Master of Science in Nursing / Nursing Education
Nova Southeastern University

Program Details

Nova Southeastern University's non-clinical M.S.N. degree supports nurses and professionals seeking leadership, technology and educational roles in healthcare. Plus, they offer a bridge course that allows you to enter our program without a B.S.N. and prepares you for advanced graduate courses. So, whether you hold an R.N., a B.S.N. or another closely related credential, NSU welcomes you to the exciting health care field.

The degree consists of 12 courses — five as part of a core curriculum, then seven more dedicated to one of three chosen specializations.

Three Specializations to Serve Your Career Goals

Once your core curriculum is completed, you’ll take concentrated coursework in either Nursing Education, Executive Nurse Leadership, or Nursing Informatics. Each specialization includes a practicum, so you gain valuable experience in the nursing career you want. 

In just 12 courses, you’ll have the direct experience and knowledge to step into the non-clinical role of your choice.

Demonstrate Excellence in Nursing

The M.S.N. combines advanced nursing practices with creative thinking and evidence-based research so you’re prepared to succeed in long-term careers such as a nurse manager, hospital administrator, nurse educator, and in informatics roles.

By graduation, you’re a nurse who can:

  • Transform clinical and educational procedures by integrating evidence-based practice
  • Design innovative strategies to improve practice environment
  • Use your knowledge of ethical and legal issues relevant to advanced nursing roles to better healthcare
  • Improve population health by advocating for equitable health care policies
  • Promote a culture of lifelong learning, embracing professional nursing standards and values
  • Improve patient outcomes by improving patient safety and health care quality

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Nursing Education

Nurses are needed, urgently. More than 500,000 experienced R.N.’s are anticipated to retire by 2022. And, roughly 100,000 new nursing positions open every year. This dramatic combination means that 1.1 million new nurses are needed by 2022 to avoid a shortage. 

And who teaches nurses? Other nurses. With 21 credits dedicated to this specialization, you’ll help avoid a nursing shortage and teach nursing excellence to the next generation in an academic or staff-development role.

A Strong Career as a Nurse Educator

Are you passionate about sharing your expertise? Do you like to help others learn? More nurse educators are needed to teach excellence in the profession to future nursing generations. As an educator, you can teach as part of a degree program or within a staff-development role.

The nurse educator path is a flexible one. Early on, many nurses choose to take on dual roles, both as an educator and as a clinical provider. Given the number of new career paths and advanced education requirements for entry-level nurses, now is a perfect time to finalize your nurse educator credentials.

  • 11% projected growth rate through 2022
  • Median wage of $69,130, with 75% earning 90,030
  • Top 10% of nurse educators earn 100K+

Demonstrate Excellence in Nursing

The Nurse Educator specialization prepares you to realize and develop the full nursing potential of others, bettering the industry as a whole.

By graduation, you’re a nurse who can:

  • Use evidence in educational design, implementation, and evaluation
  • Recognize diverse learners by employing instructional strategies
  • Implement assessment and evaluation methods in a variety of learning environments
  • Analyze the teaching, scholarship, and service roles of the nurse educator


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Program Accreditation & Licensing

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation & Licensing

Nova Southeastern University is accredited by:

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Recommended GPA

3.0 or above (4.0 scale)

Application Requirements

Occupational License, Official College Transcript(s)

Additional Info

  • Current active professional nursing (R.N.) licensure