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Nurse Educator Program Details

Master of Science

Mission and Values

The mission of the nursing department is to provide leadership through outcomes of nursing education, scholarship, and practice that reflect a Christ-like presence in the preparation of nurses who serve, with excellence, a diverse and changing society. We value:

  • The liberal arts context as the foundation for nursing education and practice.
  • The perspectives of a Christian worldview that emphasizes caring, service, integrity, the pursuit of excellence, and the inherent worth of all life.
  • Nursing as a profession that fulfills multiple roles and requires a unique and expanding body of knowledge and skills for the purpose of promoting the health of diverse individuals, families, communities, and systems.
  • Nursing leadership that influences the quality of healthcare within changing local and global healthcare systems.
  • Education that is relational and active and that promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning.

Nursing Department Goals         

  1. To prepare nurses with skills in critical thinking, with the ability to function in both structured and unstructured professional nursing positions, and with the background necessary for advanced education.
  2. To prepare students for life-long learning with a theoretical foundation based on Judeo-Christian principles and the liberal arts and sciences.
  3. To express within the nursing profession Christian values and leadership through excellence in professional practice, scholarly endeavors, and community service.

Master’s Program Outcomes

  1. Provide leadership in a variety of systems to promote high-quality and safe care for individuals and communities.
  2. Integrate nursing knowledge, theoretical foundations, and evidence to inform practice changes that improve health.
  3. Improve practice through knowledge and use of current and emerging information technologies.
  4. Integrate ethical perspectives and Christian principles in advanced nursing practice.
  5. Advocate for improved health of populations through analysis of policy and systems that address health disparities and determinants.
  6. Promote culturally competent systems that support the global context of health care.
  7. Collaborate with the interprofessional healthcare team to improve patient and population health outcomes.

Nurse Educator Program Outcomes

  1. Function as a nurse educator through the integration of theory, research, ethical and Christian perspectives, global realities, policy-making issues, and information technologies.
  2. Design curriculum based on educational trends and professional standards reflecting teaching, learning, and evaluation principles.
  3. Support the nurse educator role with enhanced direct care knowledge and skills.            

RN to M.S. Bridge Program

This option is for individuals interested in obtaining an M.S. degree in Nursing who have a bachelor's degree in an area other than nursing. The Bridge Program allows you to obtain both a B.S. in Nursing and an M.S. in nursing. To do that you will need to complete some baccalaureate nursing courses and then all of the M.S. degree requirements. The required undergraduate nursing course work can be completed in one academic year, after which time if you meet the other requirements for admission to the M.S. in Nursing program, you can begin the M.S. program. 

Upon successful completion of these undergraduate requirements and the M.S. program, you'll earn both a B.S. in Nursing and the M.S. degree. The B.S. degree in Nursing earned through the Bridge Program does not qualify for Degree Honors or Commencement Ceremony Honors. Neither degree will be awarded without completion of all requirements for both degrees.

Check out our catalog for a complete list of required courses (pg 59).

Webinars and Practicums

Though most of your coursework may be completed online at your convenience with regular assignment deadlines, some of your classes may include webinars where all students need to be available at the same time. Students who work full time will need flexibility to participate in the experiential and internship requirements embedded in the program. Talk to your enrollment counselor for details.

Preparing You for Success

We set you up for success as a nurse educator by gradually introducing you to teaching. You’ll start out doing observations of our outstanding faculty members as they teach undergraduate nursing students. Then, you’ll conduct curriculum development assessment and other activities before teaching content yourself. It’s a model used in education that builds confidence along with skills that allow you to succeed far beyond Bethel.


The baccalaureate and nurse educator master's degrees in nursing are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE): 655 K St. NW., Suite 750, Washington, D.C. 20001, 202.887.6791.

Completion of the M.S. Nurse Educator program provides immediate eligibility credentialing as a nurse educator with the National League for Nursing following successful completion of their exam. Through integration of hands-on activities, our graduates leave prepared to teach nursing in pre-licensure and degree-completion programs.

