What courses will I take in the Nurse Educator online degree?

NURS 5012 – Nursing Science and Patterns of Knowing, 3-Credits

An historical, contemporary and futuristic exploration of the art and science of nursing praxis including patterns of knowing: empirical, ethical, aesthetic, existential and emancipatory. Theories and models derived from nursing and the social sciences are synthesized for their usefulness in advanced practice nursing care for individuals, families, and communities to promote health and manage a variety of problems such as health threats, acute and chronic illnesses, and transitions. Opportunities are provided for students to synthesize family health concepts for use in clinical practice, scholarship, and research.

NURS 5020 – Statistical Methods in Nursing, 3-Credits

Quantitative procedures including descriptive and inferential statistics, non-parametric approaches to data, and parametric analyses. Selected research designs are explored. Analytic techniques are applied for use in selected research designs in health sciences research. Cross listed with CLTR 5020.

NURS 5030 – Nursing Research in Advanced Practice, 3-Credits

Examination of qualitative and quantitative methods of primary research employed to answer questions in nursing practice. Concepts include patient safety and quality principles, quality/process improvement, and evidence-based practice processes. Emphasis is on problem identification; design principles; and accessing, analyzing, disseminating and applying research for evidence-based practice.

NURS 5060 – Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan, 3-Credits

This course is designed for nurses preparing for advanced nursing practice roles across varying population foci. Concepts will include advanced human physiology, pathophysiology, and common clinical manifestations. A body-systems framework will be used.

NURS 5062* – Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan, 3-Credits

Principles and techniques of advanced health assessment across the life span are examined and practiced.

NURS 5070 – Advanced Pharmacodynamics and Implications for Nursing Actions, 3-Credits

Emphasis is placed on pharmacodynamics, on nursing measures that support desired drug responses or reduce side effects which must be tolerated, and on client teaching indicated by pharmacotherapy.

NURS 5235 – Health care Quality Improvement, Outcomes Management, Assessment and Planning for the Nurse Leader, 3-Credits

An examination of unit and system based health care outcomes: their identification, measurement and purpose along with principles of quality improvement processes and assessment and planning principles and concepts.

NURS 5249 – MS in Nursing Capstone Experience, 3-Credit

Integration of concepts, theories, and principles pertinent to the student’s specialty track, in an experiential learning setting, demonstrating integration of new knowledge and attainment of program outcomes.

NURS 5700 – Health Professions Education: Evaluation, 3-Credits, Fall

This course will introduce students to important principles of evaluation science, with a particular emphasis on formative and summative evaluations. The course will help students apply these principles to the practice of evaluating educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

NURS 5710 – Health Professions Education: Planning, 3-Credits, Spring

This course will introduce students to important principles of educational planning, reflecting the literatures of adult learning, curriculum and instruction, diffusion of innovations research, and health professions education. The course will help students apply these principles to the practice of planning educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

NURS 5720 – Health Professions Education: Implementation, 3-Credits, Summer

This course will introduce students to important principles of implementation reflecting the literatures of adult learning, curriculum and instruction, and health professions education. The course will help students apply these principles to the practice of implementing educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

NURS 5870 – Health Policy & Populations-based Advocacy for the Scholarship of Application, 3-Credits, Summer

The role of collaborative health care teams in health promotion and risk reduction and illness prevention for population health. Educational strategies necessary for transformation of clinical education to decrease preventable deaths will be incorporated.

*A minimum of 2,080 hours of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) providing direct patient care is required prior to application in NURS 5062.

Note: No student may take more than 12 credits in the master’s degree as a non-matriculated student. No student may transfer in more than 25% of course credits required for the master’s degree plan of study.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The M.S. program requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above to earn the Master of Science degree in Nursing. Students must earn a “B” or better in all graduate courses with a NURS prefix in order to earn credit toward graduation. A student may only repeat one course with a NURS prefix throughout their graduate study. If a student does not earn a “C+” or better on the first try, a collaborative decision between the advisor and the student will determine if a repeat of the course is appropriate.