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'll complete 100% of your coursework online.
Start Dates: Fall 2015
Approximate Program Length
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. ^ Certifiedbackground.com fee: $35.
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.
Leadership in Higher 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 as influenced by institutions of higher education and accrediting bodies. Discuss theoretical frameworks and evidence that inform leadership roles needed to shape and implement change in nursing education and the academic community. ^ Prerequisites: NURS600, NURS655, NURS660.
Evidence Translation for Practice (NURS626)
Overview of nursing research process and methodologies, with an emphasis on critical appraisal of evidence for improving nursing practice.
Health Policy (NURS650)
The examination of the health care 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.
Facilitating Learning (NURS655)
Acquire the ability to create effective learning environments within nursing education. Current educational theories, pedagogies, best practices, and knowledge of learning styles associated with diverse learner populations to support and enhance learning. Instructional techniques, information technologies, and competencies used across nursing education environments. 8 hours of field experience. ^ Background check fee: $20, malpractice insurance fee: $80, verified credentials fee: $20.
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. Includes analysis of assessment and evaluation data to enhance teaching/learning across nursing education environments. This course includes 8 hours of field experience. ^ Corequisite: NURS655. ^ Placement fee: $25.00, Clinical immunization documentation tracking and verification fee: $70.
Corequisite Course: NURS655
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. Hybrid course requires on-campus lab experiences and 32 hours of field experience. + Advanced health assessment fee: $50, lab/tech fee: $50, placement fee: $35.
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.
Innovations and Information Technologies for Nurse Educators (NURS685)
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 as influenced by institutions of higher education and accrediting bodies. Discuss theoretical frameworks and evidence that inform leadership roles needed to shape and implement change in nursing education and the academic community. ^ Prerequisites: NURS655, NURS660. ^ Background check fee: $20, lab/tech fee: $100, malpractice insurance fee: $80, placement fee: $50, verified credentials fee, $20.
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 master?s project, a project plan, and beginning matrix of literature. ^ Prerequisite: NURS626. ^ Graded on an S/U basis.
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 100 hour internship. ^ Prerequisites: NURS621, NURS685. ^ Clinical immunization documentation tracking and verification fee: $70.
Comprehensive Examination (NURS788)
Nurse educator comprehensive examination. ^ Graded on an S/U basis.
Master's Capstone II (NURS798)
A capstone experience resulting in a master?s thesis or project. ^ Prerequisite: NURS756. ^ Graded on an S/U basis.
B.S. to M.S. Nursing Combined Option
If you're a registered nurse with a bachelor's degree in a major other than nursing, you can earn both your B.S. in Nursing and M.S. in Nursing at the same time. We call it the Combined Option program. It's a convenient way for you to fast-track your career in nurse education.
Here's how it works: You'll join a cohort of B.S. in Nursing students to complete 3 bachelor's courses. Then you'll continue on with courses in the master's program.
Required Undergraduate Courses
You'll take the following bachelor's-level classes before staring the M.A. Nurse Educator program.
- Public Health Nursing
- Nursing Leadership
- Understanding Worldviews
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 allows you to succeed far beyond Bethel.