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Online MSN Degree: Education & Leadership

Impact Healthcare Education and Leadership

Carlow University’s online master’s degree in nursing education and leadership is a convenient and swift path for working nurses to gain the educational and administrative skills necessary to advance their careers.

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  • Duration 20 months
  • Cost per Credit $812
  • Credit Hours 33

Program Benefits

  • CCNE-Accredited
  • 2 Concentrations and Capstone Experiences
  • Advanced Nursing Leadership Preparation
  • Accelerated MSN to DNP Option Available
  • Receive up to 85% Loan Repayment

Prepare for Advanced Roles in Nursing with Two Specialty Areas

In today’s nursing field, all nurses are required to be fully trained for direct patient care. To move into leadership roles where you advocate for policy change and impact future nurses, expand your skill set with an MSN in nursing education and leadership.

A master’s degree in nursing leadership and education prepares you to make the changes you want to see in healthcare. Rigorous coursework combined with online convenience allows working nurses to advance their careers with two in-demand specialty areas.

With a Carlow education, the values and principles of the Sisters of Mercy are the foundation of your ability to be a compassionate and ethical healthcare leader or educator. Upon graduation in as few as 15 months, you’ll be ready to advocate for policy change, make critical decisions and impart vital knowledge on the next generation of nurses.

Curriculum

The robust curriculum and experienced faculty in Carlow’s MSN degree program challenge you to improve healthcare quality and impact the knowledge of future nurses.

Carlow encourages students to complete coursework that aligns with their interests. In our accelerated MSN to DNP option, you can take doctoral-level courses at a master-level rate, if you plan to continue working toward your Doctor of Nursing Practice.

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Program Outcomes

Career Outlook

A master’s degree in nursing prepares you to move into in-demand advanced roles or pursue further graduate study. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a 26 percent increase in employment of advanced practice nurses between 2018 and 2028.1 When you graduate from the program, you’ll be ready to take on a variety of positions to help meet this need and impact the healthcare industry.

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HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Repayment Program

Level of study: Masters or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is a loan cancellation program with a service obligation for recipients of the loan.

To be eligible to receive an NFLP loan, a borrower must:

  • Be a citizen or national of the United States.
  • Be enrolled (full-time or part-time) in an eligible nursing program at the time the NFLP loan is established and must complete the education components to prepare qualified nurse faculty.
  • Maintain enrollment for a minimum of two terms/semesters during an academic year while receiving the NFLP loan.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA and be in good academic standing.
  • Have no judgment liens entered against him/her based on default on Federal debt, 28 U S C 3201.
  • Loan recipients must complete the education program and, following graduation, may cancel up to 85% of the NFLP loan over a consecutive 4-year period while serving as full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing (i.e., baccalaureate or higher degree, associate degree or diploma schools of nursing) or obtain the equivalent, thereof, in several part time or adjunct positions. NFLP loans are available to eligible students for the cost of tuition, books, fees, and lab expenses.

Additionally, recipients who are non-MSN NCEL majors may be required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of teaching residency supervised by a nurse faculty member of her/his respective program.  

NFLP borrowers are limited to a 12-month time frame to establish employment as full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing following graduation from the program. If employment verification is not submitted within the 12-month period, the loan will revert to a full term student loan and the borrower will NOT be eligible for the loan cancellation provision.

Grantees agree to serve in the stated faculty role of an accredited health professions school for a minimum of four years. Individuals selected to participate are granted cancellation of 20% of the principal and interest on the amount of the unpaid loan balance upon completion of each of the first, second, and third year of full-time nursing faculty employment, and 25% of the principal of and the interest on the amount of the unpaid loan balance upon the completion of the fourth year of full-time employment. Therefore, a maximum potential of 85% of the outstanding principal and interest can be canceled and paid by the Federal government. If the participant ceases employment after two years, the repayment schedule will be established for the remainder of the unpaid loan. To apply for the HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program, please contact Dr. Renee Ingel rmingel@carlow.edu.

