Master of Science (MS)

Online MS in Nursing Education (Clinical Focus)

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Program Details:

  • Credit Hours: 40
  • Courses in Program: 16
  • Cost Per Credit: $700
  • Transfer Credits Accepted: Nine*
  • Estimated Completion Time: Two years**

*Credits must have been completed within the past five years
** Includes summer study

Help shape the next generation of nurses and prepare for NLN certification with D’Youville’s accessible, affordable online master’s degree.

Help shape the next generation of nurses and prepare for NLN certification with D’Youville’s accessible, affordable online master’s degree.

Share your experience and guide new nurses toward clinical effectiveness with our online MS in Nursing Education (Clinical Focus) for working nurses. Our CCNE-accredited program offers you the opportunity to enhance your own clinical knowledge and practice as you gain skills for teaching and assessing nursing students.

During two years of flexible online study, you’ll develop teaching, technology and communication skills for leadership in nursing program classrooms and as an advocate for nursing policies and community health programs. Over the course of your program, you will prepare to:

  • Conduct and evaluating nursing research
  • Plan and evaluate lessons and curricula
  • Apply effective instructional techniques in clinical settings and traditional or virtual classrooms
  • Assess student performance
  • Design and implement community health initiatives
  • Formulate and advocate for health policies

Your classes last eight to 15 weeks each and are taught by clinically experienced instructors who are dedicated to ensuring you gain relevant, effective skills informed by current evidence.

After graduation, you will be prepared to take the NLN Nurse Educator Certification Exam.

YOU WILL:

  • Teach in traditional nursing programs at multiple levels of entry.
  • Develop educational programs for patients, groups, communities, industry, insurance providers, and government agencies.
  • Collaborate across multiple disciplines with organizations and systems involved in healthcare to assure patients and their families are able to access, understand, and utilize information.
  • Provide clinical education to professionals working in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities and long-term care, outpatient, and home care settings.

A program that combines 100% online coursework with practicum experiences.

This program is presented in a format designed to offer working nurses like you convenient access to graduate education. You will complete all coursework online.

You will also complete 180 hours of in-person teaching practicum experience, 120 hours of a community-based family care practicum, and a capstone project. The result is a program that offers you a high degree of flexible study plus personal attention—all while equipping you to guide and train new nurses on their journey toward clinical practice.

COURSES AND REQUIREMENTS

This program is for working, licensed nurses who have earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Applicants for the online MS program who meet all published admission criteria will be invited to discuss additional program requirements including clinical placements prior to receiving final acceptance decisions.

COURSES

Courses

  • NUR-600 – Theory Development in Nursing Research (3)
  • NUR-601 – Research Methods in Nursing (3)
  • NUR-610 – Project Seminar Design and Proposal (3)
  • NUR-613 – Nursing Leadership and Communication (3)
  • NUR-616 – Curriculum Development and Evaluation (3)
  • NUR-617 – Teaching Strategies and Instructional Technology (3)
  • NUR-618 – Nurse Educator Role Practicum (3)
  • NUR-619 – Nurse Educator Capstone (3)
  • NUR-627 – Assessment and Evaluation (2)
  • NUR-629 – Project Advisement: Implementation and Evaluation (1)
  • NUR-631 – Advanced Health Assessment (3)
  • NUR-631L – Advanced Health Assessment Lab (1)
  • NUR-632 – Advanced Pharmacology (3)
  • NUR-633 – Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3)
  • NUR-706 – Co-Management for Medical Disorders for Advanced Practice Nurses (1)
  • NUR-714 – Clinical Practicum in Community-Based Family Care (2)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the general requirements for graduate programs at D’Youville College, applicants for the Master of Science degree in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus must present the following:

  • Completion of a baccalaureate degree in nursing from a CCNE or NLNAC (ACEN) accredited program at a college or university in the US.
  • A curriculum vitae (CV)/ current resume documenting at least one year of practice as a registered nurse with a baccalaureate degree.
  • Official transcripts from all college/ universities attended.*
  • College transcripts must show completion of baccalaureate-level courses in health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology.
  • An overall G.P.A. of at least 3.00. Applicants with an overall G.P.A. between 2.70–2.99 will be considered based on their professional experience and CV. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a G.P.A. of 3.0 or higher.
  • Active unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in the state in which the student resides.
  • A current CPR certification with a psychomotor component.

*Non-U.S. students must submit a “course-by-course” evaluation (or equivalent) of all college and/or university transcripts through the World Education Services (WES) or other approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.

Note: A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently or previously enrolled in a nurse practitioner program at another college or university must obtain a letter from their current school of nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes.

Students who were dismissed for any reason from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.

TUITION AND FEES

Tuition and fees vary based on your program of study and whether you are considered a full- or part-time student. Financial aid is available for those who qualify and can be applied to full- and part-time status.

Entering the program with previous academic credit can help lower your cost. Below, you’ll find information about the potential cost of your program.

COST Total
Full Program Tuition $700 per credit hour $28,000
Full Program Fees $160 (full time)* $960
Full Program Total $40,040
*This program takes an estimated four to six semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

CAREER OUTCOMES

Earning your MS in Nursing Education means preparing to take responsibility for the future of the profession as a post-secondary instructor in a nursing program. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the position is projected to expand by 22% from 2021-2031, more than four times as fast as the overall job growth rate of 5%.[1]

[1] https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/postsecondary-teachers.htm#tab-6

Nursing Instructors

Nursing instructors pass on their clinical knowledge and expertise to nursing students in community colleges, colleges, and universities. They plan lessons, evaluate student performance, and teach in clinical, traditional, and online settings. As of May 2021, nursing instructors earn a median annual salary of $77,440 per year at the national level.[1]

[1] https://www.bls.gov/ooh/education-training-and-library/postsecondary-teachers.htm#tab-5

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