The School of Nursing offers the Master of Science degree with a major in nursing emphasis Nurse Educator. Master’s-prepared nurses may complete a post graduate certificate in the nurse educator emphasis. This program prepares the nurse to practice as faculty in colleges, universities, hospital -based schools of nursing or technical schools, or as staff development educators in health care facilities. Nurse educators serve as role models and provide leadership needed to implement evidence-based practice. These leaders document the outcomes of educational programs and guide students through the learning process. The shortage of nurse educators may enhance career prospects since it affords job security and provides opportunities for nurses to maintain dual roles as educators and direct patient care providers. The graduate will be eligible to take the National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator Examination. Master’s-prepared nurses may complete a post graduate certificate in the nurse educator emphasis. The following courses are required.
The mission of the School of Nursing is to prepare graduates for professional positions as safe, competent and caring nurses to meet the healthcare needs of diverse populations.
Acceptance of Transfer Credits
Transfer credit will be awarded per the published Graduate Programs section of the University catalog. Nine semester hours of transfer credits from an accredited institution may be applied to the degree with approval of the graduate program coordinator.
Courses completed 6 or more years before the date of graduation will not be accepted as satisfying graduation requirements without the approval by the graduate nursing program coordinator.
Graduation Requirements for MS
The graduate degree will be granted to candidates who meet all of the University catalog requirements plus the following:
- Graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.
- All courses must be passed with a B or better.
- Completed oral comprehensive exam or directed research or thesis. If choosing to complete a directed research project or thesis you will need to contact the Graduate Nursing Program Coordinator by the end of your second semester or as directed by degree plan.
Nurse Educator Emphasis
|NSG 552||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|NSG 561||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|NSG 575||Curriculum Development||3|
|NSG 512||Research & Evidenced Based Practice||3|
|NSG 548||Healthcare: Ethics, Law & Policy||3|
|NSG 562||Advanced Assessment||2|
|NSG 562L||Advanced Assessment Lab||1|
|NSG 576||Instructional Strategies||3|
|NSG 551||Health Promotion||2|
|NSG 577||Assessment & Evaluation||3|
|NSG 583||Nurse Educator Seminar||1|
|NSG 583L||Nurse Educator Practicum||3|
Program Requirement Totals
|Program Requirement Totals||Credits|
|Program Core Courses||16 cr.|
|Nurse Educator Role-Specific Didactic Hours||10 cr.|
|Nurse Educator Clinical Practicum Hours||3 cr. (135 hours)|
|Total On-Campus Lab Hours||1 cr. (30 hours)|
|Total Required Credit Hours||30 cr.|
|Optional Elective Courses||0-22 cr.|
Optional Course List
|NSG 504||NSG Writing & Presentation Skills 1||1|
|NSG 505||Biostatistics & Research 2||3|
|NSG 593||Thesis Seminar 3||3|
|NSG 599||Thesis Research 3||6|
|Optional Elective Courses||0-13|
NSG 504 NSG Writing & Presentation Skills (1 c.h.) is an optional elective to assist students in graduate writing. Graduate level writing is required in the graduate nursing program. This course is highly encouraged for all graduate nursing students.
NSG 505 Biostatistics & Research (3 c.h.) is an optional elective to assist students in graduate level statistics.
NSG 593 Thesis Seminar (3 c.h.) & NSG 599 Thesis Research (1-6 c.h.)Thesis is one of three options minimum to complete the university master’s degree graduation requirements. A minimum of 9 credits is required for a thesis option.
1. Eighty percent of graduates will:
- Complete the program within one and one-half times the length of the program
- Express satisfaction with the program
- Pass national certification exam the first time
- Be employed in role-related professional practice within six months to one year
2. Eighty percent of employers’ will express satisfaction with graduates’ job performance.
Expected Student Learning Outcomes for Masters Programs
At the completion of the program, graduates will be able to:
1. Integrate evidence-based practice, ethical decision making and technology into advanced nursing practice.
2. Utilize interprofessional collaboration to provide safe, quality patient-centered care.
3. Explore quality improvement initiatives that affect delivery of advanced nursing practice and health care services.