Academics

Master of Science in Nursing; Nurse Educator Track

The School of Nursing Masters Program is designed to provide students pursuing a career in nursing the opportunity to acquire the knowledge, skills and abilities requisite to the safe, effective and efficient advanced practice of nursing.

The Masters program is offered online using a variety of teaching strategies designed to actively engage our students in their studies. To enhance the connections of students with their peers and the nursing faculty, on-campus three-day intensive sessions are held at the beginning of each fall semester.

The Nursing Education Track prepares the graduate to:

  • Accept a faculty position within a program of nursing or a nurse educator position in a clinical setting.
  • Increase mastery related to teaching and learning and 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 in the preparation, delivery and evaluation of educational programs for nurses.

To further connect you to our campus, professors, and peers, you are invited to an orientation held during the first fall semester of program matriculation. Some courses may require an on-campus session during the semester, this session can vary from 1-3 days in length. On-campus sessions are at the discretion of the individual instructor. Students may enroll in a part-time or full-time option.

The MSN curriculum is being revised to meet the 2011 Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The revision will be implemented during fall 2014 and applies to students who matriculate during and after that semester.

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 act 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 in providing culturally sensitive health promotion and disease prevention strategies in a global society.
  • Assume a leadership role in the management of human, fiscal and physical health care resources to improve nursing practice and health care delivery.
  • Utilize education research to continually improve teaching strategies/skills.
  • Develop a teaching-learning style that facilitates learner development that meets the educational outcomes of the learner.
  • Assess and evaluate at both 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.
  • Utilize education research to continually improve teaching strategies/skills.
  • Develop a teaching-learning style that facilitates learner development that meets the educational outcomes of the learner.
  • Assess and evaluate at both 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.

Career Possibilities

Nurse Educator

The Master’s Degree Nursing Program builds on the education of a clinical practice generalist and prepares an advanced practice nurse. The educational experience facilitates the student to validate and expand research findings through application of theory and scientific inquiry. Graduates of the Master’s degree program are expected to function collaboratively and independently in an advanced practice role with various populations and health care settings.

Workplace

Graduates of the Master’s degree program Nurse Educator 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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