Admissions Requirements

To apply for the MSN in Education and Leadership program from Carlow University, you’ll need:

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Tuition Details

The MSN in Education and Leadership online program at Carlow University consists of 33 credit hours and costs $812 per credit hour.

Our team is committed to making your education affordable. We’re here to provide any help you need as you pursue your Master of Science in Nursing in our ethics-based program.

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Faculty

Our responsive faculty and supportive community work collaboratively with students to help them achieve their goals. With the help of a dedicated program-level faculty adviser, you’ll prepare to obtain a position in nursing leadership or education upon graduation.

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An Online Learning Experience Like No Other

When you join the Carlow family, you get an experienced and compassionate team dedicated to your personal and professional growth. Online learning at Carlow offers the flexibility you need while connecting you to a vibrant, close-knit and supportive community of instructors and learners.

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Financial Aid

We understand that pursuing higher education is an investment. Carlow’s staff is always available to answer questions and connect you to resources for loans, grants, scholarships and employer benefits.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our frequently asked questions for in-depth answers. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, reach out to us.

The master’s degree program can be completed in as few as 15 months.

The program is $812 per credit hour. Find out more about tuition, fees and financial aid.

We primarily have full-time faculty who are available and engaging. The program faculty are highly committed to each and every one of their students. From the start of the program through graduation, faculty are fully invested in the success of their students by being accessible, responsive and offering all the resources available to students at Carlow so they can reach their goals.

Yes. Our program is CCNE accredited.

To apply for the program, submit your application, transcripts and proof of a current, active, valid and unrestricted nursing license in the state or commonwealth of your current practice, along with any other required information. Find out more about the application process.

Coursework consists of 13 courses. Find out more about our curriculum.

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HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Level of study: Masters or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

The Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) is a loan cancellation program with a service obligation for recipients of the loan.

To be eligible to receive an NFLP loan, a borrower must:

  • Be a citizen or national of the United States.
  • Be enrolled (full-time or part-time) in an eligible nursing program at the time the NFLP loan is established and must complete the education components to prepare qualified nurse faculty.
  • Maintain enrollment for a minimum of two terms/semesters during an academic year while receiving the NFLP loan.
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA and be in good academic standing.
  • Have no judgment liens entered against him/her based on default on Federal debt, 28 U S C 3201.
  • Loan recipients must complete the education program and, following graduation, may cancel up to 85% of the NFLP loan over a consecutive 4-year period while serving as full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing (i.e., baccalaureate or higher degree, associate degree or diploma schools of nursing) or obtain the equivalent, thereof, in several part time or adjunct positions. NFLP loans are available to eligible students for the cost of tuition, books, fees, and lab expenses.

Additionally, recipients who are non-MSN NCEL majors may be required to complete a minimum of 75 hours of teaching residency supervised by a nurse faculty member of her/his respective program.  

NFLP borrowers are limited to a 12-month time frame to establish employment as full-time nurse faculty at a school of nursing following graduation from the program. If employment verification is not submitted within the 12-month period, the loan will revert to a full term student loan and the borrower will NOT be eligible for the loan cancellation provision.

Grantees agree to serve in the stated faculty role of an accredited health professions school for a minimum of four years. Individuals selected to participate are granted cancellation of 20% of the principal and interest on the amount of the unpaid loan balance upon completion of each of the first, second, and third year of full-time nursing faculty employment, and 25% of the principal of and the interest on the amount of the unpaid loan balance upon the completion of the fourth year of full-time employment. Therefore, a maximum potential of 85% of the outstanding principal and interest can be canceled and paid by the Federal government. If the participant ceases employment after two years, the repayment schedule will be established for the remainder of the unpaid loan. To apply for the HRSA Nurse Faculty Loan Program, please contact Dr. Renee Ingel rmingel@carlow.edu

Sources

  1. https://www.bls.gov/ooh/healthcare/nurse-anesthetists-nurse-midwives-and-nurse-practitioners.htm