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Online Master’s Degree in Nursing (M.S.N.)
Nurse Educator

  • Introduction

    ASU’s Master of Science in Nursing programs are offered online with a minimum number of on-campus attendance requirements that are dependent upon the educational track to which you are accepted. Clinical requirements can usually be completed in your city of residence within the state of Texas, provided course objectives are met. Preceptors at approved clinical site(s) are subject to approval per course requirements and expected course objectives.

    The Nurse Educator specialization gives students with advanced nursing knowledge an additional nursing education focus. Graduates are prepared to teach in a variety of nursing programs, including those at the vocational, associate and baccalaureate levels.

    To learn more about admission requirements for the program, visit the nursing program website.

  • Program Prerequisites
    •   Nursing (all majors)
      Admission Formula No formula
      Test Scores None unless required by advisor
      All college and university transcripts Yes
      Essay Yes
      Résumé No
      • A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a program accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission or the AACN Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
      • Statistics (with a grade of “C” or higher)
      • Current license or eligibility for licensure as a registered professional nurse in Texas
      • Computer literacy
      • Minimum of two years clinical practice as an RN
      • Demonstrated proficiency in health assessment
      • Two professional references
      • an essay of no more than 500 words discussing the following points:

        Program  to which you are you applying, objectives for graduate education, summary of nursing experience, license and certifications (i.e. ACLS, PALS), summary of volunteer work and/or community service, potential clinical sites and/or affiliations that will assist you to meet your goals

  • Degree Plan
    Required Core Courses (25 credit Hours)
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology


    NUR 6313 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing 3
    NUR 6301 Design and Methodologies of Quantitative and Qualitative Research 3
    NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment 3
    NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics 3
    NUR 6317 Health Policy and Ethics 3
    NUR 6356 Statistical Analysis in Healthcare Research 3
    NUR 6103 Professional Scholarship 1
    NUR 6350 Foundations of Health Promotion for Individuals and Communities 3
    Course Number Course Title Hours
    NUR 6306 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6307 Evaluation in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6308 Practicum in Nursing Education 3
    NUR 6319 Curriculum and Instruction in Nursing Education 3
  • Courses
    • NUR 6319 Curriculum in Nursing Education (3-0-0). This course explores the nature of curriculum development in higher education based on educational theories and principles. It focuses on the development of curricula for a variety of academic programs in nursing education and the design of teaching and learning strategies for their implementation and evaluation. Factors influencing curriculum, student, faculty, and administrator roles are explored.

    • NUR 6308 Leadership and Practicum in Nursing Education (0-0-150). This course provides a faculty guided experience for nurse educaiton students. This course will focus on nurse educator leadership roles, classroom and clinical teaching, as well as supervised evaluation of student work and performance. The student will complete a 150 clock-hour precepted practicum designed for comprehensive leadership and teaching experiences in an approved setting providing student, patient and/or staff education. Grading will be either pass or fail. Prerequisites: Nursing 6306, 6307, 6319.

    • NUR 6307 Evaluation in Nursing Education (3-0-0). This course focuses on knowledge and skills needed to design and evaluate tests and scales constructed to measure academic achievement. Practical components of test item construction, essay evaluation, and clinical/laboratory performance evaluation is incorporated. This course also focuses on the essential components of academic program evaluation, including outcomes assessment and accreditation processes and procedures.  Prerequisites: Nursing 6306, 6319.

    • NUR 6306 Teaching Strategies in Nursing Education (3-0-0). This course is designed to explore the knowledge and competencies needed to develop and apply innovative strategies and technologies in classroom, laboratory, and clinical settings. Strategies for distance and web-based learning are also addressed. Prerequisite: Nursing 6319.

    • NUR 6356 Statistical Analysis in Health Care Research (3-0-0). Examines applications of statistical concepts to data collected in health care research. Topics will include basic descriptive measures; sampling and sample size estimation; testing for differences between means, correlation, and measures of association; techniques for analyzing categorical data; and summarizing and presenting statistical results. The use of computer packages for assisting in data analysis will be emphasized throughout the course. Prerequisite: Nursing 4337.

    • NUR 6350 Foundations of Health Promotion for Individuals and Communities (3-0-0). This course focuses on the master’s prepared nurse’s role in promoting health across the lifespan. Emphasis is on the integration of evidence-based guidelines and models, using culturally appropriate and client-centered strategies for the delivery, management and evaluation of disease prevention/health promotion. Students analyze and apply the use of various coaching/teaching strategies needed to influence health outcomes for individuals, families, and population groups. Students apply epidemiological concepts/determinants of health and utilize findings for control of disease via a student-led health promotion project. Prerequisite: Graduate Standing.

    • NUR 6331 Advanced Health Assessment (2-0-3). This course presents the theoretical and clinical principles of advanced health assessment supported by related clinical experiences for the advanced practice nursing student to gain the knowledge and skills needed to perform comprehensive assessments to acquire data, make diagnoses of health status and formulate effective clinical management plans of patients with common, acute, and chronic health issues. A 45 clock hour practicum provides opportunities to practice advanced health assessment skills. Prerequisites: Graduate standing and Nursing 6324 or corequisite with departmental approval.

    • NUR 6324 Advanced Pathophysiology (3-0-0). A study of the function of the human body as it is altered by and responds to disease, including disease manifestations, mechanisms of disease production and response, and the physiological basis of diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. This course provides coverage of human diseases organized by the body system which they affect. Prerequisite: Biology 3324 or equivalent.

    • NUR 6318 Pharmacotherapeutics (3-0-0). This course focuses on the study of advanced pharmacologic principles of drug therapy used by nurses in advanced practice.

    • NUR 6317 Health Policy and Ethics (3-0-0). This course prepares students as effective agents of change by building leadership skills in health care policy development, implementation and evaluation. Ethics content promotes selfcare and active advocacy. Student understanding of local, national, and global factors is expanded to facilitate clinical reasoning and collaborative engagement with all healthcare professionals in redesigning systems to achieve equity, safety, and quality for better healthcare outcomes. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

    • NUR 6313 Theoretical Foundations of Advanced Nursing (3-0-0). This course extends student knowledge of theory in nursing and the related sciences as a basis for advanced nursing practice with diverse populations in clinical and community-based care settings. Philosophical approaches, systems theory and organizational science provide the framework for problem analysis, health promotion and prevention strategies as students learn the role of advanced practice in the coordination of care across systems.

    • NUR 6301 Design and Methodology of Quantitative and Qualitative Research (3-0-0). This course is designed to extend the students’ knowledge of the research process as a basis for advanced nursing practice. Students explore the philosophy, logic and methods of both quantitative and qualitative research in clinical practice by focusing on the relations between research and clinical practice, the research process, and both experimental and nonexperimental designs. This course prepares students to critically evaluate published research, and to utilize research findings to guide practice, select interventions, evaluate course outcomes and identify problems to be addressed by future research. Prerequisite: Nursing 6356.

    • NUR 6103 Professional Scholarship (0-0-3). Provides for the synthesis of previous knowledge into a framework for advanced practice. In collaboration with a faculty member, the student contracts for a clinically-focused, research-based scholarly activity which may include, but is not limited to, the following: research proposal, development/implementation/publication of a scholarly paper, special project, or grant proposal. Prerequisite: Nursing 6301.