Nursing Education

The Master of Science in Nursing Education program is designed to enhance your clinical expertise with skills in teaching and learning strategies. This program prepares you to assume faculty or clinical instructor positions in schools of nursing or staff development positions in healthcare institutions.

The curriculum integrates core master’s-level concepts, advanced clinical foundations (i.e., assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology) and education-focused courses (principles of teaching, assessment/evaluation, curriculum development, etc.). Graduates meet the educational criteria for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certification for Nurse Educators.

Offered in an asynchronous online, 8-week course format, the nursing courses are designed to respond to the unique needs of adult learners who have current nursing practice experience.

The baccalaureate and master's degree programs in nursing at Colby-Sawyer College are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Rural Health Careers Scholarship

MSN students who are actively employed at a rural healthcare facility in New Hampshire are eligible for the Rural Health Careers Scholarship. You may receive a scholarship up to $1250 per academic semester/term, for a cumulative total of $5,000.

Nursing Education Curriculum
GNUR 514 1cr Advanced Role Development in Nursing
GNUR 512 3cr Health Care Systems, Policy & Leadership
GNUR 510 3cr Evidence-Based Practice & Applied Nursing Research
GNUR 502 3cr Advanced Pathophysiology
GNUR 513 3cr Population Health
GNUR 501 3cr Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning for the Advanced Practitioner (2/1)
GNUR 503 3cr Advanced Pharmacology
GNUR 504 3cr Clinical Quality Improvement I
GNUR 515 3cr Theoretical Basis of Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education
GNUR 525 3cr Role of Nurse Educator and Curriculum Development in Nursing Education
GNUR 535 3cr Assessment and Evaluation Strategies in Nursing Education
GNUR 587 6cr Nursing Education Capstone

Powerful Partners

The relationship between Colby-Sawyer and Dartmouth Health dates back to 1981 when the college first began preparing nurses at the Bachelor of Science level. Since then, Colby-Sawyer students have benefited from nursing clinical placements, internships, and various other experiential learning opportunities within the state's largest health system and only academic medical center and Level I trauma center.

Today, with help from generous financial support from Dartmouth Health and instruction from career healthcare professionals, Colby-Sawyer is proud to offer a Master of Science in Nursing program to further advance the careers of healthcare workers.

All online Colby-Sawyer College nursing students are required to have an active and unencumbered nursing license upon enrollment. There are restrictions in some states for programs that lead to professional licensure.

For additional information, please use this contact list to find contact information for each state’s Board of Nursing.

If you have specific questions, contact Dr. Peter White, Interim Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Sciences;

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