The Nurse Educator Track is an intensive master’s track, designed for completion in four semesters. The curriculum is built on theory and skills of a baccalaureate nursing program. The purpose is to prepare nurses to become nurse educators and accomplish their career goals in academic, practice and service settings. The program utilizes adult learning theory and is aligned with the Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. The curriculum includes Advanced Health Assessment, Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Pathophysiology. The courses are presented in relation to nursing and education theory, curriculum development, critical thinking, leadership and nurse educator roles, and traditional and on-line teaching strategies in nursing. There is discussion of evaluation tools and processes to use in programs for nursing students or in staff development settings. In addition, there are interactive activities integrated throughout the courses, designed to enhance learning through application of relevant concepts. The graduate will acquire knowledge of the theories, strategies and practical skills necessary for effective leadership in nursing education.
Applications for part-time enrollment are accepted for the fall, spring and summer semesters. Applicants who wish to apply for full time enrollment must begin the program in the summer semester to graduate the following summer. Please follow the application deadlines designated on the application packet.
MSN Core Courses are held on Monday through Saturdays a minimum of five times a semester. Students’ practicum experiences may occur weekdays, weekends, including evening and night shifts.