Masters of Science in Nursing - Nursing Education (Online)

Georgia Southern University
Degree Level Masters
Total Credit Hours 36

Program Description

Georgia Southern University’s MSN Nursing Education degree is designed to prepare individuals for a nurse educator role including knowledge of curriculum design and development, teaching methodologies, educational needs assessment and learner-centered theories and methods. Students will gain an advanced understanding of the nursing discipline, nursing practice and added pedagogical skills. Contemporary educational approaches include developing pedagogies for teaching in traditional, hybrid and online formats. The master’s prepared nurse may teach patients and their families and/or student nurses, staff nurses and a variety of direct-care providers.

The program is 36 credit hours, including 320 applied clinical hours, and is designed to be completed in two academic years.

Professional License Disclosure

The School of Nursing anticipates that graduates of this program will seek the following professional state licenses or certifications: Certification as an APRN (Family Nurse Practitioner, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner [depending on which program they completed]) and licensure as an APRN.

For required disclosures on whether this program satisfies the license requirements of all states and territories for APRN license visit the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (

The School of Nursing has determined that the required classes and educational activities of this online academic program will qualify a graduate of this program to take the exam for certification as an APRN in Georgia and other states as listed on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (

Admissions Information

  • Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree from a college accredited by the appropriate accrediting association (i.e., NLN or CCNE) with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Current Georgia RN license. Out-of-state students must apply for Georgia RN license.
  • One year of full-time clinical nursing experience prior to beginning health assessment.
  • Submission/completion of all of the following materials:
    • Complete College of Graduate Studies online application with payment of required fee.
    • Georgia Southern University Health Services Form (must be completed prior to first-semester entry and completed each semester afterward)
      • All materials are to be submitted online through the College of Graduate Studies Admission’s office with the application.
    • Three letters of recommendation. Forms in the online application are acceptable, or you can attach 3 recommendation letters to the application.
    • Proof of American Heart Association Level C (2 person-BLS) CPR certification.
    • Proof of Georgia RN licensure (write COPY) over any replication of license submitted.

All admission application materials must be received by March 1 for admission consideration to the fall cohort. Students who are admitted to the MSN, Nursing Education program will be given a program of study. Applicants will be pooled for admission consideration. Interviews with individuals under consideration may be conducted prior to admission.

Upon Acceptance

  • Proof of current RN malpractice liability insurance (policy cover page) with name, dates of coverage and amount (1 million incident/3 million aggregate)
  • Proof of “student” malpractice insurance prior to entering ANY clinical course that requires clinical hours
  • Nursing Student Health Forms

Program Accreditation

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education