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A Curry College Master of Science in Nursing Degree in Nursing Education student teaches a lesson to her cohort

Nurse Educators play a pivotal role in strengthening the nursing workforce, serving as role models and providing the leadership needed to implement evidence-based nursing practice.  Nurse Educators are responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating and revising academic and continuing education programs for nurses.  Nurse Educators are critical players in assuring quality educational experiences, preparing the nursing workforce for the diverse, ever-changing health care environment.  They are the leaders who document the outcomes of educational programs and guide students through the learning process.  Steady job growth is expected in health care for the next several years, and Nurse Educators are in demand.

Who Should Apply?

The MSN - Nursing Education Program is designed for you if you:

  • Are a registered nurse with an unrestricted Massachusetts RN license
  • Have a bachelor's degree in any field
  • Want to advance your nursing career in an educator role
  • Highly value interacting with students and watching future nurses grow in confidence and skill

Do you have a non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree?

Curry College offers a Pathway to MSN for Registered Nurses with a non-Nursing Bachelor's Degree.

MSN Program Information

Master of Science in Nursing Program:

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. - Register

Can't make an info session? There's no need to wait. Our knowledgeable advisors are available to meet with you via Zoom or phone to answer your questions. Get started on your way to earning your degree!

Schedule a one-on-one appointment now

Or even better, connect with an advisor by calling the campus of your choice:

Milton: 617-333-2364
Plymouth: 508-747-2424

A Rigorous Curriculum

The 35-credit program is comprised of the following 12 courses:

MSN 6200 Advanced Pathophysiology 3
MSN 6000 Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning 3
MSN 6600 Informatics and Health Management Systems 3
MSN 6300 Nursing Science and Evidence-based Practice 3
MSN 6500 Advanced Pharmacology 3
MSN 6040 Advanced Evidence-Based Research and
Statistical Analysis
MSN 6460 Curriculum Theory, Design, Frameworks,
and Development and Evaluation
MSN 6760 Teaching Strategies and Evaluation Methods 3
MSN 6450 Health Policy, Systems and Financing 3
MSN 7982 Capstone Seminar 2
MSN 7863 Practicum in Nursing Education - 130 hours 3
MSN 6100 Leadership 3

Courses are offered in a hybrid format combining in-class and online learning activities. Our new Hyflex format, offered in Milton beginning Spring 2022, provides choice around when to attend in-person or online, even changing your mind from week to week.

What is Cohort Study?

As a student in the Curry College MSN Program, you will be part of a cohort group. That means that the same students will be in all of your classes for the entire program, start to finish. Cohort group learning has proven to be very effective for adult learners because it creates a community of professionals who can study together, provide support, discuss common on-the-job problems, and offer networking opportunities.

Choose the schedule that fits your needs:

Milton: 8-wk schedule, taking one course at a time on Mondays from 5:30-8:30 pm; 2 year completion with a 6-week winter break; program begins in January

Plymouth: 8-wk schedule, taking one course at a time on Thursdays from 5:30-8:30pm ; 3 year completion with summers off

All classes are delivered in a hybrid model -- blending in-classroom lectures with online learning.

Course Descriptions:

A PDF file of the course descriptions can be opened or downloaded from the link below:

Coleen Toronto, MSN Program Director, Associate Professor
Sheryl Cifrino, Professor
Donna DelloIacono, Senior Lecturer
Julie Grady, Associate Professor
Maureen Hillier, Senior Lecturer
Susan R. James, Professor Emeritus
Bertha Lee, Assistant Professor
Maureen L. Murphy, Professor
Susan Natale, Associate Professor
Linda M. Tenofsky, Professor
Kathryn Whalen, Assistant Professor


Curry College's MSN - Nursing Education degree is designed to prepare individuals for the Nurse Educator role in Academic or Staff Development settings.  It reflects the Nurse Educator competencies developed by national organizations.  The curriculum integrates core master's level concepts and education-focused courses (evidence-based teaching and learning principles, teaching strategies, evaluation, etc.).  Students will strengthen their nursing body of knowledge through advanced clinically-focused courses.  They will learn not only what to teach, but how adult learners learn.  As a result, graduates of MSN - Nursing Education are well-prepared to assume faculty or Clinical Instructor positions in Schools of Nursing or Staff Development positions in Health Care settings.  The program culminates in an intensive individualized practicum course where students gain real-world experience to address the challenges of this critical role.

MSN Program Outcomes:

  1. Implement strategies based on advanced reasoning and theory designed to improve quality and reduce risk within health care environments.
  2. Evaluate, translate and disseminate current nursing research designed to improve outcomes and increase nursing's body of knowledge.
  3. Analyze effectiveness of collaborative communication, teamwork strategies and information technologies designed to influence health-related outcomes.
  4. Advocate for ethical practice based on knowledge of professional standards, scope of practice, and distributive justice.
  5. Demonstrate leadership in effecting change in educational and healthcare systems through collaboration and advocacy at the local, state, national and global levels.
  6. Integrate academic and experiential knowledge, skills and attitudes into the advanced professional practice role.
Curry College Master of Education (M.Ed.) student checks vitals of a SIM patient

Accredited Programs. A Tradition of Excellence.

The baccalaureate degree in nursing program and master's degree in nursing program at Curry College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, 202-887-6791.

Take the next step

We're excited you're considering our flexible, convenient, and real-world focused Curry College Master of Science in Nursing program along with our other top notch Nursing Degree paths, and we look forward to helping you reach your career goals.