Nurse Educator, MSN

College of Nursing & Health Sciences

Nurse Educator, MSN

Nurse Educator, MSN (37 hours)

The MSN Nurse Educator degree is designed for academic or clinical education. RNs will not develop an expertise in a clinical specialty through specialty course work however they are expected to advance their knowledge in their preferred specialty through the educator courses.

The Nurse Educator degree is offered completely online and courses meet the curricular requirements for students to sit for the National League of Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Certification Examination

Domestic/International Students:

*Priority deadline to receive complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
May 15 November 15 May 15 Not Offered

Domestic/International Students:

Final deadline for receipt of complete applications:

Fall Spring  Summer I  Summer II 
August 13 January 7 May 27 Not Offered

*Complete application should be received for full admissions and funding consideration 

Application requirements

Complete Application for Admission:
  • Apply for Admission via Apply Texas Application
  • An applicant may defer admission to an earlier/later semester. Applications are valid for one year. One deferral is allowed per application.
Application fee:
  • $50 for US citizen, $70 for International Students

Please Note: Applicants who wish to apply for a different program will be required to submit a new application. The application processing fee is required for each application submitted.


(Fall 2020 applications will open in October)

Spring 2020 and Summer 2020 applicants need to complete all of the following 6 REQUIREMENTS:


REQUIREMENT #1: Submit an Application at- Apply Texas

Once you have submitted via Apply Texas you will receive a Student ID (A#) from TAMUCC In 3-5 business days. You will need this A# throughout the application process.


REQUIREMENT #2: Submit a Resume- Please email to with your student ID (A#) and the program you are applying for in the subject line.

This resume should not simply be a list of the places where you have worked but should include an outline of your professional and scholarly activities. It may be more than one page. You should present your information starting with most recent activities and ending with your earlier experiences. You can include activities you completed as a student if you graduated from your undergraduate program less than two years ago. Include in your resume                  

  • Name and contact information
  • Education (date and name of institutions where degrees earned)
  • Professional licensures and certification with expiration dates noted
  • Employment (include relevant details to demonstrate level of expertise where appropriate)
  • Awards and honors
  • Research experiences (in any role other than participant)
  • Publications, presentations, workshops in which you were a speaker/presenter
  • Professional membership (indicate leadership roles when appropriate)
  • Workplace committee/taskforce memberships (include leadership positions you may have held in these experiences)
  • Other organizational memberships (include leadership roles when appropriate)


REQUIREMENT #3: Submit an Essay- Please email to with your student ID (A#) and the program you are applying for in the subject line.

Write an  essay/personal statement that describes your goals related to graduate education in nursing. In the essay, please be specific about how a Masters of Science in Nursing (in your specific track of interest) will add to your current foundation of knowledge and enable you to further your career goals.  You  should also describe the position you anticipate seeking upon completion of the MSN degree and how this education will prepare you to work in the new role or support your current role. Applicants are encouraged to review the Texas Board of Nursing for reference. Finally, explain how your current professional experiences and the graduate education you are seeking create a foundation for your future career goal. 


REQUIREMENT #4: Submit a copy of a valid unencumbered Texas Nursing License-  License Submission Link

To obtain this license visit go to the Texas Board of Nursing Licensure Verification. Enter your RN License Number and press “submit”.  Print the license as a PDF saving it to your computer.


REQUIREMENT #5: Have 3 references submit the- CONHS Reference Form

To do this, go to Recommendation Request.  Fill out your information and provide 3-4 recommender email addresses.  The emails you provide will receive a prompt to complete the CONHS Reference Form on your behalf.  They DO NOT need to submit an original recommendation letter. Three reference must be received for this requirement to be considered complete.



  • Submit transcripts
    Official transcripts documenting all undergraduate and graduate course work taken at any accredited college or university attended. Official transcripts must be sent directly to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi from the granting institutions.


NOTE: International students please see “Additional International Applicant Requirements” below.


