Nursing Education and Leadership, MSN


Program Description

The Master of Science in Nursing in Education and Leadership (MSN) will prepare nurses to lead change to improve quality outcomes, advance a culture of excellence through lifelong learning, build and lead collaborative interprofessional care teams, navigate and integrate care services across the health care system, design innovative nursing practices, and translate evidence into practice.

Students will be prepared to apply best practices in teaching, learning, and leadership for roles in a variety of organizational and academic settings. The MSN program is for the nurse interested in pursuing a career as either faculty in a school of nursing, staff educator in a health care organization, or a leader in either a school of nursing or in a health care organization. 

The MSN will additionally focus on critical thinking, judgment, and specialty expertise; understanding health systems and the context to policy and economics; engaging in interprofessional care and collaboration, and increasing awareness of public health needs in a variety of settings.


The Utah Board of Nursing (BON) has approved Utah Tech's Nursing Programs as required.  Effective November 7, 2022, the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on November 7, 2024.

NOTE: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.


3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400

Atlanta, GA 30326


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements include having an unencumbered registered nurse license in their state of residency, as well as a Bachelor of Science in nursing degree from a regionally accredited school with a cumulative grade point average of 2.8 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required. 

A maximum of six graduate level semester transfer credits may be applied. These must be from a regionally accredited institution, completed within the past 5 years, and have an earned grade of “B” or higher.

There is no RN work requirement nor current employment as an RN requirement in order to be eligible for admission to the MSN program.

RN licensure in student’s state of residence/employment is required to successfully complete projects. Compact licenses must be endorsed by your state of residence.

Two letters of recommendation that attest to the applicant's academic ability, professional competency, and personal character must be submitted.

All required documents, including current unencumbered registered nurse license, must be uploaded before the application to the selected program for review. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted for the review process. Once accepted, official transcripts are required from all schools the student has attended. The application fee must be paid before the application file is sent to the requested program for review. All students admitted on a conditional base must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Program Curriculum

36 credits

NURS 6100Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice: Roles, Ethics, and Leadership3
NURS 6250Evaluation of Evidence 3
NURS 6300Information Management and Health Care Technologies3
NURS 6400Advanced Issues in Pharmacology and Pathophysiology3
NURS 6510Community and Global Determinants of Health2
NURS 6540Communication and Collaboration in Nursing Leadership3
NURS 6550Health Care Systems and Organizational Leadership2
NURS 6551Practicum: Leading Effective Organizations1
NURS 6650Teaching Methodologies and Technologies3
NURS 6651Practicum: Assessment and Evaluation Strategies1
NURS 6700Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3
NURS 6710Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation3
NURS 7100MSN Capstone3
NURS 7101Practicum Capstone3

Graduation Requirements

1. Complete 36 credits, which encompasses successful completion with the minimum of a letter C grade of each of the 14 courses in the program.

2. Earn a 3.0 or higher grade point average in the graduate program.

3. Apply for graduation to the university by the posted deadline.

4. Complete all other program and university requirements.