University of Texas Online Consortium

Master of Science in Nursing-Nursing Education

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) offers a 37-credit online graduate program leading to the Master of Science in Nursing, which produces a nursing leader in the area of nursing education.

The nursing education option is designed for BSN-prepared Registered Nurses who have a passion for mentoring and teaching traditional and non‐traditional programs, and are interested in pursuing or advancing in a position in nursing education. Master of Science in Nursing Education graduates will be prepared to meet the needs of a diverse student population in a variety of roles in nursing education, including patient educator, as well as the educator role in clinical and academic settings. The program has been developed to meet professional standards and guidelines of the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners, the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission (NLNAC) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN).

Nurse Educator Specialty Outcomes

The student successfully completing the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Education will be able to:

  1. image of a woman and man in lab coats looking at a computerUtilize evidence in educational design, implementation, and evaluation of strategies for classroom and clinical teaching
  2. Synthesize knowledge from nursing science and learning theory to demonstrate leadership and innovation in teaching
  3. Employ instructional strategies that recognize the diverse learner
  4. Implement assessment and evaluation methods in a variety of learning environments
  5. Analyze the teaching, scholarship and service roles of the nurse educator

Admission Requirements

Apply to the UTRGV Graduate College:

  1. Submit a UTRGV Graduate Application at www.ApplyTexas.org. The university application fee of $50 ($100 for International Applicants) can be paid online by credit card or electronic check (in the online application). All application fees are nonrefundable.
  2. Register on the UTRGV Recommenders and Document Upload Webpage. This is where you will request recommenders and upload program requirement documents, and where the graduate office will upload your transcripts. If you do not complete this step, we will not be able to process your application.
  3. Request your transcripts and other supporting documentation to be mailed to:
    The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
    The Graduate College Marialice Shary Shivers Bldg. 1.158
    1201 W. University Drive
    Edinburg, TX 78539-2999

Review and submit all Program Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) or other baccalaureate degree plus the successful completion of NURS 5600 Transition to Graduate Nursing.
  • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  • Official transcripts from each institution attended (must be submitted directly to UTRGV).
  • Submission of a short essay including reason for seeking admission, anticipated personal gain, relevant preparation, and future professional plans.
  • Successful completion of undergraduate statistics course.
  • Holding an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in their state of residence.
  • Criminal background check.
  • Evidence of current immunizations required by the Texas Department of Health for students in health-related programs.

Additional requirements for domestic applicants who attended foreign universities:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Link to Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS for additional information.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Link to Graduate Studies Credentials Evaluation for additional information.

Additional requirements for international applicants:

  • TOEFL or IELTS Language Proficiency Test with minimum scores: 550 on paper-based, 213 on computer based, or 79 on Internet-based for the TOEFL; 6.5 for the IELTS. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Link to Graduate Studies TOEFL/IELTS for additional information.
  • English translation of educational records.
  • Transcript Evaluation by the Foreign Credentials Service of America (FCSA). Link to Graduate Studies Credentials Evaluation for additional information.
  • Financial Documentation showing sufficient funds (minimum of $25,000) to cover all expenses (living and academic) for the first year of study. Link to Graduate Studies Financial Documentation for additional information.
  • Immigration documents, including a current copy of your valid passport. Link to Graduate Studies Current Immigration Documents for additional information.

Application Deadlines

  Fall Spring Summer I Summer II
Domestic Jul 3 N/A N/A N/A
International Jun 1 N/A N/A N/A

Courses

Link to a list of the courses required for the degree plan. To find out when the courses will be offered, link to the Course Schedule, select UT Rio Grande Valley from the Host Campus menu, and Nursing (MSN) from the UTOC Program menu, and click the Search button. You may also use the Course Inventory to view a complete list of all courses currently being offered in the program, as well as the semesters in which they have been offered.

Participating Institution and Advisor

UT Rio Grande Valley

Ava Miller

Professor, Program Director
(956) 882-5086
ava.miller@utrgv.edu

Degree Awarded: Master of Science in Nursing: Nursing Education
Admissions
Campus Program Information

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many semester credit hours are required to complete the MSN Nursing Education degree plan?
    Thirty-seven credits. Link to the courses required for the degree plan for more details.
  • How much will it cost?
    Students are billed by UTRGV for courses. Links to estimated tuition and fees and campus tuition and fee information can be found on the Cost and Financial Aid page.
  • Are campus visits required?
    The courses are offered online. If a course requires field-based experience/practicum it is noted in the course description.
  • Is the program accredited?
    Yes. The Master of Science in Nursing Program is a member of the National League for Nursing Council of Baccalaureate and Higher Degree Programs in Nursing. The National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) is the entity within the National League for Nursing that is responsible for the accreditation of nursing education schools and programs. The Master of Science in Nursing is accredited by the NLNAC.
  • How can I find more information?
    Please contact the program director listed above if you have additional questions about the program.

Getting Started

To participate in the program you must apply to and be accepted by UT Rio Grande Valley.