once you have been assigned a Campus ID (CID), enter the number in the “Additional Information” section within NursingCAS application.

Prior to their first clinical course, graduate students must have the following on file in the nursing office:

  • Current CPR (professional level) certification
  • Evidence of meeting state-mandated immunization requirements
  • Proof of current health insurance
  • Drug Screen if required by clinical agency

Clinical sites may require background checks and drug screens before allowing students to participate in clinical experiences.

Prerequisites

  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN -formerly NLNAC) or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*
  • Undergraduate statistics course (3 semester credit hours) completed with a grade of “C” or better. (Junior- or senior-level statistics within 5 years is recommended but not required.)
  • Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas.**

*When an applicant’s GPA is below 3.0, but between 2.75 and 2.99, and if the applicant has achieved a 3.0 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the applicant may be granted provisional admission.

**All faculty-supervised clinical practica must be completed in Texas.

Application Deadlines

Spring: October 1

Fall: April 1

Degree Plan

  • Required M.S.N. Core (27 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6312 Evidenced-Based Practice & Theory for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6316 Informatics & Healthcare Technology for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6317 Health Policy & Ethics 3
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6323 Research Foundations for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment (50 clock hours) 3
    NUR 6338 Leadership & Roles in Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6339 Population Health  Epidemiology for Advanced Nursing 3
    Nurse Educator Program Track (12 semester credit hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6319 Curriculum in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6306 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6307 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6308 Leadership & Practicum in Nursing Education (150 clock hours) 3

    Total semester credit hours required: 39

  • Carr Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies. No application is required.

Departmental Scholarships

For a complete list of available scholarships, see the Scholarship Programs website.

  • Ann and Crockett Light Nursing Scholarship
    Donor Ann and Crockett Light
    Eligibility Enrolled full-time in the Nursing program, sophomore or higher and in good academic standing
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Annette Dominguez and Xander Guy Briones Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Family and friends
    Eligibility Nursing major
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Association of Operating Room Nurses Scholarship
    Donor Chapter 4430, Association of Operating Room Nurses
    Eligibility Deserving nursing majors interested in being surgical nurses
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Cadine Massey Williams Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Tom C. Massey
    Eligibility Deserving nursing majors with financial need
    Amount $1,000 per year
    Number One per year
  • Carlton Ivy White Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Family and friends of Carlton Ivy White
    Eligibility Worthy and deserving students majoring in nursing
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Claude Collins, Jr., Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Family and friends of Claude Collins
    Eligibility Deserving students pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Concho Valley Medical Alliance Nursing Scholarship
    Donor Concho Valley County Medical Alliance
    Eligibility Nursing students with high academic standing and financial need
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Dr. Dan Parsons Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Concho Valley County Medical Society, friends and colleagues  in memory of Dr. Dan Parsons
    Eligibility Worthy and deserving students majoring in nursing 
    Amount $500 
    Number One per year
  • H.O. “Bob” Wood Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Ethicon, Inc.
    Eligibility Nursing majors
    Amount Tuition and fees
    Number Four per year
  • Helen Joyce Rippetoe Nursing Scholarship
    Donor Family and friends
    Eligibility Nursing majors, sophomore or above, with financial need, 2.5 GPA or above
    Amount Minimum of $500
    Number One or more per year
  • Irene Baker Weddell Nursing Scholarship
    Donor Pocahontas Chapter, National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution 
    Eligibility A student who has entered the nursing program at either the AAS or BSN level. This scholarship is not intended for pre-nursing students. Financial need or grade average is not specified but a sincere intention to complete the nursing program and enter the nursing profession as a Registered Nurse is required. 
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • John Henry McCammon III Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Frannie, Mike, Vicky, Dunya, and their parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.H. McCammon
    Eligibility Sophomores majoring in nursing with a 3.0 GPA
    Amount $1,000 (One scholarship for $1,000 or two at $500 each)
    Number One or two per year
  • Lea Eckert Wooworth Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Patricia and Robert Eckert
    Eligibility Sophomore or above nursing student who maintains a 2.5 grade point average, has need of financial aid, and intends to obtain a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing
    Amount $500
    Number One or more per year
  • LeRoy and “Sally” Claire Johnson Olsak & Jean S. Johnson Nursing Scholarship
    Donor LeRoy Olsak
    Eligibility
    • Seeking a Nursing degree
    • Full-time student
    • Sophomore or higher
    • 2.5 or high GPA
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Olson-Buttery Memorial Scholarship
    Donor John C. Olson and Dorothy Buttery Olson
    Eligibility Deserving students majoring in pre-pharmacy, pre-medicine or nursing
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Phyllis M. Spencer and Bobby Spencer Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Estate of Robert “Bobby” Francis Spencer and Phyllis McPherson Spencer
    Eligibility Deserving students of international studies and the teaching of special education
    Amount $500
    Number Variable
  • Ruth A. Decuir Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Family of Ruth A. Decuir in honor of Mr. and Mrs. K.S. Cox and son and Maude Williams
    Eligibility Nursing majors with financial need
    Amount $150 to $250
    Number One per year
  • Sharon Harriss Nursing
    Donor Family and Friends
    Eligibility Nursing majors
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • Sharon Lynne Bateman Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Ty and Sara Bateman/Al and Jo Ann Batemant
    Eligibility Deserving students at ASU, majoring in education with special education
    Amount $2,000
    Number Two per year
  • Virginia Lea Carson Harris Memorial Scholarship
    Donor Family and friends of Virginia Lea Carson Harris
    Eligibility Deserving students pursuing a B.S. in nursing
    Amount Variable
    Number One per year

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