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Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education

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Program

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. In addition, students are required to attend an immersive on-campus simulation residency. The residency hours will count as part of the required 160 total practicum hours (24 practicum hours earned). The residency is offered biannually in Fall or Spring and it is completed while enrolled in IPS 617: Simulation in Healthcare Education.

What makes this MSN program unique?

  • Graduates are prepared for a wide variety of employment opportunities.
  • Convenient online format ideal for working professionals.
  • On-campus, 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 nurse practitioner programs in the Division of Graduate Nursing at Drexel University provide students the flexibility of finding and coordinating their own clinical site and preceptor. The Division of Graduate Nursing offers students resources to assist in this process. Accessibility to clinical sites and preceptors varies from state to state. Students may be required to travel to access clinical sites/preceptors and achieve the necessary clinical hours. Pennsylvania RN licensure is required prior to the start of your clinical components if you will need to travel to Pennsylvania to complete your clinical. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process immediately after admission.

COMPLIANCE

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

August 24, 2020

Admission Criteria

  • A BSN or a Bachelor’s in another field
  • 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.

Curriculum

Starting Fall 2020:

  • Students will attend their on-campus simulation residency while enrolled in IPS 617: Simulation in Healthcare Education. The residency hours will count as part of the required 160 total practicum hours (24 practicum hours earned). The residency is offered each Fall and Spring Quarter.
  • The immersive on-campus simulation residency will be 3 days in Philadelphia, PA

Accreditation

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.