Nursing Degree

MSN - Master of Science in Nursing

Be the one to MEET the need.

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 professionals who teach nursing so additional students can be admitted to nursing programs.

Helping people is the main goal of most people entering the nursing profession, but with the recent nursing shortage, there is a great need for nursing teachers to step in to help alleviate the shortage by turning students into nurses who can assume roles in health care leadership.

The Master’s degree in nursing 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

* 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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