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.


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 the Desire2Learn platform.


Core Curriculum Required Courses / Sample Program of Study

Semester/Courses Semester Hours
Fall Year 1  
NURS5000 Nursing Theory 3
NURS5040 Role Development 3
NURS5210 Pathophysiology 3
Spring Year 1  
NURS5020 Advanced Research 3
NURS5280 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
NURS5230 Nursing Educ. I Organizational Operations
 Summer Year 1
NURS5100 Advanced Health Assessment 4
NURS 5320 and 5340 (Adult Care); OR 5290 and 5300 (Psychiatric Care); OR 5360 and 5380 (Women’s Health and Pediatric Care) – Education Clinical Topics  4/4
Fall Year II  
NURS5250 Nursing Education II – The Education Process 4
NURS5220 Project Writing 3
Spring Year II  
NURS5270 Nursing Education III-Curriculum Development* 5
NURS5220 Project Writing 3
*Course with clinical components.  

Total semester hours to complete program of study = 45 (clinical hours also required)

This is only a sample program of study and does not imply a contract for degree completion. Required courses may change. Please consult your academic advisor for additional information.


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 NURS5230 in the Spring Semester, and students must complete all education courses sequentially. Please see the course list for the semester each course is offered.

For more information contact:

Tennessee State University-Division of Nursing
3500 John A. Merritt Blvd., Box 9590
Nashville, TN 37209-1561
(615) 963-5252
FAX: (615) 963-7614

E-mail: Dr. Maria A. Revell at

webpage contact: