MS in Nursing Education

Overview & Program of Study

Program Description

Health care is changing at a rapid pace and nurse educators are there every step of the way to support life-long learning for nursing students, practicing nurses and the interprofessional team. This country is increasingly in need of qualified nurse faculty in academia and clinical educators in health care service organizations prepared to facilitate learning, promote the health of patients, families, communities, and populations at the master’s level and lead change through evidence-based practice and quality improvement. The University of Utah College of Nursing is dedicated to preparing the next generation of nurse educators by offering a Master of Science in Nursing with an emphasis in nursing education. At the completion of this program, students will have the required education credits to take the Certified Nurse Educator (NLN) or the Nursing Professional Development Certification (ANCC).

Certified Nurse Educator

Nursing Professional Development Certification Eligibility

Program Length

The Nursing Education specialty track is available in both full-time (9-10 credit hours per semester) and part-time options.  The full-time program of study is completed in two (2) years, including a summer semester.  The part-time program of study is typically completed in three (3) years, including summer semesters.  A minimum of forty-two (42) credits is required.

Studying at a Distance

The Nursing Education program is available via distance, but primarily only to students near the Intermountain Region (Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, Wyoming).  Participation may not be possible in all areas.  Utah residents must live more than 60 miles from the University of Utah to participate as a distance student.

Read more information on Distance Delivery.

Program of Study

The Nursing Education program of study requires completion of the Master’s Degree core curriculum, Nursing Education specialty courses, and either a Master’s Synthesis or a Master’s Thesis. In the program of study emphasis is placed on mentorship with highly qualified nursing faculty in a variety of specialties, depending on the student’s interest. Course descriptions can be found in the University of Utah General Catalog.

Contact Us

Office of Student Services
Phone: 801-587-3194

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Program Manager
Shelley Kern
Phone: 801-585-0878

Faculty Specialty Track Director
Rebecca Wilson, PhD, MEd


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