Master of Science in Nursing
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

INSCOL Student Perspectives



Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing degree with a focus in nursing education prepares nurses to be 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 in academic communities and/or health care organizations.
  • Facilitate and evaluate learner achievement of cognitive, affective, and psychomotor outcomes in diverse settings.
  • Design curricula and create program outcomes that reflect the dynamic health environment.
  • Develop and implement strategies to address the environmental influences of culture, economics, ethics, law, policy, politics, society, and technology on teaching and learning.
  • Integrate the processes of scholarship, critical thinking, communication, change, and lifelong learning into the nurse educator role. 
  • Contribute to the academic community or health care organization, profession, and community as an innovative nurse educator. 

MSN Curriculum (30 credits)

Fall, Year 1 Credits
BIO 590 - Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology 3
NUR 641 - Foundations of Education in Nursing 3
NUR 662 - Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
Total Credits 9
Spring, Year 1 Credits
NUR 605 - Advanced Health Assessment
(2.5 + 0.5 credits: 35 clinical clock hours in the VNLC)
NUR 506 - Pharmacologic Principles for Nurse Educators 3
NUR 670 - Research Methods for Evidence-based Practice
NUR 643 - Curriculum Development in Nursing
Total Credits 12
Fall, Year 2 Credits
NUR 612 - Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
NUR 642 - Clinical Instruction in Nursing
(2 + 1: 70 clinical clock hours)
Graduate Elective* 3
Total Credits 9

NOTE: Coursework in the Master of Science in Nursing may be comleted on a full-time or part-time basis. Full-time students can complete the MSN program in three semesters. Part-time 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.

*International Students are required to take NUR 590A as their elective.

Criteria for Admission into the MSN Program

In addition to completing the admission requirements of the Graduate School, students applying to the MSN program must submit the following materials:

  1. Transcripts from an accredited baccalaureate nursing program
  2. Evidence of unencumbered Registered Nurse license in state in which clinical coursework hours will be completed (waived for international students)
  3. Evidence of having completed an undergraduate research course and statistics course

International applicants must also have:

  1. 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.
  2. Satisfactory completion of the Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) examination or evidence of a National Council Licensure examination (NCLEX) License.

As part of the application process, students must provide:

  1. Valparaiso University Graduate Application and MSN Application;
  2. Official 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;
  3. A reflective essay detailing why graduate study is important to your professioanl goals;
  4. Application fee :$30 for US 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 and Health Professions website at Interested students should request an application packet from the Office of Graduate Studies through our website or by e-mailing

Special Options with the MSN Program


Nurses without a BSN can complete their Bachelor's degree and transition directly into the Master's program. Both degrees can be completed in a little as six semesters.

Criteria for Admission to the RN to MSN Program

Application is made through the Office of Admissions and through the Graduate School Office as a non-degree graduate student. When students complete the courses required for the BSN, they are formally reviewed for acceptance into the MSN program, which requires the following:

  1. 3.0 grade point average in previous college level work
  2. Updated copies of transcripts
  3. Evidence of unencumbered Registered Nurse license
  4. Two letters of reference


Certificate in Nursing Education

The College of Nursing and Health Professions will recognize nondegree graduate students completing the following three courses with a Certificate in Nursing Education:

Course Credits
NUR 641 - Foundations of Education in Nursing 3
NUR 642 - Clinical Instruction in Nursing 3
NUR 643 - Curriculum Development in Nursing 3