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Nursing Education Specialization Master of Science in Nursing

School of Nursing & Health Sciences

Lead health care toward the future

Influence the next generation of nursing students. Whether you’re in a classroom or clinical setting, our online MSN in Nursing Education will help you lead nursing students to the pinnacle of patient care. This CCNE-accredited* program blends clinical training with innovative teaching methods, and positions you to teach in hospital-based nursing schools and online nursing programs. If you have your BSN and are eager to help others, your path starts here. 

*The BSN, MSN, and DNP degree programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education  (

At a Glance

  • Online
  • FlexPath available
  • CCNE accredited* 
  • 7 Core courses
  • 5 Specialization courses
  • 1 Practicum course
  • 54 Total credits (12 max transfer)

Classes Start December 2nd

Ready to get started? We’re ready for you. Chat with an enrollment counselor or apply now to take the first step on the journey toward your future.

$50 application fee (waived w/promo Fall19)

With FlexPath, you can earn your MSN in 12 months and under $11,000.*

*Based on the fastest 10% of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees apply.

MSN in Nursing Education program highlights

Reduce your tuition by $3,000

Enroll in a qualified program, apply for a $3K scholarship, and meet the eligibility requirements.

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To meet the needs of your busy life, we offer two competency-based online learning formats—GuidedPath and FlexPath.

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Professional partnerships

More than 600 organizations—including corporations, health care organizations, and community colleges—invest in their employees by recommending Capella education programs.

Industry aligned

This program is designed around NLN Competencies for Nursing Education, and integrates AACN standards.

96% of Nursing alumni are satisfied with their Capella education.

S­ource: Alumni Outcomes Survey, 2017-2018

Practicum experience

Our integrated capstone and practice immersion allows you to work with an organization to solve real-world challenges.

Cost & learning formats

A more structured learning format with an active peer community and faculty guidance. We’ll set the schedule, you meet the deadlines. 

  • Based on the quarter system; 1-3 courses per 10-week quarter
  • 1 semester credit = 1.5 quarter credits
  • Weekly assignments and courseroom discussions
  • Pay for what you take, price varies by courseload or term
$435 per credit, 54 total quarter credits, 12 max transfer credits

Our self-paced learning format lets you take courses at your own speed, moving onto the next course when you're ready.

  • Take unlimited courses (up to two at a time) per 12-week billing session
  • 2 Capella quarter credits = 1 program point
  • Set your own deadlines, no courseroom discussions
  • Pay a flat tuition fee per session*
$2,700 per 12-week billing session, 27 total program points, 6 max transfer points

*This is only an estimate, using general program pricing. Your price may be higher or lower depending on your specialization, transfer credits, tuition discounts, and (in FlexPath) the speed at which you move through the program. Fees, including application fees and resource kits, are not included in this estimate. The GuidedPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in the average number of transfer credits or the maximum allowed transfer credits. The FlexPath prices show the tuition you would pay if you brought in an average number of transfer credits and you moved at the speed of a typical FlexPath student or as quickly as the fastest FlexPath students (90th percentile). New or recently revised programs base their estimate on comparable programs. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.

Get the details

Speak with an enrollment counselor to get a personalized cost estimate for what you can expect to pay.

“I chose FlexPath because it worked around my work schedule. The cost was another factor. The fact that you can take as many courses as you can and pay a flat fee is awesome.”*

Peter Onchoke**, MSN
*Take unlimited courses every 12-week billing session (up to two at a time). Books, supplies, and other fees may apply. **Actual Capella student who agreed to appear in our promotional materials.

Ways to save

At Capella, we believe your education is an investment in your future. It’s also an investment within your grasp. Your goals are achievable—there are more ways to save than you might think. 

Transfer credits

We can accept many transfer credits from regionally accredited schools.

Prior learning assessment

Earn credits by demonstrating your knowledge and/or industry certifications through our Prior Learning Assessment process.

Employer & association discounts

If your employer or organization is a partner with Capella, you may be eligible for a tuition discount.

MSN in Nursing Education sample courses

Our competency-based MSN in Nursing Education program is shaped by industry leaders. In it, you’ll explore innovative teaching and learning approaches and develop the skills to design, deliver, and assess nursing education programs.

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The Nurse Educator Role

In the course, learners examine the tripartite faculty role of teaching, service, and scholarship and the responsibilities associated with functioning as a nurse educator in an academic or health care environment. Learners also analyze nurse educator competencies and the professional development activities expected of those who fill this multidimensional role.  Only learners with an RN license can register for this course.

