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Nursing Education MSN Concentration

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Choose the concentration of Nursing Education in your Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) studies at the University of New Mexico College of Nursing.

Role of Nurse Educators

Nurse educators guide students from novices to professional nurses and expand their leadership and influence into their communities, organizations, policy discussions and healthcare systems. Academic institutions are always seeking new faculty with fresh ideas, insights and experience.

Graduates of this program are prepared to serve as:

  • Nursing program faculty at associate and baccalaureate degree levels
  • Nursing leaders in interprofessional education
  • Staff educators
  • Unit-based educators
  • Patient educators
  • Nurse educators in community agencies or clinics

Focus of Nursing Education Concentration

The Nursing Education MSN concentration focuses on the teaching methods and practices, and the core competencies of nurse educators in a variety of roles and settings. The program is designed to develop advanced knowledge in educational theories, teaching-learning strategies, assessment strategies, curriculum development and program evaluation. Most universities employ faculty with graduate and doctorate level degrees.

What to Expect During Your Education

  • Part-time studies begin in the spring and continue for seven consecutive terms, a three-year commitment.
  • The degree awarded at completion of the program is a Master of Science in Nursing.
  • Courses are available online, with the exception of practicum hours during two of the online courses and fieldwork hours. Practicum and fieldwork placement may be in the student's hometown, if appropriate.
  • Specific decisions regarding the fieldwork experience, taken near the end of the program, will be negotiated with your faculty advisor and instructor. (This requires 182 hours teaching in academic, staff development, and/or patient education settings.)
  • Graduates will be eligible to take the certification exam to become a certified nurse educator (CNE) through The National League for Nursing (NLN).

Nursing Education Concentration Program of Study

COURSE Credit HoursClinicalClinical HoursPracticum
(YEAR 1): SPRING TERM - 6 credits
NURS 501: Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 503: Research in Nursing3
TOTAL6
SUMMER TERM - 6 credits
NURS 515: Nurse Educator Roles & Professional Issues3
NURS 526: Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing3
TOTAL6
FALL TERM - 5 credits + practicum
NURS 509: Teaching in Nursing3
NURS 523: Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators224
TOTAL524
(YEAR 2): SPRING TERM - 5 credits
NURS 510: Curriculum Design and Program Evaluation3
NURS 511: Assessment & Evaluation of Learning in Nursing Education2
TOTAL5
SUMMER TERM - 6 credits
NURS 505: Health Care Policy, Systems & Financing3
NURS 543: Pharmacological Principles of Clinical Therapeutics3
TOTAL6
FALL TERM - 6 credits + clinicals
NURS 557: Biophysical & Psychosocial Concepts-Health & Illness4
NURS 595: Advanced Nursing Fieldwork2296 
TOTAL6296
(YEAR 3): SPRING TERM - 5 credits + clinicals
NURS 592: Clinical Specialty Practice2296
NURS 595: Advanced Nursing Fieldwork2296
NURS 597: Applied Exam1
TOTAL54192
Total Credit Hours = 39Total Clinical + Practicum Hours = 312

Outcome of Education

Completing the Nursing Education Program prepares you to:

  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills and decision-making in the educational environment.
  • Demonstrate effective communication in intraprofessional and interprofessional teamwork and collaboration.
  • Analyze and apply biophysical and psychosocial concepts of health and illness to educational environments and practice settings.
  • Apply key concepts from advanced pharmacology, pathology and physical assessment to nurse educator roles and practice.
  • Develop, analyze and evaluate nursing curricula, teaching strategies, assessment and evaluation methods, and program outcomes.
  • Critically utilize research findings that have relevance for intervening with patients and families and that are the basis for education of nursing students.
  • Integrate the use of information systems and communication technologies, resources and learning principles in the education of students, clients and/or other health care team members.
  • Synthesize and apply the core competencies of the AACN (American College of Nursing) and the NLN (National League for Nursing) in different educator roles related to a variety of educational environments.