2017-18 Catalogs

MS in Nursing - Education

The Master of Science in Nursing presents a vibrant, challenging, future-oriented program of study that prepares graduates for practice in diverse health care settings. Coursework builds on the baccalaureate degree in nursing and is based on theory and research in nursing and related disciplines. The program provides the foundation for continued professional development and for doctoral study. Students are prepared to provide leadership and to initiate collaborative relationships with others for the purposes of improving nursing and health care and influencing health policy. Master's students in nursing gain skill and knowledge that builds on their clinical experience and generalist undergraduate preparation. Graduate students extend their clinical expertise in working with individuals, families, and high risk populations. Master's students gain skills in clinical decision making and differential diagnosis; in case management and consultation; in client/patient teaching; in assessments and interventions; and in program design, implementation, and evaluation.

The Nursing Education concentration prepares graduates to teach in entry-level nursing programs in both didactic and clinical courses and to engage in other professional roles such as professional staff development. Graduates who complete this program meet the educational criteria for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Nurse Educator Certification.

The Nursing Education concentration is four academic semesters in length for students taking an average of 9-12 credits per semester. Both full-time and part-time studies are available. Students are required to complete 39 credits for this concentration.

The number of required experiential hours (contact hours) is based on national certification examination requirements, not on a credit hour to contact hour basis. The clinical nurse educator concentration has a total of 224 experiential hours.

Required Courses (39 credits):

BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 512 Curriculum and Course Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education (online through UM)
NUR 515 Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education (online through UM)
NUR 601 Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
NUR 602 Advanced Health Assessment
NUR 603 Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development
NUR 604 Nursing Research
NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy, and Role
NUR 608 Applied Theories of Advanced Interpersonal Skills
NUR 638 Education Practicum and Seminar
NUR 658 Graduate Clinical Project

NUR 624 An Interprofessional Approach to Population-Based Health
MPH 500 Introduction to Public Health

MPH 670 Quality Improvement (spring)
MPH 683 Patient Safety (summer)

 Graduate Nursing Policies

Application Deadlines

Spring semester admission–October 1
Fall semester admission–April 1

Admission Information

Because the master of science in nursing program includes supervised clinical experiences and our desire to maintain a high quality program, the nursing faculty reserves the right to limit enrollments. The number of students accepted varies by program (Family Nurse, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner) and is based on clinical cohorts. Admission to the program is highly selective. The graduate program in nursing seeks candidates whose baccalaureate preparation, scholastic achievement, professional experience, interest, motivation, and references are predictive of successful graduate study.

Each student's application for admission will be evaluated based on a composite of the following recommended standards.

  • A baccalaureate degree with a major in nursing from a degree program accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing
  • A minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or a B average
  • An undergraduate course in introductory statistics that includes descriptive and inferential statistics completed within the last five years
  • An undergraduate course in total health assessment
  • Test Scores: MAT or GRE taken within five years of application submission
    • Miller Analogy Test (MAT): A score that ranks in the 45th percentile or higher for intended major.
    • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
      • Taken prior to August 1, 2011 - combined aptitude scores of 1,000 (V.Q.) or higher
      • Taken after August 1, 2011 - a verbal reasoning score of 153 or higher; a quantitative reasoning score of 147 or higher; and, a minimum of 4.0 on the analytic writing sample
  • Submission of official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS scores in addition to GRE scores (if English is not first language)
    • Applicants whose native language is not English must have earned a TOEFL score of at least 550 on the paper-based test, 79 or higher on the Internet-based test, or 213 on the computer-based test, or an IELTS score of 6.5 or higher.
  • Current resume
  • A personal interview with graduate faculty of the School of Nursing may be requested following a preliminary review of all required admission materials
Application material

In addition to the materials described on the USM Graduate Admissions General  Application Instructions page, applicants for this program must submit:

  • Completed program selection form
  • Two letters of recommendation reflecting professional practice and academic achievement
  • Evidence (photocopy) of unencumbered current licensure as a registered professional nurse in Maine
  • A 500 word essay that addresses the following topics:
  1. Understanding of the nurse educator role and reasons for becoming a nurse educator
  2. Professional goals that will be supported by the Master of Science degree
  3. The experiences, capacity and abilities brought to a master’s program
  4. Reasons for choosing USM for this program

For forms and additional application information, please visit the Graduate Admissions web page