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Master's in Nursing Education Program

Marian University’s Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an education focus is ideal for students looking to mentor and teach future nurses. The program delivers classes through a hybrid platform with a large percentage of the courses offered online. Students are able to earn their MSN degree in two years after completing the 38 required credits.

You will have the opportunity to engage in real-time class meetings in orientation and throughout your first semester to establish relationships with peers and faculty. Students will eventually demonstrate theoretical content with a field-based, 225-hour practicum, which will include a culminating project. 


The professors are truly passionate about nursing and have been tremendous in guiding me to improve my knowledge each day." Michael Guillermo ’17

Michael Guillermo '17

Careers in nursing education

The MSN program prepares graduates to assume nurse educator roles in schools of nursing, healthcare facilities, and in the community. Various nursing education courses will address your individual career goals.

Program outcomes

  • The Marian University Master of Science in Nursing students will:

    Outcomes listed are in congruence with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing in The Essentials of Master’s Education for nursing (AACN, 2011).

    1. Integrate evidenced-based findings from nursing, humanities, and sciences for continued quality improvement of nursing education across diverse settings.
    2. Holistically analyze and evaluate organizational and system structure to promote high quality nursing educational practices.
    3. Analyze leadership skills to facilitate ethical and critical decision making, create working relationships and incorporate a systems perspective.
    4. Analyze and create methods, tools, performance measures and standards to provide quality nursing education.
    5. Apply research outcomes to facilitate learning, resolve nursing education practice challenges, create change and disseminate results.
    6. Utilize current technology to enhance nursing education and communication in the learning and clinical environment.
    7. Intervene at a system level through policy development and to employ advocacy strategies to influence nursing education.
    8. As a member of an interdisciplinary team, influence patient outcomes and nursing education, through collaborating, communicating and consulting with other disciplines involved in health care.
    9. Integrate and model clinical prevention and population health concepts in the provision of culturally relevant education, communication and patient centered care.
    10. Provide and model high quality and safe health care through an in-depth, expanded understanding of nursing and relevant sciences.
    11. Model a culture of excellence through continued life-long learning and a spirit of inquiry and debate.
    12. Demonstrate professional practices that translate an understanding of nursing’s heritage, cultural diversity, bioethics and the Franciscan values and servant teaching.

MSN education curriculum

At Marian University’s Leighton School of Nursing, we encourage students to engage with the faculty to help improve practice and healthcare. The MSN curriculum focuses on holistic, value-, and evidence-based teaching that promotes the needs of a diverse student population in an ever-changing world. It’s possible to complete this 38-credit program in two years by taking three courses each semester.

Courses in this program include advanced pharmacology, role of the nurse educator, advanced health assessment, and teaching and learning. 

