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Master of Science in Nursing
Education and Leadership

If you’re ready to take your career to the next level, earn your Master of Science in Nursing Education and Leadership completely online at Utah Tech. If you’re finishing up your BSN at Utah Tech or another institution, or already have your BSN and are simply ready to take the next step with the convenience of a fully-flexible, asynchronous and accredited program, enroll in Utah Tech’s MSN beginning in the fall of 2023. Read on to learn more about the forthcoming master’s program.

What Will I Learn?

The MSN consists of 36 credits in 14 graduate-level courses, divided into five categories:

Master’s in Nursing CORE CLASSES
NURS 6100 Concepts for Advanced Nursing Practice: Roles, Ethics, and Leadership 3
NURS 6250 Evaluation of Evidence 3
NURS 6300 Information Management and Health Care Technologies 3
Clinical Focus Component
NURS 6400 Advanced Issues in Pharmacology and Pathophysiology 3
NURS 6510 Community and Global Determinants of Health 2
NURS 6700 Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion 3
Health Systems and Organizational Leadership Courses
NURS 6540 Communication and Collaboration in Nursing 3
NURS 6550 Health Care Systems and Organizational Leadership 2
NURS 6551 Practicum: Leading Effective Organizations 1
Nursing Education Courses
NURS 6650 Teaching Methodologies and Technologies 3
NURS 6651 Practicum: Assessment and Evaluation Strategies 1
NURS 6710 Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation 3
NURS 7100 MSN Capstone 3
NURS 7101 Practicum Capstone 3


Upon completion, graduates will have advanced core skills, including:

  • person-centered care
  • clinical judgment
  • communication
  • compassionate care
  • professionalism

Why Earn Your MSN?

Earning a master’s degree is an additional step in your career path, and is no little effort on your part! So why earn your MSN? Here are some of our top reasons:

  • A master’s degree is a necessary stop in advancing nursing licensure, and to becoming a nurse practitioner. Nurse practitioners have higher-paying positions, work with more independence, and carry greater responsibility than their nurse peers.
  • Those with an MSN are in demand! The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects that the number of advanced practice nurses may increase by 26% from 2018-2028—over double the job growth outlook for registered nurses. Data published by the AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) shows a potential shortfall of 47,000-122,000 physicians by 2032, a gap that could be filled by certified nurse practitioners.
  • Nurses with a MSN have higher earning potential than their peers. Payscale estimates the average salary for those with a BSN at $84K, while the salary for those with an MSN is $94K.
  • Earning an MSN offers a broader range of career options for nurses—whether that be in administrative roles, managerial positions, as a nurse educator, or in a chosen specialization.
  • For those interested in earning a doctorate, an MSN is a necessary step on the path to further education.

Why Utah Tech University?

  • Utah Tech’s MSN is 100% online and asynchronous | Study anywhere you get the internet, at whatever time of day fits your schedule.
  • Reduced material cost | Our program is deliberately structured to utilize Open Educational Resources (OER) as much as possible. That means your cost for textbooks is greatly diminished and your courses use graduate-quality, free resources available online.
  • No need to travel anywhere | Your research and practicum capstone can be completed where you live.
  • Tuition is affordable | Utah Tech offers some of the lowest tuition in the West, with no difference between “resident” or “non-resident” costs. Our MSN program is only $375 per credit hour.
  • Utah Tech is flexible | Attend part-time or full-time, and complete the 36 credit hours at your convenience.
  • Minimize impact and finish fast | Continue your career and fulfill all your normal responsibilities while completing your degree. The disruption is minimal and always under your control.

Admission Requirements

  • Possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from a nationally-accredited nursing program
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.8 in previous nursing coursework
  • Provide proof of RN licensure before beginning second semester coursework

Visit Admissions to apply now.

What's My Cost?

Utah Tech University has some of the lowest tuition in the West. As a master’s program administered completely online, all students—including out-of-state students—are granted low in-state tuition. Our program is only $375 per credit hour. Learn more about cost and potential aid by visiting our Cost & Aid page.

Cost & Aid

Application Deadlines

The MSN runs on a semester basis, with deadlines for each of our three semesters–Fall, Spring, and Summer.

The deadlines for the 2023-2024 Academic Year are:

  • Fall 2023 – August 7, 2023
  • Spring 2024 – December 14, 2023
  • Summer 2024 – April 29, 2024

The MSN application deadline will be 10 business days (excluding holiday breaks) from the start of each semester. Visit the Academic Catalog to learn more.

2022-2023 Academic Calendar

ACEN Accreditation Information

Effective November 7, 2022, this nursing program is a candidate for initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing. This candidacy status expires on November 7, 2024.

Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
3390 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 1400
Atlanta, GA 30326
(404) 975-5000

NOTE: Upon granting of initial accreditation by the ACEN Board of Commissioners, the effective date of initial accreditation is the date on which the nursing program was approved by the ACEN as a candidate program that concluded in the Board of Commissioners granting initial accreditation.

If you are interested in learning more about the Master of Science in Nursing Education and Leadership degree, please contact Dr. Vicki Welch, or apply now.


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Dr. Judy A. Scott
MSN, Ed.D., RN

Department Chair

Phone: 435-879-4837

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Dr. Vicki Welch

MSN Program, Coordinator, Assistant Professor

Phone: 435-879-4805
Office: Taylor 307