Program Overview

For nurses who hold a BSN from an accredited nursing program, Spring Arbor University Online offers a CCNE-accredited Master of Science in Nursing – Education track that prepares nurses for educator roles in academic and staff development settings.

  • CCNE-accredited online program for busy nurses
  • Get started quickly with no waiting list and no GRE/GMAT required
  • Affordable tuition with a wide range of financial aid options for qualifying students

Earning your MSN/Ed can help you advance to a career as a clinical leader or clinical instructor, among other positions.

  • Clinical leaders oversee the integration of care for patients and the medical team with which they work. Together with the medical team, clinical leaders help ensure that patients get the best care possible. This includes determining a treatment plan for your patients, collecting and evaluating treatment results and overseeing your patients’ medical team.
  • Clinical instructors hold instructor positions at schools of nursing, helping to prepare the next generation of nurses to deliver quality and compassionate care.

Delivered online with an adjunct teaching practicum alongside an experienced faculty member in your area, this two-year nursing program awards maximum flexibility with self-directed study, as well as hands-on, real-world experience.

You learn to develop lesson plans, teach courses and oversee students’ clinical practices. You gain advanced familiarity in the clinical foundations of assessment, pharmacology and pathophysiology, and graduate prepared to fulfill your heart’s calling to serve as a teacher in today’s complex healthcare system.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

    Accelerated Degree: No

    Accreditation & Licensing

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)


    Admissions: BSN degree, accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) or the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE); Official transcripts; A 3.0 GPA or higher (calculated from the most recent 60 academic credits); Unrestricted, unencumbered, current nursing license from the state of employment (license must be kept current throughout the program); Two letters of recommendation; Two-page goal statement.

    Practicum/Clinical Requirements: Minimum of one year experience working as RN preferred; Evidence of current professional malpractice insurance - minimum $1/3 million prior to Senior Nursing Project; Compliance with all institutional requirements prior to Senior Nursing Project; CPR/BLS certification as required; Proof of TB testing, and any required immunizations; HIPAA training; and any additional requirements.

    An internship is required for this program. Convicted felons may be limited to the type of location or client population in which their internships may be conducted (in regulation with the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations).

    School Overview

    Since 1873, Spring Arbor University has taken a unique approach in its interaction with and education of students. Though an academic institution, SAU is not solely focused on knowledge acquisition. In other words, SAU does not believe that knowledge and skill acquisition comprise the totality of an educated person. Rather, the institution is deeply invested in transforming students into becoming people of wisdom, which is achieved when a student is pushed beyond knowledge acquisition into knowledge application.

    Enjoy a relevant education with a real-life application of knowledge.

    One of the ways SAU delivers a relevant education is through the real-life application of knowledge. As a student of a master’s or bachelor’s degree programs, absorbing knowledge is the first step. Success lies in the direct implementation of knowledge to solve real-world challenges. SAU remains on constant alert to adapt online courses to new trends. This way, you learn not only the solid foundations of subject matter, but also the latest implementation strategies needed in this rapidly changing world.

    Take advantage of unparalleled support every step of the way.

    Spring Arbor University understands the importance of having a support network. In addition to instructors, staff and peers who know exactly what it’s like to be an adult online learner, you will be assigned your own Student Success Coach who will work with you on work-life balance, personal and professional development, career goals and more.


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