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The Master of Science (MS) in Nursing Education is a professional program designed to prepare students to acquire essential knowledge and skills in the teaching and learning process.

Students will learn how to facilitate learning, design curricula, apply assessment and evaluation strategies, and engage in the scholarship of teaching, service, and leadership. Scholarly applied research is required to emphasize continuous quality improvement. Graduates will be prepared to competently work with students, patients, and consumer learners in academic, clinical, and professional settings.

Applications and registrations for the MS in Nursing Education degree are processed by the School of Graduate and Professional Studies. Admission, academic testing, and graduation eligibility are determined by the university’s Admissions Office and Office of the Registrar.


Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Education program is based on:

  1. Completion of an accredited BSN degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students who do not meet the 3.0 GPA requirement must submit a minimum GRE score of Verbal 150; Quantitative Reasoning 150; Analytical Writing 3 in order to be considered for admission.
  2. Required RN Nursing License in Good Standing.
  3. Professional résumé and two letters of recommendation.
  4. Written statement of career objectives and possible interview.

All applications and transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Master of Science in Nursing Education

 45 credit hours

Core Curriculum

27 hours

NURS 501Fundamental and Writing Skills for MS in Nursing Programs3
NURS 504Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3
NURS 506Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 507Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 509Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 511Analysis of Evidence-Based Practice/Inquiry and Research3
NURS 515Organizational and Systems Leadership3
NURS 516Health Policy, Social Justice, and Ethics3
NURS 528Population Based Health3

Courses in Major

NURS 521The Nurse Educator: Facilitator of Learning3
NURS 525Curriculum/Prog. Dev., Assessment, and Evaluation3
NURS 527Scholarly Teaching Strategies and Technologies3
NURS 601Practicum: Teaching3
NURS 602Synthesis Practicum Clinical Concentration3
NURS 609Major Research Thesis or Project3



Goal of Master’s Program

The goal of the master’s program is to prepare skilled, competent nurses who will pursue excellence and professional growth through lifelong learning; lead change to improve quality outcomes and safety of healthcare delivery systems; design innovative, evidence-based nursing practices; and serve as collaborative partners of the health care team in an advanced specialty nursing practice.

Expected Student Outcomes

Upon completion of their program of study, graduates of Washington Adventist University’s MS in Nursing Education will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership that will improve quality and safety outcomes in nursing education or health care organizations.
  2. Conduct and/or evaluate nursing research and evidence-based practices to improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  3. Synthesize knowledge of ethical, safe, and legal practices in assessing, providing, evaluating, and improving the quality and safety of patient care.
  4. Evaluate current knowledge, skills, and attitudes of health promotion, disease and injury prevention and management in order to improve the health of individuals, groups, communities and populations.
  5. Apply principles of social justice and health policies that improve the health of the public.
  6. Analyze the political, social, organizational, cultural, and economic systems that impact health and health care.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate, collaborate, lead, and consult with others in an advanced nursing practice specialty role.
  8. Design health care management systems and/or educational programs for patients, students, families, communities, and populations using evidence-based practice, informatics, and health care technologies.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to provide humanistic care in an advanced specialty nursing practice, respectful of a client’s cultural, spiritual, ethnic, and gender diversity, within an increasingly global, multicultural society.
  10. Synthesize knowledge from the organizational sciences, humanities, and informatics to improve the quality and delivery of advanced nursing care in complex educational or health care systems
  11. Design strategies for improved quality and safety outcomes in nursing education and health care systems that employ informatics and effective leadership and management principles.
  12. Demonstrate attributes supportive of spirituality within a multicultural multi-faith environment to facilitate self-awareness and meet spiritual needs of clients and self.


School of Arts & Social Sciences 

The School of Arts & Social Sciences offers a curriculum focused on fostering the development of the skills essential to be successful in the global service economy of the 21st Century: writing, critical thinking, debate, analysis, and an understanding and appreciation for cultural diversity.

School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness

The School of Health Professions, Science & Wellness employs a philosophy that balances practical training and theory in approaching education for future health sciences professionals. We bridge the gap between concept and practice.

School of Graduate & Professional Studies (SGPS)

For more than 30 years, WAU has been a leader in providing career building undergraduate degree programs for working professionals. WAU has continued to expand those offerings by adding graduate programs. This provides undergraduate students the opportunity to transition into graduate programs and continue to enhance their skills and competitive marketability.