Become a Nurse Leader

Advance Your Career and Specialize Your Skills

The online MSN from Bethel University prepares registered nurses for career advancement as nurse leaders in administration and education roles. It emphasizes evidence-based practice and includes core coursework in information systems, statistical literacy, advanced theory and more. Through a rigorous curriculum focused on effective communication and decision-making, this program promotes excellence in holistic, patient-centered care.

The online MSN degree program, which is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education, can be completed in two years and includes Nurse Administrator and Nurse Educator tracks, allowing you to specialize your education for your specific career goals. Because 100% of Bethel MSN graduates find jobs in nurse education or administration within one year of graduation, you can be confident you’re gaining the right credential for ongoing success.

Nurse Educator Track

Bethel’s MSN in education online program track prepares graduates to become successful nurse educators and sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam. Coursework includes key topics like pathophysiology, health assessment, pedagogy, curriculum development and more. The 186-hour practicum for this program provides a mentored experience in designing, implementing and evaluating education strategies for successful classroom teaching. Earning your master’s in nursing education online qualifies you for rewarding careers educating the next generation of nursing professionals, including roles like clinical nurse instructor, university nurse professor and more.

Nurse Administrator Track

The online master’s in nursing administration program builds on baccalaureate knowledge and skill sets to prepare graduates for administrative roles in advanced nursing practice. It features specialized coursework in leadership, managerial decision-making, health policy and more, along with hands-on practicum experience to promote change and improve outcomes in patient care settings. When you earn this nursing administration degree, you are qualified for roles like unit manager, chief nursing officer, director of nursing and more.



Bethel University’s master’s in nursing program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Nursing Education. Bethel is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: 06/30/2024
Credit Hours: 33 or 34
Cost/Credit: 530
Transfer Credits: Up to 6*
Est. Completion Time: 2 years
Accreditation: ACEN

Course Requirements

Bethel’s online MSN features a rigorous curriculum, hands-on practicum component and specialized coursework in either Nurse Education or Nurse Administration.

  • MSN Core Courses (15 hours)

    • MNUR 511: Nursing Roles in Health Care Organizations (3)
    • MNUR 512: Statistical Literacy (3)
    • MNUR 513: Advanced Theory for Nursing Practice (3)
    • MNUR 613: Information Systems in Nursing (3)
    • MNUR 625: Advanced Evidence-Based Nursing Practice (3)
  • Nurse Educator Track Courses (19 hours)

    • MNUR 515: Pathophysiology and Pharmacology for the Nurse Educator (4)
    • MNUR 516: Health Assessment for the Nurse Educator (3)
    • MNUR 611: Educational Pedagogy (3)
    • MNUR 612: Curriculum Development in Nursing Education (3)
    • MNUR 614: Evaluation in Nursing Education (3)
    • MNUR 621: Teaching Practicum (3)
  • Nurse Administrator Track Courses (18 hours)

    • MBAD 511: Human Resource Management (3)
    • MBAD 516: Accounting and Managerial Decision-Making (3)
    • MNUR 615: Leadership in Health Care Organizations (3)
    • MNUR 616: Health Policy (3)
    • MNUR 617: Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care Organizations (3)
    • MNUR 622: Administration Practicum (3)
  • Co-Requisites for Nurse Administrator Track (6 hours)

    • ACCT 203: Fundamentals of Accounting I or ORGM 320 Accounting for Managers (3)*
    • College Math Elective (3)
    Accounting course must be taken before MBAD courses; Administrator track students may opt to take prerequisites through Straighter Line or test out through the College Board CLEP test and receive equivalent credit.
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Admission Requirements

  • Online graduate application
  • Official transcripts for any undergraduate or graduate work. Students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an ACEN- or CCNE-accredited nursing program and must have a 3.0 GPA or higher.
  • Active, unencumbered registered nurse license.
  • One year of experience as a registered nurse (preferred).
  • Three professional references.

Candidates must also schedule an interview prior to admission.

Tuition and Fees

Bethel has long been touted for its value. We were ranked No. 2 on Washington Monthly’s Best Bang for the Buck-Midwest list, listed as one of the 50 Best Value Christian Colleges, and have made it to the top tier of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Regional Universities-Midwest” list for fifteen consecutive years.

*Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. Depending on transfer credits, the number of semesters required for completion will affect total cost.

*Transferring any graduate-level credits must be petitioned with the department for approval.

Payment Plan

Bethel University has a monthly installment plan available through Nelnet Campus Commerce. Enrollment can be completed online by accessing the student billing link through MyBethel or by calling 800.609.8056. Students will be charged an enrollment fee of $40.

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program helps cover costs for the Nurse Educator MSN degree. It is a loan that will finance all tuition, books and fees while you are completing your degree. Students who fulfill a service agreement to work as nurse faculty at Bethel University for five years after graduation receive 85% loan forgiveness.

Total cost with max. transfer credits:


For Nurse Administrator Track

Total cost with max. transfer credits


For Nurse Education Track

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Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.
We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.
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Career Outcomes

Our online MSN program prepares graduates for advanced nursing roles such as those listed below. Career information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and

  • Nurse Educator

    The MSN – Nurse Educator track prepares graduates for a career as a nurse educator. Nurse educators plan and implement continuing education opportunities for nursing staff. They identify the health care needs of patients in their organization to develop the best educational resources for employees. The median annual salary for nurse educators is $73,726.

  • Nursing Instructor

    With our MSN – Nurse Educator track, you can pursue a career as a nursing instructor. Nursing instructors teach patient care and nursing theory in classrooms and clinical units to nursing students. They may also complete research projects and publish their work in nursing journals. The median salary for this role is $71,260.

  • Nursing Director

    The MSN – Nurse Administrator track prepares you for a career as a nursing director. Nursing directors manage and oversee all nursing activities in health organizations, including hospitals, long-term care facilities and more. They supervise nursing staff and work closely with physicians and other health care professionals. The median annual salary for nursing directors is $88,660.

Benefits of Learning Online

An online degree can open doors to your career while allowing you to study in a convenient, affordable format.
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