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MS in Nursing Program (Concentration in Teaching and Learning)

Program Overview

Do you have a bachelor’s degree in nursing? Have you ever considered advancing your career with nursing education in leadership, outcomes management, risk assessment and quality improvement? If you have, the Master of Science in Nursing program at MCPHS Online might be a great fit for you.

Innovative Programs

The MS in Nursing Concentration in Teaching and Learning program allows students to complete coursework with just three visits to campus! Upon completion of the MSN program students will be able to:

  • Provide leadership at the point of care
  • Focus on outcomes measurement, risk assessment, quality improvement, inter-professional communication and evidence-based practice
  • Be a leader in the healthcare delivery system
  • Educate others pursuing a career in nursing

Candidates will complete all courses, including a required evidence-based master’s translational practicum with portfolio development for a total of 37 credits. The experiential requirements can be completed in your community with approval from the course faculty.

Mandatory Residencies and Orientation

This MSN program has two required residencies in addition to orientation. To stay in the program, attendance at these three residencies is mandatory.

Program Outcomes

The Master of Science in Nursing Concentration in Teaching and Learning prepares students to meet select competencies from the AACN 2011 approved Master’s Essentials. This track additionally prepares students to meet the Core Competencies of Nurse Educators from the NLN.

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For admission into the MSN Concentration in Teaching and Learning, an applicant must have:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree in nursing from an accredited college or university
  • One year of full-time RN employment prior to the program start date (May 2014)
  • A current unencumbered license to practice nursing in the jurisdiction where experiential learning will occur
  • Achieved a minimum score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as detailed in the current MCPHS College Catalog

Please note that priority consideration is given to those applicants who have achieved an undergraduate professional GPA of 3.0 or higher in their professional nursing coursework.


Residency Requirement

In addition to online coursework, the MSN program requires students to attend two residencies, generally 1-3 days in length, in addition to orientation, during their respective tenure in the program. These residencies include: new student orientation, second residency and final residency in May that coincides with graduation.

MSN Year One: Summer*

NUR701 Professional Role Development in Nursing
NUR706 Advanced Pathophysiology

MSN Year One: Fall*

NUR707 Advanced Pharmacology
NUR708 Research for the Advance Practice Nurse

MSN Year One: Spring*

NUR702 Human Diversity, Ethics, and Social Policy Issues
NUR703 Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan (90 clinical hours)

MSN Year Two: Summer*

NUR505 Policy, Organizational Management and Leadership in Healthcare
NUR509 Educational Theory and Instructional Methods

MSN Year Two: Fall*

NUR510 Curriculum Design, Outcomes Assessment and Evaluation
NUR820 Translational Research Practicum

MSN Year Two: Spring*

NUR511 Teaching and Learning for Nurse Educators (Practicum) (90 Clinical Hours)
NUR820 Translational Research Practicum

Total credits for MSN Teaching and Learning program (37)

*Taking two courses per semester (year-round), the this program can be completed in two years.

Tuition & Fees

Students enrolled in all graduate degree programs at MCPHS Online during the 2014–2015 academic year will pay $850/credit hour.

There are no fees in addition to the cost of tuition for MCPHS Online students in the 2014–2015 academic year, so students can estimate that a three-credit course in this program will cost $2550. Books are not included in the cost of tuition and must be factored in separately. The cost of books will vary by course.

Financial Aid

An education is an investment. And we don’t think you’ll find a better return on your investment than by earning your degree from MCPHS University. Our Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) is available to guide students through the process of securing funding to cover education costs. A dedicated staff member will help you apply for financial aid, review all sources of funding available to you and assist you with completing the paperwork necessary for disbursement.

For more information, contact Student Financial Services at 603.314.1729.

Next Steps

If you are applying for admission to MCPHS Online for 2013, complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at The MCPHS University college code for the FAFSA is 002165. You do not need to be accepted at the University in order to apply.

Since this is a summer-start program, you will need to complete the FAFSA for both the 2013-2014 academic year and the 2014-2015 academic year in order to receive aid for both the summer and fall terms.


Once your application is received, the Admission Office will notify you of any missing items that we require for your application to be considered complete. We review all files on a "rolling basis" and will make a decision once all application materials are received.

Priority Filing Date

The priority filing date for this program is February 1 for a summer semester (May) start. We continue to review applications until all available seats in the program have been filled.

Additional Links

Completed applications will be reviewed by the Admission Committee; qualified candidates will be invited to interview with the School of Nursing.

Information for MCPHS University Alumni

If you are a graduate of MCPHS University and need to request your transcripts for admission to an MCPHS Online program, please click here to learn how to request your official transcript.


Feel free to call 617.879.5022 or e-mail us with any questions you have about the application process.

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Technical, Non-Academic Standards

In conjunction with the applicable academic and accreditation standards, the faculty in each of the programs at MCPHS has established certain abilities and characteristics defined as technical standards. Candidates for enrollment in programs at MCPHS University must meet these technical standards, which may include but are not limited to observation, communication, sensory and motor coordination and function, intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative abilities, and behavioral and social attributes. These standards may be met with or without reasonable accommodations. Please carefully review the technical standards for the program to which you have applied. The standards can be found in the MCPHS University College Catalog on the MCPHS University website. If you have questions regarding technical standards, please contact the Office of Admission immediately.

Frequently Asked Questions


How much of the program is offered online?

In addition to online coursework, the program requires students to attend two residencies, generally 1-3 days in length, in addition to orientation, during their respective tenure in the program. These residencies include: new student orientation, second year residency, and final residency in May that coincides with graduation.

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This program is part-time, so am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes. As long as you are taking at least five graduate-level credits each semester, you are eligible to apply for financial aid. All financial aid is awarded through the FAFSA.

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