MSN Nurse Educator Curriculum

This concentration prepares tomorrow's nursing faculty and educators by focusing on a synthesis of nursing and educational theory, research knowledge, and instructional approaches to learning.  Students will obtain experience through supervised practice in utilizing theory and research in university, community college, institutional, or community settings. Foundation or core courses in the Nurse Educator concentration address theoretical concepts, ethical and legal aspects of decision making, use of evidence-based practice, instructional design, development and evaluation of nursing curricula, and insight into vulnerable population issues. All students complete a project or thesis at the end of their studies.

Cal State Fullerton utilizes experts in the field to facilitate learning and application of educational skills.  Clinical fieldwork in the Nurse Educator concentration consists of supervised learning experiences working with preceptors in academic, institutional, and community settings, either in academic areas, clinical education, or community teaching programs.  In order to experience the educator role, students will be placed at a facility/department where they have no direct reporting responsibility.

The MSN Nurse Educator curriculum includes 42 semester units of graduate nursing coursework. The program can be completed in 2 years of full time study. Students in this concentration will complete the majority of their coursework in a face to face classroom setting and may have limited options to complete some coursework online. Students will be in class 1-2 days per week. Although efforts are made to keep classes to just one day per week, space availability and faculty availability at times require students to be on campus for partial days two times per week. Students who enter the program in even years (2014, 2016, etc) will complete the program in 2 years of full time study. Students who enter the program in odd years (2015, 2017, etc) will complete the program in 3 years of part time study.

This program uses a cohort model where students follow a set study plan. The study plan is designed by the faculty to give students the best learning experiences and to ensure courses are taken in the proper order to accommodate all needed prerequisites for each course.

STUDY PLANS

2 Year Study Plan

  Semester Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 501 – Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 505A – Nursing Research and Evaluation for Practice (3)
NURS 542/L – Advanced Health Assessment (2)/ Lab (1)
9
Spring NURS 505B – Seminar in Nursing Research (3)
NURS 507 – Advanced Decision Making: Nursing Issues Seminar (3)
NURS 510 – Development and Evaluation of Nursing Curricula (3)
9
Summer NURS 517 – Assessment and Evaluation of Nursing Education (3) 3
Year 2 Fall NURS 512 – Instructional Design in Nursing Education (3)
NURS 540 – Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
NURS 552 – Advanced Pharmacology: Prescriptive Authority (3)
NURS 597A – Project (2) or NURS 598A – Thesis (2)
10
Spring NURS 508 – Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
NURS 516 – Nurse Educator Practicum (3)
NURS 597B – Project (2) or NURS 598B – Thesis (2)
8
Summer NURS 516 – Nurse Educator Practicum (3, repeated for units) 3
TOTAL UNITS 42

All Courses and Course Sequences are subject to change at any time. Cohorts starting in even years (2014, 2016, etc) must follow this study plan. Cohort starting in odd years (2015, 2017, etc) must have a minimum of 15 students to have the option of following the 2 year study plan.

3 Year Study Plan

  Semester Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 501 – Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 505A – Nursing Research and Evaluation for Practice (3)
6
Spring NURS 505B – Seminar in Nursing Research (3)
NURS 507 – Advanced Decision Making: Nursing Issues Seminar (3)
6
Year 2 Fall NURS 540 – Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
NURS 542/L – Advanced Health Assessment (2)/ Lab (1)
5
Spring NURS 508 – Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
NURS 510 – Development and Evaluation of Nursing Curricula (3)
6
Summer NURS 517 – Assessment and Evaluation of Nursing Education (3) 3
Year 3 Fall NURS 552 – Advanced Pharmacology: Prescriptive Authority (3)
NURS 512 – Instructional Design in Nursing Education (3)
NURS 597A – Project (2) or NURS 598A – Thesis (2)
8
Spring NURS 516 – Nurse Educator Practicum (3)
NURS 597B – Project (2) or NURS 598B – Thesis (2)
5
Summer NURS 516 – Nurse Educator Practicum (3, repeated for units) 3
TOTAL UNITS 42

All Courses and Course Sequences are subject to change at any time. Cohorts starting in odd years (2015, 2017, etc) must follow this study plan if the cohort has fewer than 15 students. If the cohort has more than 15 students, they will follow the 2 year study plan.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

MSN Core Classes

NURS 501 Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing Practice (3)
Prerequisite: graduate status or consent of instructor. Study and critique of the organization and development of nursing knowledge.

