Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

New students are not currently being accepted into this program.

The School of Nursing (SON), as an integral part of National American University (NAU), is in concert with its mission, core values and purposes. Consistent with the overall university mission, the SON mission is to prepare competent nursing graduates by providing a caring, diverse, and student-centered environment that fosters critical thinking and enhances holistic health care across the life span. The nursing programs offer career mobility through an articulated ladder approach to nursing education.


Maintain and mature the infrastructure of the SON and the practice of nursing education.

Core Values

Offer high-quality nursing education and collaborative community partnerships. Provide a caring and supportive learning environment for nursing students. Offer professional nursing programs leading to career advancement and professional development.

The (MSN) online program will prepare you as a future nurse educator to teach undergraduate students in schools of nursing, assume leadership roles in staff development, and participate in innovative programs in health education within a global environment.

Emphasis Areas for MSN-Education

Q. Why should I get a Master of Science in Nursing degree?

A. It is well-documented that the current nursing shortage must be addressed. In order to train the number of nurses required to keep up with demand, there will be a need for qualified nurse educators. Our MSN is focused on nursing education.

Q. What can I do with a Master of Science in Nursing degree?

A. A Master's degree in Nursing can help you attain a role in a nursing leadership role in your current organization or provide the possibility of career advancement by changing companies or industries.

Q. What is the career outlook for people with a Master of Science in Nursing?

A. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that nursing instructors and teachers held 56,270 jobs in 2013.

Q. Why choose National American University’s Master of Nursing program?

A. Our program is designed to help you become an agent for change by enhancing the career development and potential for people who want to become nurses. The online MSN program is flexible, affordable and convenient for people who have work and family responsibilities.

Q. What are the admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing program at National American University?

A. For a full list of requirements to enroll in NAU’s online MSN program, please see our Admission Requirements page.

Q. How are classes offered for a Master’s of Science in Nursing at National American University?

A. The classes in our MSN program are 100% online.

Q. What services does National American University offer to support my academic success?

A. From the time you enroll until the time you complete your MSN degree program, you’ll get academic support; caring, dedicated faculty; and access to financial aid staff and resources.

Q. Are there benefits for service members, veterans, and their families? 

A. Absolutely! It is our honor to serve the men and women who have served or are currently serving our country. Click on the link to see how NAU helps with military education benefits.

The Online Master of Science in Nursing Education program is based on three sets of core courses. Each course within the 12-course program awards 4.5 credits for a total of 54 credits. The graduate nursing education core courses provides students the basis for development of refined analytical skills, broad-based perspectives, enhanced abilities to articulate, develop, implement viewpoints, health care policies and positions, clearer ability to connect theory to practice, and enhanced skills in the nurse educator profession. These are consistent with the Graduate Core Curriculum established by the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011) and the NLN Certified Nurse Educator Examination test Blue Print (2012). The purpose of courses in the graduate nursing education core is to provide the content that forms the foundation of all graduate nursing education irrespective of specialty such as advanced clinical practice roles, nursing administration, community health, or nursing education.

These courses include:
MT6200 Leading the Organization I: Communication, Culture and Change (4.5 credits)
NS6115 Leadership in Health Care: A Collaborative Approach to Theory/ Ethics/Health Policy (4.5 credits) *
NS6125 Facilitating Health I: Health Assessment/ Pathophysiology (4.5 credits)
NS6130 Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (4.5 credits) *
NS6135 Facilitating Health II: Advanced Pharmacology (4.5 credits)
NS6140 Online Nursing Education (4.5 credits) or
NS6150 Simulation in Nursing Education (4.5 credits)

*May be transferred into the program from a regionally accredited graduate nursing program; BS or MS degree in nursing program: other health professionals with permission of chair and/or SON dean.

The core specialty competencies for the Online Master of Science in Nursing Education is based on the AACN Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (2011) and the NLN Certified Nurse Educator Examination Test plan Blue Print (2012). The courses in the nursing education cores provide teaching and learning in program and curriculum, pedagogy, teaching and learning methods, instructional design, assessment and evaluation, and the nurse educator roles.

These courses include:
NS6215 Nursing Curriculum and Program Design, Instructional Methods and Strategies (4.5 credits)
NS6230 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education (4.5 credits)
NS6240 Nurse Educator Roles (4.5 credits)
NS6245 Evidence-Based Teaching Interventions (4.5 credits)
The capstone core courses provide a culminating practicum and project that synthesizes the foundational courses in graduate nursing core and nursing education core courses with a focus on either online education or simulation education.

These courses include:
NS6250 Nursing Capstone Project (4.5 credits)
NS6260 Nursing Capstone Practicum: Simulation or Online (4.5 credits)
During the Online Master’s of Nursing Education program, the student acquires the ability to analyze, synthesize, and utilize knowledge to provide nursing education and facilitate student learning. This is accomplished through a variety of teaching and learning experiences including formal courses using online, practicum experiences, and a culminating project. This approach allows a student to integrate prior and current learning while providing flexibility and scholarship.