MS in Nursing Education

The online Master of Science in Nursing Education prepares graduates for careers as academic, staff, or patient educators. You will enhance your basic nursing knowledge and learn nursing pedagogy, curriculum development, testing, and measurement.

  • Graduation rate above 96% and student satisfaction rate above 95% 
  • Program recognized as a standard for excellence, with a job placement rate above 90%
  • Fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Affordable tuition and fees
Program Format
  • 38 credit hours taken over seven semesters beginning in the fall
  • Courses delivered fully online
  • Concludes with capstone course
  • Designed for part-time study
  • Asynchronous (no set class times)

Graduates of the education concentration in the Master of Science in Nursing program will be prepared for positions in pre-licensure nursing education, professional staff development, and patient education.

All the program details. All in one brochure. 

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Required Courses
  • NUR 551 Integrating Technology in Nursing Education
  • NUR 612 Theoretical Foundations for the Advanced Nurse Educator
  • NUR 615 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Advanced Nursing Education
  • NUR 616 Pedagogical Strategies for Advanced Nursing Education
  • NUR 620 Law, Policy, and Economics of Health Care
  • NUR 651 Advanced Application of Nursing Concepts in Client Care (in clinical focus area)
  • NUR 653 Advanced Application of Nursing Concepts in Academic Education (in clinical focus area)
  • NUR 696 Capstone Course for Advanced Nursing Education Practice
  • NUR 708 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR 713 Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning
  • NUR 713L Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic Reasoning Skills Lab
  • NUR 709 Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nursing
  • NUR 715 Research Methods in Nursing
Program Requirements*
  • Competency in basic health assessment prior to NUR 713
  • Completion of undergraduate statistics course prior to NUR 715
  • BLS certification prior to enrollment in NUR 713
  • Current unrestricted license as registered nurse in North Carolina or in a state covered by multi-state nurse licensure compact
  • Completion of Parts A and B of the UNCG Immunization Form with the exception of the meningococcal vaccine

  • Criminal background check

*Other requirements, for example, influenza vaccine and drug screens, may be necessary to meet contractual agreements with affiliating clinical agencies.


Special Note

Due to North Carolina law and other rules governing nursing education practice as well as state laws governing education delivery in every state, it is your responsibility as the student to inform your academic advisor immediately if you do not currently live in North Carolina or if you move your actual residence (not necessarily your "legal residence") during the program. Depending on where you live, this may affect your ability to complete the program.

Admission Requirements
  • B.S. in Nursing with a 3.2+ GPA
  • Nursing license
  • 1+ year FT clinical experience preferred
Important Dates
To start in:
  • Fall (priority)  — apply by April 15
  • Fall (rolling) — apply by May 15
Currently, UNC Greensboro is authorized to offer online education in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Find out more about State Authorization — a law that regulates in which states colleges and universities can offer education.
UNC Greensboro does not guarantee that programs which fulfill North Carolina licensure requirements will satisfy the criteria of professional licensure boards in other states or territories. For further explanation, visit Professional Licensure.

You may not be eligible for a nursing license if you’re outside the Nurse Licensure Compact. You must declare North Carolina or a non-compact state as your primary residence. Check your eligibility here.

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Estimated Tuition & Fees (2020-21)



Per credit hour — $300
Est. program cost* — $14,724

Outside NC 

Per credit hour — $556
Est. program cost* — $24,445


Per credit hour — $973
Est. program cost* — $40,277

*Est. program cost includes the $665 per semester program fee.

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