MSN Program

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program at Appalachian State University prepares registered nurses for leadership roles as educators in a variety of complex academic or clinical environments.  Graduates will engage in classes that emphasize educational creativity, nursing practice, leadership, and research.

The MSN program is an online distance education program with a concentration in nursing education. The program encompasses course content in core subjects and nursing specialty subjects, and completion of a thesis or research project related to the nurse educator. The program is guided by core content and objectives delineated in The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing, published by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).  The program requires 39 hours and can be completed in 24 months of part-time study. 

Completed applications will be reviewed and these applicants may be offered early admission. Prospective students should apply through the Cratis D. Williams School of Graduate Studies website. Additional information is also available on the MSN Distance Education website

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

The MSN program at Appalachian State University is pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Susan Lane, Director of Nursing Graduate Programs, at for questions regarding admissions.