Apr 21, 2024  
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2023-24 
Ohio University Graduate Catalog 2023-24

Nurse Educator - MSN

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Master of Science in Nursing

Nurse Educator Track – MS1225

School of Nursing
Athens Campus (Main Office)
Grover Center E365
Ohio University
Athens, Ohio 45701
800-560-0144 (toll free)

Delivery Mode: Online

Terms of Entry: Fall only

Terms of Entry Requiring Program Permission: None

Program Overview 

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program consists of both didactic and practice-based or clinical performance courses. The didactic courses present the nursing knowledge, theoretical concepts, models, and research that inform patient care and evidence-based practice. The practice-based courses provide opportunities for students to apply knowledge; practice skills; plan, implement and evaluate interventions and programs; and learn the full scope of the role for which they are preparing.

The Nurse Educator track prepares students to be eligible for certification as a National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator (CNE). Graduates of this track may teach in academic, clinical, or healthcare education settings. This program is offered in a fully online format with opportunities for web-based synchronous and asynchronous instruction and interactions with faculty and peers. Teaching practicum experiences occur in both academic and direct care settings with qualified preceptors for a total of 500 hours.

Program Learning Outcomes 

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Synthesizes knowledge from nursing and other disciplines as a basis for clinical judgment, clinical reasoning, and innovative evidence-based education and practice.
  2. Incorporates evidence-based practice in the delivery of person-centered care to enhance health outcomes and improve health systems.
  3. Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to select and apply principles of population health and advocacy strategies that optimize health outcomes for individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  4. Integrate and evaluate evidence-based practice to inform and promote advanced clinical practice.
  5. Analyze and apply quality improvement strategies to create a culture of safe, professional nursing practice that optimizes health and protects all.
  6. Apply leadership skills as a member of the interprofessional team to optimize the health of individuals, families, and populations within complex healthcare environments.
  7. Apply evidence-based, innovative strategies based on organizational and systems policies to enhance value, access, quality, and cost-effectiveness within complex healthcare delivery systems.
  8. Integrate information technology systems to drive decision making, healthcare change and interdisciplinary communication in complex healthcare delivery systems.
  9. Integrate the role of the advanced practice nurse utilizing effective professional communication and presence to promote person-centered care.
  10. Contribute to an environment that promotes self-care, personal health, well-being and professional development in a culture of accountability and collaboration.

Opportunities for Graduates

Graduates of the Nurse Educator program are prepared to serve as leaders of the learning process, guiding students and producing a nursing workforce prepared to thrive in a diverse, ever-changing healthcare environment. Nurse educators work in both the classroom and the practice setting, where they prepare and mentor current and future generations of nurses. These nursing professionals design, implement, and evaluate academic and continuing education programs for nurses at all levels. Nurse educators prepared at the master’s and doctoral levels teach in a wide array of settings, such as:

  • Colleges/universities
  • Junior/community colleges
  • Nursing/technical schools
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Community health agencies
  • Home care agencies
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Online/distance-based programs and courses

Further Information

Link to Program:  https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/msn-nurse-educator

Admission Requirements

  • Awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution with minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  • Statement of professional goals
  • Resume or CV
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s ability to complete graduate-level coursework and practice abilities. A minimum of 2 of these must be from individuals prepared at or above the master’s level. One must be from an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse or Registered Nurse.
  • Residents of and evidence of valid, unencumbered RN licensure in an approved state (https://www.ohio.edu/chsp/nursing/graduate/masters/msn-application-process)
  • A web-based admission interview with faculty

Pre-Clinical Requirements

  • Specified health status/clinical requirements (i.e., immunization status, BLS certification) per the current Graduate Handbook
  • Federal and state background checks free from disqualifying offenses
  • Evidence of malpractice insurance

International Students

This certificate program does not permit full-time enrollment in residence at Ohio University, and an I-20 cannot be issued based on admission to this program.

Graduation Requirements

Complete the following courses which total 30 credit hours and include 500 practicum hours:

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