Master of Science in Nursing / Online Education and Education Technology

Master of Science in Nursing / Online Education and Education Technology

The Masters of Science in Nursing – Online Education and Education Technology program is designed for nurses who want to learn how to design curriculum and courses utilizing the latest technology to teach in hybrid or completely online nursing programs. Graduates from this program may also seek positions as a nurse educator in clinical and academic settings. Students will be prepared to step into emerging nurse educator roles, such as nurse educator entrepreneurs and consultants, in an effort to improve patient outcomes as new health care delivery models develop. This program is grounded in a Caring Science model which teaches the theoretical and evidenced-based practice of nursing. Students will learn how to design teaching plans, implement evidence based teaching strategies and design and evaluate curriculum. The program also provides the opportunity to be mentored as a student teacher in online nursing courses.

View Course List

Online Course Delivery
The College of Nursing has implemented new instructional strategies to provide an interactive, engaged curriculum for our distant learners. Courses may utilize real-time face-to-face instruction via web conference, phone conference, and/or live chats with fellow students and faculty. Students may work as teams with peers and mentors, participate in demonstrations, interact with computer-simulated patients, and actively examine case studies. Courses will include online lectures, discussions, social networking, videos, examining evidence, readings, and/or other activities for preparation for class.


USU utilizes a holistic application process and each student is considered on their own merits by the admission committee. Students interested in entering the MSN in Online Education and Education Technology program must:

  • Complete Graduate Admissions Application
  • Hold a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a National League of Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) accredited program. Applicants who have a Bachelor’s in another academic area and have completed either a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Nursing or the equivalent of the BSN in the first year of a Master’s Entry program, passed the NCLEX and are licensed, will be considered for admission. International students must possess the equivalent of a US Bachelor’s degree as documented by an authorized foreign credentialing service (unless there is a specific agreement waiving this requirement with another educational institution).
  • Have an active, unencumbered RN license in the state where student resides
  • Provide official transcripts from the Baccalaureate degree granting institution
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the last 60 semesters or 90 quarter credits of the Bachelor’s degree and GPA of 3.0 in the nursing courses
  • Complete a self-evaluation and goal statement using provided form
  • Submit current resume or curriculum vita
  • Submit three recommendations using form provided
  • Pass criminal background check and drug screening

*English as a second language students: minimum TEAS score at the Proficient level (Overall 58.7%, Reading 69 %, Mathematics 63.3%, Science 45.8%, and English/Language Usage 60.0%) taken within the past year. The TEAS exam may only be taken three times per year    

  • Complete Weaver Reading Assessment
  • Interview with Admissions Committee as needed (this may be by submitting a video, Web-based interview or by phone.)


All Students are required to have the following information current and uploaded into American DataBank/Complio: (Students who do not have all data in Complio by the first day of class will be administratively withdrawn from the program)

  • Background clearance (must be cleared for admission into the program)
  • Proof of negative drug screen (must be cleared for admission into the program)
  • Current professional liability insurance
  • Current personal health insurance
  • CPR certification for Healthcare providers by American Heart Association
  • Proof of a negative Tuberculosis (TB) skin test or appropriate treatment
  • Proof of two doses of Measles/Mumps/Rubella (MMR) or titer
  • Proof of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis (Tdap) immunization within the last 10 years
  • Proof of Varicella immunization or titer
  • Proof of Hepatitis vaccine or titer
  • Proof of annual influenza vaccine
  • Active unencumbered RN license in the state where student resides
  • Additional laboratory tests, immunizations and/or documentation may be required for clinical experiences.

