MSN in Nursing Education

Nursing Education Leadership in a Digital World

The MSN in Leadership in Nursing program's Nursing Education Leadership in a Digital World track prepares the experienced professional registered nurse to practice in a variety of leadership positions in the ever-changing world of nursing education. Grounded in nursing education practice and guided by healthcare theory and research, the graduate will demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to provide leadership in a nursing education setting.

Courses for an MSN degree in Leadership in Nursing Program's Nursing Education Leadership in a Digital World track focus on

  • Nursing Education Leadership
  • Ethics
  • Health policy
  • Curriculum design and evaluation
  • Information technology
  • Conflict management
  • Teaching and learning strategies
  • Resource allocation
  • Best practices in nursing education

Admission Criteria

Admission decisions for acceptance into Kennesaw State University’s Leadership in Nursing Program Master of Science in Nursing are based on overall evaluation of the following components:

  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing from a nationally accredited institution with a satisfactory GPA of at least 3.0
  • Current unencumbered RN licensure in the state of Georgia (submit copy)
  • A formal statement of personal goals for the program
  • Undergraduate research course
  • Two professional letters of reference

In Summer 2017, the WellStar School of Nursing eliminated the GRE as an admissions requirement because research has shown that the examination does not accurately predict student success in graduate nursing programs. The years of experience requirement was eliminated or reduced to allow earlier entry into the graduate programs. These changes reduce barriers to entry and, over time, will result in more MSN-prepared graduates in the workplace.

Application Deadlines

Priority Deadline: March 1 of each year 
(To ensure you are considered for the next entry point, submit your application, application fee and required documentation by the priority deadline. Following the priority date, applications are reviewed until the program cap is reached. To check program availability, email
Final Deadline: June 1 of each year 

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Transfer Credit

Up to 9 semester hours or 15 quarter hours of graduate work from other accredited institutions may be transferred. This work must correspond to the MSN curriculum at Kennesaw State University. Decisions regarding potential transfer will be made by the Associate Program Director.

Grades and Progression

Students must earn a grade of B (80) or better in each course to progress in the program. See the Graduate Catalog link for Academic Policies for further information about Academic Warning and Academic Exclusion.

Candidacy for Graduation

To graduate a grade of B (80) or better is required in all courses. MSN candidates must petition to graduate at least one semester prior to completion of their degree requirements.

Schedule of Courses

  • NURS 7736: Advanced Health Assessment

    • 2 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
      This course is designed to develop the student’s skill and critical appraisal of the history and physical examination of clients of appropriate age groups. Health promotion, risk screening and disease prevention are emphasized while clinical strategies and interventions are critiqued utilizing research and theoretical data. A clinical practicum provides experiences in health promotion and health maintenance allowing students to develop their assessment, interpretive and diagnostic competencies.

    NURS 7745: Theoretical Foundations, Research Applications, and Outcome I

    • 4 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
      This course extends foundational competencies in research methods, epidemiology, and biostatistics. The focus is on examining research designs, methodology, data measurement and analysis, the ethics of research, and outcome evaluation for relevant problems encountered by the advanced practice nurse. Theories from health care, nursing, and related fields will be analyzed and critiqued from the perspective of theory development and utilization during inquiry. Students will analyze relevant scientific studies and begin development of the scientific proposal process in a particular area relevant to advanced nursing practice.

    NURS 7765: Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing

    • 2 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 2 Credit Hours
      This course is designed to provide the experienced professional nurse with advanced content concerning normal and abnormal human physiologic responses to pertinent pathophysiologic conditions. Emphasis is placed on the clinical manifestations of these conditions may successfully intervene in a variety of advanced practice clinical settings.


    Practicum—45 Hours

  • NURS 7747: Theoretical Foundations, Research Applications, and Outcome II

    • 3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
      This course continues the instruction begun in NURS 7745 with emphasis on data collection, database development, and use of software programs for various research. In addition, the course explores the analyses and interpretation relevant for specific research problems encountered in advanced nursing practice. Students obtain approval for the appropriate Institutional Review Board and implement the scientific proposal developed in NURS 7745. This is the second course required for students completing a master’s thesis project.

