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Master of Science in Nursing (Nursing Education)

School of Science, Technology and Health


Prepare for an impactful career as a nurse educator — one of the fastest-growing and most in-demand careers in the health care field — through Biola University’s fully online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with an emphasis in Nursing Education.

In this flexible MSN program, you’ll develop the advanced knowledge and practical skills needed to mentor future generations of nurses in universities, clinical settings and other environments. Under the personal guidance of Biola’s highly regarded nursing faculty, you’ll receive focused training in teaching methods, technology, ethics and research — all informed by a Christian perspective. In as few as 16 months, you’ll emerge from the program prepared to take the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam and begin serving the growing national need as an effective, innovative nurse educator.

Why Pursue an MSN at Biola?

  • Earn your degree online at your preferred timing. Biola’s flexible, fully online MSN program allows you to earn your master’s degree on your own time from almost anywhere in the world. Biola’s online student support team is committed to providing you the best online learning experience.
  • Gain hands-on research and teaching experience. Biola’s online MSN program prepares you to be an innovative, effective educator — developing your expertise in health care, curriculum design, teaching methods and student evaluation. A required master’s thesis, one of the program’s distinct features, gives you practical research experience and strengthens your academic foundation.
  • Take advanced practitioner-focused coursework in the “three P’s.” Courses in pathophysiology, pharmacology and physical assessment will supplement your education-focused MSN degree with training typically found in practitioner-focused MSN degrees. This coursework will make you more effective as an educator and allow you to earn credits that can later be applied toward further graduate programs.
  • Grow in a Christlike approach to care. Your Christian faith drives your desire to care for people. At Biola, our faculty are intentional about integrating sound theology with industry-standard and trending patient-care practice. Through such courses as “Theology of Nursing” and “Global Nursing as Ministry,” you’ll develop a deeper understanding of Christian ethics and biblical perspectives on caring for the vulnerable.
  • Benefit from a trusted, well-connected nursing program. Biola’s nursing department has a well-established reputation for educating excellent nurses, including recognition on Niche’s Top 10 list of “Best Colleges for Nursing in California,” based on student reviews and data from the U.S. Department of Education. The undergraduate program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the MSN program will become eligible for accreditation a year after its launch.

What Will I Study?

Biola’s online MSN with an emphasis in Nursing Education is a well-rounded, in-depth program that aligns with the standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs from CCNE. All classes are taught in a fully online, asynchronous format, allowing you to complete coursework in a way that best aligns with your schedule. Through the program, you’ll receive advanced instruction in such areas as:

  • Technology and innovative approaches to nursing education
  • Developing curriculum and evaluating student performance
  • Effective teaching techniques across a variety of settings
  • Conducting, analyzing and reporting on research
  • Management and use of patient health care information
  • Biblical approaches to human flourishing, health and education
  • Providing nursing care in cross-cultural environments
  • Leadership in complex health care systems, health policy and advocacy

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16 months
Standard Duration
This indicates the standard duration of this program. Completion time may vary by student depending on background and courseload.
Total Program Credits
Every program at Biola University features rigorous academics, biblically integrated curriculum and vocational preparation.
Biola University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission. Additional accreditations may apply to specific programs.

Career Paths

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, U.S. nursing schools have turned away tens of thousands of qualified students in recent years, thanks in large part to a shortage in nursing faculty. And with one-third of existing faculty expected to retire within the next 10 years, the need for new nurse educators continues to escalate.

Biola’s online MSN with an emphasis in Nursing Education is designed to prepare you for a range of careers in nursing education and health care, including such positions as:

  • Nursing professor for colleges and universities
  • Clinical nurse educator in hospitals and clinical settings
  • Patient care coordinator and educator
  • Public health community educator at government agencies
  • Corporate health educator in biomedical, manufacturing and other industries
  • Further education opportunities, including a Ph.D. or Doctor of Nursing Practice