Skip to content

Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education

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

Get Started!

calendar icon
Apply by:
calendar icon
Start term:

Program Overview

The future-oriented Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online program 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.

money icon $15,480 Total Tuition
calendar icon as few as 18 months Program Duration
hourglass icon 36 Credit Hours
money icon $15,480 Total Tuition
calendar ico as few as 18 months Program Duration
hourglass icon 36 Credit Hours

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.

Have questions or need more information about online programs?

View full overview [+]

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

Career Opportunities

Nursing Instructor

Clinical Nurse Educator

Nurse Educator

Clinical Educator

Nursing Faculty

Adjunct Instructor

Have questions or need more information about online programs?

Tuition

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.

money icon
$15,480 Total Tuition
money icon
$430 Per Credit Hour

Calendar

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

calendar icon
Apply By:
calendar icon
Start class:

View full calendar [+]

Ready to take the next step toward earning your master’s degree in nursing online from the University of Southern Maine?

Admissions

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.

checkbox icon
3.0 minimum GPA
checkbox icon
Two letters of recommendation
checkbox icon
Statement of purpose
checkbox icon
Unencumbered nursing license

View full admission requirements [+]

  • Online application
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
    • We do provide a pathway to consideration for students with a GPA of 2.75-2.99 with requisite GRE/MAT scores (GRE: 153 Verbal Reasoning, 147 Quantitative Reasoning, 4.0 Writing; MAT score must rank in the 45th percentile or higher)
  • Official transcripts (submitted directly from the granting institution) from all colleges/universities attended
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Current, unencumbered nursing license
  • One statement of purpose/essay (in the online application)

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:
edocs@maine.edu

Courses

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

Expand All [+]

NUR 603: Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development

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.

NUR 604: Nursing Research

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.

NUR 606: Leadership, Health Policy, and Role

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.

NUR 611: Advanced Pathophysiology Integrated Health Assessment and Pharmacology I

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.

NUR 612: Advanced Pathophysiology Integrated Health Assessment and Pharmacology II

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.

NUR 624: Community and Population Based Health

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.

NUR 635: Evaluation and Measurement in Nursing Education

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.

NUR 636: Foundations of Nursing Education

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.

NUR 637: Methods of Education in Nursing

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.

NUR 638: Education Practicum and Seminar

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.

NUR 663: Clinical Project and Clinical Practicum

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.

Choose one elective.

NUR 659: Information Management and Health Care Technology

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. Prerequisite: NUR 606.

MPH 670: Quality Improvement

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the principles and practice of quality improvement as practiced by health care providers, systems of care, community health and public health agencies. The course integrates theory, evidence about treatment effectiveness, and systems thinking. The content focuses on describing, measuring, improving, and evaluating the quality and safety of health services for consumers and populations. The course emphasizes evidence-based practice and opportunities and challenges for quality improvement in specific health care settings. Students develop competencies in identifying opportunities for quality improvement, selecting and using quality improvement tools and methods, and presenting their work in a professional context. Learning occurs through assigned readings, lectures, guest speaker interviews, discussions and exercises, and an individual quality improvement.

Need more info?

Submit the form below, and a representative will contact you to answer any questions.

*All fields required
or call  888-728-7054 888-728-7054
By submitting this form, I am providing my digital signature agreeing that University of Southern Maine (USM) may email me or contact me regarding educational services by telephone and/or text message utilizing automated technology at the telephone number(s) provided above. I understand this consent is not a condition to attend USM or to purchase any other goods or services.

Ready to Get Started?

Start your application today!

Apply Now