- Adult-Gerontology NP
- BSN On-campus
- Doctor of Nursing Practice
- Family Nurse Practitioner
- Nurse Anesthesia
- Nurse Educator
- PhD in Nursing
- Psychiatric and Mental Health
- RN to BSN
- Nutrition and Dietetics
- Community Nutrition
- MS in Nutrition
- Social Work
- MSW Distance Concentration
- MSW On Campus Concentration
- MSW Distance Foundation
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the program all online, or would I have to go to class?
All of the courses at this time are offered online, but there will be an on-campus requirement for N 585 Advanced Health Assessment for a one week lab experience. Most of the courses are asynchronous (meaning that you can access the course and content 24/7, this does not mean that it is progress at your own pace); however, some courses do have required synchronized contact. This varies between courses. But most Nurse Educator students take courses that do not require synchronized contact.
Would you describe this program as friendly for a working adult?
It is flexible, but it is still rigorous, as are most graduate programs and it requires dedication, motivation and commitment. There are two options to approach the program. The first is full-time (9-11 credits per semester) and the second is part-time (6-8 credits per semester). It is important that each student prepare for the dedication that graduate school requires. It is doable and many of our students work full-time and pursue their education via the part-time option.
Is this program competitive to get into, or all qualified applicants admitted?
Yes, the enrollment is competitive and limited to no more than 20 students one time each year.
Is the deadline for applications flexible?
No, the application must be completed by the deadline to be considered for admission.
Do you need letters of reference?
Letters of reference are required for consideration for admission.
Are there any clinical practicum experiences required?
At this time, there is a 90 hour teaching practicum required after all NE courses have been completed.
Is there a set part-time curriculum schedule already laid-out like the full-time curriculum? I would like to take more courses during the summer semester.
There is a set part-time curriculum and it is our intent that all students progress through the curriculum in a cohort model, which would mean that you would need to take the same courses with your cohort through the program. Even without that model, there are limited courses offered in the summer semesters.
What are the requirements for the practicum experiences?
Students will work with Track Director and Faculty for selection of a qualified preceptor (holding at least a master’s degree in nursing) to facilitate the practicum experience.
Am I able to do the teaching/clinical practicum experiences here in my home state?
Normally, there is no problem with doing your teaching practicum in your home state, because the practice of a nurse educator is within your scope of practice as a licensed RN. However, it always advisable to check with the Board of Nursing of your state to be sure that the laws and administrative rules of the state allow for this experience.
What would be the difference between the thesis and non-thesis options, and what do you think would benefit me the most?
Most students choose the non-thesis route. The difference is that a student completing an independent study uses research and evidence to develop a product, process or educational program to address a problem and is guided by one academic advisor. The student completing a thesis designs and implements an original research study and this work is guided by a committee with a committee chair. It is more involved which is why it requires an additional 2 credits. The primary reason a student chooses this option is the specific intent to pursue additional education as a nurse researcher.