The master’s program in nursing education focuses on preparing graduates as nurse educators in the clinical or academic environments. The program of study includes core and clinical courses that provide a broad foundation in advanced clinical nursing practice as well as in nursing education such as advanced pathophysiology, advanced pharmacology, advanced health assessment, teaching strategies, evaluation methods, and curriculum design. Clinical experiences in the advanced practice of a selected specialty and a teaching practicum are included in this curriculum. Graduates are prepared for leadership in the education of nurses in health care and academic settings.
This 39-credit program is available at the Main and Harrisburg Campuses. A minimum of 240 hours of faculty supervised clinical hours is required. The program can be completed in 18–24 months of full-time study or at the student’s pace for part-time study within the five-year time limit post matriculation. Graduates are prepared to sit for the NLN-Certified Nurse Educator certification examination after two years of full-time teaching in an academic setting. A post-master’s certificate and accelerated MSN-PhD options are available.