Master of Science OnlineNursing (MSN) Education Track

Nursing student

Enhance your nursing career with an MSN in Education.


Why earn your MSN online at Bellarmine?

Our Nursing Education track prepares professional nurses to function as beginning nurse educators. This may be in the area of staff development, health education, or preparation of nursing students. Selected teaching, clinical, and evidence-based practice experiences in various settings provide the student with the opportunity to function as a nurse educator. Practica must be completed in nursing education.

Program Highlights

The program is fully online and is ideal for students with professional or personal obligations during the typical work week. New students will participate in a mandatory technology orientation that may be completed in-person or by recorded video. Most courses will also offer once per-semester optional class meetings which will be available by recorded video as well.

Most students complete two courses per semester and finish the program in two years.

Transcript Review

We can provide feedback about your transcript(s) and coursework. Simply complete the form below by attaching unofficial copies of your transcript(s).

Transcript Review

Alumni Story

Nicolette, Baines

“My decision to pursue a MSN:Education degree through Bellarmine University was affirmed after I spent several semesters teaching undergraduate nursing students in clinical rotations for the Lansing School of Nursing. The pride and determination exhibited by the undergraduate students reassured me that I would receive the ultimate preparation in the pursuit of becoming a nursing staff educator. Ultimately, this program and the faculty taught me more than how to integrate evidence-based practice methods at the bedside or how to collaborate with interdisciplinary team members. I was provided a tremendous foundation to elevate myself as a nurse, as a team member, as a leader, and as an individual who can evoke change. I am so glad that I chose to attend Bellarmine University to take my career to the next level!”

Nicolette Baines, MSN, RNC-OB; System Educator, Obstetrics; Norton Healthcare Institute for Nursing

Career Prospects

Graduates of the MSN program will be able to:

  • Integrate findings from the sciences and humanities to continually improve nursing practice across diverse settings.
  • Collaborate within interprofessional teams using effective leadership skills, ethical awareness, and critical decision making to promote quality and safety outcomes within the healthcare system.
  • Use appropriate quality improvement methods and healthcare technologies to integrate, coordinate, and improve care.
  • Employ evidence-based practice methods to initiate changes in practice settings and to disseminate results.
  • Examine strategies to advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing.
  • Incorporate organizational, client-centered, and culturally sensitive concepts in the implementation of evidence-based clinical prevention for individuals, families, and identified populations.
  • Demonstrate advanced level expertise in performing direct or indirect nursing interventions that influence healthcare outcomes for individuals, populations, or systems.

Faculty Profiles

Here is a quick snapshot of a few of our faculty members. Read profiles of all of our distinguished faculty.

Heather Owens, PhD, RN

Heather Owens, PhD, RN
Interests: Nursing leadership and management; sleep health research; weight-related behavior research

Ta'Neka Vaden Lindsay, DNP, APRN, WHANP-BC

Ta'Neka Vaden Lindsay, DNP, APRN, WHANP-BC
Interests: Minority adolescent pregnancy prevention; general women’s health concerns

Linda Mefford, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, RNC-NC

Linda Mefford, PhD, APRN, NNP-BC, RNC-NC
Interests: Nursing theory and philosophy; Levine’s Conservation Model of Nursing; health promotion for preterm and high-risk infants; mind/body/spirit connections in nursing and health; quantitative nursing research; health outcomes research

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master’s program requires approval by the MSN Admission, Progression, and Graduation Committee. Admission of applicants is based upon the following criteria:

  1. Complete the application at
  2. BSN from a CCNE or ACEN accredited nursing program.
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 is required
  4. Goal statement: The goal statement is your opportunity to tell us (as specifically as you can at this time) about your career plans after you finish your master’s degree. This statement provides us with a sample of your writing ability and helps faculty determine your fit with Bellarmine’s offered program.
  5. Two professional references. The strongest recommendations are from managers, directors, professors or others in a supervisory capacity. Recommendations from friends, other students, or co-workers are not appropriate. 
  6. Resume describing relevant work, professional, and volunteer experiences.
  7. Proof of active, unrestricted license to practice nursing in Kentucky and/or compact state.
  8. Final official transcript(s) from each college or university attended should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission and should not be marked “Issued to Student.” Note: It is the student’s responsibility to request all official transcripts. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the institution to Bellarmine University and should not be marked issued to student or addressed to the student.
  9. If any transcript(s) or undergraduate degree(s) is from an international institution, you must provide an official copy of a third-party course by course credential evaluation Bellarmine University. The following organizations offer this service and information regarding processes and fees are available at:,, and The Office of Graduate Admission reserves the right to request a certified copy of the original transcript(s).
  10. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (if requested). 
  11. In 2018 the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported healthcare facilities across the United States are increasingly requiring healthcare workers be vaccinated for vaccine-preventable diseases to reduce disease outbreaks. Therefore, those who choose not to be vaccinated for personal, religious, or medical reasons are not eligible for admission to the School of Nursing.

International Applicants

In addition to meeting the requirements for admission, please submit the following:

Language Proficiency. Language proficiency is required to ensure that students within the department of nursing are able to communicate with a diverse population. The department of nursing accepts one of the following as evidence of required language proficiency:

  • TOEFL-iBT (internet-based test) and receive a total score of 83 or higher AND a score of 26 or higher on the speaking test OR
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System) and receive a total band score of 7 or higher AND a speaking band score of 8 or higher OR
  • Language training at an approved center. Bellarmine University recognized the following standards and centers: English Language Services level 112 (; Interlink Level 5 (; Intensive Language Program at Indiana University Level 6 (; and other centers may be approved at the discretion of the Admission, Progression and Graduation committee of the Department of Nursing.

International students who are exempt from language proficiency requirements are the following:

  • Students who are citizens of or have completed a degree from a TOEFL exempt country.
  • Students who have a secondary or high school diploma earned in TOEFL exempt countries.
  • International students who have completed at least one year of full time university study or its equivalent (i.e., a minimum of 24 earned credit hours or its equivalent and earned a 2.0 GPA) in a TOEFL exempt country. Only official score reports will be accepted.

Financial Affidavit. All applicants must provide credible evidence (e.g. a bank statement, letter on bank stationary attesting to the availability of funds, etc.) of the ability to fund the cost of attending Bellarmine University for one academic year. If funds are provided by another person on behalf of the student, an affidavit must accompany the financial information.

Proof of Passport. Scan of passport ID page must show validity for 6 months post completion of the program.

Admission Deadlines

We review applications throughout the year. We suggest applying 2-3 months prior to the semester within which you would like to begin.


The Baccalaureate degree program in nursing, Master's degree program in nursing, and Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Bellarmine University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (