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Master of Science in Nursing in Nurse Educator

2018 South University Graduation
Nurse educators merge clinical expertise with a passion for teaching into rewarding careers mentoring current and future generations of nurses. With South University’s Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Specialization in Nurse Educator degree program, you’ll develop and practice curriculum development strategies, teaching methods, and evaluation techniques for the classroom and clinical practice.

The core curriculum will strengthen your skills in evidence-based practice, health promotion, disease prevention, healthcare policy, and more. In the nurse educator courses, you’ll explore ways to strengthen the nursing workforce through designing, implementing, evaluating, and revising academic and continuing education nursing programs. Designed to be completed in as little as two years, our online nurse educator program includes key attributes from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Master’s Essentials.

Admission Requirements

Please see the South University academic catalog for program specific admissions requirements.

Course Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing (Specialization in Nurse Educator)

Offered at South University, Online Programs, South University, Tampa.

Nurse educators combine clinical expertise and a passion for teaching into rich and rewarding careers. These professionals, who work in the classroom and the practice setting, are responsible for preparing and mentoring current and future generations of nurses. Nurse educators play a pivotal role in strengthening the nursing workforce, serving as role models and providing the leadership needed to implement evidence-based practice.

Nurse educators are responsible for designing, implementing, evaluating and revising academic and continuing education programs for nurses. These include formal academic programs that lead to a degree or certificate, or more informal continuing education programs designed to meet individual learning needs. Students will complete 300 practicum hours during progression through the program.

Specialization Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Create a variety of successful instructional methods to meet the needs of targeted learner populations.
  2. Develop plans of study in nursing education based on appropriate curricular principles, pedagogical principles and strategies, and learning assessment strategies.
  3. Integrate clinical expertise with appropriate strategies of instruction when engaged in educational experiences.
Master of Science in Nursing (Specialization in Nurse Educator): 54 Credits
MSN Core 20 Credits
NSG5000 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Transformational Leadership in Advanced Practice, 4 Credit Hours
NSG5002 Advanced Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
NSG5003 Advanced Pathophysiology, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6002 Health Policy and Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing Practice, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6101 Nursing Research Methods, 4 Credit Hours
Specialization in Nurse Educator: 34 Credits
NSG6003 Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6005 Advanced Pharmacology, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6020 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment, 6 Credit Hours
NSG6102 Evaluation of Educational Outcomes in Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6103 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6203 Practicum in Nursing Education I, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6204 Practicum in Nursing Education II, 4 Credit Hours
NSG6999 Graduate Project in Nursing, 4 Credit Hours
Note(s):

South University, Online Programs may not be available to residents of all states.  Please contact an admissions representative for further information.

**NOTE: Minnesota residents are not eligible to enroll in the online programs for the Doctor of Nursing Practice, Post Graduate Certificates in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing or the RN to Master of Science in Nursing.

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)**

The Master of Science in Nursing degree program (MSN) is designed to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of registered nurses. It is also designed for those nurses who want to pursue advanced positions in today's challenging healthcare environment. The program, based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Master's Essentials, blends nursing theory with advanced practice concepts that prepare students to work within a healthcare organization or educational setting.

All applicants to the MSN program must hold a valid and unencumbered license as a registered nurse in all US states or territory in which the student is licensed, including the state in which the student completes all assignments for the program. (Note that military, federal, and foreign educated nurses must meet this state requirement for nursing licensure).  An unencumbered license(s) must be maintained throughout the program.  Additionally, all applicants must successfully complete a criminal background check and a drug screening. Clinical affiliation agencies may require additional personal testing.

The program consists of five core courses and courses in an area of specialization in education, administration, informatics, and various nurse practitioner programs. Program includes practica and experiences in areas of specialization.

