Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Education Online

Expand your knowledge of how to create and evaluate education programs for nurses with our online MSN in Nursing Education online program.

Apply by: 10/6/23
Start class: 11/6/23
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Program Overview

Discover what the UTA online MSN Nursing Education program offers you

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation can prepare you for a career as a nurse educator in associate and baccalaureate nursing programs as well as education positions in healthcare delivery systems. The online MSN in Nursing Education program concentrates on the core knowledge needed to develop curricula, advance teaching skills, and evaluate and develop active strategies in the classroom.

The online nursing education program prepares nurses with the knowledge and abilities needed to promote student engagement, student retention and active learning. Simulation and other relevant teaching strategies are also part of the online MSN Nursing Education program.

UTA's Online MSN in Nursing Education program includes these key elements:

  • Demonstrating expertise in teaching and evaluating nurse learners, developing nursing programs, course(s), and curricula and positively impacting the future of the nursing profession
  • Using research and theoretical principles in the development, implementation and evaluation of nursing education
  • Developing collaborative relationships with education and healthcare professionals to focus on economic, psychosocial, cultural and environmental factors that impact the quality of nursing education.
  • Coursework delivered through a proven technology-based learning model, providing state of the art online courses enhanced with clinical experiences
  • An instructional format unlike traditional semester schedules, giving students the flexibility to enter and progress through the program quickly or at a preferred pace
  • The advantage for graduates of clinical experiences (students must complete 90 non-precepted clinical hours and 135 precepted clinical hours for a total of 270 clinical hours), enabling practice and preparation for the transition into an actual nursing education role

This CCNE-accredited MSN in Nursing Education degree can lead to roles such as:

  • Staff development officer/educator at acute and community healthcare systems
  • Clinical instructor at community college/university level
  • Instructional or administrative nurse faculty
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Staff development officer/educator at acute and community healthcare systems
  • Clinical instructor at community college/university level
  • Instructional or administrative nurse faculty
  • Clinical nurse educator

Clinical Requirements

The clinical requirements included in the MSN Nursing Education program at UTA are intended to provide students with experiential learning opportunities to enable them to transition successfully into the role of the nurse educator. An essential part of each clinical experience is active, hands-on practice, guided by a licensed preceptor with expertise in their advanced nursing practice specialty.

Clinical placement at The University of Texas at Arlington in the graduate nursing department is a collaborative process with each student. Students are asked to locate a preceptor which is aligned with their program requirements; however, the Graduate Nursing Department will provide assistance with clinical placement when a student is experiencing difficulty. Clinical placement policies are available in the Graduate Nursing clinical management system, Exxat, and are available to all students upon admission.

State Authorization

Residents of certain states may not be eligible to enroll in all UTA accelerated online programs. See program map for details. Currently enrolled students who reside in ineligible states will need approval to continue uninterrupted in their programs in accordance with applicable state laws. Approval is not guaranteed.

Also available:

UTA offers a wide variety of nursing programs online. Check out all of our online nursing programs.

Total Tuition $20,085
Duration As few as 22-25 months
Credit Hours 39


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The baccalaureate, master's and Doctor of Nursing Practice degree programs and the post-graduate APRN certificate program in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at The University of Texas at Arlington are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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Find out how and when to pay your tuition

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing students with a quality, affordable education. That's why this online program offers pay-by-the course options.

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Tuition breakdown:

Total Tuition $20,085
Per Credit Hour $515
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“It was nice to be able to work the coursework around my work schedule because I was working a lot of hours.”

Nichole Weaver

UTA MSN - Nursing Education online graduate


Know UTA’s online dates and deadlines

The MSN in Nursing Education online program offers multiple start dates to accommodate your professional and personal schedule.

8-week coursesProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlinePayment Due
Fall II10/2/239/1/239/15/239/29/23
Fall III11/6/2310/6/2310/20/2311/3/23
Spring I1/8/2412/8/2312/13/231/5/24
Spring II2/19/241/19/242/2/242/16/24
Spring III4/1/243/1/243/15/243/29/24
Summer I5/20/244/19/245/3/245/17/24
Summer II7/1/245/31/246/14/246/28/24

Now enrolling:

Apply Date 10/6/23
Class Starts 11/6/23

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See the requirements for the online MSN in Nursing Education

The College of Nursing and Health Innovation admission process is the first step toward changing your life and enriching the lives of others. Familiarize yourself with these admission requirements, along with information on required documentation.

Admission Requirements

  • Online application
  • Official transcripts
  • Active RN license
  • 2 Years experience

Online Admission Requirements

  • GRE not required for students with a 3.0 GPA or higher
  • Completion of all prerequisites, including: Bachelor of Science with a major in Nursing from ACEN- or CCNE-accredited program
  • Undergraduate (basic) statistics course with a minimum grade of "C"
  • Probationary admission for students taking the GRE. GRE required for applicants with a 2.8-2.99 GPA with minimum score of 149 on the verbal section, 141 on the quantitative section, or 3.5 on the analytical writing section (best 2 of 3 sections).
  • Applicants must possess an unencumbered RN license. Two years clinical experience in registered nursing required.
  • International students required to have two years clinical experience in a United States (or equivalent) healthcare system
  • International students are required to have a TSE score of 40 or higher. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam is required if the applicant's native or first language is not English and if he or she does not hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution. TOEFL score requirement includes minimum of 550 on paper-based test, 213 on computer-based test, or 79 on the internet-based test, and achieve the following minimum scores of subtests: Writing, 22; Speaking, 21; Reading, 20; and Listening, 16; or IELTS minimum score of 7.0

Visit Graduate Nursing Advising for a list of AO Graduate advisors.

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Learn more about our admission requirements, review the nursing handbook and policies, and discover tips for success on the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) page.


Take a look at the topics you’ll study for the Master’s in Nursing Education online program

To complete the MSN in Nursing Education online program, students must complete the required courses listed below.

Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 1
Conduct comprehensive advanced health assessment of a client population and provide a teaching intervention of a priority health need.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
A critical examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing science.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Investigation of the roles and functions of the nurse educator.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology. Principles of advanced physiology and pathophysiology and are applied to disease processes.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Study of clinical pharmacology therapeutics for nurse educators
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Advanced clinical practice with selected targeted patient populations.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Explore the nature of nursing education. Focus on the curriculum process and its application to nursing education programs.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Focus on application of computer technology that supports the dissemination of healthcare data, information and knowledge. Selected software packages/applications are presented and used.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Teaching/learning theories, strategies, and evaluations for educators.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Application of simulation and active learning strategies in nursing education. 45 hours of clinical application required.
Duration: 10 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Clinical preceptorships in selected health practice sites with opportunities to apply knowledge, skills and concepts in a guided, progressive context of advanced nursing practice.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice.
Duration: 5 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on preparation to implement evidence-based change in practice.

Additional Information

Due to the rigorous nature of the graduate nursing program and the time commitment of the coursework and clinical, students can expect to spend a significant amount of time studying and preparing required assignments. Generally, a student will be expected to spend 5 hours per week outside the class room for every 1 credit hour of the course. This means a 3 credit-hour class would require approximately 15 hours per week of student study time. Given this, it is strongly recommended that accepted applicants limit work schedules to keep up with the academic rigor of the program.

To see which courses are going to be offered on each start date, download the course schedule.

* Per-course tuition based on 3 credit-hour courses.

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