Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSN) Online

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Master of Science in Nursing Education Online

Designed to enable BSN-prepared RNs to pursue their passion for mentoring and teaching, our MSN – Education online degree program provides the knowledge and skills to help you reach your goals in nursing education.

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Use evidence in educational design, implementation and evaluation of strategies for classroom and clinical teaching
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing science and learning theory to demonstrate leadership and innovation in teaching
  • Employ instructional strategies that recognize the diverse learner
  • Implement assessment and evaluation methods in a variety of learning environments
  • Analyze the teaching, scholarship and service roles of the nurse educator
Duration  Complete in as few as 12 months
Credit Hours  37 credit hours
Per credit hour Per 3-credit course Total program cost
Tuition MBA Financial Planning 444.44 Tuition MBA Financial Planning 1,333.32 Tuition MBA Financial Planning 16,444.28*

* We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

  • Admission Requirements

    Step #1: Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.

    Step #2: Request your official transcripts to be sent electronically to or mailed to:

    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College
    Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

    *Please Note: If you are a graduate of UTPA, UTB/TSC, or UTRGV you do not need to request an official transcript to be sent to the Graduate College.

    Review and submit all Program Requirements:

    Review and submit all Program Requirements

    • BS in Nursing or an ADN and other baccalaureate degree plus the successful completion of Transition to Graduate Nursing course.
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
    • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
    • Personal statement detailing professional goals and reasons for pursuing the graduate degree.
    • Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course.
    • Holding an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in their state of residence.
    • Cleared Criminal Background Check
    • Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for students in health-related programs

    Note: All required documents as listed must be submitted as part of your online application. To access application instructions, including a Document Upload page, first begin the application process.

    Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities and international applicants:

    • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for 2 years. For additional information, visit the Additional Documents for Domestic Applicants who Attend Foreign Universities section of our website.
    • English translation of educational records.
    • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA) or the World Education Services (WES). For additional information, visit the Academic Credentials/Transcripts Evaluation section of our website.

    *Students in fully online programs are not eligible for I-20 or student visas however international applicants can study from their home country.

    Check Program Availability in Your State

    Higher Education Act of 1965 include changes in regulation for State Authorization that may impact online, distance, and correspondence education providers. Please review Check Program Availability in Your State for more details. 

  • Program Contact

    Program Director: Dr. Eloisa Tamez


    Office: BLHSB 2.720 (Brownsville campus)


  • Deadlines

    Online Accelerated Application Deadline:

    Spring 2018 Module I Spring 2018 Module II Summer 2018 Module I Summer 2018 Module II Fall 2018 Module I Fall 2018 Module II
    December 3 January 28 March 25 May 20 July 22 September 17
  • Course Requirements

    Core Courses

    NURS 6474: Leadership Policy and Population Health

    This course explores aspects of horizontal and vertical leadership central to the Clinical Nurse Leadership role. Quality management and improvement, communication processes, and evidence‐based practice initiatives within a micro system are stressed. Strategies for the efficient use of resources while maintaining safe and effective patient care are emphasized. Also explored the reciprocity between health care policies and population health, and emphasizes the relationship of behaviors as well as social and political structures to health outcomes.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 4

    NURS 6301 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing

    This course provides an examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases underlying concepts and operations inherent to nursing. Theories from behavioral, natural, social and applied sciences are considered with the aim of synthesis in the development and application to nursing theory.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    Nursing Informatics

    This course provides the student the opportunity to use computer applications in nursing and healthcare.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 2

    NURS 6304 Advanced Pathophysiology

    This course explores changes in normal cellular and tissue functions and related physiologic processes of the major body systems caused by disease and aging.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6302 Research in Nursing

    This course enables the student to develop a research‐oriented approach to the improvement of the profession of nursing. The logic, methods and techniques of the research process are explored from problem formulation to analysis and interpretation. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies are addressed. The student is provided the opportunity to recognize a researchable problem in nursing and to develop a plan for its study.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 7302 Practice Intervention Project

    This course is required for non‐thesis students. It involves delineation of a problem/issue/project related to the student’s clinical or functional area, review of pertinent literature and development of a proposed solution, along with implementation and evaluation. The student will give a written and oral presentation of the project to a selected audience. May be repeated for credit.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    Practice Courses

    NURS 6363 Curriculum Development in Nursing

    This course focuses on the curriculum development process in nursing. Examines the philosophy, conceptual framework, objectives and program evaluation in curriculum development. Explores the relationship and significance of these elements and their impact on curriculum implementation. Examines external factors that impact decisions about curriculum design.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6366 Instructional Design and Online Teaching in Nursing

    This course will examine processes for designing nursing instruction for effective and efficient delivery. Included is the process of instructional design in an online nursing education context.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6365 Evaluation in Nursing

    This role support course introduces the student to the evaluation process in nursing education. The course provides basic knowledge of evaluation design and strategies for evaluating learning outcomes in nursing education along with overall curriculum and program evaluation.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6464 Teaching Roles and Strategies

    This course focuses on the roles of nursing faculty. It includes an analysis of teaching and learning theories, teaching strategies, classroom climate, learning environments and evaluation of teaching and learning. Examination of distance education is included. The course involves the application of teaching and learning theories, strategies and evaluation in an actual education situation.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 4

    NURS 6306 Advanced Pharmacology

    The focus of this course is the pharmacologic and pharmacokinetic principles used in the therapeutic management of common health care problems in clients across the life span. Development of scientifically based clinical pharmacologic management of selected health problems is emphasized.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

    NURS 6305 Advanced Health Assessment Lab

    This course presents the theoretical and clinical principles for advanced health assessment in specialty nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on physical, psychosocial and cultural assessment to develop a comprehensive health data base. Integration of theory is tested in the laboratory setting.

    Duration: 7 weeks
    Credit Hours: 3

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