Arizona State University Online MS in Nursing (MSN) Programs

The Arizona State University Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation in Phoenix, Arizona, offers an online master of science in nursing (MSN) and an MSN in nursing education that can be completed in one to two years. All coursework is online with the exception of clinical practicums completed near where students live and work at approved sites. Please note that the MSN in nursing education is available to students in all states except Washington, Rhode Island, and Tennessee.

The curriculum for the nursing programs meets the requirements of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Essentials and the National League for Nursing competencies for graduates of nursing programs. The MSN focuses on transformational leadership, patient-centered healthcare delivery, improved health outcomes, reduced healthcare costs, and access to quality healthcare for all individuals.

The MSN in nursing education program prepares nurses to serve in both educational and nursing practice environments. Graduates of this program are eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator exam.

Graduates of the MS in nursing and nursing education programs may go on to careers as chief nursing officers, clinical professors, charge nurses, directors of nursing, lead nurses, nurse educators, nurse supervisors, nurse managers, and other nursing leadership roles.

Arizona State University offers a variety of online and on-campus programs. Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in nursing or higher from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0. No GRE or work experience is required to apply.

What to Expect from the Online MSN Programs

Admissions Requirements: Applicants must meet all requirements of both the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation and the Graduate College. A bachelor’s degree in nursing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for the final 60 credits of the bachelor’s degree is required. Applicants may also hold a master’s degree in a related field with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. Both degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution.

Application materials include the graduate application and fee, a resume, a 500-word maximum personal statement, official transcripts, and three professional references. Non-native English speakers must provide proof of English language proficiency. No GMAT/GRE or work experience is required, although nursing work experience is expected.

Study Plan: MSN students may complete the programs in as little as one year by studying full-time or two years on a part-time basis. Classes are offered in 7.5-week or 15-week formats, depending on the course. Start dates land in January, March, May, June, August, and October. Graduate students must successfully complete an applied culminating project and fulfill all practicum requirements.

MSN Coursework: The MS in nursing program requires completion of 35 credit hours, including practicums and a three-credit culminating experience as an applied project. The MS in nursing education program requires completion of 38 credits, including practicums and a three-credit applied project.

Core courses for both programs include the theoretical foundations for advanced practice nursing, advanced human pathophysiology across the lifespan, evaluating research for practice, advanced pharmacotherapeutics across the lifespan, advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacotherapeutics for health promotion I, and individual and innovation leadership in healthcare.

Other MS in nursing courses include a clinical prevention and population health practicum; patient safety and healthcare quality principles, assessment, and methods; interprofessional collaboration for improving patient safety and healthcare quality outcomes; healthcare evidence, informatics, and analysis; and a role-focused practicum: patient safety and healthcare quality.

Other MS in nursing education courses include curriculum development in academic and practice settings, teaching in academic and practice settings, producing and evaluating programs for academic and practice settings, the design and delivery of mediated instruction, a clinical prevention and population health practicum, and a role-focused practicum: nurse educator.

Online Experience: ASU delivers courses through the Blackboard online learning management system. The MSN programs are mostly asynchronous but may have some synchronous activities included. Coursework may include case studies, assignments, recorded lectures, readings, projects, and evaluations. Online students must have an updated computer and operating system, a headset, a microphone, and a webcam. Online student services may include tutoring and academic support, faculty office hours, library services, bookstore services, career counseling, academic advising, admissions counseling, and technical support.

On-Site Requirements: There are no on-site requirements for the MSN programs as they are 100 percent online plus local clinical practicums. Students are welcome to visit campus and participate in graduation on campus.

Paying for ASU’s Online MSN Programs

ASU Online charges $627 per credit plus fees for the online MSN programs. This reflects a per-credit cost of $543 plus a per-credit program fee of $84. Other fees are associated with the program. Since tuition can change each year, interested students should contact the admissions department of the ASU Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation for updated costs.

ASU Online may offer financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships, as well as unsubsidized federal loans. Students should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine financial aid and unsubsidized loan eligibility. The ASU scholarship search tool can benefit graduate students seeking avenues to fund their education.

MSN students may inquire with their employers as to the option of a tuition reimbursement program, or seek funding from the community and various organizations. Candidates can find out more about financial aid through ASU’s Financial Aid Office.

Arizona State University Nursing (MS)

  • 100% online coursework plus local clinicals
  • Key focus areas include transformational leadership, patient-centered healthcare delivery, and quality, affordable healthcare for all individuals
  • Offered both full-time and part-time and can be completed in as little as one year
Program Essentials
Degree Level Master's Degree
Program Start Dates 6 - January, March, May, June, August and October
Credits Needed to Graduate 35
Time to Complete? Graduate in as little as 2 years.
100% Online? Yes, plus clinical practicums
Program Accreditation Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Program Admissions
Level of Education Required? Bachelor's degree in nursing
GRE or GMAT Required? No
Work Experience Required? No
Program Tuition
Credit Hours 35
Cost Per Credit Hour $627.00
Estimated Program Tuition * $21,945.00

Arizona State University Nursing (Nursing Education) (MS)

  • Graduates may take the NLN Certified Nurse Educator exam
  • The program is founded on nursing knowledge, innovation, and creativity
  • Nurse educators may work in academic or practice settings or go on to doctoral education
Program Essentials
Degree Level Master's Degree
Program Start Dates 6 - January, March, May, June, August and October
Credits Needed to Graduate 38
Time to Complete? Graduate in as little as 2 years.
100% Online? Yes, plus clinical practicums
Program Accreditation Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Program Admissions
Level of Education Required? Bachelor's degree in nursing
GRE or GMAT Required? No
Work Experience Required? No
Program Tuition
Credit Hours 38
Cost Per Credit Hour $627.00
Estimated Program Tuition * $23,826.00

* Tuition is calculated based on credits, at the currently published tuition rate. For programs with variable tuition rates, we use the out of state, part-time student rate. Tuition number represents the cost of tuition for the entire program, not per semester or year. Total cost of tuition does not include additional fees.

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