NURS 505A Nursing Research and Evaluation for Practice (3)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Overview of research methodology, research problems, interpretation and utilization of research results, with emphasis on critique of qualitative and quantitative nursing research. 

NURS 505B Seminar in Nursing Research (3)
Prerequisites: NURS 501 and NURS 505A; or admission to DNP program. Concepts and issues related to evidence based-practice. Develop and refine the directed project/research proposal. Proposal includes problem/purpose statements, literature review, measurement tools, work plan, timeline, method and evaluation (analysis/synthesis) plan.

NURS 507 Advanced Decision Making: Nursing Issues Seminar (3)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Applies critical thinking and decision making theory to professional issues within the context of ethical/legal and public policy considerations and with multidisciplinary health teams. One or more sections may be offered online.

NURS 508 Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
Prerequisites: NURS 501 and NURS 505A. Applies epidemiological model to analyze the health risk factors that place populations at risk for health conditions and plan nursing interventions to promote health and prevent disease. One or more sections offered online.

MSN Core Clinical Classes

NURS 540 Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Principles of normal body functioning, pathophysiologic and psychological changes occurring with altered health across life span. Clinical case studies utilized to demonstrate the pathophysiologic basis for assessment and management of common health problems.

NURS 542 Advanced Health Assessment (2)
Prerequisite: graduate standing. Application of theoretical concepts related to comprehensive health assessment of patients across the lifespan. Analyzing, synthesizing and applying comprehensive health assessment data, including the bio-psychosocial, development and environmental needs of patients and families.

NURS 542L Advanced Health Assessment Laboratory (1)
Corequisite: NURS 542. Clinical application of advanced health assessment skills and strategies necessary for advanced practice nursing role in a particular area of specialization. Credit/No Credit only. (3 hours practicum per week)

NURS 552 Advanced Pharmacology: Prescriptive Authority (3)
Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Advanced course of pharmacology and pharmacotherapeutic content and application relevant to the Advanced Practice Nurse.  One or more sections offered online.

Nurse Educator Concentration Courses

NURS 510 Development and Evaluation of Nursing Curricula (3)
Prerequisites: NURS 501. Major components of, and processes for curriculum development and program evaluation. Analyze curriculum and utilize program evaluation model to recommend curricular revisions. One or more sections offered online.

NURS 512 Instructional Design in Nursing Education (3)
Prerequisites: NURS 501 and 510. Course design and instructional strategies to include teaching modalities, including use of simulation and evaluation of student learning. One or more sections offered online.

NURS 516 Nurse Educator Practicum (3)
Prerequisites: NURS 501, 505A,B, 510, 512, 517. Applying theories and concepts in curriculum development, evaluation, instructional strategies and student evaluation in nursing education. Work with an experienced nurse educator in the academic or agency setting under the supervision of the instructor. May be taken for credit two times. One or more sections offered online. Repeatable one time for units.

NURS 517 Assessment and Evaluation In Nursing Education (3)
Prerequisite: NURS 501. Assessment and evaluation strategies utilized in nursing education. Topics include: conceptual frameworks; formative and summative strategies for assessing, testing and evaluating learning; clinical evaluation; and course and program evaluation. One or more sections offered online.

MSN Culminating Experience Courses 

NURS 597A, B Project (2, 2)
Prerequisites: NURS 505A,B and consent of instructor; Prerequisite for NURS 597B is 597A. Identification of specific issues/problems in degree concentration and development and completion of project.

NURS 598A, B Thesis (2, 2)
Prerequisites: NURS 505A,B and consent of instructor. Prerequisite for NURS 598B is 598A. Individual research with conferences with instructor, culminating in a thesis.