Nursing Education is designed to prepare professional nurses for the nurse educator role in academic or clinical settings. The curriculum integrates masters’ essential areas as described by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2011), graduate level advanced practice core courses, and education-focused specialty courses.
The curriculum is distinctively different from other nurse educator programs in several aspects. Graduate level advanced practice courses are taught specifically for educators, and there is a focus on integration of best practices in simulation pedagogy throughout the curriculum. Additionally, during the two final mentored experience courses, students have the opportunity to work closely with professionals who have expertise in improving health outcomes for specific clinical populations, and with expert nurse educators.
- Graduates prepared for teaching in academic or clinical setting
- 33 credit hour online program over two calendar years
- Three admission cycles per year (Fall, Spring, Summer)
- Two mentored experiences (15 weeks each). Experiential learning under mentor guidance. Optional on campus intensive will be held during at least one of the experiences.
- Clinical Population Focus. Quality improvement opportunity generally carried out in place of employment.
- Nurse Educator Focus /Faculty Role. Opportunity to develop beginning nurse educator competencies, with student identifying focus areas of special interest.