The MSN Nurse Educator track prepares nurses for teaching roles in academic settings and in professional development services of health care agencies. The program of study includes “core” graduate nursing courses which are required of all graduate nursing students, such as advanced pathophysiology, advanced health assessment and advanced pharmacology. Nursing education courses address curriculum development, teaching-learning methods, and assessment and evaluation of learning outcomes in nursing education. Required courses also include graduate level nursing research, theory development in nursing, bioethics and health policy, all of which enhance the nurse’s expertise in their area of nursing practice. The student’s practicum experience in nursing education and the graduate capstone (or master’s thesis) provide opportunities to apply all prior learning to the new role of nurse educator and to their area of nursing practice.
A full time student can complete this program of study in two calendar years. Part time study (3 to 4 years) is one option, as some courses are offered during summer and/or online. Faculty guidance is an integral part of each portion of the student’s program of study. The Faculty Advisor serves as the chairperson of the capstone project or thesis and provides ongoing guidance to each student as he or she progress through the program
Graduates who complete this program meet the educational criteria for the National League for Nursing Nurse Educator certification examination.