Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to MSN) / Nursing Education
Nova Southeastern University

Program Details

If you’re an R.N. who has long-term career goals that involve educating others, using data sets and technologies, or executive management, you’ll save time and money with this accelerated, dual-degree program that offers three specializations.

You’ll earn both the B.S.N. and M.S.N. credentials and eliminate an entire semester of courses than if you were to complete the degrees separately.

Three Specializations to Serve Your Career Goals

Once your undergraduate work is complete, you’ll begin one of three specializations from the M.S.N. degree: Nursing Education, Executive Nurse Leadership, or Nursing Informatics. Each specialization includes a practicum, so you gain valuable direct experience in the nursing career you want.  

M.S.N. – 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 a non-clinical role. M.S.N. nurses look at long-term careers such as nurse managers, hospital administrators, nurse educators, and 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 environments
  • Use your knowledge of ethical and legal issues relevant to advanced nursing roles to better healthcare
  • Improve population health by advocating for equitable healthcare policies
  • Promote a culture of lifelong learning, embracing professional nursing standards and values
  • Improve patient outcomes through stronger patient safety and healthcare quality

Choose the Way You Earn Your R.N.-to-M.S.N. Degree

  • 100% Online
  • Take Your Undergraduate Courses on Campus, then finish 100% Online

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



  • Must have graduated from a college or university that is regionally accredited

Special Accreditation

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges