School of Nursing

MS in Nursing - Education

The M.S. 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 skills and knowledge that build 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 semesters in length for students taking 9-12 credits per semester. Both full-time and part-time studies are available. A total of 40 credits is required for completion of the Nursing Education 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 Nurse Education concentration has a total of 224 experiential hours associated with NUR 638, taken in the last semester.

Required Courses: (40 credits)
BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 512 Curriculum and Course Development and Evaluation in Nursing Education (online through University of Maine)
NUR 515 Assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education (online through University of Maine)
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 (generally taken with NUR 638)

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

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

The MS in Nursing — Education is a fully online program. You can view admission information and upcoming application deadlines on our Maine Online site.