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RN to MSN Program Online (Nurse Educator)

Nurse Educator RN to MSN Online Degree Program Overview

The critical shortage of nurses in healthcare today is due in part to the shortage of qualified nurse educators to teach tomorrow's nurses. If you are a Registered Nurse and interested in a career in teaching, consider earning your Master of Science in Nursing with a focus as a Nurse Educator (RN to MSN, Educator). 

Nurse Educators are employed in many educational settings including colleges, universities, hospital-based nursing schools and other postsecondary institutions. As a nurse faculty member, you will impart valuable knowledge and skills to future nurses - based on your own education and experience.

The online format caters to working nurses and allows them to balance educational goals with personal and professional responsibilities.

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Program Perks
  • Online, CCNE-accredited program can be completed in 36 months
  • Designed for busy registered nurses (RNs) with passion for nursing, learning & teaching
  • Curriculum provides the skills and knowledge to work in different settings
  • Students gain teaching experience through practicum and projects
  • Courses are 5-10 weeks long, with 1 week off before next course
  • Students can access courses at any time of the day and from anywhere
  • No GRE required
  • Upon completion of the program, graduates may be eligible for the NLN Certified Nurse Educator Exam.
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Accreditation & Licensure

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing/master's degree program in nursing/Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Nebraska Methodist College is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 887-6791.

Graduates must pass programatic certification exam based on practice specialty

Admissions Information

Criteria

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:

  • Graduation from an associate degree or diploma RN state approved program of nursing or a program professionally accredited by NLN CNEA or ACEN.
  • GPA of 3.0 or above; GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis
  • Current unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse
  • Must have completed a minimum of 54 undergraduate credit hours prior to enrolling in the program
  • Non-Nebraska Residents meet State Authorization
  • No GRE required for admission 

After the Bridge Courses, your GPA will be reviewed again before the first graduate course. A GPA of 3.0 or above is required. A GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis.

Requirements

To be considered for admission, the following items must be submitted to the Admissions Office:

Deadlines

Prospective students may apply anytime and are accepted from deadlines throughout the year. Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and students will be notified of their application status by postal mail, email or phone.

Starting Term - Fall 2024

Standard Deadline - Deadlines for Fall 2024 have been extended. Please contact admissions for more details.

Costs & Financial Aid

NMC is committed to helping you find every avenue to finance your education. View the Tuition by Program & Degree page for a comprehensive list of all fees.

Cost Per Credit Hour

$320 | $588

Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Aimed at increasing the number of qualified nurse faculty, NFLP loans cover the cost of tuition, fees and books for part-time or full-time enrollment.

Following completion of the advanced education program, up to 85% of the loan may be cancelled if the borrower works as a full-time nurse faculty for a prescribed period of time.

NMC Scholarships

NMC Scholarships consist of funds generously provided by the Methodist Hospital Foundation to assist our students.

Student Grants or Loans

Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about what's available and how to apply.

Employee Education Benefits

Employees of Methodist Health System can find details on the MHS Intranet.

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Curriculum

All RN to MSN students are required to complete specific coursework. This list should only be used as a curriculum guide. Course listings and required curriculum are subject to change. A student must earn a minimum of 39 credit hours to be eligible for the Master of Science in Nursing.

The RN to MSN track for the RN without a bachelor's degree affords the RN the ability to earn 18 semester credit hours of undergraduate bridge courses (statistics, leadership, research, health assessment, population health) and then transition into the MSN Program without receiving a BSN.

As students advance into the MSN, Nurse Educator Program, their GPA will be reviewed again before the first graduate course. A GPA of 3.0 or above is required. A GPA below 3.0 will be considered on an individual basis.

The combination of MSN and undergrad bridge coursework equates to a total of 57 credit hours.

Bridge

MAT 260
INTRODUCTION TO STATISTICS
DETAILS
This course is designed to introduce students to the methods used in organizing, summarizing, analyzing and interpreting quantitative information. Emphasis is placed on application of statistical methods and on the interpretation of statistically significant data.

NRS 403-60
HEALTH ASSESSMENT FOR RN’S
DETAILS
This course discusses theory and concepts of holistic health assessment across the lifespan. Advancement of skills in history taking, health assessment, and health promotion using concepts of evidence-based practice, critical thinking, genetics/genomics, quality and safety to provide caring, culturally-competent professional nursing care are emphasized. Students will collaborate with a preceptor to perform health assessments in a clinical setting.

