Nursing Degree

MSN - Master of Science in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing Degree

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With the shortage of nurse educators, the MSN with emphasis in nursing education has become a popular program.  This emphasis addresses the growing need for nurse educators so additional students can be admitted to nursing programs.

The MSN with emphasis in nursing education focuses on online teaching or simulation preparing RNs to become the classroom leaders for the next generation of qualified nurses.  The courses in the nursing education core provide teaching and learning in the following subjects:

  • Program and curriculum
  • Pedagogy
  • Teaching and learning methods
  • Instructional design
  • Assessment and evaluation
  • Nurse educator roles

Program of Study, effective fall 2012

  • Leading the Organization I: Communication, Culture, and Change
  • Leadership in Health Care: A Collaborative Approach to Theory/Ethics/Health Policy*
  • Facilitating Health I: Health Assessment/Pathophysiology
  • Evidence-Based Nursing Practice*
  • Facilitating Health II: Advanced Pharmacology
  • Online Nursing Education OR Simulation in Nursing Education
  • Nursing Curriculum and Program Design, Instructional Methods, and Strategies
  • Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Nurse Educator Roles
  • Evidence-Based Teaching Interventions
  • Nursing Capstone Project
  • Nursing Capstone Practicum: Simulation or Online

Student Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the MSN program, with Emphasis in Nursing Education, will:

  1. Analyze moral, ethical, and legal issues that impact the delivery of nursing care and nursing education in a diverse, global world.
  2. Integrate theory, research, and practice using critical thinking and effective problem solving for the advancement of the nursing profession.
  3. Utilize technological media to educate and communicate collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders throughout the global world.
  4. Synthesize principles of education, innovative methodologies, and learning approaches to achieve curricular outcomes.
  5. Model professional, scholarly, and leadership behaviors that foster clinical reasoning and lifelong learning.

The NAU Online MSN program reviews applications and admits students every academic quarter. Admission decisions are made and communicated in writing once the program application and admission requirements have been completed and reviewed.

  1. Admission criteria includes the following:
    1. Graduation from a baccalaureate degree program in nursing from an accredited institution (or approval of Online MSN program chair).
    2. Current active unencumbered RN license from any state within the United States. Evidence of current licensure must be present in the student’s departmental file.
    3. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale during the baccalaureate degree completion.
  2. All nursing prefix (NS) courses must be completed through NAU online.*
  3. All international nurses must have a current active unencumbered registered nurse license to practice (in the state of their choice in the Unites States) and an international professional evaluation of their prior education credentials.

* Only the following NS courses may be transferred into the MSN program of study: Leadership in Health Care: A Collaborative Approach to Theory/Ethics/Health Policy and Evidence-Based Nursing Practice.

The Online MSN program is offered through NAU Distance Learning in all states except Tennessee.

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