About the Program

Master of Science in Nursing Education Online

The UTRGV Master of Science in Nursing Education online degree program prepares you to meet the needs of a diverse student population in a variety of roles in nursing education, including patient educator, as well as the educator role in clinical and academic settings.

About the Program

About the Program
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Complete in as few as 12 months
37 credit hours
$444.44 per credit hour*

Designed to enable BSN-prepared RNs to pursue their passion for mentoring and teaching, our MSN – Education online degree program provides the knowledge and skills to help you reach your goals in nursing education.

As a graduate of this program, you will be able to:

  • Use evidence in educational design, implementation and evaluation of strategies for classroom and clinical teaching
  • Synthesize knowledge from nursing science and learning theory to demonstrate leadership and innovation in teaching
  • Employ instructional strategies that recognize the diverse learner
  • Implement assessment and evaluation methods in a variety of learning environments
  • Analyze the teaching, scholarship and service roles of the nurse educator

Online Courses

To complete the MSN – Education program, students must take a total of 37 credit hours: 18 hours of core courses and 19 hours of education specialty practice courses.

Core Courses
NURS 6474 Leadership Policy and Population Health

This course explores aspects of horizontal and vertical leadership central to the Clinical Nurse Leadership role. Quality management and improvement, communication processes, and evidence‐based practice initiatives within a micro system are stressed. Strategies for the efficient use of resources while maintaining safe and effective patient care are emphasized. Also explored the reciprocity between health care policies and population health, and emphasizes the relationship of behaviors as well as social and political structures to health outcomes.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
NURS 6301 Theoretical Foundations in Nursing

This course provides an examination of the philosophical and theoretical bases underlying concepts and operations inherent to nursing. Theories from behavioral, natural, social and applied sciences are considered with the aim of synthesis in the development and application to nursing theory.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 6208 Nursing Informatics

This course provides the student the opportunity to use computer applications in nursing and healthcare.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 2
NURS 6304 Advanced Pathophysiology

This course explores changes in normal cellular and tissue functions and related physiologic processes of the major body systems caused by disease and aging.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 6302 Research in Nursing

This course enables the student to develop a research‐oriented approach to the improvement of the profession of nursing. The logic, methods and techniques of the research process are explored from problem formulation to analysis and interpretation. Quantitative and qualitative methodologies are addressed. The student is provided the opportunity to recognize a researchable problem in nursing and to develop a plan for its study.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 7302 Practice Intervention Project

This course is required for non‐thesis students. It involves delineation of a problem/issue/project related to the student’s clinical or functional area, review of pertinent literature and development of a proposed solution, along with implementation and evaluation. The student will give a written and oral presentation of the project to a selected audience. May be repeated for credit.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Practice Courses
NURS 6363 Curriculum Development in Nursing

This course focuses on the curriculum development process in nursing. Examines the philosophy, conceptual framework, objectives and program evaluation in curriculum development. Explores the relationship and significance of these elements and their impact on curriculum implementation. Examines external factors that impact decisions about curriculum design.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 6366 Instructional Design and Online Teaching in Nursing

This course will examine processes for designing nursing instruction for effective and efficient delivery. Included is the process of instructional design in an online nursing education context.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 6365 Evaluation in Nursing

This role support course introduces the student to the evaluation process in nursing education. The course provides basic knowledge of evaluation design and strategies for evaluating learning outcomes in nursing education along with overall curriculum and program evaluation.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 6464 Teaching Roles and Strategies

This course focuses on the roles of nursing faculty. It includes an analysis of teaching and learning theories, teaching strategies, classroom climate, learning environments and evaluation of teaching and learning. Examination of distance education is included. The course involves the application of teaching and learning theories, strategies and evaluation in an actual education situation.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 4
NURS 6306 Advanced Pharmacology

The focus of this course is the pharmacologic and pharmacokinetic principles used in the therapeutic management of common health care problems in clients across the life span. Development of scientifically based clinical pharmacologic management of selected health problems is emphasized.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
NURS 6305 Advanced Health Assessment & Lab

This course presents the theoretical and clinical principles for advanced health assessment in specialty nursing practice. Emphasis is placed on physical, psychosocial and cultural assessment to develop a comprehensive health data base. Integration of theory is tested in the laboratory setting.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3


The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley has specific deadline requirements that you must meet in order to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines for this program. For dates past June 19th please contact the university at 1-833-UTRGV-GC (1-833-887-4842) or gradcollege@utrgv.edu. We look forward to supporting you during your journey.

Upcoming Start Dates

June 19, 2018

May 18, 2018

Tuition & Financial Aid

UT Rio Grande Valley's 100% online accelerated graduate programs offer affordable tuition, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.

Tuition Breakdown


Total program cost


Per credit hour


Per 3-credit course


Limited Time Scholarship

*We estimate that tuition and fees will total no more than the rates shown above; however, rates are subject to change.

Financial Aid

UTRGV is an equal opportunity institution in the administration of its financial aid programs. In keeping with this policy, financial aid is extended to students without regard to race, creed, sex, national origin, veteran status, religion, age or disability. For additional information regarding funding please visit our Student Loan page.

Additional Fees

  • Application Fee: $50 domestic, $100 international
  • Graduation Fee: $32
Application fee can be paid online by credit card or electronic check only

Scholarship Available

For a limited time students have the opportunity to receive a $2,000 scholarship, which will be pro-rated over the duration of the program. Scholarship applies to nursing courses only and cannot be combined with any other offer.


Please review all the admission requirements for the UTRGV Master of Science in Nursing Education online degree program. For specific questions or more details, contact an enrollment specialist at 844-218-2727.

Admissions Criteria

Online Application

Submit your application and one-time $50 application fee (for domestic applications) online.

Official Transcript

Submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities.


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Registered Nurse

Hold an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in your state.