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

NRS 447-60
COLLABORATIVE LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT IN NURSING
DETAILS

This course analyzes leadership and management theories in relation to trends in nursing and healthcare. The concepts of change, power, collaboration, gender dynamics, interdisciplinary teamwork, and advocacy are examined and applied to the practice of nursing. Quality improvement, healthy workplace, civility, change management, and health care reform will also be a focus.  Using a global perspective, students will analyze, evaluate, and create possible solutions to nursing and population healthcare issues.

Prerequisites: Placement: Accelerated BSN students or Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

NRS 478-60/478-60C
POPULATION CENTERED CARE IN THE COMMUNITY
DETAILS

Prerequisites: Placement: Admission to the RN to BSN Program or RN to MSN Program

SSC 370
RESEARCH METHODS
DETAILS
This course is designed to assist the student in developing an understanding of the research process in qualitative, quantitative and mixed methods designs. The student learns to selectively apply the steps of research and to critically analyze research studies culminating in formal, oral and written projects.

Prerequisites: Determined by major

Required

NRS 500
MSN STUDENT ORIENTATION
DETAILS
This course provides an orientation for new MSN students to the Masters of Science in Nursing program at Nebraska Methodist College. Emphasis is placed on program expectations and student resources essential for success in the MSN program. Students will learn how to navigate our virtual learning platforms, access research materials, and engage with faculty and peers.

Prerequisites: Admission to MSN program

NRS 502
LEADERSHIP IN AN ADVANCED NURSING SPECIALTY ROLE
DETAILS
In this course, students explore the transition of the nurse into the advanced nursing specialty role. This course will promote an understanding of how a nurse in an advanced nursing specialty role acclimates to new leadership responsibilities by influencing change, responding to chaos/crisis and managing conflict. The significance of teambuilding and interdisciplinary collaboration will be explored. Students begin to develop their professional portfolio based on program outcomes. 

Prerequisites: NRS 502 or by permission

NRS 504
ADVANCED HEALTH ASSESSMENT, PATHOPHYSIOLOGY & PHARMACOLOGY
DETAILS

In this course, students synthesize advanced concepts of pathophysiology, health assessment and pharmacology across the lifespan for the advanced nursing specialty role to complete an accurate health database, including history and holistic assessment, across the lifespan. Physiologic changes, clinical manifestations, and drug therapy are integrated to facilitate critical analysis to support clinical decision-making. Virtual clinical experiences allow for practical application of course theory.

Prerequisites: NRS 502, or by permission

NRS 506
INTRODUCTION TO INFORMATICS & INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
DETAILS
In this course, students examine nursing roles in informatics and information technology within the healthcare system. The history, theoretical models, and best practices of nursing informatics are explored. Students investigate ethical, legal, and regulatory standards and workplace policies. Exploration of digital health literacy will be performed. Students examine the consequences of using information and communication technology on the quality of care, efficiency of communications, and connections between the healthcare team, patients, and consumers. 

Prerequisites: NRS 502 or by permission

NRS 507
POPULATION HEALTH IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY
DETAILS

In this course, students explore concepts of population health and social determinants of health. Students will investigate issues that contribute to understanding population health and health inequities. Emphasis is placed upon the analysis of a population health assessment in informing strategies to advance health outcomes. Students will explore population-focused interventions to address health risks and disparities across selected health care delivery settings. Critical analysis of population health concepts and implementation of management strategies in a community-based practice setting will be examined. The practicum experience allows for practical application of course theory. 

Prerequisites: NRS 502 or by permission

NRS 510
HEALTH POLICY & SYSTEMS-BASED PRACTICE
DETAILS
In this course, students investigate the impact of local, regional, national, and global systems and regulations on the safety and quality of care for individuals and diverse populations. The relationship between healthcare economics, health policy, and the complex health system will be explored. Students will examine legislation on current health policies and factors shaping policy development. Students will explore factors of cost containment, resource allocation, risk benefit analysis, quality, advocacy, interprofessional collaboration, and developing and implementing systems solutions in systems-based thinking. 

Prerequisites: NRS 502 or by permission

NRS 513
MEASUREMENT & STATISTICAL CONCEPTS FOR DATA INTERPRETATION
DETAILS
In this course, students apply nursing knowledge with theory and statistical methods to broaden understanding of nursing concepts and nursing outcomes. Measurement principles, descriptive statistics and relationships between variables are explored to better comprehend nursing and nursing phenomena. Using the framework of disparity and risk in a specific population, students apply content on variable association. Reports using statistics to compare groups and measure patient improvement over time are analyzed for implications for patient populations.

