Further Your Career Through Teaching 

Master of Science in Nursing Degree

At College of Saint Mary, you can complete your master of science in nursing degree with a focus on healthcare education in as little as four semesters! Our program caters to working nurses who have a passion for the profession and for working with nursing students, patients or nursing staff, and the flexible format allows you to balance your educational goals with your personal and professional responsibilities. You will receive individualized mentoring and support throughout the program. Nurse educators find employment in a variety of healthcare and education settings including schools of nursing, continuing education, patient education and staff development.

Required Courses in Your Major

Directed Readings in Nursing Education

In this graduate level course you will conduct a scholarly research literature review specific to a selected aspect of nursing education.

Research Methods

Evidence-based inquiry processes will provide you with tools for conducting a major research project. Topics include conceptualizing a research study, designs for research, methodology, data collection, analysis of data, communicating results and utilizing research findings.

Theories and Critical Issues in Nursing

In this course, you will examine theories and concepts that are foundations of nursing and healthcare, and critical issues affecting healthcare and outcomes. You will also analyze a wide-range of theories from nursing and other disciplines in relation to their applicability to evidence-based practice.

Academic Integrity

In this applied ethics course you will examine the implications of several influential philosophical theories for a broad range of questions bearing on research, teaching, role expectations, the allocation of resources and contemporary dilemmas in organizations of P-12, higher education, continuing education, professional development or patient education.

Teaching and Learning Theories and Concepts

In this course, you will examine the role of the nurse as an educator through the application of teaching and learning theories and concepts across a variety of settings in nursing education, healthcare and the community.

Practicum in Nursing Education

In this course, you will implement the role of nurse educator through the application of teaching and learning theories and concepts for a chosen learner population in nursing. You will develop evidence-based teaching strategies into a comprehensive teaching plan to engage learners in inquiry and overt, active learning and implement your plan to meet mutually determined outcomes for the individual learner, group or organization.

Curriculum Design and Program Planning

In this graduate level course, you will focus on designing nursing curriculum in diverse learning environments using evidence-based theories and concepts as well as relevant standards and criteria for evaluation.

Assessment and Evaluation Strategies in Education

You will learn best practice principles for educational assessment and evaluation in higher education, continuing education, staff development and patient education. In this class, we will appraise various methods for designing, conducting and analyzing assessments and evaluations of outcomes on multiple levels including individual student, class, course, curriculum, program and educational organization.

Teaching Strategies and Technology in Nursing Education

In this course, you will focus on the best practice principles for educational assessment and evaluation in higher education, continuing education, staff development and patient education.

Leadership in Educational Organizations

In this course, you will characterize the best practices of leadership in educational institutions. You will study concepts such as accreditation, governance, strategic planning, higher education law and academic quality improvement processes.

OR

Legal Issues in Education

This course will introduce the legal system and various sources of law that impact educational institutions and their relationships with students, faculty, employees, governing bodies and corporate partners.

Research Statistics

This course will prepare you to utilize and interpret statistics for a master’s level research project. You will review descriptive statistics including distributions, introduction to central tendencies, population and sample, and focus on inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, t-tests, one-way ANOVA and correlation.

Major Project in Nursing Education

The major project will provide you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MSN program. You will develop, implement and evaluate a substantial educational endeavor related to nursing education, staff development, continuing education or patient education within the context of an organization.

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To earn your master of science in nursing degree, you must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours as listed in the curriculum tab. 

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The master’s in nursing degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326, 404-975-5000. 

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • Completed College of Saint Mary graduate program application
  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work from which undergraduate grade point averages can be computed
  • Resumé
  • Current, unencumbered Registered Nursing license in Nebraska or compact state
  • Scholarly writing that demonstrates the ability to do graduate level work
  • Evidence of earned BSN
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Two professional references — one from a registered nurse
  • Completion of a background check

Academic Description

Further Your Career Through Teaching 

Master of Science in Nursing Degree

At College of Saint Mary, you can complete your master of science in nursing degree with a focus on healthcare education in as little as four semesters! Our program caters to working nurses who have a passion for the profession and for working with nursing students, patients or nursing staff, and the flexible format allows you to balance your educational goals with your personal and professional responsibilities. You will receive individualized mentoring and support throughout the program. Nurse educators find employment in a variety of healthcare and education settings including schools of nursing, continuing education, patient education and staff development.

