Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education

The Master of Science in Nursing Education is delivered 100% online. Given the growing shortage of nurse faculty, the job outlook for those seeking careers in nursing education is bright with a growing demand for individuals needed to teach in schools of nursing, hospitals, public health agencies, and other settings. The MSN in Nursing Education prepares registered nurses (RNs) for academic nurse educator and professional staff development roles. Students in the MSN degree program will gain the diverse and necessary set of skills to excel in curriculum adaptation and teaching methods in response to innovations in nursing science and ongoing changes in the practice environment.

The core MSN curriculum focuses on nursing theory, practical knowledge of legal and ethical issues in healthcare, and specialized skills in areas such as curriculum design and development and adult learning theory. The MSN degree is intended for RNs who have already completed their baccalaureate degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution. RNs who do not yet have a baccalaureate degree in nursing but would like to pursue the MSN may do so through our 100% online RN to MSN with a BSN stop-out program, which allows qualified associate or diploma prepared RNs to earn their BSN and seamlessly transition into any of our MSN degree programs.

Scholarships worth up to $5000 total over the course of the program are available for qualifying students.  These scholarships will be applied on a per credit basis as a qualifying student advances through the program.

Key Program Features

Integrate scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences

Articulate the methods, tools, performance measures, and standards related to quality, as well as be prepared to apply quality principles within an organization

Use patient care technologies to deliver and enhance care and use communication technologies to integrate and coordinate care

Communicate, collaborate, and consult with other health professionals to manage and coordinate care

Apply and integrate broad, organizational, client-centered, and culturally appropriate concepts in the planning, delivery, management, and evaluation of evidence-based clinical prevention and population care and services to individuals, families, and aggregates/identified populations

Recognize that organizational and systems leadership are critical to the promotion of high quality and safe patient care

Apply research outcomes within the practice setting, resolve practice problems, work as a change agent, and disseminate results

Intervene at the system level through the policy development process and employ advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare

Recognize that nursing practice, at the master’s level, is broadly defined as any form of nursing intervention that influences healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems

Program Details

UMO offers a year-round Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program with a concentration in Nursing Education for 30 semester hours that you can complete in 15 consecutive months (or 4 consecutive semesters).

  • Our MSN will academically prepare you for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam and the Nursing Professional Development Certification (NPD-BC) exam.
  • No GRE required (Graduate Record Examinations – standardized test)
  • Students attend one “Residency Day” at the main UMO campus each semester to meet classmates and faculty, learn about new resources, address questions, and network.
  • We accept baccalaureate prepared RNs with an active unencumbered license to practice nursing in the state of North Carolina, who graduated from a regionally accredited institution with their baccalaureate degree in nursing.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree program at the University of Mount Olive is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

All MSN degree program students will have a Collaborative Mentor who will provide professional context within their individual MSN degree courses, their small exploratory research study, and graduate thesis during the student’s nursing emersion experience.

Click here to complete the Collaborative Mentor form. 

  • Free online application
  • Bachelors degree in nursing from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum of 3.0 GPA. Applicants below a 3.0 may be considered with the submission of a personal statement. Official transcript required.
  • Completed collaborative mentor form
  • Hold an active unencumbered RN license to practice in the state of North Carolina
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae (CV)
  • GRE or GMAT are not required

More Information

Graduate Degree Sheets
  • Academic nurse educator settings (i.e., colleges, universities, etc.)
  • Professional staff development nurse educator settings (i.e., hospitals, clinics, etc.)