Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education Online

Use your clinical knowledge and experience to guide the next generation of nurses.

Apply by: 12/28/22
Start class: 1/17/23
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Program Overview

Get to Know Our MS in Nursing – Nursing Education Online Program

$15,480 Total Tuition
As few as 18 months Program Duration
36 Credit Hours

The future-oriented Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online program at University of Southern Maine (USM) prepares you to teach in entry-level nursing programs in both didactic and clinical courses. The program meets the educational criteria for the National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Nurse Educator Certificate. This program also provides the foundation for continued professional development and for doctoral study.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of nursing, humanities, and education theory and integrate this knowledge to facilitate learning and improve nursing across diverse settings
  • Demonstrate teaching effectiveness to improve patient outcomes and leadership skills to implement change in practice and education systems
  • Create learning experiences that support cognitive, psychomotor, and affective development
  • Utilize technology in the teaching-learning process to support delivery of high quality and safe patient care
  • Translate research into practice through critical appraisal of existing evidence to resolve education and practice problems, disseminate results, and develop evidence-based teaching, assessment, and evaluation practices
  • Synthesize broad ecological, global, epidemiological, cultural, and social determinants of health in order to integrate evidence-based population principles into nursing curricula
  • Demonstrate an advanced level of understanding of nursing, humanities, and education theory and integrate this knowledge to facilitate learning and improve nursing across diverse settings
  • Demonstrate teaching effectiveness to improve patient outcomes and leadership skills to implement change in practice and education systems
  • Create learning experiences that support cognitive, psychomotor, and affective development
  • Utilize technology in the teaching-learning process to support delivery of high quality and safe patient care
  • Translate research into practice through critical appraisal of existing evidence to resolve education and practice problems, disseminate results, and develop evidence-based teaching, assessment, and evaluation practices
  • Synthesize broad ecological, global, epidemiological, cultural, and social determinants of health in order to integrate evidence-based population principles into nursing curricula

As a graduate of this MS in Nursing online program, you will be prepared to make an impact in educational roles such as:

  • Nursing Instructor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Educator
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Adjunct Instructor
  • Nursing Instructor
  • Clinical Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Educator
  • Nursing Faculty
  • Adjunct Instructor

$15,480 Total Tuition
As few as 18 months Program Duration
36 Credit Hours

Accreditation

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The nursing programs at the University of Southern Maine are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 665 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC, 20001, 202-887-6791.

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Tuition

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Our goal is for you to earn a high-quality degree that will help improve your career and income without taking on considerable financial debt.

Tuition breakdown:

$15,480 Total Tuition
$430 Per Credit Hour

Tuition breakdown:

$15,480 Total Tuition
$430 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

When to Apply, When Classes Start, When Tuition Is Due

The MS in Nursing – Nursing Education online program offers convenient multiple start dates each year to accommodate your professional and personal schedules.

Now enrolling:

12/28/22 Apply Date
1/17/23 Class Starts
SessionProgram Start DateApplication DeadlineDocument DeadlineRegistration DeadlineTuition Deadline*Last Class Day
Fall 210/24/2210/5/2210/5/2210/24/228/15/2212/16/22
Spring 11/17/2312/28/2212/28/221/17/231/15/233/3/23
Spring 23/20/233/1/233/1/233/20/231/15/235/5/23
Summer 15/15/234/26/234/26/235/15/235/15/236/30/23
Summer 27/3/236/14/236/14/237/3/235/15/238/18/23
Fall 18/28/238/9/238/9/238/28/238/15/2310/13/23
Fall 210/23/2310/4/2310/4/2310/23/238/15/2312/15/23
Spring 11/16/2412/27/2312/27/231/16/241/15/243/1/24
Spring 23/18/242/28/242/28/243/18/241/15/245/3/24
Summer 15/13/244/24/244/24/245/13/245/15/246/28/24
Summer 27/1/246/12/246/12/247/1/245/15/248/16/24

* The payment deadline for the second session of each term is the same as the first session deadline or ten days from the date of registration.

Now enrolling:

12/28/22 Apply Date
1/17/23 Class Starts

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Admissions

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The MS in Nursing – Nursing Education online program has specific requirements that applicants must meet to enroll. Please read the admission guidelines to ensure you qualify.

Admission Requirements:

  • 3.0 Minimum GPA
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Unencumbered Nursing License

This USM online program is currently offered to students located in AK, AZ, AR, CA, CT, DC, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, VT, VA, and WV.

  • Online application
  • Bachelor’s degree in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Students with a GPA of 2.75-2.99 may also be considered with:
    • Two professional references
    • Requisite GRE/MAT scores (GRE: 153 Verbal Reasoning, 147 Quantitative Reasoning, 4.0 Writing; MAT score must rank in the 45th percentile or higher)
    • Professional nursing experience may be considered in lieu of the GRE/MAT on a case-by-case basis. Submit a resume or CV that demonstrates your professional nursing experience.
  • An undergraduate course in introductory statistics that includes descriptive and inferential statistics completed with a grade of C or higher
  • Official transcripts (submitted directly from the granting institution) from all colleges/universities attended
  • Current, unencumbered nursing license
  • One statement of purpose/essay (in the online application)

Upload your essay in PDF format in the online application or email your essay to [email protected]

Your response must:

  1. Demonstrate your understanding of the nurse administrator/educator role and reasons for becoming a nurse leader
  2. Explain your professional goals that will be supported by the Master of Science degree
  3. Outline the experiences, capacity, and abilities brought to a master’s program
  4. Document your reasons for choosing USM for this program

Official transcripts (submitted directly from the granting institution) and other supporting documents may be mailed or emailed.

