ELM-MSN: Nursing Education

APU’s Entry-Level Master’s in Nursing (ELM) program is designed for students who hold baccalaureate or higher degrees in other disciplines but want to pursue bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing.

The Entry-Level Master of Science in Nursing (ELM) option in nursing education prepares nurses for teaching roles in a variety of settings, including traditional and nontraditional academic settings, online/distance settings, and clinical and community settings, using cutting-edge technology and teaching-learning methods. The program emphasizes competencies needed for students to complete the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) certification examination, and is aligned with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (AACN, 2011) and the National League for Nursing’s Nurse Educator Competencies (NLN, 2013).

Contact the School of Nursing for specific program availability and locations. Prelicensure coursework must be completed prior to beginning nursing education coursework. Students must have the equivalent of one year of RN clinical experience prior to enrollment in GNRS 663.


Academic Core Courses15
GNRS 501Theoretical Thinking in Nursing2
GNRS 506Spiritual Concept Analysis in Health Care3
GNRS 613Graduate Statistics3
GNRS and/or GSPH XXX Electives7
Clinical Role Courses6
GNRS 516Integrative Disease and Symptom Management3
GNRS 518Supervised Practicum in Health Care 13 (1/2)
Nurse Educator Role Courses15
GNRS 660Theories of Teaching and Instruction3
GNRS 664Teaching and Learning Strategies for Nursing Education3
GNRS 662Assessment, Curriculum, Development, and Outcomes3
GNRS 661Leadership and Role Development in Nursing Education3
GNRS 663Clinical Practicum in Nursing Education3
Concluding Course1
GNRS 597Comprehensive Examination Directed Study1
Total Units37

Units in parentheses are classroom/clinical units.


University graduate admission and program-specific requirements must be met before an application is complete (see Admission to the University). Program-specific application requirements are available online.

International students should contact Graduate and Professional Admissions for application procedures.