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MSN Nurse Educator Course Requirements

Program Details

Master’s students attend courses full-time for 3 semesters of study, 12-month, three straight semester program. Summer 2021 will be the next start and that program will go summer 2021, fall 2021 and spring 2022 and students will graduate April 2022 with their MSN Degree.

Course instruction delivered in a 100% online format.

90-hour Educator Residency arranged in your surrounding community.

You must be highly motivated and recognize that the online learning process requires additional commitment, time, and work.

A scholarly project and nursing residency must be completed during your final semesters of study.  The educator residency experience requires a total of 90 contact (clock) hours or approximately 6-7 hours per week.

MSN Student Handbook


  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

  • Current unrestricted RN license; if from out-of-state, eligibility for licensure without restriction in the state of Utah.

  • Working knowledge of statistics as utilized in research or administrative functions such as budgets, staffing, etc.

  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course or BSN Research/Statistics course within the past 5 years is highly recommended.


Core Courses

  • NRSG 6110 Translating Research and Evidence into Practice(3)
  • NRSG 6120 Research Statistics (3)
  • NRSG 6130 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3)
  • NRSG 6180 Improving Patient Care & Nursing Practice through Information Systems and Technology (3)
  • NRSG 6255 Leadership and Accountability in Advanced Nursing (3)

Nurse Leader: Educator Track

  • NRSG 6560 Scope and Practice of Nursing Education (3)
  • NRSG 6520 Curriculum Development for Nursing Educators (3)
  • NRSG 6540 Measurement of Competence & Outcomes in Nursing Education (3)
  • NRSG 6560 Socialization in the Role of Nursing Educator (3)
  • NRSG 6170 Teaching Strategies (3)
  • NRSG 6720 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Educators (2)
  • NRSG 6710 Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators (2)
  • NRSG 6730 Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse
  • Educators (2)
  • NRSG 6700 Teaching Residency - 90 hours (2)

Masters Project

  • MSN 6800 MSN Project Development & Implementation (4)

See the WSU Catalog for individual course descriptions.