The program is designed to be completed in two years.
* Subject to change

Year one

Year one, semester one



Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice



Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology



Advanced Pharmacology


Year one, semester two



Policy Organization and Financing of Health Care



Advanced Health Assessment



Nursing Research


Year two

Year two, semester one



Teaching and Learning



Measurement and Evaluation



Curriculum Development in Nursing


Year two, semester two



Role of the Nurse Educator



Nurse Educator Practicum



Course/Program/Project Development


Total degree credits: 38

Course descriptions

  • Master's in nursing education courses
    • NSG 501 Epidemiology and Biostatistics for Advanced Practice (3 credits) Prerequisite
      This course focuses on an epidemiological approach used to understand complex causes of public health problems. The development and applications of methods to collect, analyze and interpret public health data is examined.
    • NSG 502 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Practice (3 Credits)
      This course focuses on foundational theories and research in nursing and other allied theories related to education. Concepts and theoretical foundations will be researched, analyzed and applied. The Franciscan values will be integrated.
    • NSG 503 Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3 credits)
      This course focuses the knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology. The topics focus on the normal physiology and abnormal physiological mechanisms of disease. The knowledge gained serves as a foundation for clinical assessment, decision making and management of patient care.
    • NSG 504 Advanced Pharmacology (3 Credits)
      This course will expand pharmacological principles needed for safe medication administration and assessment. Poly-pharmacy, drug interactions and identification of adverse reactions will be comprehensively explored.
    • NSG 505 Policy, Organization and Financing of Health Care (3 Credits)
      This course will explore health care policy and the role of the nurse in developing and analyzing policy components that impact the nursing care and the health of the society. The focus will be on current trends in organizational and financial structure of health care institutions. The role of the servant leader will be explored.
    • NSG 506 Advanced Health Assessment (3 Credits)
      This course focuses on the skills necessary to perform an advanced health history and health assessment. A holistic approach with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention will be explored.
    • NSG 507 Research in Nursing (3 Credits)
      This course will provide the scientific base to provide high quality health care, initiate change and create policy and procedures. Students will explore in depth evidenced based research concerning specific clinical and/or educational challenges. Methods and critical appraisal of nursing research for evidenced based practice will be analyzed.
    • NSG 512 Teaching and Learning (3 credits)       
      This course focuses on foundation theories and research in nursing education. The art of teaching will be explored through a variety of teaching methodologies and strategies. Faculty role socialization is embraced with concepts such as the Franciscan Values and servant teacher.
    • NSG 513 Measurement and Evaluation (3 credits)
      This course will examine curriculum, classroom and clinical performance evaluation. Students will analyze and create processes to evaluate learner outcomes. Knowledge of standards and benchmarks will be applied to improve outcomes.
    • NSG 514 Curriculum Development in Nursing (3 credits)
      In this course, the student will understand challenges in designing a nursing curriculum including the need for a logical and reliable design. One of the outcomes of the course is to develop a curriculum that is consistent with the parent institution, the philosophy of the faculty, research guidelines and standards.
    • NSG 515 Role of the Nurse Educator (3 credits)
      This course will explore the role of the nurse educator as a master’s prepared nurse according to the Boyer Domains. The student will discern the balance of the nurse educator roles of teaching, scholarship and practice in the university and clinical organization. 
    • NSG 517 Course/Program/Project Development (3 credits)
      This course will provide students an opportunity to pursue an area of interest not covered in or more in depth than existing courses. The students will develop a course/program in the area of interest. A learning contract with be developed with a faculty advisor who possesses special competence in the area involved. The culminating project will be one of the outcomes of this course. A total of 45 practicum hours will be devoted to the project.
    • NSG 560 Nursing Educator Practicum (5 credits)
      This course will provide the student with active experiences in nursing education. The preceptor model will be utilized to model and facilitate educational experiences.

      Nurse Educator Practicum planning will be based on self-assessment of the graduates in a portfolio. This portfolio will be used to plan the number of clinical hours in teaching groups (class or community), teaching individuals (clinical or orientation), and simulation (students or continuing education). A total 225 practicum hours will be completed in this course.


To apply, applicants you must have completed or be enrolled in a 500-level graduate course in epidemiology biostatistics or statistics. Three (3) semester hours or equivalent quarter hours are required with a grade of a B or better at a regionally accredited college or university.

Admission requirements

Admission to the graduate program requires approval by the Marian University Leighton School of Nursing faculty and is based on the following requirements:

  • A degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program. 
  • Current, valid RN license in the state of Indiana.
  • Applicants must present with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.00/4.00.
  • Three recommendations from individuals with at least a master’s degree that can attest to your academic ability, work ethic, professional contributions, and potential for success in graduate school. One of the three recommendations must be from a previous academic professor.
  • Interview with the Admissions Committee.
  • Current resume.
  • A 500-word essay addressing your career goals.

The GRE score is not required for admission.


For the 2018-19 academic year, tuition is $495 per credit hour.

Learn more about our Master of Science in Nursing Education program!

Marian University’s Master of Science in Nursing Education is a convenient program in Indianapolis designed to enable students to teach the next generation of nurses. Interested in learning more about our MSN degree? Request more information today!

For more information:

Linda Overholt
(317) 955-6297

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