Courses may be waived if the individual's master's transcript indicates that s/he has successfully completed the required course or its equivalent. Waivers and exceptions will be determined on the written request of individual students through a transcript analysis as determined by the Program Director, Chair, or College Dean.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates should be able to:

  1. Synthesize theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines for application in advanced nursing roles.
  2. Analyze current scientific research for application of findings to initiate change and to improve practice.
  3. Create comprehensive plans of action that address the health promotion and disease prevention needs of individual, family, and community populations.
  4. Formulate a plan for ongoing contributions to improvement of healthcare delivery and development of health policy in a cost-effective manner.
  5. Apply an ethical decision-making process in professional practice and an analysis of systems of healthcare.
  6. Model a professional leadership role that fosters improvement of healthcare and advocates scholarly activities to advance self and profession.
  7. Employ informatics and technology in various aspects of the advanced nursing leadership role.
  8. Practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professional policies and regulations, and standards of practice associated with a specialty area of advanced nursing practice.
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Standardized Testing Policy

Standardized Testing Policy

All students enrolled in an MSN course will be required to utilize the standardized testing policy in place at the time of their course.

  1. Standardized testing platform
  1. The selected 3P exam: The minimum score for the exam is average/score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%.
  1. The Pre-Predictor exam: A minimum score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%. The Pre-Predictor exam is 5% of the MSN FNP (NSG6440) and MSN AGPCNP (NSG6430) course grade. A score of less than the minimum passing score is 0 points. Students who scored lower than the minimum passing score on the Pre-Predictor can complete a faculty driven remediation plan to receive 2% of the MSN FNP (NSG6440) and MSN AGPCNP (NSG6430) course grade.  
  2. The University Predictor: A minimum score identified by the vendor that equates with a minimum passing score of 80%. The University Predictor exam is worth 10% (100 points) of the final grade in MSN FNP (NSG6440) and AGPCNP (NSG6340).  Students who scored lower than the minimum passing score on the Predictor can complete a faculty driven remediation plan to receive 6% (60 points) of the final grade in MSN FNP (NSG6440) and AGPCNP (NSG6340). A score of less than the minimum passing score is 0 points.
  1. Remediation
    1. Individualized and faculty driven remediation provides an opportunity for students to review study and acquire additional knowledge. Remediation is intended to help students recover important information that was missed when taking the assessment and improve the opportunity to be successful on the second attempt of any exam.
    2. In addition to faculty driven remediation, self-review is required for all standardized testing assessments. Students are required to use their test results to complete remediation.
    3. Failure to comply with the standardized testing policy may result in a course failure.
    4. Retesting is required for any student who scores lower than the minimum passing score on the 3P exam. Retesting of the 3P exam will take place during the final week of NSG6023.
    5. A different test version will be used for retesting. Students who score the minimum passing score or higher on the 3P exam in NSG6023 will receive an 80% for the grade. Students who do not score the minimum passing score will be dismissed from the MSN nurse practitioner programs.
    6. The Dean's or designee's approval is required for reordering of standardized testing products.  
  2. Comprehensive Testing Program
CoursesAssignments/Resources
APRN Program of Study

Students are required to purchase a clinical guideline per the syllabus or established book list.

NSG5003 - Advanced PathophysiologyCourse Assignment: 10% of the course grade
NSG6005 Pharmacology (FNP and AGPCNP)Course Assignment: 10% of the course grade
NSG6001 Advanced Nursing Practice I (FNP & AGPCNP) and practicum coursesRecommended: Students purchase a coding resource as outlined in the syllabus and master book list.
NSG6020 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment (FNP, AGNP, & NE)

Recommended: Students purchase a Dermatology resource to supplement learning from Physical Assessment Course Assignment: 10% of the course grade

NSG6021Concurrent course with NSG6020. The student must meet the benchmarked score on the 3-P exam to pass the course. If unsuccessful, the student will be enrolled into NSG6023. Course assignments per syllabus.
NSG6420 (FNP) or NSG6320 (AGNP) Practicum I-Family or Adult Health: Adults and Gerenology

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6430 (FNP) Practicum II Women's Health

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6330 AGNP Reproductive Health

Course Assignments: 10% of the course grade

NSG6435 (FNP) Practicum III: Family Health PediatricsCourse Assignments: 10% of the course grade
NSG6340 (AGNP) Practicum III: Adult Health: Primary CareAccess to an online review course continues. Students must complete all assignments with a score of 80% or better. Students must complete all the online review materials and assignments to be eligible to take the Predictor exam. Completion of Online review materials and assignments: 15% Discussions: 5% Assigned Case Studies: 10% Exam #1: 10% Exam #2: 10% Final Exam: 25% Pre-Predictor: 5% Predictor Exam: 10 % SOAP Notes: 10%
NSG6440 (FNP) Practicum IV (IV: Family Health: Primary Care)

