SUNY Polytechnic Institute

School of Nursing & Health Systems

Nursing Education MS


Utica, NY 13502

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Post-master's Certificate of Advanced Studies in Nursing Education, Master of Science in Nursing Education

Format: Online

Program Description:

The Master of Science in Nursing Education program promotes the core application of theory, research, and health care policy to the role of the nurse educator within the academic and in-service settings. The program includes core courses in theory, research and policy with cognates in grant proposal, measurement and assessment, and legal issues. The nursing education specialty courses are in curriculum development, instructional designs, and evaluation approaches. The culmination of these courses will be applied within the 300 hour internship experience whereby students will have opportunities to design, implement, and evaluate their own teaching practicum under the supervision of a nurse educator mentor. Current and future projections identify the shortage of nursing faculty as an area most critical to the future preparation of nurses and the nursing profession. Surveys emphasize the growing crisis of the faculty shortage will adversely impact the enrollment of students entering nursing program. There are few graduate programs in nursing education in the central and upstate region of New York State. The MS in Nursing Education prepares graduates for a professional career as a nurse educator in academia or staff development. Graduates advance their careers as faculty and administrative leaders in a wide variety of settings including associate degree nursing education and hospital staff development. Graduates of the program are encouraged to pursue doctoral study. The MS program accommodates both full-time and part-time students. Full-time students can complete the program in two years; part-time completion typically takes four years. Established by the SUNY Board of Trustees on June 14, 1966, the State University of New York Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome (SUNYIT) is New York’s public institute of technology. SUNYIT students pursue undergraduate and graduate degrees in technology and professional studies on the SUNYIT campus - a high-tech learning environment on hundreds of acres minutes from NYS Thruway Exit 31, Utica. Our students come from all over New York, many other states, and more than 20 other nations; a growing number of students also take SUNYIT courses and, in some cases, entire degree programs online. As part of a substantial expansion in campus infrastructure, a $13 million student center, a $20 million field house and a $23.5 million residence hall were completed in 2011. The next major construction project planned is a technology complex comprising the $27.5 million Center for Advanced Technology and Computer Chip Commercialization Center. The Department of Nursing & Health Professions offers graduate degree programs in both Nursing Education and Family Nurse Practitioner. Both MS and post-master's Certificates are available for these programs. The mission of the Nursing and Health Professions Department is to provide nursing education at the baccalaureate and master's level that focuses on collaboration, active participation in one's own learning, critical reflection, and creative practice to meet the needs of clients across the lifespan. Nursing education is built upon a general education of the arts and sciences that complements professional education in: nursing knowledge and theory; inquiry and research; leadership and community; nursing standards and professional practice.


The MS Nursing programs are registered by the New York State Education Department and are nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). SUNYIT is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools.

International Student Requirements:

Because of the online format, international students cannot obtain the F1 visa to study this program on the SUNYIT campus; international students can complete this program online from their home country. All applicants must possess a baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 30 hours of undergraduate or graduate level coursework (as determined by an official foreign educational credential evaluation service). Applicants must currently be licensed or eligible for licensure as a Registered Professional Nurse in New York State and must have completed a minimum of one year's work experience as a professional nurse. All applicants must demonstrate successful completion of a course in descriptive statistics.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 36

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $390 in-state/$695 out-of-state USD

In State Tuition (per year): 7020 USD

Out State Tuition (per year): 12510 USD

Classification: Master's College or University I

Locale: Small City

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