For clarification, applicants should contact Graduate Academic Advisor, Mrs. Elizabeth Rivera: 361-825-2568


Special Program Requirements
  • Upon admission to the College, complete a criminal background check.
  • Complete a five panel non-chain of custody urine drug screen.
  • Purchase professional liability coverage through the University. Fees for this coverage are included in the fees paid at the time of registration at the beginning of each academic year.
  • Meet Texas Department of State Health Services immunization requirements for students involved with direct patient contact. Students who are not in compliance with these requirements will not be allowed to attend clinical laboratories. These requirements, as stated in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 25, Part 1, Chapter 97, Subchapter B, Rule 97.64 include the following:

a)Students may be provisionally enrolled for up to one semester to allow students to attend classes while obtaining the required vaccines and acceptable evidence of vaccination.

b)Students cannot be provisionally enrolled without at least one dose of measles, mumps, and rubella vaccine if direct patient contact will occur during the provisional enrollment period.

c)Polio vaccine is not required. Students enrolled in health-related courses are encouraged to ascertain that they are immune to poliomyelitis.

d)One dose of tetanus-diphtheria toxoid (Td) is required within the last ten years.

e)Students who were born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of two doses of measles-containing vaccine administered since January 1, 1968.

f)Students must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of rubella vaccine.

g)Students born on or after January 1, 1957, must show, prior to patient contact, acceptable evidence of vaccination of one dose of mumps vaccine.

h)Students shall receive a complete series of hepatitis B vaccine prior to the start of direct patient care or show serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis B virus.

i)Students shall receive two doses of varicella vaccine unless the first dose was received prior to thirteen years of age.

  • Complete of a series of hepatitis A vaccine or serologic confirmation of immunity to hepatitis A virus before enrollment in courses with clinical laboratory experiences.
  • Provide results of tuberculosis screening annually.
  • Hold a Current American Heart Association CPR Type C certification.
Additional International Applicant Requirements

Application requirements for international applicants:

  • Copy of current Visa (if applicable)
  • English Language Proficiency. TAMUCC currently accepts the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) within the last 2 years  :
    • Official TOEFL score minimum paper-based score of 550 or internet-based score of 79-80
    • Official IELTS score minimum 6.5
    • TOEFL/IELTS will be waived if a valid Texas Nursing License is submitted.

Core Graduate Nursing Courses

The core nursing courses consist of graduate-level study of the scientific knowledge that comprises the discipline and profession of nursing, and prepares the student for advanced nursing practice.

  • NURS 5310 - Science in Nursing 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 5314 - Research Methods in Advanced Nursing Practice 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 5315 - Health Policy and Cultural Diversity 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 5316 - Introduction to Advanced Practice Role Development 3 sem. hrs.

Total: 12

Role Specialization

The student selects role specialization in Nurse Educator. The following courses constitute the respective specialty areas of study:

  • NURS 5324 - Health Assessment for Advanced Practice 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 5326 - Advanced Physiology with Pathophysiological Applications 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 5351 - Advanced Pharmacological Concepts for Nursing Educators 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 5352 - Nursing Curriculum Planning, Development, and Evaluation 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 5353 - Theory and Concepts for the Nurse Educator 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 5354 - Assessment, Measurement, and Evaluation in Nursing 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 5355 - Instructional Teaching Strategies 3 sem. hrs.
  • NURS 5459 - Education Practicum for the Nurse Educator 4 sem. hrs.

Total: 25

Degree Total: 37


For more information on tuition and fees, please visit the Business Office's website.

Additional Information

All materials, including applications, transcripts, graduate form, and 3 reference forms must be received by Graduate Admissions by the application deadline. Please allow time for transcript processing, which can take up to two weeks.

Applicants whose documents are not received by Graduate Admissions by the posted date will not be considered for admission
Please carefully review the application requirements above.

If you have questions, please call or e-mail the Graduate Academic Advisor. Students who have applied for admission in previous semesters should contact the Graduate Academic Advisor to confirm documents are still available for the admissions review.

If you'd like to learn more about the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, please visit our website.

Contact for More Information:

Dr. Heather DeGrande

IH 333
6300 Ocean Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78412-5805
Office: 361-825-3696