3 semesters/12 months*

*Dependent on course load

Total Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
16 Credits
Online Education and Education Technology Requirements
24 Credits
Master of Science in Nursing (OEET)
40 Credits

Core Requirements

MSN 560:Transitions in Practice: The Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse

This course focuses on the role and accountabilities of advanced practice nurses. Emphasis is on historical and contemporary contexts, major themes and theories crucial to successful development; execution of and leadership in advanced practice nursing. Focus is also on the impact and evolution, certification, legal issues, ethics, best practices, standards, standardized procedures, prescriptive authority, and professional activities inclusive of advanced practice nursing roles. Prerequisites None

MSN 561: Theoretical Foundation of Advanced Practice Nursing (Formerly FNP511 & MSN500)

This course will analyze major nursing theories and explore theories from related fields. This course will apply the knowledge of nursing theory to evidence-based practice in domains of clinical, research, leadership, management and education. Students in this course will explore in depth the core concepts of Jean Watson’s Caring Science Theory. The student will develop a personal theoretical framework for their practice of advanced practice nursing- clinical practice, education, or administration. Prerequisites MSN560

MSN 563:Evidence Based Inquiry for Scholarship and Practice (Formerly FNP533 & MSN504)

This course is designed to prepare the advanced practice nurse for utilization of existing knowledge to provide high quality health care, initiate change and improve nursing practice incorporating the principles of caring science. Emphasis will be placed on the evaluation of research and evidence, problem identification within the practice setting, awareness of practice outcomes, and the clinical application of evidence based practice. Reasoning and critical thinking will be applied to explore qualitative and quantitative research methods. Understanding of statistical methods and critical analysis of data for the purpose of validating evidence will be integrated into course content. Integration of knowledge from the humanities and science within the context of nursing science will be discussed. The student will define a clinical problem and design the evidence based practice project approach that will be developed in MSN 600 Evidence Based Family Health Project. Prerequisite MSN561

MSN 564: Culture and Spiritual Care across the Lifespan (Formerly MSN508)

This course focuses on an evidence-based approach to examining a wide range of cultural norms, religions, and alternative healthcare practices of varied racial and ethnic groups. Emphasis will be placed on using critical dialogue, reflection in action, and scholarship to explore how these practices affect design and implementation of culturally competent, individualized health care. The value of a multicultural professional nursing workforce to assess, plan, and manage care according to the cultural and spiritual needs of individual patients and populations will be incorporated into dialogue and scholarship. Prerequisite: FNP571 Corequisite: MSN564L

MSN 565: Nursing Leadership and Health Policy (Formerly: FNP522 and MSN502)

This course will focus on providing students with the skills to navigate the challenges and opportunities that confront nursing leaders in complex healthcare environments. Techniques to develop successful leadership methodologies will include the use of multiple technology platforms, social media, e-leadership along with other emerging tools for the optimization and development of the nurse leader. Emphasis will be placed on the responsibilities of the nurse leader to understand the drive health policy at the local, state, national and international level. Prerequisite MSN564

MSN 600: Evidence-Based Capstone Project (Formerly FNP588 and MSN599)

This culminating integrative course provides the opportunity for students to develop and design an innovative evidence based project (PICO-T) that was identified and defined in MSN563. The capstone project must be founded in evidence based practice and either be supported by evidence in peer-reviewed literature or provide outcomes in identifying the effectiveness of the project. The students will be guided in the process of evidenced based project development, including formulation of goals and objectives, refinement of project design, implementation strategies, development of tools, data collection, identification of resources and evaluation. Through group discussion, students will participate in a process of peer consultation and critique in support of project refinement. Faculty will supervise students in developing their capstone project in conjunction with other educational resources that are selected by the students. The faculty will advise and approve the final project according to the student’s’ specialty area. The projects may include electronic practice portfolio, a quality improvement project, an evaluation of a new practice model, clinical practice project, poster presentation, and manuscripts submitted for publication. Prerequisite: MSN565 Corequisite: MSN600L


MSN 570: Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan (Formerly FNP551)

