Master of Science in Nursing Education

Master of Science in Nursing – Education

Take your nursing experience into the classroom and learn how to prepare the next generation of nurses.

In the Master of Science in Nursing – Education program, you’ll learn cutting-edge clinical education theory, curriculum design, teaching strategy and assessment techniques to be applied in a focused area of Nursing Practice. As with all our online master’s degrees, our Master of Science in Nursing Education includes three face-to-face sessions on our campus.

The MSN – Education program develops the student in both the art and science of nursing as well as the skills and competencies required of the Nurse Educator.

Students will spend clinical time gaining a deeper level of knowledge in a focused clinical area. In addition, they will also have practical experience in the academic setting. At the completion of the program, students will produce a portfolio that will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies required of a Nurse Educator.

Program Outcomes

At the completion of the program, the graduate will:

  • Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to plan patient-centered care that promotes health and improves healthcare outcomes.
  • Apply leadership skills that foster ethical decision making, fiscal responsibility, and advocacy, interprofessional collaborative relationships and a systems perspective.
  • Use technology to enhance communication and support quality of care and strategic decision making processes in practice.
  • Apply patient-centered and culturally appropriate concepts to improve quality and safety, reduce health disparities, and improve health outcomes for diverse populations.
  • Model behaviors that demonstrate professionalism and community engagement of self and others, through clinical scholarship and application of evidence-based recommendations in practice.
  • Use evidence-based knowledge and appropriate professional standards to analyze, evaluate and influence outcomes and health care policy for individuals, populations or systems.


Master of Science in Nursing-Education Total Credits: 39

IPC 500Introduction to Graduate StudiesNC
IPC 501*Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a Diverse Society3
IPC 504*Communication & Technology3
IPC 511*Graduate Research3
IPC 512*Health Care Policy and Finance3
IPC 550 *Integrating Experience INC
IPC 601*Leadership in Healthcare3
IPC 655*Integrating Experience II1
NHE 531Curriculum Design3
NHE 532Teaching Strategies3
NHE 611Educational Assessment3
NUR 631The Nurse Educator in Clinical Practice 2
NUR 632The Nursing Educator in the Academic Setting3
NUR 640Advanced Pathophysiology3
NUR 641Advanced Pharmacology 3
NUR 642Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning3
Total Combined Credits39
*Interprofessional collaborative core course
NC = Non-Credit Bearing
NHA = Combined Nursing and Health Care Administration Course

The master’s degree programs in nursing at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. See more accreditation information.

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Rita Wise

Rita E. M. Wise, D.Ed., MSN, RN

Dr. Rita Wise has been in the Nursing profession for 30 years.

Her educational background includes a BS in Nursing from Penn State University, a MSN from De Sales University and a Doctorate in Adult Education from Penn State University.

She has taught in all levels of Nursing Education. She has experience with both the traditional as well as non-traditional student. She has a passion for the Adult Learner and helping students achieve their professional goals as well as helping students gain a new perspective.

Dr. Wise has been a faculty member at PA College since 2010 and has served as program Director of the Associates, Masters and Doctor of Nursing practice programs. She was actively involved in the development of the 3-year pre-licensure BSN, the Nurse Practitioner and the Doctor of Nursing practice programs at the College.

Dr. Wise is a member of the Sigma Theta Tau International and is active in the Psi Pi chapter at PA College. In addition, she Her research interests include professional socialization and concept-based education. She serves as a reviewer for Magnet submissions for the AACN. She also serves as a chair and committee member for doctoral-level projects. In addition, Dr. Wise maintains current clinical practice as a medical-surgical nurse.

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