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MSN Master of Science in Nursing RN-to-MSN Nurse Educator specialization


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Total program credits needed for graduation: 84

One academic quarter is 3 months. You will have a 3-week break between each quarter.

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Practice Immersion Requirements

Minimum of 100 practice immersion hours.

In addition to your online courses, you will complete a hands-on Practice Immersion, allowing you to put the evidence-based methods acquired throughout your program into practice. Hours logged in the Practice Immersion will be time spent under the guidance of an approved preceptor, at your chosen site, meeting the MSN program outcomes and competencies.

Bridge courses

32 quarter credits

Introduction to Nursing Concepts (4 quarter credits)
Health Assessment, Communication, and Collaboration for Quality Outcomes* (4 quarter credits)
Introduction to Nursing Research and Technology* (4 quarter credits)
Policy, Law, Ethics, and Regulations* (4 quarter credits)
Organizational and Systems Leadership for Nursing Practice* (4 quarter credits)
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Vulnerable and Diverse Populations* (4 quarter credits)
Nursing Leadership and Management* (4 quarter credits)
Nursing Bridge Integrative Project* (4 quarter credits)

Core Courses

32 quarter credits

MSN6005 *
Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurses (4 quarter credits)
MSN6007 *
Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (4 quarter credits)
MSN6009 *
Advanced Pharmacology for the Nurse Professional (4 quarter credits)
MSN6013 *
Principles of Advanced Nursing Practice (4 quarter credits)
MSN6014 *
Advanced Leadership for Contemporary Nursing (4 quarter credits)
MSN6015 *
Nursing Technology and Evidence-Based Practice (4 quarter credits)
MSN6025 *
Practice Immersion (4 quarter credits)
Nursing Capstone Project* (4 quarter credits)

Specialization Courses

20 quarter credits

Role of the Nurse Educator (4 quarter credits)
Teaching and Learning Strategies (4 quarter credits)
Curriculum Theory, Frameworks, and Design (4 quarter credits)
Information Systems for Nurse Educators* (4 quarter credits)
Assessment and Evaluation in Health Education* (4 quarter credits)

*This course has a prerequisite. Contact an enrollment counselor or refer to the course descriptions for more information.

The RN-to-MSN Nurse Educator specialization requires certain conditions of enrollment that learners must maintain throughout their program, including a current, unrestricted RN license and submitting a background check (fees apply).

This specialization is not designed to prepare graduates for entry-level or advanced practice licensure as a nurse.

North Carolina residents are advised that nurse educators must be National League of Nursing certified as a nurse educator or complete nine graduate credit hours of educational content coursework before they can teach.

What Can I Expect?

Most students take 1 to 2 courses at a time. One course typically requires 10 to 12 hours of study per week.

Courses are divided into 10 weekly units. Each unit consists of readings, discussions, and other activities you will be expected to complete throughout the week. Assignments are due on Sundays, though not every course requires an assignment each week.

In each course, you will receive a detailed scoring guide that describes expectations for every graded assignment.

Grades are based on your participation in weekly reading discussions and completion of assignments. You will also be assessed on your ability to demonstrate an understanding of expected outcomes for your program or specialization. These outcomes are based on the needs and performance standards of your field or discipline.

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Transfer Credits

There are many ways to reduce tuition costs, including transferring credits which can help save time and money. You can transfer up to 12 credits into this specialization.

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There are numerous other ways to reduce your tuition and graduate more quickly. You may be able to save time and money by earning credit for your prior learning (PLA). Additional sources of funding might include third-party scholarships, federal grants, or gifts.

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