Accreditation

The Assurance of Accreditation

The assurance of regional accreditation means that our degrees have been evaluated for their outcomes — including how well they prepare you to meet the needs of your employers, yourself and our global society.  College of Saint Mary is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The master’s in nursing degree program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN), 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850, Atlanta, Ga., 30326, 404-975-5000. 

Admissions Requirements

Requirements for Admission to College of Saint Mary

  • Completed College of Saint Mary graduate program application
  • Official transcripts of all previous academic work from which undergraduate grade point averages can be computed
  • Resumé
  • Current, unencumbered Registered Nursing license in Nebraska or compact state
  • Scholarly writing that demonstrates the ability to do graduate level work
  • Evidence of earned BSN
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater
  • Two professional references — one from a registered nurse
  • Completion of a background check

Curriculum

Required Courses in Your Major

Directed Readings in Nursing Education

In this graduate level course you will conduct a scholarly research literature review specific to a selected aspect of nursing education.

Research Methods

Evidence-based inquiry processes will provide you with tools for conducting a major research project. Topics include conceptualizing a research study, designs for research, methodology, data collection, analysis of data, communicating results and utilizing research findings.

Theories and Critical Issues in Nursing

In this course, you will examine theories and concepts that are foundations of nursing and healthcare, and critical issues affecting healthcare and outcomes. You will also analyze a wide-range of theories from nursing and other disciplines in relation to their applicability to evidence-based practice.

Academic Integrity

In this applied ethics course you will examine the implications of several influential philosophical theories for a broad range of questions bearing on research, teaching, role expectations, the allocation of resources and contemporary dilemmas in organizations of P-12, higher education, continuing education, professional development or patient education.

Teaching and Learning Theories and Concepts

In this course, you will examine the role of the nurse as an educator through the application of teaching and learning theories and concepts across a variety of settings in nursing education, healthcare and the community.

Practicum in Nursing Education

In this course, you will implement the role of nurse educator through the application of teaching and learning theories and concepts for a chosen learner population in nursing. You will develop evidence-based teaching strategies into a comprehensive teaching plan to engage learners in inquiry and overt, active learning and implement your plan to meet mutually determined outcomes for the individual learner, group or organization.

Curriculum Design and Program Planning

In this graduate level course, you will focus on designing nursing curriculum in diverse learning environments using evidence-based theories and concepts as well as relevant standards and criteria for evaluation.

Assessment and Evaluation Strategies in Education

You will learn best practice principles for educational assessment and evaluation in higher education, continuing education, staff development and patient education. In this class, we will appraise various methods for designing, conducting and analyzing assessments and evaluations of outcomes on multiple levels including individual student, class, course, curriculum, program and educational organization.

Teaching Strategies and Technology in Nursing Education

In this course, you will focus on the best practice principles for educational assessment and evaluation in higher education, continuing education, staff development and patient education.

Leadership in Educational Organizations

In this course, you will characterize the best practices of leadership in educational institutions. You will study concepts such as accreditation, governance, strategic planning, higher education law and academic quality improvement processes.

OR

Legal Issues in Education

This course will introduce the legal system and various sources of law that impact educational institutions and their relationships with students, faculty, employees, governing bodies and corporate partners.

Research Statistics

This course will prepare you to utilize and interpret statistics for a master’s level research project. You will review descriptive statistics including distributions, introduction to central tendencies, population and sample, and focus on inferential statistics, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals, t-tests, one-way ANOVA and correlation.

Major Project in Nursing Education

The major project will provide you with the opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the MSN program. You will develop, implement and evaluate a substantial educational endeavor related to nursing education, staff development, continuing education or patient education within the context of an organization.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for Graduation from College of Saint Mary

To earn your master of science in nursing degree, you must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours as listed in the curriculum tab.