Master of Science in Nursing

Nursing Education Program

The Division of Nursing offers a Master of Science in Nursing Education. The program was designed and developed to provide students the opportunity to obtain the theory, skill and experience to teach within the college or university setting or within the education department of a clinical facility. Courses provide information on the operations of higher education organizations, on teaching and learning strategies and in the area of curriculum development. Two practicum courses allow the student to learn through experience the role of the educator in both the classroom and clinical settings.

With the goal of reducing the nursing shortage through increasing nursing faculty and therefore graduates of nursing programs, Tennessee State University offers a program that includes all aspects of the faculty role. Students will participate in the day to day life of the university at every level. The structure and function of departments and their interaction with each other and the faculty member will be addressed. Students will be introduced to theories of learning and curriculum building. Clinical teaching of undergraduate students will be shared with assigned faculty. The accreditation process and the role of faculty in service, research and scholarship will be experienced.

The MSN program combines the highest academic standards of a fully accredited University and School of Nursing with a faculty rich in teaching experience. All faculty in the MSN program are doctorally prepared and credentialed in the areas of education administration, curriculum development and clinical practice. The advantage of a classroom experience for the education courses enhances the students ability to question and develop as new teachers. Sitting with peers in the learning environment will provide a frame of reference for classmates and allow shared experiences of faculty to structure the understanding of the teaching role. Computer and on line learning is limited to the development of presentations and manuscripts/papers on assigned topics.


Graduate School Requirements:

Submit to the Graduate School:

1.Complete Graduate School application and application fee.

2.Three completed recommendation forms; one from a current clinical supervisor and one from a nursing faculty if available.

3. Official transcripts from all previous colleges send directly to Tennessee State University Graduate School, 3500 John Merritt Blvd., Nashville TN, 37209-1561.

4. A current resume.

5. A copy of your current RN License from the state in which you practice.

6. A copy of your BLS certification

7. Liability Insurance (when you start your clinical)

8.Typed statement of professional goals upon completion of the MSN Degree, maximum one (1) page, double spaced.

9. Background check (when you start your clinical)

10. Copies of professional memberships.

11. Deadline for application to the Graduate School is March 15th for Summer Semester, July 15th for Fall Semester and November 15th for Spring  Semester.

12. The Graduate School will forward all admission materials to the Division of Nursing once the packet is complete.

Division of Nursing Requirements:

1. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in all required courses (general education and nursing) for the BSN degree OR in all the nursing courses

2. Graduation from an Nationally Accredited baccalaureate nursing program

3. An active RN license in the state in which you practice

4. Current clinical practice.


The Nursing Education concentration is offered on the Main TSU Campus in Nashville, Tennessee. Students will take all courses in the classroom setting. The core curriculum required courses are also offered on WebCT.


Core Curriculum Required Courses

Fall Year l  
Nurs 5000 Nursing Theory 3
Nurs 5040 Role Development 3
Nurs 5210 Pathophysiology 3
Nurs 5020 Research 3
Nurs 5280 Pharmocology 3
Nurs 5230 Nursing Educ. I Organizational Operations 3
Nurs 5320 and 5340 (Adult Care); 5290 and 5300 (Psychiatric Care); 5360 and 5380 (Women’s Health and Pediatric Care) – Education Clinical Topics 3
Theory and Role are also offered in the Summer Term  
Fall Year ll  
Nurs 5270 Nursing Education II – The Education Process 4
Nurs Project Writing 3
Spring Year ll  
Nurs Nursing Education III-Curriculum Development 5
Nurs 5220 Project Writing 3
Total Hours to Complete 45












Nurses who hold a Master of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally accredited program and are interested in continuing study in Nursing Education may be eligible to enter post graduate studies. The three pre-requisite courses required for advanced practice nursing: Advanced Assessment, Advanced Pathophysiology, and Advanced Pharmacology will need to have been completed before beginning the Nursing Education courses. If the MSN program from which the applicant graduated did not include these courses, the three advanced courses may be taken through Tennessee State University before beginning the Education Concentration courses.

Graduation from the post-graduate certificate program will require successful completion of the 20 hours of the Nursing Education Concentration courses and all associated clinical hours. Post graduate students begin with NURS 5230 in the Spring Semester, and complete all education courses sequentially. Please see the course list for the semester each course is offered.

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