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Master of Science in Nursing; Nurse Educator

The School of Nursing’s Master of Science in nursing (MSN) program is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities requisite to the safe, effective and efficient advanced practice of nursing.

The online program uses a variety of teaching strategies designed to actively engage students. Two to three day-long orientation sessions are held on campus during the beginning of each fall semester to enhance the connections among students and with the nursing faculty.

The nurse educator track prepares graduates to:

  • Accept a faculty position within a program of nursing, or a nurse educator position in a clinical setting.
  • Increase mastery related to teaching, learning, evaluation strategies, curriculum design, and the use of educational technologies.
  • Enhance clinical expertise in a selected specialty area, via directed study and mentorship with experienced faculty.
  • Supervise basic nursing students in clinical practice areas and/or work with nurse educators in clinical settings to prepare, deliver, and evaluate educational programs for nurses.

Students have part-time or full-time enrollment options. Some clinical courses require on-campus sessions during the semester, which can vary from one to three days. On-campus sessions are at the discretion of the individual instructor.

The MSN curriculum meets the 2011 Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing as identified by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

Learning Objectives

  • Evaluate the principles, personal values, and beliefs that influence ethical decision making, which provides a framework for nursing practice.
  • Communicate effectively as a health care professional creating collaborative interdependent relationships and acting as advocates for the nursing profession and client population.
  • Incorporate nursing theory and evidence-based practice in advanced nursing roles.
  • Understand the influences of human diversity and social issues to provide culturally sensitive health promotion and disease prevention strategies.
  • Assume a leadership role in the management of human, fiscal, and physical health care resources to improve nursing practice and health care delivery.
  • Use education research to continually improve teaching strategies/skills.
  • Develop a teaching-learning style that meets the educational outcomes of students.
  • Assess and evaluate at the course and program level.
  • Function as a leader and change agent in nursing education settings.
  • Participate in scholarship to further knowledge and abilities in nursing education.
  • Use education research to continually improve teaching strategies and skills.

Career Possibilities

The MSN program builds on the education of a clinical practice generalist and prepares an advanced practice nurse. The educational experience prepares students to validate and expand research findings through application of theory and scientific inquiry.

Workplace

Graduates are expected to function collaboratively and independently in diverse educational locations, such as schools of nursing, hospitals, and health care agencies requiring an educational specialist.

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