Prerequisites: NRS 502 or by permission

NRS 517
Critical Appraisal of Knowledge for Practice
DETAILS

The purpose of this course is understanding of research processes and interpretation of statistics to make accurate critical appraisals. Students apply the process of drawing conclusions, finding implications, and making recommendations based on an appraised study. Students learn to judge relative merits of studies in answering particular research questions. Questions of the fit of evidence or theory within an identified agency or institutional setting are explored.

NRS 509 & NRS 513, or by permission.

NRS 542
Teaching-Learning Principles for Nursing Education
DETAILS

In this course, students learn about their role as a nurse educator and the nursing education environment. Adult learning characteristics and behaviors will be assimilated into the learning environment. The functionality of learning theories and nursing clinical judgment models within nursing education will be investigated. Students will incorporate current nursing knowledge of motivation, learning styles, and interprofessional education into the higher education setting. The implications of technology, diversity, inclusion, and equality will be explored within the role as a nurse educator.

Prerequisites: NRS 502 or by permission 

NRS 544
Instructional Methods
DETAILS
In this course, students integrate various educational strategies into the clinical, classroom, and online environments. The student will investigate the domains of learning and taxonomy verbiage within various learning environments. Students construct components of simulation activities into the education of nurses. Students will apply best practices in the writing, revising, and analyzing of nursing licensure exam questions and the accompanying statistical analysis.

Prerequisites: NRS 542 or by permission

NRS 548
Curriculum/Program Development & Evaluation
DETAILS

In this course, students integrate previous academic/experiential learning into the development of curricula and programs. Students will employ evidence and theory in curricular design and course content development within higher education and healthcare programs. Students will develop course and programmatic assessment and evaluation methods. Students examine the function of accrediting bodies within nursing education. 

Prerequisites: All program coursework except NRS 549, NRS 592, and NRS 594, or by permission

NRS 549
PRACTICUM IN NURSING EDUCATION
DETAILS

In this course, students will synthesize teaching and learning principles into the role of a nurse educator. Students select a nurse educator who will serve as a preceptor within the classroom and clinical environment. Collaborative opportunities within the practicum setting will be explored. Students will implement teaching-learning theories and strategies in an educational project. The precepted experience allows for practical application of the Nurse Educator role.

Prerequisites: All program coursework except NRS 592 and NRS 594, or by permission.

NRS 592
CAPSTONE I
DETAILS
In this first course of the capstone sequence, students will synthesize concepts related to research, practice, education and leadership content as well as experiences learned throughout the master's programs of study. Groups of students will collaboratively begin a group-selected evidence-based project. Emphasis is placed on the process of identifying a nursing problem (PICO [T]), searching and critically appraising the literature with development of a summary matrix table.

Prerequisites: Typically taken in the second-to-last semester, or by permission

NRS 594
CAPSTONE II
DETAILS
In this second course of the capstone sequence, students will synthesize concepts related to research, practice, education and leadership content and experiences learned throughout the master's program of study. Groups of students will collaboratively complete the group-selected evidence-based project begun in NRS 592. Emphasis will be on the process of completing an evidence-based manuscript suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal, a poster presentation suitable for delivery at a local, national or regional conference or a webinar presentation.

Prerequisites: Typically taken in the last semester, or by permission

Meet the Faculty

Our nursing faculty are highly experienced and credentialed in their own fields, giving you constant real-world insight you can use. While any instructor can recite from a textbook, ours go a step further and draw from vast personal and professional experiences. Instructors here care as deeply about their students as they do the subject matter and it shows.

Meet the Faculty

Additional Information

MSN Program Outcomes

Graduates of MSN program will be able to

  1. Integrate scholarly inquiry into nursing practice to improve outcomes in healthcare.
  2. Demonstrate attributes of a professional, transformative, and visionary nurse leader in an advanced specialty role.
  3. Embrace life-long learning to advance personal growth, the nursing profession, and health outcomes.
  4. Foster interprofessional collaboration through mutual respect, effective communication, problem solving, and conflict resolution.
  5. Address the impact of social, political, legal, and ethical influences on diverse populations, health policies, and nursing practice.
  6. Demonstrate competence in an advanced specialty role using knowledge, skills, and professional judgment to promote evidence-based nursing practice.
  7. Advocate for compassionate person-centered care in the planning, coordination, and evaluation of care for individuals, families, groups, and populations.
  8. Engage in emerging technologies and information systems to optimize the multifaceted healthcare environment and nursing practice.
  9. Navigate complex systems to improve cost-effectiveness, quality, and safety initiatives that support health care outcomes and systemic equality.

Online Technology Requirements

Program Handbook