Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator

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Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator

Fast Facts

  • 100% online, with on campus intensives
  • 40 Credits
  • Complete in as little as 6 semesters
  • Eight-week and 16-week courses
  • Three intakes per year

Walsh University Recognition

  • Accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • Accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • #49 in Regional Universities Midwest (U.S. News and World Report)
  • #29 in Best Colleges for Veterans (U.S. News and World Report)

Tap into your passion for education and quality care.

Prepare to impact the future of nursing with the online MSN Nurse Educator program. Graduate ready to earn your Nurse Educator certification. Expand your understanding of procedures, skills and clinical reasoning related to health and nursing to improve nursing practice. Gain an understanding of creating materials that encourage professional development and training. Learn to design and implement a curriculum as well as various teaching strategies. As a Nurse Educator, graduates will be prepared to teach in a variety of settings and influence the next generation of nursing professionals.

Online MSN NE Program Delivery

The online Nurse Educator MSN is a 40 credit hour advanced nursing program. The degree can be completed in as little as 6 semesters. Courses are offered in eight-week and sixteen-week blocks. The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). Walsh University’s online programs offer the flexibility to learn in an asynchronous environment. The curriculum offers expert knowledge courses that focus on what you need to know as a nurse educator, including:

  • Curriculum Design
  • Assessment, Measurements and Evaluation in Nursing Education
  • Teaching Strategies
  • Nursing Education Practicum
Online MSN NE Admissions
  1. Submission of a completed Walsh University application.
  2. A current unencumbered Registered Nurse license(s). One year of experience as a Registered Nurse is preferred.
  3. Official transcripts documenting a baccalaureate degree in Nursing from a program accredited by a national organization responsible for nursing accreditation (Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACNE), Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) or their equivalent. Transcripts should document a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average on a 4.0 scale on all undergraduate coursework. Transcripts must be in English and credentials evaluated when appropriate.
  4. Completion of an Undergraduate or Graduate Statistics course.
  5. Two professional letters of recommendation supporting the applicant’s potential for success in the Master’s program from graduate prepared nurses or faculty members who can address the applicant’s potential or ability for functioning in the FNP or Nurse Educator role (clinical skills, critical thinking, independent decision making, collaborative skills with other health professionals, and nursing leadership). Applicants currently enrolled in a nursing program must submit at least one (1) recommendation from a faculty member in that program.
  6. A resume or CV with your application that includes work experience, educational, leadership and professional organization activities, and scholarly activities, including publications, presentations, research, honors and awards.
  7. A 1,000-word essay that will serve as the basis for the admission interview with faculty and will be reviewed for writing style and content. It should address the following areas:
    • Reasons for seeking advanced education in the MSN program at this time in your career.
    • Academic and career goals and how the MSN education will help you to realize those goals.
    • Personal and professional attributes that will contribute to your success in the program.
    • The essay should be typed in APA format and will be evaluated on both the quality of writing and the congruence between stated goals and those of the program.

Upon completion of the application, those who meet the admission criteria will be invited to the interview with the Graduate Nursing Admissions Committee.

Language Requirements

TOEFL score of 500 or higher on the paper-based test, 173 or higher on the computer-based test, or 61 or higher on the Internet-based test.

IELTS score of 5.5 or higher.

NURS 606 – Health Care Policy, Organizational/ Financial 2 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the analysis of organizational theories within the healthcare environment and the impact of ethics, values, politics, and market forces on the structure and function of nursing and health care organizations. The application of economic and financial theories in understanding the strategic impact of market dynamics, utilities, incentive structures, and driving and restraining forces in health care change are explored. The emphasis is on analyzing the actual and potential impact of these dynamics on the structure and function of the health care system.

Online MSN NE Tuition and Financial Aid

Online MSN NE Tuition

$685 per credit hour. To learn more about our tuition breakdown, click here.

Online MSN NE Financial Aid

Financial aid may be available to qualified individuals. To learn more about financial aid for Walsh University’s online MSN-NE program, click here.

Online MSN NE Curriculum
Careers and Outcomes

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, individuals 25 and older with a master’s degree earned approximately $10,000 more a year than their counterparts with a bachelor’s degree The Nurse Educator program at Walsh prepares NEs to teach in a variety of settings and influence the next generation of nursing professionals. According to the National League for Nursing, Nurse Educators are in demand nationally as the current generation of nurse educators are approaching retirement.

Nurse educators work in a variety of environments, including:

  • Academic institutions
  • Hospitals
  • Various healthcare facilities

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation observed a nursing faculty shortage and emphasized the need for educators with in-the-field experience. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing conducted a survey where more than 1,000 faculty jobs were vacant. More than 60,000 applicants were turned away from nursing school due to a lack of faculty and educational facilities/resources. Your role as a nurse educator helps fulfill the need for experienced educators who have the knowledge and skills necessary to influence as well as shape the future of nursing.

NURS 600 – Theoretical Development of Nursing Science 3 sem. hrs.

This course explores the development of nursing knowledge, theory and their relationship to nursing education, practice and research. A historical overview of concept and theory development in nursing and related disciplines is explored as well as the process of critiquing, evaluating, and utilizing nursing theories. Students will examine the relationship between the components of theory and the role that theory plays in research, practice and education. Projections for the future of theory development in nursing are also discussed.

NURS 601 – Research Methods/Evidence Based Practice 3 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on emerging methodologies for the study of advanced nursing. Students will discuss evaluation, utilization and application of current research pertaining to nursing education and practice. The role of the nurse researcher in promoting evidence-based practice is emphasized. Processes for implementation and evaluation of evidence-based nursing practice are included.