4 quarter credits
MSN6105 *
Teaching and Active Learning Strategies

In this course, learners examine how the application of educational theory and teaching strategies facilitate learning in the classroom, online, in the laboratory, and in clinical settings. Learners also investigate concepts associated with the domains of learning, learning styles, student engagement, and classroom management techniques. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): Completion of or concurrent registration in MSN6103.

4 quarter credits
MSN6107 *
Curriculum Design, Development, and Evaluation

In this course, learners examine curriculum frameworks and models used in nursing education. Throughout the course, learners demonstrate their understanding of these frameworks by beginning to develop curricula that are designed to reflect professional nursing standards and contemporary health care trends and that are structured to achieve expected student outcomes. Learners also investigate the evaluation process used to assess curriculum design and identify accreditation and regulatory requirements that impact nursing curricula. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): MSN6103.

4 quarter credits
MSN6109 *
Integrating Technology into Nursing Education

In this course, learners examine the integration of current and evolving technology into nursing education. Learners investigate the use of multimedia, social media, computerbased technology, learning management systems, simulation, technology tools for outcomes assessment, and the process for selecting the appropriate technology. Learners demonstrate their ability to integrate technology in an academic or health care environment by developing a relevant project and accompanying evaluation plan. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): MSN6103.

4 quarter credits
MSN6111 *
Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education

In this course, learners investigate a variety of strategies used to assess and evaluate student learning in the classroom, online, in the laboratory, and in clinical settings, as well as within all domains of learning. Learners develop and demonstrate the skills required to use assessment and evaluation data to improve the teaching-learning process, measure the achievement of learning outcomes, and evaluate program effectiveness. Only learners with an RN license can register for this course. Prerequisite(s): MSN6103.

4 quarter credits

What you’ll learn

The curriculum for our online MSN in Nursing Education will prepare you to advance and advocate for nursing education.

  • Nursing education best practices
  • Technology integration
  • Nursing education program design
  • Program evaluation & assessment
  • Student evaluation & assessment

Faculty & support

You’re never going it alone at Capella. Our dedicated faculty and support teams are waiting to guide, help, and advise you through every step of your educational journey.


Our courses are taught by distinguished faculty members who hold top credentials and have hands-on expertise in their fields. They know what you need to know today.


Advisors know the details of your program. Got questions about courses? Instructors? Resources? Advisors have answers.

Financial aid counselors

Our team knows how to run the numbers and help find ways to save on costs.

Capstone mentors

For the culminating project of your doctoral degree, you’ll be paired with a mentor who can support and assist you along the way.

Accredited & recognized

Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Accreditation and recognitions provide the assurance we meet standards for quality of faculty, curriculum, learner services, and fiscal stability. See all of our accreditations and recognitions

The BSN, MSN, and DNP programs at Capella University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

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MSN in Nursing Education professional paths

Here are just some of the career paths to explore with an MSN in Nursing Education.

Related job titles to explore*

  • Nurse educator
  • Nursing instructor
  • Full-time nursing faculty
  • Director of education
  • Clinical nurse educator
  • Adjunct or part-time nursing faculty

Employment settings to explore

  • Land-based or online college or university
  • Community or technical college
  • Hospital
  • Home health care agency
  • Ambulatory care office
  • Nursing care facilities
  • Insurance company
  • Government - local, state, federal

*These are examples intended to serve as a general guide. Some positions may prefer or even require previous experience, licensure, certifications, and/or other designations along with a degree. Because many factors determine what position an individual may attain, Capella cannot guarantee that a graduate will secure any specific job title, a promotion, salary increase, or other career outcome. We encourage you to research requirements for your job target and career goals.

Three career paths to explore with an MSN in nursing education

While the nursing education field offers a variety of career paths and focus areas, here are some of the more common paths:

Lead health care toward the future by influencing and leading the next generation of nursing students to the pinnacle of patient care.

Prepare for a faculty role in a land-based or online college or university.

Facilitate learning and nurse development by teaching the skills and knowledge needed to provide the best possible care to patients.

Prepare for clinical nurse educator roles in hospitals or in other health care facilities where you can help nurses get the most out of their training.

Oversee faculty members and instructors, as well as collaborate in curriculum design, development, and revision of nursing curricula.

Prepare for a director of education role in a land-based or online college or university.

Multiple factors, including prior experience, geography, and degree field, affect career outcomes, and Capella does not guarantee a job, promotion, salary increase, or other career growth.

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