Dec 08, 2022  
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
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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, clinical settings, and 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. 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

Graduate School Application

After reviewing the admission requirements below, please select the appropriate application. The University is transitioning application platforms; pay close attention when selecting the application below.

The program you are applying to may not accept applicants every semester.

For additional information regarding the application process, please see Graduate Admissions or International Admissions.

Admission Requirements

Minimum Graduate School Requirements

A four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution. In addition, a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale, or 3.0 in the last half of the undergraduate program, is required for full admission. Applicants who do not meet minimum admission requirements may be considered for conditional admission. See International Admissions for international applicant requirements.

Applicants must also meet the following program requirements:

  • Possess a BSN degree (Applicants holding an RN license with a bachelor’s in another discipline may apply for conditional admission).
  • 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).
  • Have a current unrestricted license to practice as a professional registered nurse in the US or eligibility to obtain a Michigan license.
  • Have completed an approved basic statistics course that includes descriptive and inferential statistics within the last ten years.
  • Have completed a basic health assessment course.
  • Have completed an undergraduate community health nursing course and clinical (or equivalent) from an accredited university. In addition, RNs with a Bachelor’s in a discipline other than nursing must either complete the Community Health Nursing courses (NURS 450  and NURS 451 ) or complete the Community Health ATI Examination to demonstrate equivalency.
  • A telephone or in-person interview may be a part of the admission process

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

  • Current licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which practice will occur (Applicants who are eligible for a license may apply for conditional admission)
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae
  • A two to three-page (500 words maximum) personal statement that describes your goals as a Nurse Educator.

The personal statement should reflect your understanding of the role of a Nurse Educator and should clearly indicate that your goals are a fit for your chosen program. It is most effective when you have researched the program and the scope of practice of your area of interest before writing your personal statement. Review the documents linked above from the AACN and NLN to help articulate the fit with your goals. The personal statement is evaluated based on your understanding of the role of the Nurse Educator, fit with our program, and the ability to express yourself clearly and professionally.

Application Process

The university takes an average of 2-3 weeks to make admission decisions. Therefore, the response time from the School of Nursing may be longer depending upon submission date and application deadlines.

School Information

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

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

Sherry M. Bumpus, Ph.D,, FNP-BC, Director of Nursing Operations | 311 Marshall, 734.487.2310,

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