Capella University

MSN - Nursing Education (CCNE-accredited)


225 South 6th Street, 9th Floor

Minneapolis, MN 55402

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MSN - Nursing Education (CCNE-accredited)

Format: Online

Program Description:

The MSN in Nursing Education specialization gives you the opportunity to develop the skills required to prepare future generations of nursing professionals at all levels, from an associate's to a doctoral degree. In this CCNE-accredited program, you will acquire in-depth knowledge of nursing teaching/learning theory and practice in as little as two years. The curriculum is aligned to the National League for Nursing (NLN) Competencies for Nursing Education and also incorporates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's (AACN) Essential of Master's Education in Nursing.

When you enroll in this program, you will have the opportunity to:
• Learn about design, delivery, assessment, and evaluation of nursing education programs.
• Experience hands-on practice immersion as you use evidence-based methods to solve real academic challenges.
• Use what you learn to earn additional certifications, such as a CNE.*

The Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) is a meaningful nursing certification and credential that demonstrates competencies in all aspects of academic nursing education. When you earn a CNE, you show that your knowledge of nursing is recognized and professionally credible within the field of nursing.

Learners who successfully complete Capella's MSN in Nursing Education may be eligible to sit for the CNE exam offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

• Save Time and Money: There are a multitude of saving options available including scholarships, employer discounts and military benefits, as well as the flexibility to choose up to 3 courses per quarter.
• Practice Immersion: In addition to your other coursework, the MSN Nursing Education program includes a flexible practice immersion, allowing for the immediate applicability of knowledge gained in the classroom.
• Online Learning: At Capella, you will enjoy the flexibility of earning your MSN Nursing Education degree on a schedule that fits your life. As everything is taught 100% online, you will have 24-hour access to your course room. You will also have the opportunity to respond to issues from the real-world of nursing education — in our exclusive virtual lab environment.
• Professionally Aligned: Capella’s competency-based education focuses on outcomes desired by today’s employers. You will develop the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to make change in the lives of your patients.

The MSN Nursing Education specialization is designed to prepare professional nurses for the advanced specialty role of a nursing educator and presents the theories, research, and best practices relevant to nursing education. Throughout their course work, learners develop the knowledge and skills required to facilitate learning; design, deliver, evaluate, and assess nursing education programs; and effectively assess and evaluate learners in a variety of educational settings. Successful graduates of this specialization are prepared to pursue roles as nurse educators in academic and health care settings.

Common jobs with an online MSN Nursing Education specialization include: nurse or staff educator, nursing instructor, nursing faculty (adjunct, part or full-time), training and development specialist, patient or clinical educator or professional development specialist. Potential workplaces include: hospital/clinic, long-term care facility, community or technical college, land-based or online college or university, medical center, home health care agency, community health agency, insure company or government—local, state, federal.

*The requirements for the Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education are designed to meet the educational requirements for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential offered by the NLN.

Capella Education Company was named one of Forbes magazine’s “100 Most Trustworthy Companies in America” for 2014 (Forbes, 2014).


Capella University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Higher Learning Commission:, 800.621.7440 Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

Facts & Figures

Classification: Specialized Institution—Other

Loans Offered: Capella participates in Federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant Program and Federal Stafford Loan Program. Capella is also eligible to certify Veterans Educational Benefits and can provide info on other non-federal loan programs.

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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