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

Our Master of Science in Nursing-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 - Nurse Educator

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.

  • We are nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to the College of Graduate Studies and Research, applicants for regular admission to the M.S.N. program must file a separate departmental application through the Nursing Centralized Application System (NursingCAS) to the Department of Nursing and meet the following criteria:

  • Acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. *
  • Be a U.S. citizen or hold permanent residency status in the U.S.
  • Reside in the state of Texas. **
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN).
  • Overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 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).
  • Applicant must have one (1) year of recent clinical experience as a Registered Nurse if applying for the Family Nurse Practitioner program.
  • Current, unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Texas required. **
  • Three references (academic, professional or clinical) addressing your ability to succeed in graduate school.
  • Complete a Personal Statement describing (a) why you are choosing to become a Family Nurse Practitioner or Nurse Educator, (b) your plans upon completing the graduate program, (c) how your current work experience will enhance your graduate school experience, and (d) how you plan to manage your time due to the demands of program, work, and/or family life. (Less than 800 words).
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)/resume.

*In accordance with College of Graduate Studies and Research 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.

**M.S.N. curriculum requiring practicums are required to be completed in Texas.

***When an applicant’s GPA is below 3.00, but between 2.75 and 2.99, and if the applicant has achieved a 3.00 GPA in the last 60 hours of undergraduate work, the applicant may be granted provisional admission.

Prior to 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 and/or background check 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 credit hours) completed with a grade of “C” or better (junior- or senior-level statistics within five 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

Fall: June 1

Degree Plan

  • Required Core Courses
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6312 Evidenced-Based Practice and Theory for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6316 Informatics and Health Care Technology for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6317 Health Policy and Ethics 3
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6323 Research Foundations for Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment 3
    NUR 6338 Leadership and Roles in Advanced Nursing 3
    Nurse Educator Option Courses
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6319 Curriculum in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6340 Teaching Strategies and Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6347 Roles and Financial Management in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6348 Advanced Nursing Clinical Practice for Nurse Educators 3
    NUR 6349 Capstone Practicum in Nursing Education 3

    Total semester credit hours required: 39

    Students must also pass a comprehensive written exam in order to complete the degree.

  • Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships

    Carr Academic Graduate Scholarships are ASU’s premier scholarships for graduate students. Awards are based on undergraduate GPA. Students are considered for the Carr Academic Graduate Scholarship upon their acceptance into the College of Graduate Studies and Research. 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
    • Students enrolled in the Nursing Program at Angelo State University.
    • Must be a sophomore or higher
    • Must be in good academic standing
    • Must be enrolled full time.
    Amount Variable
    Number Variable
  • 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
  • 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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