Online MSN, Nursing Education

Nurse educators work within the academic systems and hospital training settings to assist in the development of new nurses. They might teach 3-year diploma programs within a hospital setting, a 2-year Associate degree through a college, or a 4-year Bachelor of Science in nursing program through an accredited university. Nurse educators may also teach refresher courses for nurses who have been out of the field for some time and want to return to their nursing careers. This kind of schooling would allow them to retake the NCLEX-RN licensing examination or other certification examinations with confidence. Nurse educators may also be in charge of conducting research, maintaining standards within the clinical nursing setting, and a number of other tasks related to nursing and academics.

Nursing educators work to educate other nurses entering or reentering the field, but they also perform a variety of other tasks such as maintaining the clinical standards in a medical institution, writing grant proposals, performing research for laboratories, and evaluating learning curriculum for other nurse educators. In a classroom setting nurse educators must also help nursing students to identify problem areas and surpass expectations within the course, and design and implement a learning plan for in and out of the classroom.

Nurse educators can work in a variety of settings including local hospitals and private practices, training other nurses. They may also work in public and community settings, teaching school-aged children about the specifics of nursing, in community colleges, universities, and as a tutor through online learning programs. Some of their most frequent job titles include:

  • Clinical Educator
  • Nurse Educator¬†
  • Occupational Health Nurse Instructor
  • Patient Care Coordinator and Educator
  • Diabetes Consultant

Program Curriculum


Graduate Major

Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education

Health & Human Science Complex
Carter I

Tiffany Aldridge

Faculty & Staff

Nursing Students

The School of Nursing offers two admissions cycles for Nursing Education students: Fall Admission - March 1st; Spring Admission - October 15th

Curriculum Information

The nursing education concentration focuses on preparing nurses to facilitate learning in various environments through the application of knowledge in instructional design, curriculum development, technology utilization, and evaluation of learning. The education track has five (5) core courses and seven (7) courses concentrating in nursing education. Included in the track is a 3 hour focused project. Fulltime students may complete the program in 22 months.

Plan of Study & Models

Course Delivery
Student Resources

All courses in the MSN program are offered fully online through the Georgia On My Line (GOML) learning management system. A separate sign-on is required for GOML from that of the email system used by the home institution. The GOML Common Academic Calendar details specific deadlines for each semester. 

All theory (didactic/lecture) courses are offered online via GoVIEW online platform. The clinical requirements (preceptorship, practicum internship) in the curriculum will not be online. Preceptors for these experiences will be arranged in the student's locale whenever feasible. The student and preceptor in a clinical course must hold licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the clinical experience will be provided and will comply with the Board of Nursing's regulations regarding placement.

The master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Intercollegiate Consortium for Graduate Nursing Education (Consortium of Georgia Southwestern State University and Columbus State University) is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) has approved the dissolution of the Georgia Intercollegiate Graduate Nursing Education (GICGNE) and for both universities in this consortium to have their own Master of Science in nursing programs. For those students enrolled in GICGNE, there will be no change- students will remain enrolled under GICGNE until graduation.

Georgia Southwestern State University School of Nursing will begin enrolling new students in the GSW-only M.S.N. program in Spring/Summer/Fall 2020. This will include students in all tracks of Family Nurse Practitioner, Informatics, Education, and Leadership. Because the master's degree is only accredited under GICGNE,  GSW will be seeking separate accreditation.

Therefore, the master's degree program in nursing at Georgia Southwestern State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing EducationApplying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.