- 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
Overview and Objectives
The Nurse Educator Track is designed to prepare nurses with a Master of Science degree to work as nurse educators in a variety of academic or healthcare settings. Graduate education through the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines (CNPD) provides an opportunity for graduates of the Nurse Educator Track to gain a deeper and more expansive knowledge of nursing theory, nursing science and pedagogical skills necessary for teaching in academics or in a healthcare system. This highly interactive program features a quality education, which is offered primarily online and is accessible for working nurses. It is part of the Nursing Department at CNPD, which is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). This 41 credit program is designed for part-time attendance by working professionals. Nurse Educator students are required to be on campus only once during the program.
Completion of the curriculum for the Nurse Educator track qualifies the graduate for attaining the NLN Certified Nurse Educator designation and prepares the graduate for additional education in a Nurse PhD program. It does not prepare the graduate for licensure as an advanced practice nurse.
The Nurse Educator track also offers a Post-Master’s Certificate program for nurses who are interested in the nurse educator role and hold a master’s degree with a nursing major in another role (e.g. APRN). This certificate program requires 14 credits that are focused on the role of nurse educator and will provide an opportunity for the student to gain competencies necessary for nurse educators.
The Nurse Educator Track objectives build upon the Department of Nursing Masters Degree Program Outcomes by expecting that upon completion the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate competence in developing, implementing, revising, and evaluating nursing curricula.
- Understand the impact of societal and technological changes on nursing education.
- Apply education theory, research, and experiential knowledge in nursing education settings.
- Utilize a variety of teaching strategies appropriately when assuming the nurse educator role.
- Analyze assessment and evaluation processes as they relate to nursing education.