Master of Science Nursing Education (RN to MSN Option)
WGU offers online RN to MSN programs for those looking to elevate and enhance their careers in nursing. After completing one of WGU’s top RN to MSN online programs, students will be able to both complete bachelor’s degree coursework and earn a master’s degree. These accredited online MSN programs will allow you teach a new generation of nurses. 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.
Note: This program consists of an undergraduate and a graduate portion. When you complete the RN-to-BSN portion, you will seamlessly transition into the BSN-to-MSN portion. Tuition and fees differ between these two programs. For details, visit the Tuition and Fees page.
Who the Program is For:
WGU's online RN to MSN programs are for those with the following qualifications:
- 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.
- Individuals who can typically spend 15 or more hours per week on their studies.
Those who have already obtained a BSN may be interested in looking at our other online MSN degree programs. Learn about the MS in Nursing Education.
This program will be flexible and adaptable to your schedule. Click here to learn how this program works.
What You'll Learn
Essential Knowledge and Skills
You’ll become an expert in all areas of study required by the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Nurse Educator Competencies. WGU's RN to MSN degree program will give you mastery of core competencies and provide research-evidence-based course preparation.
The program requires a total of 150 competency units (CUs), our equivalent to the traditional credit hour.
The Master of Science in Nursing Education program is grounded in real research on effective instruction, and adheres to national standards. It provides the knowledge and skills that enable graduates to design, implement, and manage nursing programs as well as effectively teach nursing courses.
Key Subject Areas
These Courses Add to Your Credentials
Evolving Roles of Nurse Educators in Diverse Environments
Facilitation of Context-Based Student-Centered Learning
Contemporary Curriculum Design and Development in Nursing Education
Assessment and Evaluation Strategies for Measuring Student Learning
Emerging Trends and Challenges in 21st Century Nursing Education
Professional Presence and Influence
Translational Research for Practice and Populations
Organizational Leadership and Interprofessional Team Development
Pathopharmacological Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice
Comprehensive Health Assessment for Patients and Populations
Essentials of Advanced Nursing Practice Field Experience
Policy, Politics, and Global Health Trends
Nursing Education Field Experience
Core Subject Areas
These General Education Assessments May Be Cleared through Transfer Credit:
Applied Healthcare Statistics
English Composition I
Survey of United States Constitution and Government
Introduction to Communication
Human Growth and Development Across the Lifespan
Introduction to Humanities
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Anatomy and Physiology
Inter-Professional Leadership & Communication in Healthcare
The first course you take in this program will be unlike any other you complete at WGU. Inter-Professional Leadership & Communication in Healthcare requires participation in online group meetings with faculty and fellow students. Multiple group options are available, so you will work with your enrollment counselor or mentor to determine the group whose schedule works best for you. Learn more about this unique course and how to prepare for it >>
The RN to MSN degree program in Nursing Education also requires the successful completion of a capstone project. Your capstone project is something to be proud of – it's the culmination of all your hard work. Your final project will address a key issue, need, gap, or opportunity resulting from an identified need in nursing education or healthcare. The capstone project provides you the opportunity to demonstrate your competency and commitment to ultimately improving health outcomes. Go ahead, show everyone what you can do.
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: 147 competency units (credit equivalents) minus any competency units waived through transfer of prior college credits.
Learning with WGU
Along with offering some of the top RN to MSN online programs out there, WGU’s College of Health Professions is also accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). We’ve worked with leading hospital corporations to develop our robust and comprehensive RN to MSN programs. Online courses let you work towards your master’s degree on your own time and with your own schedule. You can also get an affordable education, as the nonprofit WGU only charges one flat tuition rate. You can use your life and work experience and gain competencies while working towards RN to MSN online degree programs because of WGU’s unique competency-based approach to online learning. Learn more by contacting us today!