MSN Program

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program at Appalachian State University is an online 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.

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. The program requires 39 hours and can be completed in 24 months of part-time study.

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.

Graduates of the MSN program with a concentration in Nursing Education are eligible to take the Certified Nurse Educator exam.

Program Information

  • Application deadline: July 1
  • Part-time program completed in 2 years - 39 credit hours over 6 consecutive semesters (including summers)
  • Student Handbook
  • Curriculum


Two practicums are required, being completed during the summer semesters of each year. The first practicum will have a clinical concentration, and the second one will have a nursing education concentration. Students must meet specific requirements including health and criminal background clearance.

Admission Requirements

A comprehensive list of admission criteria is available through App State Online.

Transfer credit can be evaluated at the time of enrollment in the MSN program. Review the graduate policy on transfer credit for more information.

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

Departmental Compliance

Students must attain and meet departmental compliance requirements throughout their program of study. There are set deadlines for attaining compliance and compliance must be maintained throughout the program to ensure continuance in coursework. Learn more about departmental compliance requirements and deadlines.

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