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Without the experience that I received from Robert Morris in the M.S.N. program I feel that I would not have been adequately prepared to perform in my job. Robert Morris was one of the best decisions I have ever made! — Ashlee Shields M.S.N. '10, RN, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh

If you already hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing, RMU offers a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) with a concentration in nursing education to prepare you for a career as an educator in health care and academic settings.

This CCNE-accredited program is now in completely online format in order to provide maximum flexibility and support for individuals with busy professional lives. 

The M.S.N. in Nursing Education will provide you with knowledge of the educational process and practical experiences that will prepare you to be an effective educator and leader. The curriculum combines strong interdisciplinary support courses in education and information science with focused nursing courses to develop expertise in teaching and presentation methods that incorporate the use of technology. 

The M.S.N degree program prepares students to:

1. Demonstrate mastery of advanced knowledge and skills in a specialized role.

2. Critically evaluate knowledge and theories from nursing and other disciplines for their contribution to nursing practice and education.

3. Demonstrate leadership activities to advance the profession of nursing.

4. Critically evaluate issues relative to nursing practice and health care in light of scientific knowledge and personal and societal values.

5. Analyze how health care delivery systems are organized and financed, and the effect on patient care.

6. Communicate clearly and succinctly in speech and writing.

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Admission Criteria
  • 3.5 GPA
  • Transcripts Required
  • 250-word essay describing program interest and associated goals
  • 2 letters of recommendation
  • Prior certification or licensure
  • Resume
 Contact Valerie Howard, Ph.D., for more details:  or 412-397-3846.

The M.S.N. is a 36-credit, completely online degree program that can be completed in six semesters (two years) by taking two courses per semester. 

First Year - Fall
Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care
Healthcare Informatics
First Year - Spring
Applied Statistics
First Year - Summer
Theory of Learning
Curriculum Design and Assessment
Second Year - Fall
Advanced Physical Assessment and Pathophysiology
Clinical Focus Seminar and Practicum
Pharmacology for Nurse Educators
Second Year - Spring
Clinical Teaching Practicum
Classroom Teaching Practicum
Second Year - Summer
Health Policy and Economics
Theory/Practice Online Education

Most of our graduate programs can be completed in 27 months or less. The M.S.N. degree program is now exclusively online for your convenience.

The career outlook for nurses has never been better. With a nationwide nursing shortage and an aging population, qualified nurses have their choice of well-paying jobs. There are currently over 100,000 vacant nursing positions in the U.S., and that number is predicted to grow. This program will give you the skills and hands-on experience you need to succeed in this exciting career field.

In addition to the nursing shortage, a national shortage of nursing faculty exists. In a recent survey of nursing programs, more than one-third of the schools cited faculty shortages as the reason for turning away qualified students. There is a tremendous need to develop strong nursing educators to resolve this faculty shortage and to provide educational programs in hospitals and communities. This rewarding and exciting career provides the opportunity to shape the future of nursing.

Information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers:
By type of employer Average Salary By job function Average Salary
Educational Services $45,000 Medical Technology $39,540
Government (Federal) $50,600 Military $50,467
Healthcare Services (Nonprofit) $53,861 Registered Nurse $46,771
Healthcare Services (Profit) $48,694 Other Health Related $53,667
Hospitals $45,151    
2009 RMU Survey Salary BSN Range $30,000 - $45,000 Mean $40,000
  MSN Range $45,000 - $70,000 Mean $59,500
The School of Nursing and Health Sciences faculty is committed to providing opportunities for you to be fully engaged in your nursing program. Our high quality, practicing faculty members are acutely aware of the current healthcare environment and can provide expert guidance in navigating through the changing milieu of best practice for patients.