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No. 1 in Master of Science in Nursing graduates in the U.S.¹

Help strengthen the nursing workforce of today—and tomorrow—with an MSN in Nursing Education online from Walden. Whether you want to mentor new nurses or train healthcare staff, this specialization prepares you to teach and inspire learners of all backgrounds in a nurse educator role.

Through a curriculum focused on social change, you’ll learn to implement evidence-based practice in teaching and ignite creativity and critical thinking in your students. Deepen your clinical insights, explore real scenarios you’ll face in the field, and apply what you learn in a hands-on setting. 

An MSN in nursing education prepares nurses for roles as academic nurse educators, patient educators, or nurse professional developers in healthcare settings.

Practicing Nurse Faculty

Learn from experienced, practicing nurse educators who are 100% doctorally prepared, with expertise in both academia and nurse professional development.

Reach Diverse Learners

Examine various learning needs and ethical nuances of nurses, staff, and patients—and how to adapt your instruction.

Advance your clinical knowledge

Learn to teach complex content effectively by taking a course on the clinical specialization of your choice. Apply that knowledge to direct patient care in an on-site practicum.

Hands-on Practice

Design, develop, and implement a project in a real healthcare setting.

Connect with your Peers

Engage with other healthcare professionals through Walden Facebook groups, our alumni associations, and Phi Nu, our chartered chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

Impact lives and communities

Learn how to apply your new knowledge to make a positive impact on nurses’ careers and patient care.


Course-Based: Receive a $1,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

Tempo Competency-Based Learning™: Receive a 25% tuition reduction for the life of the program if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 2, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

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Two Ways to Learn

Choose the learning path that fits your life and experience. Here are the two ways to earn your degree:

  Course-based learning
tempo competency-based learning
   The standard, guided pace to earn your degree
 The flexible pace, ideal for some students
Time Structured schedule
Flexible schedule
Pace Deadlines to make steady progress
Set your own pace, and speed up or slow down when needed
Tuition Pay by the course
All-you-can-learn subscription fee
Support Faculty guide you through your courses as you earn your degree
Faculty support when you need it and a personal academic coach
Expert Walden Faculty

Payment Plans and Scholarships*


*May not be available for all programs

Choose the Path That Is Right for You

Choose the BSN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) and have already earned your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree.

Choose the RN to MSN track if you are a registered nurse (RN) entering the MSN program with a hospital diploma or an associate degree in nursing.

Choose Walden's RN to BSN Accelerated Into Master's (AIM) program if you are a registered nurse (RN) who wants the opportunity to earn credits toward your MSN while completing your Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN).


Many Walden degree-seeking students—67%—receive some form of financial aid.* Create a customized plan that makes sense for you.

*Source: Walden University’s Office of Financial Aid. Data reports as of 2018.

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Course-Based: Receive a $1,000 grant if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 30, 2020. Contact one of our enrollment specialists to learn more.

Tempo Competency-Based Learning™: Receive a 25% tuition reduction for the life of the program if you reside in the U.S. and start this program on November 2, 2020. Contact one of our Enrollment Specialists to learn more.

Get Started Now

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to this master’s program, you must have an bachelor’s in nursing or higher and a valid RN license. All applicants must submit a completed online application and transcripts. Please note that the materials you are required to submit may vary depending on the academic program to which you apply.

More information for international applicants.

Prepare Nurses for the Future of Healthcare

In this MSN in Nursing Education program, you’ll prepare to help both aspiring and experienced nurses reach the next level of the profession. Explore how to design effective curriculum that enables nurses to make a positive difference for patients and thrive in their careers. Gain the skills to lead innovative educational efforts in your facility for nursing staff, providers, and patients.

Coursework in this program aligns with the National League of Nursing (NLN) standards for nurse educators and the Association for Nursing Professional Development (ANPD). Optional Certification for nurse educators is offered through the National League of Nursing (NLN).

Meet Your MSN in Nursing Education Academic Team

  • Vincent Hall

    Vincent Hall

    Program Director

    As a program director for the Master of Science in Nursing program, Dr. Hall supervises MSN core courses as well as the Nursing Education, Nurse Executive, Nursing Informatics, and Public Health Nursing specializations. Dr. Hall serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials Task Force and on the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation Review Committee. He has been an RN for more than 40 years and a nurse educator for more than 30 years.

  • Patti Urso

    Academic Coordinator

    Dr. Urso is board certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as an adult nurse practitioner (ANP) and has been engaged in advanced practice for more than 20 years. Prior to advanced practice, she had extensive experience as a registered nurse in multiple specialties.

  • Nicole Square

    Core Faculty

    Dr. Square has more than 16 years of experience in both clinical and leadership positions, classroom and clinical teaching, and program development. She is certified in neonatal intensive care nursing as well as nursing professional development.

Learning Outcomes

As a graduates of this MSN in Nursing Education online program, you’ll be prepared to:

  • Synthesize organizational/systems leadership for cost-effective specialist nursing practice that contributes to high-quality healthcare delivery, advancement of the nursing profession, and social change.
  • Critique evidence-based literature drawing from diverse theoretical perspectives and pertinent research to guide decision making that demonstrates best practices for specialist nursing practice in a global society.
  • Integratively assess, diagnose, plan, implement, and evaluate cost-effective healthcare strategies that reduce health disparities by patient/population advocacy for access to specialist nursing care.
  • Demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate using audience-specific oral, written, and information technology for professional delivery of specialist nursing care.
  • Evaluate health needs of diverse populations for necessary teaching/coaching functions based on specialist nursing knowledge to restore/promote health and prevent illness/injury.
  • Exhibit ongoing commitment to professional development and value of nursing theories/ethical principles (altruism, autonomy, human dignity, integrity, social justice) in accordance with ethically responsible, legally accountable, specialist nursing practice.
  • Implement specialist nursing roles to promote quality improvement of patient-centered care in accordance with professional practice standards that transform health outcomes for diverse populations.

Career Impact

Nurse educators are in great demand, with jobs expected to surge by 17% through 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.2 As current instructors retire, there aren’t enough new graduates to take their place.3

An MSN in Nursing Education can pave your way to a rewarding future. Impact the lives and careers of nurses and the quality of patient care. Position yourself for new job opportunities in a nurse educator role teaching nursing students, patients, and staff. Drive positive change within your healthcare facility and your community.

Career options for nurse educators: 4

  • College nursing faculty
  • Administrative nurse faculty
  • Nursing instructor
  • Patient educator
  • Nurse professional developer
  • Director of continuing education
  • Continuing education specialist
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Consultant
  • Case manager

Career options may require additional experience, training, or other factors beyond the successful completion of this degree program.

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