Master of Science in Nursing Education
Student Nurse "Valparaiso University College of Nursing is a unique institution in that it recognizes and believes in the potential that each one of us possesses.  Its faculty and staff are exceptional mentors who help us to grow and flourish, and become the best that we can be."

                                       -Valquiria Macedo-Potrzebowski, MSN/FNP

"The other students in the graduate program made me feel like I was a part of their family and the College of Nursing was our home.  The masters program and VU is wonderful and I am glad that I got to experience it."

                                                                 -Melanie Rogers, MSN/FNP

"The MSN program is very convenient, especially for those with families or jobs. The classes are designed to meet one day a week giving students the rest of the week to work, study, or spend time with their families. I was enrolled in the RN to MSN program and was able to obtain my BSN and MSN in two-and-a-half years."

                                                                                      -Julie Pierce, MSN                                                       

Program Description
The Master of Science in Nursing degree prepares nurse educators for academic communities and/or health care organizations.  At the completion of the 30-credit program, the graduate will be able to:

  • Synthesize the roles of the nurse educator for persons in academic communities or health care organizations.
  • Facilitate, assess, and evaluate learning by developing, managing, and delivering instruction and curricula about nursing knowledge, skill, and attitude.
  • Develop, manage, and implement strategies to address the environmental influences of culture, economics, ethics, law, policy, politics, society, and technology on teaching and learning.
  • Engage in the processes of scholarship, critical thinking, communication, change, and lifelong learning.
  • Serve the academy or organization, the profession, and the community.
The MSN program utilizes hybrid course delivery.  The majority of classwork is done online with constant communication among students and with faculty members.  However, students will be required to visit campus multiple times each semester for class meetings or individual appointments with professors.  In addition, students must come to campus for the initial program orientation and other required sessions.
MSN Curriculum (30 credits)

Program Requirements:
30 credits
BIO 590
Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology  3 cr
NUR 605 Advanced Health Assessment ($100 Lab Fee Required)
 3 cr
NUR 606
 Pharmacologic Principles for Advanced Practice Nursing
 3 cr
NUR 612  Foundational Concepts for Advanced Practice Nursing
 3 cr
NUR 641  Foundations of Education in Nursing
 3 cr
NUR 642
Clinical Instruction in Nursing  3 cr
NUR 643 Curriculum Development in Nursing  3 cr
NUR 662 Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Practice Nursing  3 cr
NUR 670
Research Methods in Advanced Practice Nursing  3 cr
Graduate Elective
 3 cr
NOTE: Coursework in the Master of Science in Nursing Education may be completed on a part-time basis.

Special Options with the MSN Program
Management Certificate for Nursing

The Management Certificate for Nursing is intended for current MSN or DNP students at Valparaiso University who want to add a management component to their graduate studies. The program is also open to applicants who are not enrolled in a VU graduate nursing program but who have a BSN degree and wish to take a set of courses to increase their management education and abilities. For more information about this program, please visit the Management Certificate for Nursing webpage.

The RN-MSN option is for registered nurses who have an associate degree or diploma in nursing who wish to obtain both the BSN and MSN degrees. Through this program, students may realize savings in both time and tuition. To learn more about the RN to MSN program, visit the College of Nursing website at

MSN Part-Time Study
Part-time graduate students can complete their Master’s degree in as little as six semesters. The shortage of qualified nursing faculty makes graduate education particularly appealing for those interested in teaching nursing.

MSN Full-Time Study
Full-time students can complete the MSN program in three semesters.

MSN for Indian Students
The College of Nursing has partnered with INSCOL Healthcare Ltd. to offer the Masters in Nursing Education to a cohort of Indian nurses specially recruited for this program.  The partnership aims at preparing “global nurses” who use best practices, and who are capable of providing world-class healthcare across the globe.  The three semester program begins in fall of 2010.   For more information, please email or or visit

Criteria for Admission into the MSN Program
Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School, which include:

  • Evidence of having completed an undergraduate research course and statistics course;
  • Evidence of an Indiana registered nursing license.

International applicants must also have:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 550 (paper version), 230 (computer-based), or Internet Based Test (TOEFL iBT) score of at least 80; minimum IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 6; CET score of 6, or an INTERLINK Language Center Level 5, or the equivalent for non-native English speakers;
  • Satisfactory completion of the Commission on Graduates of Foreigh Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination or evidence of a National Council Licensure examination (NCLEX) License.

As part of the application process, students must provide:

  • Valparaiso University Graduate Application and Supplimental MSN Application;
  • Official, certified transcripts of all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.  If you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from Valparaiso University, you are not required to submit an official transcript from Valparaiso University,
  • Evidence of Indiana Registered Nurse licensure (waived for internationa students);
  • Evidence of having completed an undergraduate research course and statistics course.
  • A reflective essay detailing why graduate study is important to your professional goals;
  • Application Fee: $30 for U.S. citizens and $50 for international applicants.

For more information about the MSN program
To learn more about the Master of Science in Nursing Education program, visit the College of Nursing website at

Interested students should request an information packet from the Office of Graduate School through our website or by e-mailing

Click here to apply online!