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MSN Curriculum

MSN Course List and Course Numbers

Total MSN Nurse Educator Program (39-40 credits)

Core Courses (21 credits)

NURS 600: Transitions to Graduate Nursing Practice, 3 theory credits
NURS 620: Holistic Nursing Approaches to Self-Care, and Health Promotion in a Contemporary Society, 3 theory credits
NURS 624: Advanced Health Assessment and Pathophysiology, 3 theory credits
NURS 628: Advanced Principles of Pharmacology, 3 theory credits
NURS 630: Advanced Global & Societal Health Nursing, 3 theory credits
NURS 638 Advanced EBP and Applied Analysis in Nursing, 3 theory credits
NURS 640 Advanced Leadership, and Continuous Quality Improvement Through Interprofessional Collaboration, 3 theory credits
Nurse Educator Specialization (15 credits)
NURS 650: Education Theory and Practice/Methods for Nurse Educators, 3 credits theory
NURS 654 Instructional Technologies in the Nurse Educator Role, 2 credits theory, 1 credit practicum
NURS 658: Culturally Responsive Teaching in Nursing Education, 2 credits theory, 1 credit practicum
NURS 660 Curriculum Development, Assessment/Quality Improvement, and Evaluation for Nurse Educators, 2 credits theory, 1 credit practicum
NURS 664: Nurse Educator Capstone Course, 1 credits theory, 2 credits practicum

Elective (3-4 credits)

ELECTIVE: 3-4 graduate credits: Must be graduate level at 600 or higher level, specific to the role of the nurse educator or nursing and approved by academic advisor/graduate director.

TOTAL CORE, NURSE EDUCATOR, & ELECTIVE = 39 required credits

  • Program Pre-req or Co-req by the end of the first term: Biostatistics (stats with health/bio focus)
  • MSN Orientation course: A pre-start MSN orientation course is held asynchronously to help students with a good start to the program. This orientation is asynchronous and helps orient students to navigation of the SMSU website, library, and resources. The first course in the MSN program is NURS 600: Transitions to Graduate Nursing Practice and includes more MSN program orientation. Students must take NURS 600 first or together in the same term with other courses.

MSN Nurse Educator End of Program Student Learning Outcomes: (Terminal Outcomes)

Core MSN:

  • Analyze nursing theories and standards of nursing practice in the role of the advanced nurse.
  • Distinguish advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology specific to patient centered care of diverse individuals, families, and population health.
  • Analyze ethical and scientific nursing processes to advocate for improved health promotion and health outcomes in diverse individuals, families, and populations in society and globally.
  • Apply the scientific method and ethical principles to an evidence-based nursing project to improve health outcomes.
  • Evaluate the use of healthcare informatics within healthcare to promote safety and quality outcomes.
  • Appraise theory, research findings, and evidence to promote teamwork and interprofessional collaboration related to organizational and systems leadership.
  • Examine knowledge, skills, and ethics of effective teaching/learning in the nurse educator role.
  • Distinguish the foundational education philosophies/theories for nurse educator practice.
  • Critique theory and evidence related to instructional technology for nursing education.
  • Combine theory, research findings, and evidence to improve teaching/learning practices as a nurse educator.
  • Evaluate theory, research findings, and evidence related to curriculum development and education assessment/evaluation.
  • Design educational offerings that are inclusive and culturally responsive in the role of the nurse educator.
  • Combine knowledge, skills, attitudes/professionalism, interprofessional collaboration, and culturally responsive teaching skills in the nurse educator role through practicum teaching opportunities.

Admission Criteria to the SMSU MSN Nurse Educator Program:

The SMSU Department of Nursing values the applicant’s unique experiences along with their academic achievements. Considering the broad range of factors which reflect the applicant’s academic readiness, the following are the requirements needed for acceptance into SMSU’s MSN Nurse Educator Program. Space may be limited with all qualified applicants not guaranteed acceptance. Requirements include:

  • Acceptance to SMSU prior to application to nursing program, (excluding CA residents as CA does not participate in the U.S. state reciprocity agreement)
  • Active, unencumbered RN license in the U.S.
  • Bachelor’s degree in the science or arts of nursing from an accredited nursing program (ACEN (formerly NLNAC), NLN/CNEA or CCNE)
  • Total cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in undergraduate courses from the baccalaureate nursing degree
  • Paragraph summary of professional goals



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