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Online MSN in Nursing Education and Faculty Role

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Advance the practice of nursing. One student at a time.

You know firsthand the impact faculty, instructors, and mentors have had on your nursing career. With a Duquesne University Master of Science in Nursing Education and Faculty Role, you can become a pivotal part of the lives of tomorrow’s nurses. Impact the future of nursing in your community and around the world.

Study 100% online

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No GRE required

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Why Earn Your MSN in Nursing Education Online?

Earning your MSN in Nursing Education online means you can keep your current job and study as your schedule allows, attending class from the convenience of wherever you choose.

As an online nursing student, you will benefit from our nurturing, flexible, and scholarly environment. We aim to encourage and motivate you at every turn through active participation in your learning and professional development.

The smart choice — an online MSN in Nursing Education.

As an online nursing student, you’ll receive many of the benefits of being on campus, as well as exclusive online services:

  • Graduate academic advisor
  • Nursing faculty mentor
  • Research assistance
  • Technical support for Blackboard
  • Online library access
  • Online writing support
  • Continuing education and conference opportunities
  • New student orientation and residency opportunities

What Can You Do with an MSN in Nursing Education?

Nursing education is constantly evolving, and technologically advanced instruction methods are a necessity for future nursing faculty members. Duquesne’s advanced online clinical program in Nursing Education provides in-depth clinical education theory along with a teaching practicum that puts you right where you want to be — side by side with master teachers.

Become fully immersed in a faculty member’s role and responsibilities and emerge with the right preparation to set you on the path toward a career in nursing education and instruction.

What career opportunities are available to nurse educators?

The National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice (NACNEP) has recognized there is a shortage of nurse faculty available to educate those who desire to enter the nursing profession. That means demand is high for your skills as a highly trained nurse educator.

With an online MSN in Nursing Education from Duquesne University, you can position yourself for growth within the field, putting your advanced degree to work in roles such as:

Faculty Member

Universities and colleges need nurse educators. Opportunities may also be found in hospitals and other healthcare environments. Salaries range from $60,000 to $90,000 (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Nursing Professional Development Specialist

These practitioners are more than educators. Their role is essential to succession planning, managing competing priorities and reducing costs. They work in hospitals and health systems to promote safety, quality, efficiency and effectiveness of nursing practice. Salaries for this role can range from $68,000 to $74,000 (

Clinical Faculty Member

This can involve clinical teaching, clinical supervision or clinical direction. As a clinical faculty member, you may also be tasked with the planning, implementation, and evaluation of student learning in simulation labs. Salaries can be $100,000 or higher (

Online Teacher

An online nurse educator works in a virtual classroom environment and utilizes innovative teaching strategies in a web-based delivery system to meet the learning needs of a diverse student population. While salaries for this role vary, the median pay is around $65,000 (

“Our MSN in Nursing Education graduates play an essential role in preparing future nurses who are ready to provide quality and safe patient care. The impact of their teaching lasts a lifetime.”

– Dr. Joan Such Lockhart, Clinical Professor and MSN in Nursing Education and Faculty Role Coordinator

Why Choose Duquesne for Your MSN in Nursing Education?

The Duquesne University School of Nursing is a recognized pioneer in nursing education. We created Pennsylvania’s first BSN program in 1937 and delivered the nation’s first online nursing Ph.D. program in 1997.

The faculty who lead our online MSN in Nursing Education program are advanced-practice nurses with extensive teaching experience in both clinical and academic settings. They have also found success as authors — many having published books related to nursing education. Our curriculum is specially designed to help prepare you to sit for the Certification for Nurse Educators (CNE) exam.

Duquesne is consistently honored for excellence:

Best U.S. News Rankings

  • No. 13 among national Catholic universities
  • No. 45 in the nation for Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for 2018
  • Top 20 on the Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs for Veterans
  • Top 100 Popular Schools in the nation
  • Top among “America’s Best Colleges”

NLN - National League for Nursing

  • Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in Student Learning and Professional Development by the NLN as a Center of Excellence in Nursing Education.

The Princeton Review

  • Ranked among the “Best 380 Colleges” — which profiles only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges.


  • Named as one of “America’s Top Colleges” and listed among “Best Value Colleges” and “Best Value Private Colleges.”

  • Recognized as a Gold-Level Military Friendly School by Victory Media.

We are shaping the next generation of nurse educators.

Meet Dr. Joan Such Lockhart.

Joan Lockhart

As an experienced oncology nurse, administrator and educator, she holds certifications in advanced oncology, ENT- head and neck nursing, and nursing education. She’s held numerous academic leadership roles, both at the undergraduate and graduate levels. She was even among the first Duquesne faculty to teach in our 1997 online Ph.D. program.

