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 38 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 will complete the program in 2 years of full time study. Students who enter the program in odd years 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 502 - Theoretical and Research Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 540- Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
NURS 542/L - Advanced Health Assessment (2)/ Lab (1)
8
Spring NURS 505 - Seminar in Nursing Research (3)
NURS 510 - Development and Evaluation of Nursing Curricula (3)
NURS 517 - Assessment and Evaluation of Nursing Education (3)
9
Summer NURS 507 - Advanced Decision Making: Nursing Issues Seminar (3)
NURS 512 - Instructional Design in Nursing Education (3)
6
Year 2 Fall NURS 516A - Nurse Educator Teaching Practicum (3)  
NURS 552 - Advanced Pharmacology: Prescriptive Authority (3)
NURS 597 - Project (3)
9
Spring NURS 508 - Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
NURS 516B - Nurse Educator Clinical Practicum (3)
6
TOTAL UNITS 38

All courses and course sequences are subject to change at any time. 

3 Year Study Plan

  Semester Courses Units
Year 1 Fall NURS 502 - Theoretical and Research Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice (3)
NURS 542/L - Advanced Health Assessment (2)/ Lab (1)
6
Spring NURS 505 - Seminar in Nursing Research (3)
NURS 508 - Advanced Nursing: Vulnerable Populations (3)
6
Year 2 Fall NURS 540 - Advanced Pathophysiology: Clinical Implications for Nurses (2)
NURS 552 - Advanced Pharmacology: Prescriptive Authority (3)
5
Spring NURS 510 - Development and Evaluation of Nursing Curricula (3)
NURS 517 - Assessment and Evaluation of Nursing Education (3)
6
Summer NURS 507 - Advanced Decision Making: Nursing Issues Seminar (3)
NURS 512 - Instructional Design in Nursing Education (3)
6
Year 3 Fall NURS 516A - Nurse Educator Teaching Practicum (3)
NURS 597 - Project (3)
6
Spring NURS 516B - Nurse Educator Clinical Practicum (3) 3
TOTAL UNITS 38

All courses and course sequences are subject to change at any time.

Course descriptions can be found in the CSUF CatalogOpens in new window .