Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

Education with a Clinical Focus

Program Details

Next Start Date: 3/15/2021
Credit Hours: 40
Cost Per Credit: $700
Transfer Credits Accepted: Up to 9*
Estimated Completion Time: 2 years**

*Credits must have been completed within the past five years
** Includes summer study

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D’Youville's nursing programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

When you earn your online master’s in nursing education at D’Youville, you’ll be well on your way towards influencing the future of nursing education.

Designed for working nurses who wish to move into teaching roles, the program allows you to gain the credentials you need to successfully train the healthcare workers of tomorrow. Our online master’s in nursing education has a clinical focus and offers you the opportunity to directly tailor your course of study to meet your unique career interests. We offer three focus areas: pediatrics, women’s health, and adult general. Through an advanced and comprehensive curriculum, the program will help you master a number of skills crucial to healthcare leadership.

You will:

  • Develop the skills needed to teach students to think critically and communicate accurately while helping them foster a desire for lifelong learning.
  • Become an expert in developing educational programs for patients, groups, communities, industries, insurance providers, and government agencies.
  • Learn to collaborate across healthcare disciplines and to work with information systems to assure your patients and their families have access to information and can understand it.
  • Learn to apply your experiences and impart your healthcare knowledge to professionals working in hospitals, rehab facilities, and long-term care, outpatient, and home settings.

In addition to your classes, you’ll take two practicums: one in teaching and one in direct care. This requirement allows you to gain real-world experience in your place of employment while receiving cross-disciplined training.

The online master’s in education is offered 90% online. It can be completed in as little as two years.

The Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing received a 2019-2020 HRSA grant to address the shortage of nurse educators. These funds will be used for faculty loan repayment plans of up to 85% of the tuition cost for eligible students who complete the MS in Nursing Education program and commit to teach nursing for 4 years post-graduation. Interested applicants must be U.S. citizens and qualify for federal financial aid. Since funding is limited, once funds are committed no further applicants will be eligible for repayment. For more information, contact an enrollment counselor.

This role does not require a new NEW YORK STATE license. Students residing in New York State who complete the Online MS in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus program meet the educational preparation to apply for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) examination offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Courses and Requirements

Your path towards graduation

Our master’s in nursing education requires 40 hours for completion and is designed to be completed on a schedule that’s right for you. With 15-week classes and a rolling admissions policy, there’s never a bad time to become a D’Youville Online student. The online master’s in nursing education is offered online with a low residency component and is CCNE accredited.

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate programs at D’Youville, applicants for the MS-Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus must present the following:

  • Official transcripts from all college/universities attended.
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing or an entry-level master’s degree or entry-level doctoral degree from a program accredited by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
  • An overall 3.0 GPA or higher. (Applicants with a nursing degree earned more than five years ago, applicants with a 2.7-3.0 GPA; and applicants who have achieved significant professional success as documented on curricula vitae, may submit an application for consideration. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher.)
  • Active unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse for students completing practicum in New York State.
  • Students pursuing in the online program option must have an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state where the clinical practicum will take place.
  • One year of practice as a registered nurse is recommended.
  • An undergraduate course in statistics and computer science or its equivalent.
  • Two references on clinical performance (supervisor, professor, or colleague with an advanced degree).
  • Curriculum vitae for the last five years.
  • A student who meets entry requirements and is currently enrolled in a master’s of nursing program at another college or university must obtain a letter from the nursing school stating the student is in good standing and eligible to register for classes. Students who have been dismissed from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.
  • Favorable interview with program director.
  • Students must reside in New York State.

Tuition & Fees

Tuition and fees vary based on program of study and whether you are considered a full- or part-time student. Financial aid can be applied to full- or part-time status. Plus, entering the program with previous academic credit can help lower your costs. Nursing students may transfer up to nine graduate credits with grades of B or better into their program at the discretion of the program director. Credits must be earned from an accredited institution in courses required by the program being pursued. Below, you’ll find information about the potential cost of your program.

What will my degree cost?
Cost Total
Full Program Tuition $700 per credit hour $28,000
Full Program Fees $160 (full time)*** $960
Full Program Total $28,960

***This program takes an estimated five to six semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

Career Outcomes

The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that health educator positions will rise 16 percent by 2020, a rate much faster than average. Those who graduate from D’Youville’s online master’s in nursing education can look forward to a number of rewarding careers.

Financial Aid

D’Youville is committed to ensuring every student can afford a quality education. All D’Youville online students are matched with a personal tuition planner, who works closely with you to understand your options.

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Military Students

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