MSN Education

About the Master of Science in Nursing: Education Pathway

The current critical shortage of nurse educators has resulted in an abundance of career opportunities nationwide. The MSN in education track is designed to prepare academic nurse educators and professional staff development educators. This program of study is 32 credit hours and the post-master’s certificate is 14 credit hours of study including content and practice in both academic nursing education and professional staff development. The programs also include 320 hours of required teaching practicum activities that are included in three of the nursing education specialty courses.* For additional information about this program, please contact nursing@ouhsc.edu.

Post-Masters tracks are available. For additional information, please contact nursing@ouhsc.edu.

Residency requirements: Due to federal regulations from the Department of Education, the College of Nursing currently accepts applications for its online master’s and doctoral degree programs from residents of the states participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (SARA). A list of participating states can be found at: http://nc-sara.org/sara-states-institutions. Applicants are encouraged to check with their local State Boards of Nursing regarding any specific professional licensure requirements prior to applying or enrolling. 

It is the intention of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center to comply with all Federal and State regulations related to distance education.   Federal distance education requirements and a detailed description of the complaint process are found at ou.edu/content/distanceeducation.html .   

University Service Issues:

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, master's degree program in nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice program and post-graduate APRN certificate program at The Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org)


*Oklahoma Board of Nursing requirement for faculty for nursing education programs: “All nurse faculty shall present evidence of current practice with a minimum of two (2) years full-time equivalent practice as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting preceding the first date of first employment as a teacher.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Integrate theories from nursing and support sciences to guide practice and role development
  • Use evidence-based and best practice literature to propose and initiate change.
  • Use political acumen to influence health care policy in the promotion of safe, ethical health care delivery.
  • Deliver a broad array of evidence-based, patient-centered nursing interventions to culturally diverse or at risk individuals and populations in a specialized area of practice.
  • Demonstrate expertise in a specialized area of clinical, teaching, and management/administrative practice and/or initial competence in a functional role (advanced practice registered nurse [APRN], educator and administrator).
  • Employ leadership and management skills in decision making to improve nursing care delivery and the care environment.
  • Collaborate with the interprofessional teams to improve nursing care and health care services.
  • Contribute to knowledge dissemination through scholarly activities and communication.
  • Use critical synthesis to effectively manage resources and systems.
  • Demonstrate competency in information analysis, management and technology consistent with role preparation.
  • Engage in lifelong learning and professional development.

Education Excellence

The OU CON Education Pathway is based on the latest standards for nursing education set by professional organizations, including:

  1. National League for Nursing (NLN)
  2. American Nurses’ Association
  3. American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  4. Southern Region Education Board Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing Education

Educational Opportunity

The education specialty courses will assist the student in preparation for the NLN’s Nurse Educator certification exam.

View the NLN eligibility requirements for the certification examination.

Degree Information

  • Application Deadline:
    Not accepting applications at this time
  • Program Start:
    August - Fall
  • Locations Available: 
  • Online
  • Length of Program:
  • Full-Time:18 months/ Part-time: 2 years or more
  • Credit Hours:
    32 semester hours (MSN) / 14 semester hours (Post-Master)
  • Degree Awarded:
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) or Post-Master Certificate
  • Part-Time Study Available?
  • Yes

Admission Information


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