Aug 18, 2019  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Nursing Education [MSN]

Do you want to help shape the future of healthcare? Eastern Michigan University’s Master of Science in Nursing Education program prepares you for work as an educational leader in nursing programs. You will learn to design, assess, and evaluate educational programs for nurses through an interdisciplinary approach.

Meet the need. Nurse educators are…

  • In demand: With the increase in students entering nursing programs at the university level, the need for nurse educators has grown exponentially and is expected to increase.
  • Top earners: The average pay for a nurse educator is $73,000/year, according to Glassdoor.
  • Vital to the field: According to All Nursing Schools, the lack of nursing faculty is related to our current nursing shortage.

Expand your abilities. Nurse educators are equipped to:

  • Design curricula and programs for nursing students.
  • Critique systems and plan new healthcare strategies.
  • Effectively communicate knowledge and shared experience with others.

Eastern’s program is unique in that you’ll benefit from the knowledge and hands-on practice of highly qualified faculty, while having the opportunity to learn in a variety of settings for clinical experiences.

Program Outcomes

At the conclusion of the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Facilitate learner development and knowledge acquisition through the effective creation of learning environments in a classroom, laboratory, and clinical Settings, demonstrating the understanding of lifelong learning, and the values and behaviors expected of those who fulfill the educator role.
  • Utilize assessment and evaluation strategies to assess and evaluate student learning in a classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings, as well as in all domains of learning.
  • Participate in curriculum design and evaluation of program outcomes that reflect contemporary health trends and prepares graduates to function effectively in the healthcare environment.
  • Pursue and demonstrate a commitment to continuous quality improvement in the nurse educator role from a multidimensional approach that recognizes the impact of interdisciplinary collaboration, political, institutional, social, and economic forces on the role.
  • Engage in scholarship as an integral part of the faculty role, and use current research to function as a change agent and a leader to create a preferred future for nursing education and nursing practice.

Program Admission

Admission Requirements | To be admitted to the MSN Education Program at EMU School of Nursing, students must first meet requirements set by the Graduate School. Applicants are considered for selection into the program upon completion of the following:

  1. Possess a B.S.N. degree (Applicants holding an R.N. license with a bachelor’s in another discipline may apply for a conditional admission).
  2. Have at least a cumulative 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) college GPA. (Applicants may seek conditional admission with a GPA of 2.75).
  3. International students must meet minimum requirements for admission to the Graduate School (International Admissions)
  4. Have a current unrestricted license to practice as a professional registered nurse in the U.S or eligibility to obtain a Michigan license.
  5. Have successfully completed an approved basic statistics course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics within the last 10 years.
  6. Have successfully completed a basic health assessment course.
  7. Successful completion of an undergraduate community health nursing course and clinical (or equivalent), from an accredited university. R.N.s with a Bachelor’s in a discipline other than nursing have to either complete the Community Health Nursing courses (NURS 450  & NURS 451 ) or successfully complete the Community Health ATI Examination to demonstrate equivalency.
  8. A telephone or in-person interview may be a part of the admission process

Additionally, the following documents are required and must be submitted with the application.

  1. Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur (Applicants who are eligible for a license may apply for a conditional admission)
  2. Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
  3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  4. A two to three-page (< 500 words) personal statement that describes your desire and preparedness for becoming a Nurse Educator, your future plans, and your professional goals. Essays will be evaluated based on fit with our program, the ability to express yourself, the degree of scholarly content, spelling, grammar, and use of the current American Psychological Association style.

Application Process | Applicants must:

  • Complete an application for admission to the Graduate School. The university takes an average of 2-3 weeks to make admission decisions. The response time from the School of Nursing may be longer depending upon submission date and application deadlines.
  • Submit official transcripts from each educational institution you have attended so your admission application can be processed.
  • Select the program code on your application (NURE).

School Information

Nursing Michael L. Williams, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, CNEDirector | 309 Marshall, 734.487.2310,

Jennifer Avery, Ph.D., RNAssociate Director of Graduate Studies | 318M Porter, 734.487.7676,

Advisor Information

Deanna Kowaleski, MA, Admissions & Advising Specialist, 311 Marshall, 734.487.6599,

Jennifer Avery, Ph.D., RN, Assistant Professor, 318M Porter, 734.487.7676,

Degree Requirements: 38 hours