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Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education Online

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Program Overview

Prepare to teach in entry-level nursing programs in both didactic and clinical courses with our Registered Nurse to Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education online program. Designed to be flexible for working nurses, this efficient degree plan features undergraduate coursework provided by the University of Maine at Fort Kent and graduate coursework from the University of Southern Maine.

As a student, you will focus on integrating nursing, humanities, and education theory to facilitate learning and improve nursing across diverse settings. Graduate coursework for this advanced nursing program meets the educational criteria for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator Certificate while providing a foundation for continued professional development as well as for doctoral study. Save time and money—and take fewer courses than if you were to earn your BSN and master's separately—by earning this CCNE-accredited RN to MS in Nursing online in as few as 24 months.

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The University of Southern Maine is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), 1140 19th St. NW, Suite 400, Washington, D.C. 20036. Phone: 202-223-0077.

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Learning Outcomes

The baccalaureate courses in this program emphasize the clinical reasoning that drives a culture of safety while developing your ability to use evidence-based practice to make decisions for quality outcomes. This portion of the program prepares you for graduate-level work, which teaches you to:

  • 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

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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.

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$22,680 Total Tuition
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$300 Undergraduate Per Credit Hour
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$430 Graduate Per Credit Hour

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The RN to MS in Nursing – Nursing Education online program offers a flexible course calendar, with multiple start dates each year to accommodate your professional and personal schedules.

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Admissions

The RN to 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.

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3.0 Minimum GPA
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  • Online application
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA
  • An undergraduate course in introductory statistics that includes descriptive and inferential statistics completed with a grade of B- or higher
  • Official transcripts (submitted directly from the granting institution) from all colleges/universities attended
  • Students with a minimum undergraduate or diploma cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above may be directly admitted to the RN to MS in Nursing program if all admission criteria is met. Progression to the Master's program requires that the student maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average, for all undergraduate courses taken at the 300/400 level.
  • Students interested in the MS in Nursing programs with an undergraduate or diploma GPA of 2.5-2.99 should apply directly to UMFK RN to BSN program. Conditional admission to MS in Nursing program may be granted upon successful completion of 12 credits of 300/400 level courses with a grade of B or better. Progression to the Master's program requires that the student maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average, for all undergraduate courses taken at the 300/400 level.
  • 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 edocs@maine.edu

    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:
edocs@maine.edu

This online program is currently offered to students located in the following states: Alaska, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Carolina, and South Dakota.

Courses

For the 60 credit hour RN to MS in Nursing – Nursing Education online program, you will complete 24 hours of undergraduate courses through the University of Maine at Fort Kent and 36 hours of graduate courses (MSN core courses, Nursing Education courses, and one elective) through the University of Southern Maine School of Nursing.

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Students will complete the following required RN to BSN coursework through the University of Maine at Fort Kent:

NUR 301: Promoting Healthy Communities

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to the concepts and principles of community-based nursing, wherein the nurse promotes the optimum wellness of individuals, families, and communities to live and work in healthy environments. Provides an evidence and practice-based perspective to examine current and emerging issues in population health. The preferences, values, needs and culture of the community-as-client are considered to ensure safe, competent, and effective care.

NUR 309: Holistic Health Assessment with Lab

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prepares students with the knowledge, attitude, and skill needed to complete a detailed health history interview and comprehensive health assessment. With a focus on wellness, individual adult health status will be assessed, including physical, emotional, cultural, spiritual factors, from which appropriate nursing diagnoses may be derived.

NUR 312: Conceptual Issues of Professional Nursing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Promotes the development of professional knowledge, attitudes, and skills as foundational to professional nursing. Students will be introduced to selected concepts, themes, and theories that deepen an understanding of the historical, legal, ethical, and contemporary context of nursing practice. (Fixed first course.)

NUR 342: Health Promotions

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to health promotion and health promotion strategies that can be utilized to improve or enhance health for individuals and families in a variety of settings. The use of evidence-based practice and prominent nursing theories will be explored to aid in the development of practical and relevant interventions for persons from different socioeconomic, cultural, and social backgrounds. Broad course content will include how biological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual, and environmental domains influence physical activity, nutrition, and stress management across the lifespan.

NUR 380: Transcultural Care in Nursing

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Addresses the impact that social, political, cultural, spiritual, gender, age, and lifestyle factors have upon the health of individuals and communities. Provides students with evidence-based learning related to the complementary therapies and approaches used by the public and available to nurses that can be used in culturally-appropriate ways to treat illness, prevent disease, and promote well-being. Identifies personally held beliefs and values and responds to the diversity and uniqueness of individuals and populations to provide culturally-sensitive, safe, and effective care

NUR 401: Health Related Research

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduces students to the conduct of research; researching sources, utilization, and dissemination; as well as concepts and principles of evidence-based practice (EBP) as a way to improve nursing practice and health care outcomes. Focus of the course is on developing clinical EBP questions; conducting a literature review; and to appraise and apply current, reliable research findings and clinical practice. Standards for the conduct of ethical research in qualitative and quantitative research designs are also reviewed.

NUR 413: Health Care Ethics & the Law

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

The focus of the course includes examining ethical and legal issues in the context of nursing and health care practice. Students explore the principles of ethical reasoning and decision-making to resolve of ethical dilemmas present in health care. Students analyze the ethical obligations, policies, and laws that guide health care delivery. Students examine current ethical issues.

HLT 407: Leadership & Management in Healthcare

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Prepares students to assume leadership, decision-making roles, and political awareness within an increasingly complex and changing health care system. Principles of leadership and management are examined in context of their application within current and prospective global health care environments. Role development and values clarification are emphasized.

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NUR 302: Pharmacology

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Provides students with knowledge about general principles of drug actions along with nursing responsibilities and accountability in the administration of medication over the lifespan. Using the nursing process, numerous pharmacologic classifications will be discussed including mechanisms of drug actions, key adverse effects, and drug interactions. Genetic and genomic considerations will be examined. Students will develop skills needed for safe practice including calculating dosages and administering various medications.

NUR 435R: Concepts in Patho

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Examines normal and abnormal human physiologic and pathological processes encountered in clinical practice. Emphasis is placed on the integration of knowledge of pathology, genetic, pharmacologic, and biochemical concepts and disease symptomatology into the delivery of nursing care. 3 credit hours. Prerequisites: BIO 401 or Valid RN license or (for international students) approval to practice nursing in your jurisdiction or instructor permission.

NUR 384: Global Health & Humanitarianism

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Provides an opportunity for students to develop personally and professionally as global citizens by applying their knowledge and skills to examine and address social, economic, political, and environmental factors that influence global health and health care challenges through a framework of humanitarianism and service. Introduces students to health disparities that exist in the world and developing countries around the world and fosters student critical thinking and discussion about health care and humanitarianism efforts within a global environment. This practicum course satisfies the university general education requirements for global awareness and learning for citizenship, and for nursing students in lieu of NUR 380: Transcultural Nursing. This course is closely tied to the International Medical Relief or related international service programs.

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 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 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 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 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.

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.

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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.

NUR 692: 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.

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