Overview

The online Master of Science in Nursing is a 39 credit-hour program that is designed for practicing nurses who are looking to advance their career as a nurse educator.  The coursework you complete will deepen your understanding of the metaparadigm concepts of Person, Environment, Health and Nursing. You will also develop your knowledge related to theory, research, leadership, health care policy and nursing education methods. You’ll study topics like advanced assessment, pharmacology and pathophysiology.

The nurse educator curriculum features courses that prepare the graduate to teach in an academic or clinical setting.  The goals of the program are achieved through coursework beginning with nursing educational theory, instructional methods, curriculum development, assessment and evaluation, as well as health policy and ethics. Upon completion of the program you will have educational practicum experience, allowing you to apply teaching concepts in the role of nurse educator.

The Notre Dame College MSN Online Advantage

  • Affordable tuition
  • Delivered online
  • Accelerated courses

Degree Outcomes

Graduates of the MSN program will:

  • Embody the role of educator within the nursing profession, the community, and the health care system.
  • Communicate effectively with the health care professionals to develop and nurture collaborative relationships.
  • Demonstrate clinical reasoning in the application of nursing and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to foster optimal client health outcomes.
  • Analyze personal and organizational decision making utilizing an understanding of how ethics and values influence health care delivery.
  • Demonstrate cultural competence that reflects sensitivity to human diversity in a dynamic academic and health care environment.
  • Demonstrate competence in leadership roles and a commitment to ongoing professional development for the provision of quality, cost-effective health care, and the advancement of nursing practice.
  • Utilize nursing research for the promotion of high quality nursing education, health care, and evidence based practice.

MSN Program Courses

  • NR 500 Nursing Theory (3 credits)
  • NR 510 Advanced Pathophysiology (3 credits)
  • NR 520 Principles of Education in Nursing (3 credits)
  • NR 530 Research & Informatics (3 credits)
  • NR 535 Advanced Assessment (3 credits)
  • NR 540 Advanced Pharmacology (3 credits)
  • NR 550 Teaching & Learning (3 credits)
  • NR 560 Curriculum Development (3 credits)
  • NR 570 Heath Promotion (3 credits)
  • NR 580 Evaluation of Learning (3 credits)
  • NR 590 Health Care Systems & Ethics (3 credits)
  • NR 600 Capstone Project (3 credits)
  • NR 610 Practicum (3 credits)

 Total: 39 Credits

Careers

Students graduating with their MSN degree will be prepared to work in an academic or hospital educational setting, as well as having the essential knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for further graduate education.

Degree Requirements

The following criteria comprise the admissions requirements for the MSN program:

  • Complete the online application
  • Submit all required documents  to the nursing department by the application deadline to receive priority review.  Files that are incomplete will not be considered for admission.
  • Complete baccalaureate degree with an upper division major in nursing from a program accredited by a nationally recognized nursing accrediting authority (CCNE or NLNAC).
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the baccalaureate nursing degree.
    • Potential Candidates may be considered with a 2.75 for provisional acceptance for one term only with specific stipulations.
  • Have a current RN license in good standing to practice professional nursing in the United States.
  • One year of experience as a registered nurse.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation completed by persons who are familiar with the applicant’s work experience, clinical skills and educational goals.
  • A two page essay that describes the applicants reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • Submission of a resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

How To Apply

  • Complete our free online application
  • Send all official transcripts
  • Submit three professional letters of recommendation completed by persons who are familiar with the applicant’s work experience, clinical skills and educational goals.
  • Submit a two page essay that describes the applicants reasons for pursuing graduate study.
  • Submit a resume or curriculum vitae (CV).

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