She’s passionate about nursing education –– and she’s ready to share her knowledge with you.

MSN in Nursing Education and Faculty Role Coordinator
and Clinical Professor of Nursing

  • Ph.D. in Nursing, University of Pittsburgh
  • MNEd in Nursing, University of Pittsburgh
  • BSN, University of Pittsburgh
  • RN, Presbyterian-University Hospital School of Nursing

Dr. Lockhart’s scholarship mirrors her extensive expertise in oncology nursing, professional development and nursing education. She assumed a leadership role with colleagues on Nicaraguan initiatives in cancer nursing, curriculum development and oncology research that resulted in a sustained nurse-led cervical-breast cancer health program.

Additionally, as the former associate editor for the Oncology Nursing Forum, she co-created the Leadership and Professional Development feature over a decade ago. Dr. Lockhart recently published her book with the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS, 2016), Nursing Professional Development for Clinical Educators, updated from Unit-based Education for Clinical Nurses (ONS, 2004).

There’s no question: Dr. Lockhart stands out as a leader in nursing education. Here are just a few of her notable accomplishments:

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Education (ANEF), National League for Nursing
  • Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing Program, American Academy of Colleges of Nursing
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN)
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing and ORL-Head and Neck Nursing
  • Cameos of Caring, Nurse Educator Award, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing
  • Duquesne University Spirit of the Center for Teaching (CTE) Excellence Award
  • Eugene Beard Award for Leadership in Ethics, Duquesne University
  • Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award Recipient

Online MSN in Nursing Education and Faculty Role Curriculum

The Nursing Education and Faculty Role program is structured to teach you in-depth clinical theory and experience beyond your current degree. Coursework focuses on curriculum design and evaluation, in addition to the legal environment for the nursing faculty member. Learning experiences also focus on the classroom and clinical setting, as well as the college lab environment, simulation and online teaching.

Note: If you have previously earned master’s-level nursing credits with a grade of “B” or higher, you may be able to transfer up to 9 credit hours and apply them toward your MSN at Duquesne.

Professional certification preparation is personalized at Duquesne.

Duquesne is known for our personalized student support. It’s what sets us apart. Our curriculum is built to prepare you to sit for nurse educator certification exams — and you’ll receive regular, one-on-one support from our faculty throughout the program. We’re on this journey with you. And your success is our highest priority.

Online MSN Core Courses 24 Credit Hours (8 Courses)

GPNG 523 Historical and Contemporary Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice 3 Credits
GPNG 524 Evidence Based Nursing Practice and Policy Development 3 Credits
GPNG 525 Organizational and Clinical Leadership in Nursing and Healthcare 3 Credits
GPNG 526 Health Care Ethics in Practice and Policy 3 Credits
GPNG 527 Clinical Prevention and Population-Based Health Promotion 3 Credits
GPNG 528 Physical Assessment for Advanced Nursing Practice
Required campus clinical lab of 25 hours and 50 precepted hours.
3 Credits
GPNG 529 Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits
GPNG 530 Pharmacology for Advanced Practice Nursing 3 Credits

Nursing Education and Faculty Role Curriculum 15 Credit Hours (5 Courses)

GNED 507 Foundations in Education Theory for Professional Practice Disciplines 3 Credits
GNED 522 Innovative Curriculum Design and Evaluation 3 Credits
GNED 531 Advanced Clinical Nursing
75 precepted hours required
3 Credits
GNED 532 Emerging Trends and Innovations in the Teaching of Nursing 3 Credits
GNED 533 Nursing Faculty Role Practicum
75 precepted hours required.
3 Credits


Enhance your MSN in Nursing Education by adding a concentration.

Forensic Nursing Concentration 9 Credit Hours (3 Courses)

Prepare to teach other nurses how to provide trauma-informed care to patients such as victims of sexual assault and other crimes, and learn how to collaborate with legal teams.

GNFO 518 Criminal Law and the Courts 3 Credits
GNFO 519 Advanced Forensic Nursing I – Theory and Practice 3 Credits
GNFO 520 Advanced Forensic Nursing II – Program Development, Leadership & Policy 3 Credits

Transcultural Nursing Concentration 9 Credit Hours (3 Courses)

Earn a concentration in Transcultural Nursing and learn to care for patients from different cultures, understand healthcare from a global perspective and learn to minimize the effects of healthcare disparities.

GPNG 917 Transcultural & Global Health Perspectives 3 Credits
GPNG 908 Advanced Population Health 3 Credits
GPNG 928 Social Justice & Vulnerable Populations 3 Credits


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