Post-Master's Nurse Educator
Viterbo University's Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program offers a 10 credit post MSN Nursing Education Certificate program for current and potential nurse educators in academic and healthcare settings. Educational theories, teaching-learning strategies, evaluation techniques, curriculum development, and the review of evidence-based teaching practices culminate in practicum experiences designed to meet students' career goals. Participants will be prepared to synthesize principles of education, practice, and leadership to promote effective educational outcomes. The MSN program is accredited by NCA and CCNE. Cost for this program is $525/credit in 2010-11.
A master's degree in nursing from an accredited school of nursing is preferred. BSN with master's degree in non-nursing area may be acceptable depending on individual career goals. A minimum grade point average at the master's level of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale is required to be considered for admission. Additional information is noted on the Post Master's Application.
Coursework is partially online using "Blackboard," which reduces the number of weekly trips to campus. Computer hardware, software, and literacy level sufficient to manage both online course delivery methods and in class activities (email, attachments, use of Internet) are necessary. PowerPoint skills are advisable. See the computer specification information.
Join regular classes with other MSN students in Nurse Educator track and complete part-time in one year.
Sample Plan of Study
Fall Semester on Wednesdays:
N580 Educational Theories and Methods (2 cr)
N640 Curriculum and Evaluation (3 cr)
Spring Semester on Wednesdays:
N650 Clinical Education (3 cr)
N666 Experiences in Education (2 cr)
Abbreviated Course Descriptions:
Nursing 580 Educational Theories and Methods (2 cr)
Prerequisites: N507 or consent
This course examines learning theories, teaching/learning strategies, and research in nursing education. Instructional design principles are employed in developing and implementing teaching plans. Factors affecting the learning environment are explored in relation to staff development, patient education, and academic nursing education including learners with special needs.
Nursing 640 Curriculum & Evaluation (3 cr)
Prerequisites: N580 or consent
This course addresses knowledge, theory, and practice as it relates to the development of curriculum for patient education, staff development, and academic nursing education. Theory and application of various evaluation methods for the nurse educator in formal classroom settings is provided.
Nursing 650 Clinical Education (3 cr)
Prerequisites: N640 or consent
This course addresses professional development for the nurse educator’s role in patient education, staff development, and academic nursing education. Concepts of caring, models of clinical instruction, clinical teaching strategies including simulation experiences and clinical evaluation methods are emphasized. Legal and ethical issues also are examined including issues relating to learners with special needs.
Nursing 666 Experiences in Education (2 cr Portfolio/Practicum/Seminar)
Individualized practicum experiences in patient, staff and/or nursing program settings are arranged to provide an opportunity for the application of educational principles and processes. Up to 90 hours of clinical practicum (or equivalent demonstrated by portfolio) are required. Twelve hours of online seminar promote inquiry and reflection of the practicum experiences.
For specific questions, please contact:
Jackie K. Kuennen, EdD, ANP-BC, Professor
900 Viterbo Drive, La Crosse, WI 54601