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Master of Science in Nursing - Nurse Educator Concentration, MSN
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The Master of Science in Nursing –Nurse Educator concentration nursing will prepare individuals for the nurse educator role in academic or staff development settings. The curriculum integrates core master’s-level concepts, advanced clinical foundations (assessment, pharmacology, pathophysiology) and education-focused courses. Students develop teaching strategies in the didactic and clinical setting, synthesize teaching/learning theories, and acquire skills in curriculum development. Clinical practicum objectives include the student’s ability to provide didactic and clinical instruction within the academic or clinical settings. As a result, graduates of the Nurse Educator concentration are well prepared to assume faculty or clinical instructor positions in schools of nursing or staff development positions in health care institutions.

Upon successful completion of the MSN Nurse Educator Concentration, the graduate will be eligible to seek certification as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), offered by the National League for Nursing (NLN).

Admission to the MSN program is competitive. We seek highly motivated nurses who have obtained their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and desire to further professional development to advance their career. Once students have been admitted into the program, they become members of a cohort. This means that the same group of students goes through the program together. The cohort experience provides the students with the opportunity to develop a sense of community with their classmates as they study, network, and support each other in the graduate learning experience. The cohort learning experience begins with a two day residency at the Grand Rapids W.A. Lettinga Campus and ends with another two day residency for the NURS795 MSN Special Project or NURS799 MSN Thesis.

The MSN Program is a 28-month program that begins once a year. Courses within the program are delivered entirely online except for the practicum component of NURS765/NURS765C and NURS787/NURS787C. Practicum sites for the NURS765C and NURS787C will be arranged for students based on students’ geographic locations.


**Upon discussion with MSN Advisor, Student will elect to conduct either a Special Research Project (NURS795) or do the traditional thesis (NURS799).

Which class should I take? When should I take it?
2018-2019 Recommended Program Sequence for MSN - Nurse Educator Concentration and printable pdf download

Foundations of Advanced Nursing 9 cr.
NURS600Theoretical Foundation for Advanced Nursing Practice3 cr.
NURS601MSN Orientation Seminar0 cr.
NURS640Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice3 cr.
NURS670Transforming Nursing Practice Role through Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy3 cr.
Advanced Nursing Core9 cr.
NURS735Advanced Pathophysiology3 cr.
NURS738Advanced Pharmacology3 cr.
NURS740Advanced Health Assessment2 cr.
NURS740VAdvanced Health Assessment Lab (Virtual)1 cr.
Nursing Educator Concentration18 cr.
HINT730Information Management in Health Care3 cr.
NURS765Concepts of Advanced Nursing Practice2 cr.
NURS765CConcepts in Advanced Nursing Practice Clinical2 cr.
NURS780Theoretical Foundations of Teaching and Learning3 cr.
NURS787Role of the Nurse Educator1 cr.
NURS787CRole of the Nurse Educator - Clinical1 cr.
NURS784Curriculum Development and Program Evaluation3 cr.
NURS785Teaching Strategies, Assessment, and Evaluation3 cr.
Thesis/Capstone**1 cr.
NURS795 or NURS799MSN Special Project or MSN Thesis1 cr.