Pre- or Corequisite: NURS 600.

NURS 603 – Prof Role Development/Ethical Issues 3 sem. hrs.

This course explores the professional role of the masters prepared nurse in health care delivery, research, and education. Emphasis will be placed on common core skills necessary to improve patient health outcomes, advance nursing education and promote population health. National health care objectives will be used to target specific areas of interest. Ethical requirements related to the practice of advanced nursing will be appraised, with an emphasis on understanding how to promote health and prevent community based illnesses within appropriate ethical boundaries. The context of practicing within an interprofessional setting will be accentuated.

NURS 605 – Epi Methods for Health Promotion 2 sem. hrs.

This course explores the determinants and distribution of health and illness and the application of statistical and epidemiological principles to advanced nursing practice and health care delivery. The natural history of common diseases and conditions and the relationship of disease states to levels of prevention are emphasized. Levels of prevention, screening tests, diagnostic tests, guideline uses, and evidence-based care are explored. Ethical and legal aspects of epidemiology as well as related health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention as a basis for clinical decision-making are examined.

NURS 610 – Advanced Pathophysiology 3 sem. hrs.

This course focuses on the interrelationships of human biological systems, biochemical, genetic and cellular concepts, providing the framework for the study of advanced pathological concepts. Case studies illustrate theoretical concepts and assist in the application of theory to practice.

NURS 612 – Advanced Pharmacology 3 sem. hrs.

This course builds on prior knowledge of pathophysiology and human physiology. It provides the basis for pharmacotherapeutics and therapeutic management guidelines for treatment of select disease processes, drug information by classification, and principles of pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics. Clinical application, adverse reactions and patient education implications are presented.

NURS 614 – Adv Health Assessment 3 sem. hrs.

This course builds on the student's’ knowledge and skills of basic health assessment and provides a foundation for the advanced nurse to evaluate the health of individuals across the lifespan. Theory and research-based methodologies and skills will be incorporated to assist students in the comprehensive assessment of individuals, including advanced communication skills such as clinical interviewing and focused history taking; psychosocial and physical assessment, critical diagnostic reasoning and clinical decision making. Interpretation of data for the purpose of differentiating normal from abnormal findings as well as for recognition of potential and/or actual health problems will also be addressed. The course requires 30 laboratory hours.

NURS 615 – Sem in Adv Clinical Specialty 2 sem. hrs.

This course includes didactic content to expand knowledge of procedures, skills and clinical reasoning related to acute and chronic health conditions in one of the following areas: pediatric, women’s health/maternity or adult health. Collaborative skills and the importance of interprofessional team development as well as the application of content to the nurse educator role are emphasized.

NURS 616 – Prac in Adv Clinical Specialty 3 sem. hrs.

This course provides practicum opportunities for the clinical management of clients as well as the opportunity to expand knowledge of procedures, skills and clinical reasoning. Settings and populations are chosen according to the student specialty selection. Students work collaboratively with other nurses and other healthcare professionals to provide individualized health care to those in culturally and socio-economic diverse settings. (150 clinical hours)

Corequisite: NURS 615.

NURS 617 – Sem in Professional Development 2 sem. hrs.

This course includes didactic content to expand knowledge of procedures and skills necessary for the role of the nursing professional development specialist.

Students take either NURS 615 or NURS 617

NURS 618 – Health Informatics 2 sem. hrs.

Students will explore healthcare informatics concepts, theories, legal and ethical implications, and applications within the healthcare environment and classroom. Critical issues affecting the development and implementation of information technologies (clinical, administrative and learning), knowledge management principles, and professional practice trends will be analyzed. Emerging information and communication technology in health care will be explored. The course will emphasize the health informatics resources to implement health care outcome improvement and support practice and administrative decision-making. Students will apply new knowledge, manage individual and aggregate level information, and assess the efficacy of patient care technology appropriate to their area of practice.

NURS 619 – Practicum in Nursing or Prof Develop 3 sem. hrs.

This course provides practicum opportunities in nursing professional development with the opportunity to expand knowledge of procedures and skills necessary for success in this nursing specialist role. Settings are chosen according to the student’s specialty selection. Students will work collaboratively with other nurses and other healthcare professionals to develop, plan, implement, and evaluate nursing professional development. This course requires 150 clinical hours.

Corequisite: NURS 617.

NURS 630 – Assess, Meas & Eval in Nursing Educ 2 sem. hrs.

This course explores evidence-based assessment and evaluation practices and the use of a variety of tools and strategies, including information technology to assess and evaluate learning. Students will develop appropriate formative and summative assessment techniques that address intended learning outcomes and promote learning.

NURS 631 – Curr Design in Nursing Education 3 sem. hrs.

This course explores curriculum development and the appropriate evaluation models to assess curriculum design. Students will evaluate the influence of accreditation requirements on curriculum development and the accreditation evaluation process.

NURS 632 – Teaching Strategies in Nursing Educ 2 sem. hrs.

This course explores instructional frameworks, learning environments, including traditional and virtual classrooms as well as clinical environments, and student management and motivation techniques. Students will examine theories associated with optimizing the teaching experience and student outcomes, and gain an understanding of evidence-based teaching, learning, communication, and motivation strategies used for specific learning situations and student populations.

NURS 635 – Practicum in Nursing Education 4 sem. hrs.

This practicum course is designed to combine practice and theory and provide an opportunity to apply knowledge and competencies acquired throughout the program of study to educational environments. It is a time intensive practicum in an educational setting of the student’s choice (160 clinical hours).