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Educate the next generation of nurses with your online master's in nursing education degree

As a nurse educator, you could help teach the next generation of nurses and prepare them for real-world challenges. With the right online nurse educator program, you could enjoy a more rewarding, more fulfilling career.

This online degree program prepares registered nurses (RNs) to become nurse educators in a broad variety of settings, including higher education, vocational education, healthcare staff development, and patient education. As part of your program, you’ll learn practical skills and knowledge in current nursing trends and theory, as well as effective teaching methods and techniques.


An online Master's in Nursing Education could help you advance your nursing career in positions such as:

  • Nurse educator
  • Nursing instructor
  • Patient education specialist
  • Healthcare staff training and development specialist


During your online Master’s in Nursing Education program, you’ll learn vital topics and skills, such as:1

  • Teaching critical thinking and clinical decisions
  • Technologies for nursing education and practice
  • Outcomes assessment
  • Quality management
  • Advanced nursing theory
  • Research and evaluation methods
  • Instructional strategy
  • Advanced pharmacology

Nursing Education

Teach the next generation of nurses and share your experiences with them. Your Master’s degree could open new career possibilities. Start today.


Course Name Credits

NUR 2220
Advanced Medical-Surgical Nursing

This 8-week course provides an understanding of the nurse's role in health and illness within evolving practice environments and across the spectrum of health and illness. The course expands on the use of the nursing process when caring for critically ill patients, and will address nursing care issues from a physiologic, pathophysiologic, and psychosocial context. The nursing skills addressed in this class will include: comprehensive head to toe physical assessment, advanced pharmaceutical interventions, advanced medical-surgical care modalities, advanced use of clinical technology, and other specialty care areas that address the care of the medical-surgical client. Nursing students will advance in their roles as provider of care, manager of care, and a member of the discipline of nursing using up-to-date knowledge to apply critical thinking and clinical reasoning.

Prerequisites: NUR 2140 or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 1115
Anatomy and Physiology

This course introduces the basics and advanced human anatomy and physiology including anatomical terminology, basic biochemistry, cells and tissues, and the integumentary, skeletal, muscular, nervous, endocrine, cardiovascular, lymphatic/immune, respiratory, digestive, urinary, and reproductive systems. Introduces common human processes. Prepares nursing students to take NUR 1116 - Pathophysiology.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 1119
Fundamentals in Nursing

This 12-week course deals with the care of the aging client, caring through the lifespan, and clients with special needs. Human Flourishing will be addressed using Evidence-base Practice (EBP) and applying this to the health of the individual, family and the community. Patient-Centered Care (PCC) of the aging adult is addressed by emphasizing nursing skills such as health assessment, stress and coping, and basic nursing skills; basic human needs such as hygiene, comfort, and activity, as well as skills in oxygen therapy, post-surgical care, palliative care, orthopedic measures, diagnostic procedures, and other skills to aid the patient in meeting basic human needs. The way care is administered to the patient is found in the health care delivery systems, continuity of care, and home health chapters. Professional Identity and Values are included in the introduction to and history of nursing.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 2221
Leadership & Management in Nursing

The first three weeks of this 8-week course builds on previously mastered medical-surgical content with an application to leadership and management. It provides a strong knowledge base to assist the student in the development of critical thinking skills. Emphasis is placed on common leadership and management issues. The remaining five weeks of the course will be utilized for NCLEX review and HESI preparation.

Prerequisites: NUR 2220 or with the consent of the Dean and is taught concurrently with NUR2250.

NUR 1140
Maternal-Newborn Nursing

This 8-week course builds on the concepts of previous nursing courses with emphasis on utilizing the Nursing Process in dealing with women's health focus during childbearing years, antepartum, intrapartum, postpartum, and the health of newborns. Students will explore the concepts of health promotion, disease prevention, and alterations in health related to women in these phases and the newborn infant. Emphasis is on whole person care of the client. Management and planning of the Nursing Process will include concepts from a variety of culturally diverse settings to include nursing in the community.

Prerequisites: NUR 2120 or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 2120
Medical-Surgical Nursing

This 12-week course is designed to provide a comprehensive overview as well as examination into critical concepts related to medical-surgical nursing. The students will be exposed to numerous health problems that are commonly found nationally as well as worldwide. These health problems will be described in pathophysiological detail and further expounded upon to provide an emphasis of the dynamic nursing roles needed to care for individuals with complex health conditions. Mobilizing key aspects of the nursing process, students will begin to understand the correlation of disease management through the collaborative approach of the nursing/medical team. Skills include a head-to-toe physical assessment, pharmaceutical interventions, medical-surgical care modalities that address the care of the medical-surgical client.

Prerequisites: NUR 1119 or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 2140
Mental Health Nursing

This 8-week course uses the biopsychosocial model to provide a contemporary holistic framework for delivering nursing care to individuals and families living within tumultuous societies. An emphasis on the recovery model is presented throughout the course materials. Current advances in psychiatric care, psychiatric nursing care, and nursing education are presented.

Prerequisites: NUR 1150 or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 1117
Microbiology for Nursing

An introduction to microorganisms, their biology, and their relationships to health, technology, and the environment, with practical applications.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 2250
Nursing Practicum

This 8-week course is the preceptorship for the students. The student will work with a nurse in the clinical setting. The student will follow the nurse and learn the routine of being a professional nurse. By the end of the preceptorship, the student should be able to do the normal duties of the nurse with minimal supervision. The student should be able work independently in the clinical setting and work as a professional. The student will follow the code of ethics, work within her scope of practice, use critical thinking skills, use effective communication skills, coordinate patient care with other healthcare team members and disciplines, demonstrate professional behavior, and be a mentor to others, while incorporating evidence-based research into patient care.

