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Nursing Education MSN Concentration

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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 University of New Mexico College of Nursing offers a Nursing Education concentration for the Master of Science in Nursing degree.  Courses provide students with opportunities to learn and synthesize teaching theories and strategies, assessment and evaluation of learners and curriculum design and program development/evaluation. The Nursing Education concentration offers practical opportunities to apply what has been learned in student teaching preceptorships and clinical components.

What to Expect

  • This part-time, two-year program has been designed to accommodate working nurses.
  • The degree awarded at completion of the program is a Master of Science in Nursing.
  • Courses are delivered in an eight-week, online format, with the exception of fieldwork courses.
  • The final three courses involve a clinical component, and students will be encouraged to plan ahead to ensure their success in these busy final course blocks.
  • Graduates are eligible to become certified as a nurse educator after successfully passing the certification exam. The credentialing organization is the National League for Nursing. While this certification is not required to teach, many settings encourage CNE certification.

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.