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 Distance 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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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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Eligibility and Application Requirements


Applicants must:

  • hold a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 3.0 GPA, accredited by the National League for Nursing (NLNAC) or the Commission of Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or a student who is a graduate of an accredited associate degree nursing program or diploma nursing program with a baccalaureate degree in another field
  • have bachelor’s or post-bachelor’s coursework that includes satisfactory completion (grade of C or higher) of a course in descriptive and inferential statistics (basic biostatistics)
  • have bachelor’s or post-bachelor’s coursework that includes satisfactory completion (grade of C or higher) of a course in research methodologies
  • have at least one year of nursing experience before matriculation

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

Application requirements:

  • Completed online application to graduate school
  • Resume (uploaded as part of the online application)
  • Official (sealed) transcript from each college or university attended (other than Appalachian)
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement including career goals and philosophy of nursing.
  • Satisfactory performance on the GRE or MAT within the past five years; GRE preferred
  • Three letters of academic or professional reference
  • Current, unrestricted RN license in North Carolina or a state participating in the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC) with North Carolina


Semester Start Application Deadline


July 1

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Out of State Licensure

Appalachian cannot confirm whether this professional licensure program will meet the requirements for professional licensure outside North Carolina; therefore, prior to enrollment, if you intend to practice in another state, you must determine if this program meets requirements for licensure in your state by contacting your appropriate licensing agencies.