Master’s in Nursing Education Degree
With increasing numbers of nursing faculty retiring in the next few years, a growing need exists for nurse educators to help develop the next generation of skilled, compassionate nurses. Azusa Pacific University’s Master of Science in Nursing in Nursing Education program offers comprehensive preparation for teaching nursing in academic and clinical settings. Students study alongside experienced nurse educators and benefit from specialized coursework built on a strong foundation of ethics and compassion taught from a Christian worldview. Graduates of the master's in nursing education program will be prepared as transformational nurse educators ready to impact 21st-century health care and nursing education.
MSN Program Highlights
- Develop conceptual and analytic skills, and the competencies required to teach nursing in academic, vocational, and health care organizations.
- Fulfill the educational and practical requirements to sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam.
- Learn from experienced faculty-practitioners who provide opportunities for students to put course material into practice.
- Courses focus on topics including health care policy, nursing theory, advanced practice nursing, educational technology in nursing, and more from a nurse educator perspective. (View Nursing Education courses.)
- The program can be completed face-to-face at APU's Azusa campus or Inland Empire and San Diego regional campuses, or entirely online.
- No post-RN experience is required for admission, so students can start immediately after completing their undergraduate education. Only a BSN and RN license are required.
For those who already have an MSN, APU also offers a post-master's certificate in nursing education.
Become a Nurse Educator
Nursing educators are current and former nurses desiring to teach, train, and mentor nurse professionals to positively impact health care. Becoming a nurse educator requires nursing experience combined with preparation to teach in a variety of settings, including traditional and non-traditional academic settings, online/distance settings, and clinical and community settings. Nursing faculty teach at all levels of the field based on their experience, areas of speciality, and clinical skills.
APU's MSN in Nursing Education degree prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills to fulfill these essential teaching roles using cutting-edge technology and teaching-learning methods. The program is aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s (AACN) Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing and the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Core Competencies for Nurse Educators.
Consistent with the mission and purpose of the university, the School of Nursing is a Christian community of disciples, scholars, and practitioners. Its purpose is to advance the work of God in the world through nursing education, research, professional practice, community, and church service.
Health is defined and understood by the faculty as totality or completeness, whether for an individual, family, or community. That totality or completeness, within this conceptual definition, cannot be seen apart from the constitutive element of spirituality. Our conceptual approach to health highlights our distinctive role as a Christian university and provides the discipline of nursing with a distinctive domain for research, education, and advanced nursing practice.
School of Nursing Accreditation
Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC). In addition, programs in the nursing school are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing.
Azusa Pacific University secured a place in the most prestigious category of U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges 2017 rankings, placing at No. 183 in Tier One of the National Universities category. In addition, The Princeton Review named APU as 1 of 124 institutions in the 2017 Best Colleges in the West, Forbes ranked APU among the best schools in the nation for 2017, and G.I. Jobs named APU a Military Friendly School for 2017, placing APU among the top 15 percent of schools in the country helping military students reach their education dreams.