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Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education

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. In addition, students are required to attend an immersive on-campus simulation residency when taking practicum. The residency hours will count as part of the required 160 total practicum hours (24 practicum hours earned). The residency is offered biannually in January or July.

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.
Pennsylvania RN licensure is required prior to the start of your clinical components. While this is not a requirement for admission, we recommend starting the process immediately after admission.

Note: Drexel University is not authorized to admit students from Louisiana and South Dakota to our online nursing programs


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

June 1, 2019

Admission Requirements

Technical Standards - Nursing 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing from program fully accredited by National League of Nursing (NLN) and/or 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.

A GPA of 3.0 or above on all previous coursework or last 60 credits completed. Applications from RNs with GPA < 3.0 may be considered on individual basis. *Individuals who have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing may apply to the RN-MSN Bridge program.

Standarized Tests:


  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Drexel from all the colleges/universities that you have attended. Transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope with the college/university seal over the flap. Please note that transcripts are required regardless of number of credits taken or if the credits were transferred to another school. An admission decision may be delayed if you do not send transcripts from all colleges/universities attended.
  • Transcripts must show course-by-course grades and degree conferrals. If your school does not notate degree conferrals on the official transcripts, you must provide copies of any graduate or degree certificates.
  • If your school issues only one transcript for life, you are required to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an approved transcript evaluation agency
  • Use our Transcript Lookup Tool to assist you in contacting your previous institutions


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.

  • You may use our electronic letter of recommendation service 
  • If a recommender prefers to submit an original, hard copy letter, please remind them that it must include an ink signature and be submitted in a sealed envelope.

Personal Statement/ Essay:
Personal Statement describing why the student is interested in this MSN Degree and particular study.

Admissions interview may be required


Copy of Current U.S. RN license required. Copies of any Advanced Practice Nursing Licensure and Certification Documents.

Clinical/Work/Volunteer Experience:
Previous related work experience may make an applicant more competitive.

International Students:
International applicants, as well as immigrants to the United States and U.S. permanent residents whose native language is not English and who have not received a bachelor's degree or higher in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United Kingdom, must show proficiency in English speaking as well as listening, writing and reading. American citizens born on U.S. military bases abroad may be waived from the TOEFL requirement after providing documentation of this status. Otherwise, applicants must meet one of the following requirements: 

If you take the TOEFLiBT exam, you must have: 

  • a minimum combined score for listening, writing, and reading sections of 79 plus a speaking section score of 26 or higher.
  • a minimum score of 550 or higher and a Test of Spoken English score (TSE) of 55 or higher.

Additional requirements can be found here

Tuition and Fee Rates:
Please visit the Drexel Online MSN in Nursing Education tuition page.

Application Link (if outside organization):


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.