This focus of this course for advanced practice nursing students is to apply concepts of pathophysiology from the cellular level to disease process for assessment of patients with a variety of conditions across clinical settings. The concepts and principles of normal physiology, pathophysiology, and genetics are emphasized. Current research is used to explore disruptions in normal physiological functioning. The impact of positive health behaviors on pathophysiology is addressed. A systems approach and psychophysiological interrelationships are used to analyze the disease processes and their causative factors. The course stresses critical thinking and decision-making in clinical settings based on these concepts. Prerequisites None

MSN 571: Advanced Pharmacology across the Lifespan (Formerly FNP552)

The focus of this course for advanced practice nursing students is to expand theoretical and evidence-based knowledge and promote synthesis of pharmacotherapeutic concepts across the lifespan. The application of knowledge of pharmacological principles to prevent and/or treat specific conditions will be emphasized from a systems approach. Iatrogenic problems caused by the pharmacologic agents will be explored. Drug classifications, cost-effective drug therapy, management and monitoring of therapy including over the counter and herbal preparations and educating/counseling strategies will be included. Ethical, legal, cultural considerations and safety standards of pharmacotherapeutics will be discussed in relationship to the advanced practice nursing role. Legalities and regulations around prescription-writing privileges will be addressed, including standardized procedures and furnishing numbers. The course is also designed to meet the California BRN pharmacology course requirements for the NP to furnish drugs or devices pursuant to the business and professions code, Section 2836.1. Prerequisites None

MSN 572: Advanced Physical Assessment across the Lifespan (Formerly FNP553)

The focus of this course for advanced practice nursing students is to expand upon basic health assessment skills and includes strategies for history taking and for physical, functional, developmental, and psychosocial assessment that recognizes and includes normal individual, cultural, and developmental variations and pathophysiological changes across the lifespan. Comprehensive and focused data collection and physical examination strategies culminating in a differential diagnosis will be addressed. An overview of appropriate protocols for performing health screening, ordering, performing, and interpreting laboratory, radiographic, and other diagnostic data, as well as verbal case presentation, documentation and record keeping is included. Prerequisites MSN571

MSN 574: Curriculum Design and Development in Nursing (Formerly MSN 525)

Students will learn how to design and develop innovative and creative nursing curriculum to meet the challenges of an evolving technological and complex health care system. Students will consider traditional and contemporary methods of curriculum planning and design for revolutionizing nursing education. Emphasis is placed on philosophy, theory, curriculum planning, design, implementation and evaluation. Prerequisites MSN572

MSN 575: Online teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing (Formerly MSN523)

This course focuses on teaching and learning strategies adapted to online and distance learning. Students will explore classroom tactics to engage the learner within an online environment. The course will explore strategies for content delivery, incorporation of various learning platforms, and the use of emerging online instructional technologies. Prerequisites MSN574

ENP 576: Educational and Instructional Technology (Including Telehealth) (Formerly MSN521)

This course will introduce students to educational platforms using a variety of computer and technology-based media utilized in online or blended courses. The focus is on providing students with skill acquisition in the application of cutting edge online classroom technologies to engage online learners. Examination of current technologies in multimedia, interactive software, online testing, clinical practice and telehealth will be explored. Prerequisites MSN575

MSN 577: Educational Assessment and Evaluation Outcomes (Formerly MSN519)

This course will examine the principles and practices in assessment and evaluation outcome methods. Assessment strategies and evaluation processes relevant to course and nursing program outcomes will be examined. Students will develop learning outcomes, construct valid and reliable student measurements, and analyze testing data for classroom, skills labs and clinical practice environments in both on-ground and online learning. Prerequisites MSN576

MSN 583: Legal and Ethical Issues for the Advanced Practice Nurse (Formerly MSN510)

This course analyzes the major legal and ethical issues of the healthcare systems as they relate to the patient, provider, and the health care systems. Students will explore advanced practice nursing issues from a cultural, political, legal and ethical. The course will focus on professional integrity, ethical decision making, and cultural openness in addressing concerns of access, quality, and resource allocation in the current and emerging health care system. Prerequisites MSN582