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Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online

Prepare to help move healthcare forward through quality learning experiences as a nurse educator with this CCNE-accredited master’s in nursing education online program.

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Program Overview

$23,315 Total Tuition
As few as 18 months Program Duration
53 Credit Hours

The flexible Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online program from WP is designed to develop educational leaders who are committed to the advancement and excellence of the nursing discipline. Enrich your nursing knowledge and build a solid foundation of educational skills that can be used within the scientific community and in academic and service institutions. Plus, you can take advantage of the opportunity to earn two degrees in one seamless program: after completing the embedded baccalaureate curricula, you will earn your Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, qualifying you for new career opportunities as you continue toward your MSN.

Coursework for this online master’s – nursing education is 100 percent online and features an integrated study of advanced nursing and teaching competencies, including curriculum development and clinical and classroom teaching strategies. Graduate with a solid foundation you can build upon to meet the need for qualified university-level nursing faculty. With a legacy of innovation and academic research, WP provides the support and guidance you need in order to reach your professional goals in healthcare.

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The William Paterson University online RN to MSN nurse educator program offers affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition.

$23,315 Total Tuition


William Paterson University online RN to MSN programs are delivered in a convenient format ideal for working professionals, featuring accelerated coursework and six start dates each year.

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Term Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Spring 2 03/15/21 02/23/21 03/01/21 03/09/21 03/11/21 05/02/21
Summer 1 05/17/21 04/27/21 05/03/21 05/11/21 05/13/21 07/04/21
Summer 2 07/12/21 06/22/21 06/28/21 07/06/21 07/08/21 08/29/21
Fall 1 09/06/21 08/17/21 08/23/21 08/31/21 09/02/21 10/24/21
Fall 2 11/01/21 10/12/21 10/18/21 10/26/21 10/28/21 12/19/21

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At WP, we’ve streamlined the admission process to help you get started quickly. Please note all requirements for admission to the MSN in Nursing Education online program, including required documents and where to send them.

The requirements include:

Associate degree or diploma from an accredited institution
RN license valid and unencumbered
GPA of 2.5 or higher

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You must meet the following requirements for admission to the RN to MSN – Nursing Education online program:

  • Submit online application and $50 application fee
  • Associate degree or diploma from an accredited university, with a minimum 2.5 overall GPA
  • Valid, unencumbered RN license active in the state in which they are practicing
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

A 3.0 GPA must be maintained to continue to MSN portion of the program.

Official transcripts and other documents should be sent from the granting institutions to:

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Office of Graduate Admissions & Enrollment Services
William Paterson University
Morrison Hall 102
300 Pompton Road
Wayne, NJ 07470


In order to earn the RN to MSN – Nursing Education online, you must complete 53 credit hours and 365 clinical hours.

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NUR 4307: Leadership Seminar

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This seminar course is the application of nursing leadership concepts necessary for a baccalaureate degree in nursing. Class activities promote leadership practice in assessing outcome indicators related to health problems/diagnoses of children and adults. Students synthesize nursing and inter-professional knowledge as they hone the ability to manage health care situations and enact the professional nursing role.

NUR 4280: Healthcare Economics

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This is a study of the economics of illness care, third-party payers and the business of healthcare. The application of economic principles and tools will be used to examine the health care industry and the role of the nurse. The content includes demand management; concepts of efficiency; impact regulation and health care policy; and an understanding of economic decision-making in the health care arena.

NUR 4252: Dimensions of Public Health Post Licensure

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The application of public health concepts provides the framework for this course. In conjunction with community partners, students conduct a community assessment collecting data from a variety of sources. Selected health indicators are discussed, as are goals, objectives and interventions to improve the health of populations. Principles of epidemiology are applied. Students observe and participate in health policy development and delivery of services at the community level.

NUR 4361: Nursing Practice for RN-BSN

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

In this course, the student will develop collaborative relationships with patients, families and other health care providers in order to design and coordinate health care. Students will demonstrate judicious integration of evidence and other sources of information in nursing care of populations and individuals. Students will engage in experiences in a variety of public health/community settings and will care for clients across the age span with physical and psycho-social needs. Students are expected to take an active role in the construction of their own learning.

