Nursing Education

Accredited RN to MS Degree from a Center for Excellence in Nursing Education


As a practicing nurse, you can never afford to stop learning. But you also have much to teach—and the chance to improve many lives while influencing your profession.

Earn an RN to Master of Science in Nursing (Nursing Education) from Excelsior, and you can share your clinical experience and knowledge with other health care professionals.

This program is designed for working nurses who hold an RN license. You'll earn both a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in nursing. Some of your courses will count toward both degrees.

Online Nursing Degrees That Have Real Impact

Recognized three times as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education by the National League for Nursing (most recently for the current 2011-2016 period), Excelsior College ranks among the nation's best nursing schools.

Excelsior's flexible online format makes it possible to fit your nursing courses into almost any work schedule. You'll have the opportunity to:

  • Earn two nursing degrees (BS and MS) in a single, integrated program.
  • Work with top-flight faculty.
  • Interact with fellow students via our online communities.
  • Tackle challenging coursework that reflects real-world nursing situations.
  • Get academic support from Excelsior's award-winning advisors.
  • Receive financial support and counseling to help keep your online nursing education affordable. (Learn more about our special financial programs for nursing students.)

By specializing in nursing education, you'll help address the nation's critical shortage of nursing educators, while creating a new path to advance your career and earning power.

Take a look at the course sequence and credit requirements for the nursing education RN to MS degree.  (PDF)

By completion of the program the graduate will be able to

  1. Articulate the role of the master's-prepared nurse within the philosophical, ethical, and theoretical framework of nursing science.
  2. Use knowledge and analytical skills to appraise the contextual environment of health care in order to inform and influence decision making across the health care system.
  3. Apply knowledge and skills from multiple disciplines in the use of clinical and management information systems to improve client care.
  4. Establish collaborative partnerships with diverse constituencies and interdisciplinary teams to pursue health-related goals and influence change.
  5. Apply principles and theories of performance improvement, systems thinking, health policy, and resource allocation to manage the health care enterprise or outcomes.
  6. Assume a leadership role in developing systems that provide care for individuals and populations.
  7. Use advanced communication strategies with multiple stakeholders to address professional and health care system issues and achieve goals.
  8. Develop approaches to health care delivery that address the ethical, legal, social, and political requirements of diverse populations and stakeholders.
  9. Create culturally sensitive and responsive environments of care.
  10. Incorporate the scope of practice, professional standards, and specialty knowledge to implement the role of the master¿s-prepared nurse in a variety of settings.
  11. Develop evidence-based practice using the research process to enhance safe, cost-effective, quality care.
  12. Take responsibility for lifelong learning, act as a role model, and make contributions to the profession.

All Excelsior College nursing programs are accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN) formerly known as the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, GA 30326, 404-975-5000. The ACEN is a specialized accrediting agency for nursing recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.

Minimum of 143 credits: at bachelor's phase - 60 in general education, 56 in nursing components; at the graduate level - 10 for phase I, 12 for phase II and 5 for phase III.

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