You will complete 100% of your coursework online with additional field experiences and an internship within academic and healthcare system settings. You will have face to face opportunities working with experienced faculty for the field experiences and internships. 


Fully Online

You'll complete 100% of your coursework online.

Location: Online

Start Dates: Fall 2018

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

2-3 years


  • Theory Foundations (NURS600)

    An examination of the theoretical foundations of the discipline of nursing, including nursing theory and selected borrowed theories within the contexts of nursing leadership and Christian perspectives. Analysis of nursing theory will include historical perspectives, theory development, application to practice and leadership, and evaluation of grand, middle range, and practice theories in nursing.

    3 credits

  • Global Perspectives of Health (NURS615)

    Development of a global perspective on social determinants of health. Integration of concepts of interprofessional collaboration including the disciplines of epidemiology, ecology, economics, politics, and religion in determining culturally responsive strategies to improve health.

    3 credits

  • Leadership in Nursing Education (NURS621)

    Examination of trends, issues, and forces impacting nursing education and higher education. Consideration of the teaching, scholarship, and service components of the academic nurse educator role. Discussion of theoretical frameworks and evidence that inform leadership roles needed to shape and implement change in nursing education and the academic community.

    4 credits

  • Evidence Translation for Practice (NURS626)

    Overview of nursing research process and methodologies, with an emphasis on critical appraisal of evidence for improving nursing practice.

    3 credits

  • Health Policy (NURS650)

    The examination of the healthcare policy process at the organizational and governmental levels. Students will analyze sociocultural, ethical, economic, political, and historical factors that influence healthcare policy and propose policy strategies to improve the health status of populations.

    4 credits

  • Facilitating Learning (NURS655)

    Acquire the ability to create effective learning environments within nursing education. Application of current educational theories and pedagogies, best practices, and a knowledge of learning styles associated with diverse learner populations to support and enhance learning. Investigate instructional techniques, information technologies, and competencies used across nursing education environments. This course includes 8 hours of field experience.

    4 credits

  • Curriculum Design and Evaluation (NURS660)

    An integration of philosophical perspectives, best practices, and professional standards used as the foundation for curricular design, learner assessment, and evaluation. Analysis of assessment and evaluation data to enhance teaching/learning across nursing education environments.

    4 credits

  • Health Assessment for Nurse Educators (NURS671)

    Enhance knowledge and skills of history taking, physical assessment, clinical reasoning, and related teaching/learning strategies in order to prepare for the role of nurse educator. This is a hybrid course; on campus lab experiences and 32 hours of field experience are required.

    3 credits

  • Pathopharmacology for Nurse Educators (NURS680)

    Integration of pathophysiology and pharmacotherapeutic concepts and principles needed to form the basis of a comprehensive and holistic approach to the delivery of nursing care. Application of evidence-based pathopharmacology concepts within the nurse educator role.

    4 credits

  • Innovations and Information Technologies for Nurse Educators (NURS685)

    Focus on innovative curricular design that promotes achievement of established learning outcomes in varied educational environments and fosters the development of clinical reasoning and critical thinking. Incorporate the use of current and emerging information technologies into nursing practice to enhance care outcomes.

    4 credits

  • Master's Capstone I (NURS756)

    Application of theoretical perspectives and the research or project management process to the examination of a nursing problem or issue. Requires initial draft of chapters one and two of the masters project, a project plan, and beginning matrix of literature.

    1 credits

  • Nurse Educator Internship (NURS774)

    Integration and synthesis of current nursing knowledge and teaching/learning theory to function effectively within an educational context. Evaluation of personal effectiveness in the educator role. Demonstrate an integration of knowledge of theories, research, ethical and Christian perspectives, global realities, policy-making issues, higher education, and information technologies into the nurse educator role. Includes 110 hour internship.

    3 credits

  • Comprehensive Examination (NURS788)

    Nurse educator comprehensive examination.

    0 credits

  • Master's Capstone II (NURS798)

    A capstone experience resulting in a masters thesis or project.

    1 credits

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