NUR 3500: Nursing Research

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Designed as a writing intensive course to help the student understand and utilize research concepts and methods by developing the ability to analyze, criticize, and interpret research. Students address the process of how research is applied to nursing practice through critiquing several published research studies and submitting an evidence-based practice project proposal.

NUR 4305: Leadership and Professional Practice

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The course will enable the students to examine the economic, sociocultural, ethical and legal processes affecting health care delivery systems and their subsequent effect on the nursing profession. Emphasis will be placed on leadership and management theory.

NUR 5001: Theoretical Foundations For Nursing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Focuses on theory development and criteria for evaluating theories. Emphasis is on a variety of interdisciplinary and nursing theories and their application to clinical and community nursing based practice. Includes an exploration of contemporary issues in theory development and the relationship between theory and research in nursing as a practice discipline.

NUR 5081: The Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides evidence-based knowledge on the leadership of advanced practice nurse roles within the healthcare delivery system. Current socio-cultural, economical, ethical, and legal issues will be examined. The role of the APN will be analyzed in working in interdisciplinary teams and focus on skills of collaboration with other health professions to improve quality care.

NUR 6021: Nursing Research Strategies: Translational Science

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides graduate students with the skills for critically evaluating and participating in nursing research, evidence-base clinical practice, quality improvement, & translational research. All phases of the research process for quantitative and qualitative designs are incorporated. Emphasis is placed on the relationship among theory, practice and research. Ethical implications of research are considered. Students address evidence-based practice and are introduced to quality improvement models. Each student develops a thesis pre-proposal with application to their area of clinical interest to be implemented as the masters’ thesis requirement.

NUR 5701: Population Health, Legislation and Social Policy

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores the social determinants of health, political process, and development of social policy. Evidence-based populations interventions and outcomes will be examined. Selected legislation that influences healthcare delivery will be analyzed.

NUR 5461: Advanced Pathophysiology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

An in-depth study of the pathogenesis of major conditions affecting clients across the life span including children, child-bearing women, and young adults, adults, and older adults. Assessment of complex clinical situations will be analyzed along with laboratory and diagnostic data to provide a rationale for nursing management decisions.

NUR 6001: Advanced Health Assessment of the Adult Client

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course includes the study of history taking, physical exam and laboratory/diagnostic techniques that support the assessment and diagnosis of young adults, adults, and older adults by the advanced practice nurse. The course allows the student to develop the cognitive and psychomotor skills required to perform a comprehensive health assessment including health history and physical examination of the young adult, adult, and older adult and to address common healthcare problems seen in a primary care community setting.

NUR 6011: Advanced Pharmacology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides students with information that will enable them to apply clinical pharmacotherapeutics to client care. Standard and new drugs; drug-delivery systems in pharmacotherapy; age- and illness-related modifications across the lifespan and drug and food interactions are emphasized. The legal and regulatory aspects of drug administration with the prescriptive authority of the advanced practice nurse will be explored.

NUR 6050: Curriculum Development

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Curriculum development in nursing is reviewed based upon an overview of internal and external forces affecting changes in healthcare, the nursing profession and education. The process of curriculum development is discussed, integrating these concepts. Theoretical bases of curricula are discussed as are outcomes and evaluation methods. Application is made to academic and practice settings.

NUR 6061: Classroom Teaching Strategies

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course explores learning theories, learning styles, health literacy, and multicultural issues in teaching. Teaching methodologies and evaluation of learning are included. Application is made to teaching clients in the community, in service education, and undergraduate teaching. Students are required to complete 45 supervised hours in teaching environments.

NUR 7060: Clinical Teaching Strategies

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Explores teaching – learning and evaluation methodologies relevant to teaching and learning in a clinical nursing setting. Application is made to teaching undergraduate, graduate nursing students and to licensed nurses.

NUR 7254: Advanced Nursing Role Practicum for the Nurse Educator

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

The role and competencies of the nurse educator are addressed. The practicum will provide students with experience in their functional role within a variety of health care settings with diverse populations. Clinical practicum requires 170 supervised hours. Students will interact with fellow classmates regarding important content throughout their practicum course so as to provide an integrative and holistic learning experience.

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