The Nursing Education track offers nurses the opportunity to combine their clinical experience with preparation for teaching nursing practice. The 46 credit curriculum prepares nurses to assume leadership roles as dynamic educators in baccalaureate and associate degree programs, staff development, continuing education and community education programs. Nurses who progress from this MSN concentration to our PhD program find their course of study expedited.
The curriculum offers theoretical courses, advanced clinical and education practica. The nursing education theoretical courses are available online or on campus. Students select a population and area of clinical interest for the clinical practicum: adult-gerontology, parent-child health, community health or psychiatric/mental health. Students also select an academic or clinical setting for the final student teaching practicum. As you develop as a nursing educator, you will create curricula, plan programs and teach with master teacher clinicians. There is also opportunity to spend time with an expert nurse educator in a clinical and academic setting to begin to internalize the nurse educator role.
At the completion of this concentration, the graduate is able to:
M. Louise Fitzpatrick College of Nursing MSN alumni from 2014 and 2015 were surveyed on key satisfaction measures relating to their respective programs through Educational Benchmarking, Inc. (EBI). EBI is a national standardized survey that is recognized by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing to be an important program outcome measure. The program earned high scores.
The MSN program, in the three categories of overall program effectiveness, learning and satisfaction, rated highly, far exceeding six high profile peer schools of nursing in the nation. It had similarly high scores, outpacing peers, when alumni indicated satisfaction with administration and academic advising, quality of curriculum, quality of faculty, instruction and support services.
Future nurse educators! (MSN & PhD) Apply for federal funding!
The federal Nurse Faculty Loan Program requires completion of a simple application. Don’t miss this opportunity!
· Provides support for students in the MSN Nursing Education track and the PhD program. Note this funding does not apply to post-master's students.
· Citizens of the United States are eligible.
· Full-time and part-time students pursuing coursework in nursing education leading to a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing can borrow money to cover tuition, fees, books and supplies.
· Borrow up to $35,000 per year for a maximum of five years.
· If upon graduation the student works full-time as a nursing faculty member in an accredited school of nursing (RN or higher) in the US or its territories, beginning within 12 months of completion of the degree, for up to four years, up to 85% of the total NFLP loan balance is forgiven, and the remainder can be paid within 10 years of graduation at an interest rate of 3%. For each of the first three years, 20% is forgiven, and for the fourth year, 25% is forgiven.
· Repayment is deferred as long as the student is employed as a full-time faculty member for the first four years after degree completion.
· If the student ceases studies or does not become employed as a nursing school faculty member within 12 months of degree completion, then the balance of the loan is paid over 10 years at the market interest rate.
Dr. Mary Ann Cantrell