Access to an online review course continues. Students must complete all assignments with a score of 80% or better. Students must complete all the online review materials and assignments to be eligible to take the University Predictor exam. Completion of Online review materials and assignments:

Pre-Predictor: 15% University Predictor Exam: 10% Assigned Case Studies: 20% Remediation of Areas of <80% on Pre-Predictor: 10% Comprehensive Final Exam: 35% Class Discussion/Participation 5% (online) Case Studies/Participation 5% (campus-based)

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Outcomes

In your core MSN curriculum and nurse educator courses, you should be able to build competencies in:

  • Instructional Method Design, so that you can create a variety of successful instructional methods to meet the needs of targeted learner populations.
  • Curriculum, Pedagogy, and Evaluation Strategies, enabling you to develop plans of study in nursing education based on appropriate curricular principles, pedagogical principles and strategies, and learning assessment strategies.
  • Clinical Expertise, equipping you to integrate clinical expertise with appropriate strategies of instruction when engaged in educational experiences.

Online Classroom

Haven’t experienced online learning before or wondering what it’s like to earn your degree online at South University? While the mode of learning is different from the traditional classroom experience with added convenience and flexibility, we hold the same high standards of academic excellence in the online classroom. 

South University’s online programs combine a curriculum designed for student outcomes and a classroom designed for flexibility and engagement. Our online classroom learning platform, Brightspace, provides you with a host of features to enhance your learning experience, including:

  • Advanced media content
  • Personalized navigation
  • Simplified online learning atmosphere
  • Access to digital books
  • Emailing and instant messaging options

We provide more than just an online classroom, bringing a range of campus experiences and services online. In addition, the online classroom is accessible on the go via mobile devices and with tools like the Pulse App. Pulse helps you stay connected and on track with your course by providing a number of features such as course calendars, readings and assignments, feedback and grades, and announcements.

Read more about online requirements here

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Outstanding Education for Remarkable Careers

We're committed to helping our graduates make impact in their professional and personal lives. We applaud our nursing alumni and the difference they make. Check out what some of our graduates have to say.

Shirrelle M Everett 2015
Shirrelle Everett Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“It took me almost ten years to realize that without an education I would be stuck working for minimum wage at dead-end jobs, I was a single mother of two children living on welfare. South University allowed me to gain the knowledge and skills needed to advance my career at my own pace. My education has enabled me to take care of my family.”

Lisa Godwin 2009
Lisa Godwin Grad Alumni
Class of '09
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“When I graduated, I passed the NCLEX and quickly got a great job as an RN. I felt very prepared for my new role and within less than five months, I was a charge nurse for a 36-bed med-surg unit. I'm very glad I chose South University for the start of my nursing career. My education gave me a great foundation and has made me a better nurse and practitioner.”

Emily Han 2015
Emily Han Grad Alumni
Class of '15
Master of Science in Nursing

“By allowing me to continue working during school and applying new knowledge, as well as creating my own preceptor experiences in an area of interest, I was able to carve my way to a successful business and many great, relevant connections. I love that my degree and knowledge have helped me see the limitless opportunity we have as nurses. The freedom and excitement of my new career is something that I never could have imagined, but I look forward to innovating and paving the way for others to do the same.”

Adrienne Hampton 2016
Adrienne Hampton Grad Alumni
Class of '16
Master of Science in Nursing

“I can truly say that during my experience at South University I have only encountered positive, encouraging, intelligent, and professional staff who want their students to be successful. The online courses have been challenging but knowledge enhancing as well. I have learned discipline and have decreased my test anxiety through weekly quizzes, our midterms and final exams. Moreover, the Practicum experience has exceeded my expectations by allowing me to apply what I have read, researched, and studied into practice”

Samira Monet' Hayes 2013
Samira Monet' Hayes Grad Alumni
Class of '13
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

“If it was not for South University professors and clinical instructors, I would not have the foundation and knowledge-base to be a successful, critical thinking nurse. Education is the key, simple and true. If I had not earned my degree I would not be in the position I am in today, nor would the opportunities that present themselves to me be available.”

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The Bachelor of Science in Nursing, the Master of Science in Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice, and Post-Graduate APRN Certificate Programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org).