MS Nursing, Education (RN to MSN Option)

Degree Overview

Our online RN to MSN program will enhance your personal status and prepare you to teach the next generation of nurses. You’ll complete bachelor’s degree coursework and earn your master’s degree. Competencies for this specialty were derived from the NLN Nurse Educator standards and the Masters Essentials for Professional Nursing practice. The coursework will prepare you to become an accomplished nurse educator.

Who the program is for:

  • Registered nurses (RNs) who possess an associate’s degree or diploma in nursing, have a current unencumbered RN license, and wish to earn a master’s degree to move into nursing education.
  • Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.

This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how your program works.

What You’ll Learn -- Areas of Study:

In this online master’s in nursing education, you’ll learn all the essential skills and knowledge needed. This program includes the following areas of study, the completion of a capstone project and a 40-hour practicum requirement in nursing education.

  • General Education
  • Health Science Core
  • Nursing Science
  • Nursing Theory and Practice
  • MSN Professional Nursing Core
  • Nursing Education Specialization

The curriculum of WGU’s RN to MSN online program incorporates the Essentials of Baccalaureate Education for Professional Practice and the Essentials of Masters Education from Professional Practice established by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Total Program: 152 Competency Units (credit equivalents)
Less: Any competency units waived through transfer of prior college credits.

More details about your challenging course of study

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Questions & Answers

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Because this is a non-clinical degree program, the majority of your projects and assessments can be completed online—when and where it’s most convenient for you—making it ideal for a busy RN’s schedule. However, you will be required to complete applied learning projects in various community and healthcare settings. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more.

Yes, WGU offers federal financial aid. Loans are available to most students, regardless of financial need. Grants that don’t require repayment are also available for those with financial need. You can check into your financial aid eligibility at any time during the admissions process. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor to learn more or visit the Financial Aid section of the website.

As a WGU student, you take and complete assessments. You’ll prepare for your assessments by engaging various learning resources including textbooks, web tutorials, and ionline courses. You will determine what learning resources are best for you in consultation with your mentor using your personalized Degree Plan. You can learn more by exploring the WGU Experience. Speak to an Enrollment Counselor who can explain this program in greater depth.