M.S. Nursing: Nursing Education

Program Overview

Make a difference in the next generation of nurses with an online M.S. Nursing: Nursing Education degree from Rivier University. As an experienced clinician and instructor, you can play a role in ensuring the quality of nursing education and future patient care.

There is a critical need for nursing educators in the United States. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), a 2013 survey of 680 nursing schools in the country revealed 1,358 faculty vacancies. In the same year, U.S. nursing schools turned away 78,089 qualified applicants, with faculty shortages cited as a major reason.

Graduates of the M.S. Nursing Education program are prepared to assume roles as nursing educators in academic and clinical practice settings, including colleges and universities, hospitals, community health agencies, and other practice settings. Offered online and accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), the program provides a quality education in a flexible, convenient format that can be designed around professional and personal schedules.

Multiple term starts and competitive tuition rates are all designed to help you start, and finish, faster. Rivier University has been educating students to transform the world for more than 80 years, so you can trust you will receive a high-quality education in a format designed to help you succeed.

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Rivier University’s ASN, BSN, MSN, Post Master’s Certificates, and DNP programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga 30326, (404) 975-5000, www.acenursing.org.

  • Next Start Date: July 8, 2019
  • Est. Program Length: 2 years
  • Credit Hours: 36
  • Course Length: 7 and 14 weeks

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Course Map

The degree requires 36 credit hours for completion; tuition for the BIO course is $595 per credit hour and NSG courses are $605 per credit hour.*


Undergraduate statistics (evidence of successful completion B or better)


Degree Requirements
  • NSG615* Advanced Concepts of Health Assessment for the Nurse Educator: 3
  • BIO 504  Advanced Pathophysiology: 3
  • NSG 518  Advanced Pharmacology: 3
  • NSG 550  Curriculum Development in Nursing: 3
  • NSG 552†  Technology in Nursing Education: 3
  • NSG 553P*  Introductory Nursing Education Practicum: 2
  • NSG 553S*  Introductory Nursing Education Seminar: 1
  • NSG 555P*  Advanced Nursing Education Practicum: 3
  • NSG 555S*  Advanced Nursing Education Seminar: 1
  • NSG 601  Quality Healthcare Improvement: 3
  • NSG 602  Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and Healthcare: 3
  • NSG 606  Research Capstone Advisement: 2
  • NSG 610  Advanced Health Policy: 3
  • NSG 616  Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education: 3

†Includes 16 immersion hours that may be completed in the student’s geographic location.

*The cost for nursing practicums and NSG 615 is $1,015 per credit hour. Nursing practicums may be taken in the student’s geographic location.

Other Requirements
  • Students may take three courses (9 credits) from a list of specified courses prior to matriculating.
  • Students must follow their Program of Studies, when registering for courses. If students wish to make a change to the Program of Studies, they must request the change in writing to the Graduate Nursing Education Program Director.
  • Students must complete clinical/practicum requirements four months prior to practicum courses.

Admission Requirements

Rivier University operates on a rolling admissions system, so students may apply for admission at any time. The admissions committee reviews each file as soon as it is complete.

A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required for admission into the M.S. Nursing Education degree; applicants whose GPA falls below this minimum will be evaluated and may be considered for admission. An active, unencumbered RN nursing license is also required. Students must complete the nursing practicum form.

Transfer credits from regionally accredited two- and four-year institutions are accepted. To transfer credits, you should request that your official transcript be sent to Rivier University, C/O The Learning House, 32 Mount Joy Street, Suite 300, Mount Joy, PA 17552. Your advisor will review transcript and determine how many credits are transferable to your chosen program of study.

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Submit transcripts from every accredited postsecondary college or university attended.*

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* Submit high school transcript or GED; unnecessary if you have an associate degree.