Nursing Education, M.S.


The mission of the Biola University Master of Science degree in Nursing Education (MSN) program is to equip Christian nursing professionals to impact global, local or national healthcare by preparing future nurse educators for excellence in nursing education and practice.

Program Description

Our MSN program graduates will be on the front-line of tomorrow’s nursing profession. They will serve in education and practice settings, possessing an enhanced Biblical world-view with an informed voice. They will have ministry opportunities as educators of current nurse clinicians and the next generation of nurses, and as policymakers and innovators in health care delivery. Nurses who desire to serve globally, will value the additional education and experiences that a Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education will afford. The Biola MSN graduate will provide community education, research, health education, promotion activities and Christian leadership within a variety of environments and settings. Graduates will be ready to serve as Christian nurse educators locally, nationally, and internationally in Christian and non-Christian academic and clinical practice environments.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Education, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize biblical and theological principles to analyze professional nursing education and practice theories, roles and methodology (ULO 2).
  2. Conceptualize, develop, mobilize, coordinate, and evaluate nursing education and nursing healthcare in local, national, and international agencies and academic centers (ULO 3).
  3. Analyze and implement the standards of leadership and revenue cycle management within culturally diverse local, national, and international health care delivery systems (ULO 3).
  4. Implement and evaluate program effectiveness in meeting curriculum standards, essentials and competencies (ULO 3).
  5. Utilize advanced information technology in the delivery of quality health care education (ULO 1).
  6. Assess, development, implement and evaluate faith and community-based health care programs locally, nationally, and internationally (ULO 3).
  7. Integrate knowledge, theory, research and skills in planning and evaluating comprehensive plans of care for individuals, families and populations (ULO 1).

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

Admission Requirements

1.  Preferred candidates for admission must hold a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from either a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a recognized baccalaureate degree equivalent earned outside the U.S. Preferred candidates may also hold an associate degree in Nursing with a baccalaureate degree earned either from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or a recognized baccalaureate degree equivalent earned outside the U.S. In addition, students will be given preference who have completed or are in process of completing the following coursework:

  • Statistics: An upper-division introductory or equivalent biostatistics course that covers the following topics: distributions, sampling, tests of hypotheses, estimation, types of error, significance and confidence intervals, and sample size
  • Research: An upper-division undergraduate level research in nursing course with content that focuses on planning a research project including writing a literature review, identifying population and sampling, selecting data collection methods, understanding data analysis, applying protection of human rights, and writing a research proposal
  • Physical Assessment: A comprehensive physical assessment course  providing an in-depth review and synthesis of physical assessment skills and knowledge covering the life span
  • Human Physiology: An upper-division or equivalent undergraduate level physiology course that includes human systems physiology at cellular level

2. Competitive applicants will have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.

3. Applicants for whom English is not a primary language must verify a score of 100 iBT on the TOEFL exam or IELTS 7.5.

4. Complete Biola University's Graduate Application. 

5. Interview with a member of the Nursing faculty.

6. Should hold an active and unencumbered RN license. 

7. Should have 1 year of clinical experience within the last 5 years.

Graduation Requirements 

  1. MSN core courses must be passed with a grade of “B” or higher. Students who do not achieve the minimum passing grade will agree to seek remediation help and retake the course to achieve a B or above.
  2. Candidates must complete the Master of Science in Nursing Education with a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  3. Candidates must successfully complete 220 hours of clinical practicum hours.
  4. A minimum of 38 credits is required for the Master of Science in Nursing. 
  5. Candidates must meet with a department advisor and Graduate Graduation Counselor in the Office of the Registrar one year prior to graduation to declare intent to graduate. (See Graduate Graduation Check description in the Admission, Enrollment and Graduation Requirements).

Degree Requirements

Each course must be completed with a "B" or above.

Core Requirements
NSED 501Theology of Nursing4
NSED 510Global and Transcultural Nursing4
NSED 515Advanced Nursing Pathophysiology3
NSED 520Advanced Pharmacology3
NSED 525Advanced Physical Assessment3
NSED 530Nursing Research3
NSED 535Health Systems and Nursing Informatics3
NSED 540Innovations in Nursing Education3
NSED 545Nursing Curriculum Development and Evaluation3
NSED 550Nursing Education Practicum3
NSED 560Seminar (Thesis)2
NSED 565Academia to Practice 120 Hr & Project4
Total Credits38