Prerequisites: NUR 2220 or with the consent of the Dean and is taught concurrently with NUR2221.

NUR 1116

Studies pathophysiological etiology and mechanisms that cause disease and alter physiological control and function of organs and organ systems. Emphasizes the gross histopathological and physiological alterations that occur in various disease states.

Prerequisites: None.

NUR 1150
Pediatric Nursing

This 8-week course builds on previously mastered medical-surgical content with an application to the pediatric population. It provides a strong knowledge base to assist the student in the development of critical thinking skills. Emphasis is placed on common issues and pediatric-specific content. The course includes nursing care plans that summarize issue- or system-related content. Nursing process is discussed with each disorder with an emphasis on health promotion. We will also learn full head-to-toe assessment techniques during the SIM LAB portion of the course. You will need to pass off the assessment skills in the SIM LAB.

Prerequisites: NUR 1140 or with the consent of the Dean.

NUR 1118
Pharmacology Principles For Nursing

Focuses on knowledge and skills necessary for safe and therapeutic drug therapy. Emphasis is placed on drug identification and classification, pharmacological actions, side effects, appropriate dosing and calculations, drug interaction, basic treatments used by the nurse, guidelines for use of drugs, as well as the legal and ethical considerations of pharmacology.

Prerequisites: None.

Total Credits

general education

Course Name Credits

MAT 225
College Algebra

This course covers introductory algebraic expressions, formulas, and solving equations. Students learn graphing, numerical sets, exponents, radicals, and inequalities.

Prerequisites: None.

ENG 105
English Writing Fundamentals

This course focuses on the principles of effective English composition with a comprehensive review and reinforcement of language arts skills. Emphasis is placed on the four essentials of writing: unity, support, coherence, and sentence skills. Practice in proofreading, editing, revision, and clear thinking is incorporated throughout the course.

Prerequisites: None.

CHE 110
Introduction to Chemistry

Introduces the fundamentals of chemistry to students in the health sciences. Covers chemical measurements and calculations, atomic structure, chemical bonding, chemical reactions, states of matter, solutions, chemical equilibrium, acid-base systems, and introduces organic chemistry.

Prerequisites: None.

PSY 250
Positive Psychology

Explores emotional intelligence and its application in personal, professional, and communal relationships. Focus is on recognizing and improving emotional intelligence and developing a plan for self-management and implementation.

Prerequisites: None.

SOC 240
World Cultures

This course is designed to provide students with a background on cultural intelligence and its relevancy in the workplace. Students will explore the various cultures they belong to and how these impact their perceptions. Students will also learn how self-efficacy and the concept of self influence cultural intelligence. Student emphasis will focus on improving cultural intelligence skills to positively impact their personal and professional lives.

Prerequisites: None.

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The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing at Independence University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).

Why Choose Independence University?

IU's online and on-campus degree programs can help you prepare for employment in some of today's most rewarding job fields. Our programs are career-focused, without elective courses that you don't want or need, so you can finish your degree fast.

Master’s degree in Nursing Education Here’s what you can expect:

Do you love to teach? Do you have a desire to educate the next generation of nurses? If you are a registered nurse and want to advance your career, complete your Master’s in Nursing Education and enjoy a rewarding career helping others grow theirs! As one of our two BSN to MSN online programs, our Master of Science in Nursing degree program focuses on practical skills and knowledge in current nursing trends and theory, as well as effective teaching methods and techniques, all of which could open new career opportunities for you.

If you have a busy life with work and family commitments, you may think advancing your degree is not possible. But the fact is, our students complete their degrees while keeping their work and family commitments all the time. When you have the flexibility of 24/7 online learning, you can more easily fit college into your hectic schedule. Plus, you can earn your Master’s in Nursing Education in just 15 months! At IU, we provide the perfect mix of personal support and checkpoints to keep you on track in completing your MSN education online.

Step by step, here’s how it works:

Your courses are set up in modules, each lasting four weeks. You’ll take one or two courses at a time per module, as is determined by your program schedule. To help keep you on track with your coursework, each course will have daily checkpoints. For instance, a checkpoint may be reviewing an article on innovative teaching techniques, then answering one question from the article.

At IU, you can gain the knowledge and skills needed to help educate current or future nurses to launch their careers.

Here’s a sample of some of the courses (taught in 4-week modules) you’ll take:

  • Technologies for Nursing Education and Practice
  • Legal and Ethical Considerations in Nursing Practice
  • Advanced Nursing Theory
  • Leadership Theory
  • Pathophysiology
  • Advanced Pharmacology

And much more! As a nonprofit institution, we invest in our students. That’s why you’ll have access to no-cost tutoring and personal time with instructors as you need it.

In addition, IU provides you with your own “Success Team.” Your team includes your admissions consultant who provides assistance during your enrollment process, your student services adviser who is your main contact throughout your schooling, your faculty program adviser who you can contact for issues specific to your degree program, your active student planner who monitors, updates, and reviews all financial aid paperwork to ensure you continue to receive any financial aid you may qualify for, and your career services adviser who contacts you early in your education to assist in your career development and job search skills.

New career options as a nurse educator—here’s what you can expect:

As a graduate and nurse educator, you’ll be prepared to work in a variety of settings, including higher education, vocational education, healthcare staff development, and patient education.

Nurse educator positions include:

  • Nurse instructor
  • Nurse educator
  • Patient education specialist
  • Healthcare staff training and development specialist

As a nonprofit institution, IU invests in your success, and our curriculum, courses, and student services support that commitment. We’ll do all we can to make sure your MSN online education is a positive experience!