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Master's of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), Education Program

The Master's of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education option prepares the graduate for a position in nursing education as well as the educator role in varied settings such as hospitals, health department, clinics, among other practice areas. Students are prepared as nurse educators and leaders to respond to current and projected changes in the health care system. Students are required to complete 43 credit hours which includes 336 lab/practicum hours in varied settings.

The Master's of Science in Nursing degree, Nursing Education option program courses are delivered online.

Master's of Science in Nursing, Nursing Education

*Students may be required to enroll in NEXus (The Nursing Education Exchange) courses as part of the M.S. in Nursing program which will require additional enrollment fee(s) per course in any semester.

If you have questions after looking through the College of Nursing website, please see the Graduate Frequently Asked Questions for more information

Goal and Outcomes 


The primary goal of the Master’s in Nursing Education program is to prepare experts in nursing education principles and practices with an emphasis on leadership, innovation and evidence based applications.

Program Outcomes

  1. Use an evidence based approach that critically applies evidence and integrates theory and research findings to enhance nursing practice.
  2. Assume a leadership role in managing human, fiscal, and physical health care resources demonstrating application of health care policy, organization, and financing of health care.
  3. Understand principles, personal values and beliefs that provide a framework for nursing practice.
  4. Analyze systems of health care and determine how the values underpinning them influence care delivered.
  5. Understand the nursing profession, advanced nursing roles, the requirements for, and regulation of these roles, and integrate the advanced nursing role into the graduate’s professional practice.
  6. Understand, appreciate and value diversity in health and illness and assure the delivery of appropriate patient-centered care.
  7. Partner with individuals, groups and communities to achieve and maintain an optimal level of health through an interdisciplinary process.

Master of Science in Nursing Student Handbook


Cost of Attendance

Cost for tuition, general and professional fees, and estimated costs are listed on the

Master's of Science Program Estimated Costs - Per Semester page. 


The College of Nursing annually awards approximately $40,000 in scholarships, and the College of Nursing scholarship application is available annually in April.
Please see the Scholarship Office website for more information about scholarship opportunities available through ISU. For the list of nursing scholarships under Division of Health Science, please see the "Scholarship Listings by College" web page.

Scholarship Resources Outside of ISU

The ISU Scholarship Office also maintains a page with other scholarship resources outside of ISU.

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following are required:

  1. Earned Bachelor of Science degree (BS in Nursing or BSN) from program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or other nationally recognized accrediting body for nursing education.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (calculated based on previous 60 credits of undergraduate course work).
  3. English Proficiency Exams: Students whose native language is not English must provide evidence of satisfactory scores on the English Foreign Language (TOEFL) or on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). (See Graduate Catalog for details).
    1. Satisfactory TOEFL requirements for admission include: 1) Internet-based total test score of 80 with a score of at least 20 on each Section and 23 or above on the Speaking Section; or 2) Computer-based total test score of 213 with a score of at least 21 on Section 1 (Listening Comprehension); or 3) Paper-based total test score of 550 with a score of at least 55 on section 1 (Listening Comprehension).
    2. Satisfactory IELTS requirement for admission include scoring 6.5 or higher on the total band and 6.5 on the speaking test component.
  4. Completed application by established deadline.
  5. Evidence of completing a descriptive or inferential statistics course with a C grade or higher within five years prior to start of the academic year of admission to the program.
  6. Verification of valid and current unencumbered Registered Nursing license.
  7. Mandatory attendance at the orientation for the M.S. in Nursing program to be held on the ISU Pocatello campus in August of the year of admission.

Although the College of Nursing does not require Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, the Graduate School does require the GRE for students with an Admission GPA under 3.5 (calculated using 60+/- semester undergraduate credits in complete semesters).

Admission to the Education option is dependent on a full cohort as determined by the College of Nursing.

Online Application

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Starting Fall 2016, all application materials are submitted in one application through the Graduate School. Applicants are encouraged to apply well before the December 1st priority deadline.

Application Requirements

The student must apply to and meet all requirements for admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the following are required:

  1. Submission of official transcripts from each institution at which they have taken any post-secondary work directly to the Graduate School. Evidence of a completed BS in Nursing or BSN from an accredited nursing program must be listed in official transcripts.
  2. Submission of a professional essay (2-3 pages) is required describing applicant's interest in pursuing the Master of Science degree and vision of how this preparation will facilitate career goals. Describe experiences which have influenced your decision to seek a Master's in Nursing degree in the chosen option. Present one or more strengths that will support your success in the graduate program. Explain how completing the Master's degree in Nursing Education will contribute to your professional goals. Describe the potential impact your professional goals will have on the advancement of the nursing profession.
  3. Three professional reference forms attesting to the applicant's capacity and potential for Master's study. (It is recommended two references be from academic sources and one from a recent employer).
  4. Submission of professional vitae or resume.

Selection Process for the M.S. in Nursing Education Program

Application for the Master's of Science in Nursing Education program will open in September of any academic year for a Fall Semester start date. Preference will be given to applications submitted by December 1 of any year. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until class filled. All application and admission requirements as posted on the website for the M.S. degree program apply. Notification of successful applicants for admission and alternates will be announced in late April of any year.

Application Status for Fall 2019 Admission

Master's of Science in Nursing degree Application Closed (Fall 2020 application opens on Sept. 1, 2019)


More Information

Questions on preparing for and submitting the online application should be addressed to:

Jack Hadlich, BA, MS

Technical Records Specialist 2

Office: Pocatello


Questions related to this degree program should be addressed to

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Susan S. Tavernier, PhD, CNS, RN, AOCN(R)

Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor of Nursing

Office: Meridian


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