    NURS 7751: Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education

    • 3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
      This course is designed to provide the advanced practice nurse with the theoretical underpinnings of curriculum development, design, and evaluation. The knowledge gained can be applied to the educator role in a variety of diverse academic nursing programs, in health care agencies, or in corporate settings with a health care focus.

    NURS 8873: Nurse Educator Practicum I

    • 1 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
      This course is designed to focus student expertise and advance their clinical knowledge in a clinical specialty as well as introduce students to the nurse educator role. Students will select a clinical area of expertise in a setting with a preceptor identified as being appropriate to the student’s area of interest. The course contains advanced educational concepts, principles, and standards of best practice for education methodologies. Practice standards developed by INACSL (International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning) are included in each of the series of three practicum courses that include clinical simulation pedagogy. Students also explore issues related to standards of practice, practice guidelines, evidence-based practice, health literacy, culture, and ethics as they apply to the nurse educator.


    Practicum—135 Hours

  • NURS 7752: Instructional Methods & Outcome Measurement in Nursing Education

    • 3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
      This course is designed to assist the advanced practice student in nursing education to understand innovative teaching methods and outcome measurement. Principles of teaching, learning, and evaluation are addressed as these apply to the development and implementation of educational courses, seminars, workshops, or community programs. Students will apply best practice strategies in the development of instructional plans, including the use of technology to enhance or present content.

    NURS 7753: Technology in Nursing Education and Practice I

    • 3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
      This course is the first of a two course series designed to assist students in preparing to teach in a technology-rich environment. This course includes the use of emerging technology in education and nursing practice. Content includes the use of technology and information systems (electronic health records, telecommunications, informatics) for decision making in the provision of safe, effective care; use of multiple methods of simulation and virtual reality learning, distance learning. Online course development, tele-health/tele-medicine, and other technology based instructional methods will be included.

    NURS 8874: Nurse Educator Practicum II

    • 1 Class Hours 2 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
      This course is a continuation of the practicum experience designed to provide students with the opportunity to explore and utilize increasingly complex education concepts and principles with the guidance of an appropriate preceptor. Students will explore issues related to communication theory and skills, leadership in the classroom, group dynamics, conflict management, and the use of technology in nursing education. Students will also continue to explore simulation practice standards and the role of facilitators of clinical simulation.


    Practicum—90 Hours

  • NURS 7755: Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing

    • 2 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 2 Credit Hours
      This course expands the experienced professional nurse’s understanding of pharmacological principles, including pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics. Emphasis is placed on enhancing the knowledge necessary to improve client care outcomes.

    NURS 7754: Technology in Nursing Education and Practice II

    • 3 Class Hours 0 Laboratory Hours 3 Credit Hours
      This course is the second in the series of courses designed to assist students in preparing to teach in a technology rich environment. Addressing emerging technology that affects practice and education, this course includes the use of social media, virtual reality, wearable and smart devices in practice and education, remote monitoring, development and use of media and other learning objects, technology for outcomes assessment, and legal and ethical issues related to technology. The use of technology in educational programs to more fully integrate the clinical experience with the classroom environment is explored.

    NURS 8875: Nurse Educator Practicum III

    • 1 Class Hours 3 Laboratory Hours 4 Credit Hours
      This course is the capstone of the practicum experience. It is designed to provide students with the opportunity to synthesize elements of their acquired knowledge and skills in the implementation of a variety of educational models including clinical simulation. Settings are selected to further develop students’ knowledge and skills as nurse educators. Competence in advanced nursing education is an expectation.

    NURS 8863: Thesis/Research Project

    • 0-3, variable Credit Hours
      This course will allow students to complete their thesis/research project under the supervision of a graduate faculty member. Competencies related to implementation of nursing research and the scientific analytical processes required for completion of a thesis/research project relevant to nursing will be included.


    Practicum—135 Hours

Please Note: Program is offered as an online hybrid format with many classes meeting only once per month. A part-time study option is also available.

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Contact an Advisor

Jane Brannan, EdD, MSN, RN, CNE
Coordinator and Professor
(470) 578-6066