School of Nursing

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 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 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 nine to twelve (9-12) credits a semester. Both full-time and part-time studies are available. 39 credits are required for completion of 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.

 Graduate Nursing Policies

Application Deadlines

Spring semester admission–October 1

Fall semester admission–April 1

Admission Information

Admission to the Master of Science degree program in nursing is on a competitive basis. 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 which includes descriptive and inferential statistics.
  • An undergraduate course in total health assessment.
  • Test Scores: MAT or GRE taken with 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

Please develop a 500 word essay which addresses the following topics:

  • Your understanding of the nurse educator role and your reasons for becoming a nurse educator.
  • Your professional goals that will be supported by the Master of Science degree.
  • The experiences, capacity and abilities that you bring to a master’s program. 

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

Sample: Full-Time four semester program sequence (39 credits)

Fall I      

BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology
NUR 603 Nursing Theory & Knowledge
NUR 604 Nursing Research
NUR 636 Foundations in Nursing Education

Total credits: 12

Spring I

MPH 670 Quality Improvement
NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy & Role
*NUR 515 Assessment, Measurement & Evaluation in Nursing Education

Total credits: 9

Fall II

NUR 608 Applied Theories for Advance Interpersonal Skills
NUR 610 Integrated Health Assessment & Pharmacology
NUR 637 Methods of Education in Nursing  

Total credits: 9

Spring II

NUR 624 An  Interprofessional Approach to Population-Based Health
NUR 638 Education Practicum & Seminar
NUR 658 Clinical Project

Total credits: 9

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Sample: Part time six semester program sequence (39 credits)

Fall I

NUR 603 Nursing Theory & Knowledge
NUR 604 Nursing Research

Total credits: 6

Spring I

BIO 545 Advanced Pathophysiology

NUR 606 Leadership, Health Policy & Role

Total credits: 6

Fall II

NUR 610 Integrated Health Assessment & Pharmacology
NUR 636 Foundations in Nursing Education

Total credits: 6

Spring II

MPH 670 Quality Improvement
*NUR 515 Assessment, Measurement & Evaluation in Nursing Education 
NUR 624 An Interprofessional Approach to Population-Based Health

Total credits: 9

Fall III

NUR 608 Applied Theories for Advance Interpersonal Skills 
NUR 637 Methods of Education in Nursing  

Total credits: 6

Spring III

NUR 638 Education Practicum & Seminar
NUR 658 Clinical Project      

Total credits: 6

*Course offered online through the University of Maine          

Deadline:
May 1, 2015 for fall 2015 admission,
October 1, 2015 for spring 2016 admission

Admission Information and Links:

Information Sessions about this program are held on a regular basis

USM Office of Graduate Admissions