Mailing Address:
Application Processing Center
University of Maine System
P.O. Box 412
Bangor, ME 04402-0412

Email Address:
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Courses

Take A Look at the MS in Nursing – Nursing Education Online Curriculum

For the MS in Nursing – Nursing Education online program, you will complete a total of 12 courses equaling 36 credit hours.

Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the complexity of the U.S. Health Care System, international systems, and current efforts directed at health care reform. Past, current, and potential roles of graduate prepared nurses, related to access, equity, and the goals of healthy people are examined. Socio-political, economic, and ethical issues embedded in public policy decisions are explored. Attention is given to the role of graduate-prepared nurses in influencing, creating, and implementing policy for diverse populations across the lifespan. FIXED FIRST COURSE.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
Contemporary issues in theory development and the social production of knowledge for nursing are explored in this course. The social and historical context of knowledge development in nursing are examined with an emphasis on the relationship between theory, research, interprofessional collaboration, and nursing practice.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The appraisal and use of research and other evidence to provide high quality health care, to initiate change, and to improve nursing practice are the foci for this course. Emphasis is on developing relevant clinical questions, searching for evidence, systematic appraisal of evidence, and determining whether and how to apply the findings. Commonly used research designs and ethical principles to ensure human subject protection are examined. Strategies for organizing evidence and implementing evidenced-based practice changes are explored.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
An interprofessional approach to caring for communities and populations across the lifespan. Major components include concepts of health, levels of prevention, epidemiology, culturally responsive care, global health issues, emergency preparedness, and control of health problems. Community assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation applied to complex health issues.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course is the first in a series of two courses that explores an integrated study of pathophysiology (including the genetic, biochemical, and environmental bases of diseases), health assessment, and pharmacology. The emphasis is on an understanding of the interconnectedness of these three areas of science. The foci are diseases and disorders involving: genetics, cellular biology, mental health disorders, cardiovascular system, hematologic disorders, inflammation disorders, respiratory system, infectious diseases, and cancer.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is the second in a series of two courses that explores an integrated study of pathophysiology (including the genetic, biochemical, and environmental bases of diseases), health assessment, and pharmacology. The emphasis is on gaining an understanding of the interconnectedness of these three areas of science. The foci are diseases and disorders involving the: renal, endocrine, gastrointestinal, neurological, musculoskeletal, and reproductive systems. Prerequisite: NUR 611.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course builds upon the synthesis of prior knowledge and skills that promote the advancement of professional clinical nursing practice. The emphasis is on the effective application of research and other evidence to practice in a defined clinical area. Under the direction of a faculty member and guidance from a preceptor, students complete a clinical project that demonstrates cumulative learning, nursing practice abilities, and professional growth. The course requires a minimum of 20 supervised hours in a direct care role. Clinical learning takes place in a practice setting where the student develops and implements a clinical project. Hours can be met by interacting with nursing staff, interdisciplinary team, clients/patients/residents, or family members. Hours are not met by teaching nursing students. Prerequisite: NUR 604.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course focuses on the role of the nurse educator in the assessment and evaluation of learning. Application of key strategies to effectively measure achievement of learning outcomes in a variety of settings will be surveyed. Experiential exercises in the development, use, and critique of measurement and evaluation methods to classroom and clinical learning situations will be explored. Course topics include the role of evaluation in classroom instruction, test construction, reliability, validity, test evaluation and interpretation. Legal, ethical, and regulatory issues, and the importance of evaluating personal teaching effectiveness are also explored.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is the first in a sequence of three courses designed to prepare the professional nurse for a role in formal teaching. Various philosophical perspectives and frameworks for understanding the concepts of teaching and learning are examined. Exploration and critical analysis of historical, recurring, and current issues in nursing education will be addressed. The call for radical transformation within nursing education will be explored—and specific issues concerning these changes when put into practice will be discussed. It is expected that learners in this course will develop sensitivity, knowledge, and skill in exploring the role of educator in both clinical and classroom learning environments. Students will develop a teaching philosophy statement. Prerequisites: NUR 603, NUR 604, NUR 611, and NUR 612.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is the second in a sequence of three courses designed to prepare the professional nurse for teaching roles. Components of course and curriculum development including: assessment of learners’ needs, course outcomes, content selection and development, assignment development, evaluation methods, and common legal issues within nursing education are examined. An emphasis on how a paradigm shift to learning is impacted by technology and the changing relationships between education and work will be discussed. The scholarship of teaching; assessment and quality assurance; as well as the politics and process of curriculum reform will be explored. Using different methods, students will design, implement, and evaluate two learning activities. Prerequisite: NUR 636.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This is the third in a sequence of three courses designed to prepare the professional nurse for teaching roles. In this course the concept of “praxis” is fully realized. With guidance from a faculty member and preceptor, students will select educational experiences to develop, implement, and evaluate their teaching in different settings. Experiences can include, but are not limited to, in-service programs, classroom teaching, clinical teaching, simulation, or community education programs. Minimum of 30 direct contact hours and a minimum of 75 hours of preparation. Prerequisite: NUR 637.
Choose one elective.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
This course provides an overview of the role of information systems and technology in health care. The emphasis is on how information system/technology can improve the quality and delivery of patient care in a variety of health care settings. Factors that contribute to the adoption of health care information technologies and the challenges regarding their successful utilization are examined.
Duration: 7 weeks
Credit Hours: 3
The purpose of this course is to introduce the principles and practice of quality improvement as practiced in health care settings. The course integrates theory, evidence-based practice, and systems thinking. The content focuses on describing, measuring, improving, and evaluating the quality and safety of health care services. Students develop competencies in identifying opportunities for quality improvement, selecting and using quality improvement tools and measurement methods, and presenting their work in a professional context. Learning occurs through assigned readings, discussions, exercises, and applied practice through an individual quality improvement project.
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