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Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education

MSN in Nursing Education Recorded Virtual Open House

State restrictions may apply to some programs


The Drexel Online MSN Nursing Education program prepares students to work as nursing educators, nursing faculty, or nursing professors in all types of programs, at all levels, in a variety of settings. Graduates go on to work in hospitals, universities, long-term care facilities, community centers and corporate and philanthropic organizations.

With such a severe and critical nursing faculty shortage in the United States, and even globally, this program provides students with cutting-edge content essential for today's contemporary nurse educator.

This online master's program has a special focus on preparing students with the required competencies to be successful on the new certified nursing educator exam.

What you'll learn

Graduates of the MSN Nursing Education program will be well prepared to assume nurse educator or faculty roles across all settings. Graduates will learn how to:

  • integrate theories specific to adult learning and curriculum design to support learning and critical thinking;
  • evaluate courses and programs;
  • utilize effective clinical and classroom techniques;
  • apply contemporary and leading educational modalities to support learning;
  • use technology to teach nursing in innovative ways;
  • develop and deliver interactive and engaging content online.

Students complete a role practicum experience in teaching, providing ample opportunity to apply theory to practice.

Program Level Outcomes:

What makes this MSN program unique?

  • Graduates are prepared for a wide variety of employment opportunities.
  • Convenient online format ideal for working professionals.
  • Virtual, immersive simulation residency.
  • You are part of the Drexel University College of Nursing and Health Professions with access to clinical practice environments and simulated health care scenarios.


The College of Nursing and Health Professions has a compliance process that may be required for every student. Some of these steps may take significant time to complete. Please plan accordingly.

Visit the Compliance pages for more information.

Application Deadline

December 11, 2023

Admission Criteria

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • For nurses pursuing an MSN: Your BSN must be from an institution accredited by the National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or the American Association Colleges of Nursing (AACN). The accrediting body for NLN is ACEN and the accrediting body for the American Association Colleges of Nursing is CCNE.
  • Nurses with a non-nursing BS may consider applying for the RN-BSN-MSN program (coming soon) to earn both a BSN and MSN concurrently.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed
    • Those with a lower GPA may be considered on individual basis
  • While specific clinical work and/or volunteer experience is not required, it may make your application more competitive

Required Documents

With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our supporting document submission guide.

  • A completed application
  • Official transcripts from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
  • Two professional references required from previous or current supervisors, managers, nursing faculty members or program directors who can attest to applicant's clinical knowledge, skill, and potential aptitude for graduate study. References will not be accepted from colleagues or family members.
    • Letters must include the address, phone number, and signature of your recommender
  • Personal statement describing your interest in the program and particular specialty
  • Resume
  • For nurses pursuing an MSN: Copy of your current U.S. Registered Nurse license
  • Additional requirements for International Students

An admissions interview may be required

Tuition: Information on Tuition can be found here.

This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two-semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

Graduate students who utilize student loans (FAFSA) must maintain a minimum enrollment of 4.5 credits per term.

For Full List of courses, please visit Drexel Online.


The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Drexel University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202.887-6791.

Program Outcomes

  • Perform a preanesthetic assessment and formulate a comprehensive anesthetic care plan tailored to the patient’s medical, cultural and surgical needs
  • Demonstrate autonomy in the safe administration and management of an anesthetic technique tailored to the patient’s medical, cultural and surgical needs
  • Demonstrate critical thinking and decision-making skills throughout the perioperative experience
  • Integrate sound theoretical nurse anesthesia knowledge into clinical practice
  • Practice within the legal and ethical framework of a registered professional nurse, accepting responsibility and demonstrating accountability for personal and professional behaviors
  • Evaluate and modify the quality and effectiveness of clinical practice based on current research findings, standards of care and patient outcomes
  • Contribute to the advancement of nurse anesthesia practice, health care and humanity through leadership, collaboration and education
  • Attainment of Council on Accreditation requirements as specified by the NBCRNA that prepares the graduate for certification eligibility

Nursing Program Mission and Values

The Nursing program faculty and staff are committed to educating nurses to embrace both the art and science of nursing, to integrate caring into practice, to think critically and practice competently, compassionately and safely in complex rapidly changing practice environments. The Nursing program supports administrators, faculty, staff and students in developing holistic evidence-based programs, which create healing and caring environments at all levels that reflect innovative education, interdisciplinary practice and research.

The highest goals of the program include demonstrating efficacy, quality and cost-effectiveness of evidence-based nursing interventions in promoting health, preventing disease, preserving human dignity, reducing health disparities and caring for the sick and injured.

All efforts in the Nursing program are designed to build nursing knowledge, enhance nursing practice, foster professional integrity, promote innovation, engage in interdisciplinary collaboration and ultimately improve the health outcomes of patients and families from diverse communities across the continuum of care.

The Nursing program is committed to excellence in nursing education through educational programs that are:

  • Authentic: We value a deep connection to others, appreciation of diverse opinions and respect for the other’s frame of reference. We value going beyond objective assessment to understand the context of the other, creative use of self and engagement in the artistry of the caring-healing process—the essence of Nursing.
  • Complex: We value complexity science by recognizing that our Nursing program is a complex, dynamic, unpredictable, emerging, self-organizing and adaptive system that cannot be reduced to the sum of its members. As such, we seek that administrators, faculty, staff and students develop skills to improvise, build on the innovations of others, develop positive interpersonal interactions, appreciate the reciprocity that our actions have on the larger system and ourselves and embrace surprise as an opportunity to learn, make sense of our dynamic reality and make a positive impact on the health of our clients.
  • Rigorous: We continuously review and redesign programs, courses, technology-infused learning systems and educational products for depth and quality with the learner's experience and background in mind.
  • Relevant: We continuously examine changing market forces, the progression of nursing knowledge and the best practices in health care and education to redesign educational programs. There is a strong commitment to population-focused care practice in diverse communities; therefore, we strive to ensure clinically relevant education and simulation experiences. Our faculty serves as excellent role models for developing clinicians.
  • State of the Art: We value the use of technological innovation and patient simulation scenarios which foster advanced and evidence-based interdisciplinary communication and teamwork, multiple patient management and crisis resource management skills, provision of culturally relevant care, decreased prevalence of errors and adverse events and a higher intellectual standard in both undergraduate and graduate nursing education.
  • Learner-Friendly: In consideration of the demanding, fast-paced lives of our students and nurse consumers, we offer high-quality educational programs in convenient and contemporary formats, including access to academic online courses with attention to user-friendly interfaces as well as resources to enhance academic success. In addition, the College of Nursing and Health Professions is committed to being a challenging and rewarding work environment for faculty, staff and administrators. Information and data on all aspects of the college’s operations are widely shared with faculty, staff and students and all are encouraged to participate in its decisions and activities.