MSN Program

msn 2016 and 2017


About the MSN Program

msn_first_cohort_smallest.jpgThe Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program at Appalachian State University is an online distance education program with a concentration in nursing education. The program prepares registered nurses for roles as nurse educators in a variety of academic, clinical, and/or staff development environments. Classes emphasize educational creativity, nursing practice, leadership, and research.

The program integrates core master’s-level courses, nursing education courses, clinical practicums and completion of a research project or thesis related to nursing education. The program is guided by elements and frameworks delineated in the The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2011). The program requires 39 hours and can be completed in 24 months of part-time study.

Applications are due on April 1.  Completed applications will be reviewed and applicants may be offered early admission decisions. Prospective students should apply through the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies website.

Additional information is also available at App State Online

Graduates of the MSN program with a concentration in Nursing Education are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Educator exam. More information on this exam can be found at


msn_orient_2016_2_smallest.jpgThe MSN program at Appalachian State University is accreditated by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

Please contact Dr. Tammy Haley, Director of Nursing Graduate Programs, at for questions regarding admissions.