The online Master of Science in Nursing program at Appalachian

Expand your nursing knowledge with Appalachian State University’s flexible, online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program.

This program prepares you for educator roles in practice settings and for academic positions in nursing programs.

Your studies will emphasize educational creativity, nursing practice, leadership and research through a methodology approach that focuses on the preparation of the MSN-RN as a nurse educator. After completing this Online Education program, you will be able to teach using simulation and a wide variety of methodologies in academic, staff development and/or patient care settings.

You will be connected to faculty who will help integrate holistic best practices into education offerings for individuals and groups in academic, patient care and staff development settings.

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  • Nursing instructor
  • Nurse consultant
  • Nursing trainer

Degree details

Program information

  • Online classes, offered once during the duration of the program
  • Field work practicum required
  • Completion time: two years
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(Note: Not all courses listed may be delivered to App State Online students. Refer curriculum questions to the program contact.)

Eligibility and Application Requirements


Applicants must have:

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) 
    • From an accredited (NLNAC or CCNE) college or university; or 
    • Graduate of an accredited associate degree nursing program or diploma nursing program with a baccalaureate degree in another field
  • Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or GPA of 3.0-3.5 with satisfactory performance on the GRE (preferred) or MAT within the past five years
  • Undergraduate statistics course (descriptive and inferential statistics) with a grade of C or higher
  • Undergraduate research course with a grade of C or higher
  • Current, unrestricted RN license In North Carolina or a state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) with North Carolina.
  • One year of nursing experience before beginning the program
  • Meet Graduate School admission criteria

NOTE: Criminal Background checks may be required for practicum experiences.

Admissions exam:

GRE or MAT scores are required for entry into this program unless the applicant has an undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or better

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Resume (uploaded as part of the online application)
  • Official (sealed or electronic) transcripts from each college or university (other than Appalachian) attended in the last five years
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement including career goals and philosophy of nursing
  • Three letters of academic or professional reference

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Professional Licensure

This is a program that can lead to licensure or certification.  Appalachian State University cannot confirm whether this program will meet the requirements for professional licensure in other states or territories.

If this applies to you, check the U.S. Department of Education for information on licensure requirements and licensing agencies in other states. Or, you may address questions to State Authorization at Appalachian at or 828-262-7559.