Online MS in Nursing, Education Track

  • Students and instructor in nursing class

    Share Your Nursing Skills: Educate the Next Generation

    The Education Track of our online Nursing MS helps you gain the teaching expertise you need to guide the next generation of nurses. Once you graduate, you can help them learn the fundamentals of the profession while also guiding them through new breakthroughs and technology.

    In addition to traditional education roles, your role may also include educating patients or guiding nursing staff development in a variety of academic and healthcare settings. Finally, you can use a specialization in this track to build a foundation for doctoral studies.

    Benefits of the Nursing MS Education Track

    The 36-credit nursing education track is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Once you graduate, you will be fully prepared to assume an advanced-practice nursing role as an educator.

    Graduates assume responsibility as nurse educators, patient educators, or nursing staff development in a variety of academic and healthcare settings. Completion of the degree will prepare you to:

    • Provide leadership that influences and contributes to the advancement of the nursing profession.

    • Synthesize advanced skills and scientific knowledge into specialized nurse education roles.

    • Utilize new knowledge to provide education to aspiring and current nurses and patients.

    • Evaluate the effectiveness of nurse education initiatives and provide strategic recommendations.

    Nursing Education Curriculum (36 credits)

    Our coursework builds on your existing knowledge and skills. It provides the theoretical and practical knowledge required for advanced nursing education practice in diverse settings within a rapidly changing healthcare system. All courses are offered online.

    Graduate Nursing Core (24cr)
    Course No. Course Title Credits
    NURS 610 Health Promotion and Social Issues 3cr
    NURS/HSAD 614 Health Policy and Advocacy 3cr
    NURS 619 Leadership Strategies in Healthcare 3cr
    NURS 623 Translating Research into Nursing Practice
    (Meets second, fourth, and twelfth weeks)
    3cr
    NURS 628 Advanced Professional Role Development
    (Meets first and third weeks)
    3cr
    NURS 629 Healthcare Quality and Safety 3cr
    NURS 555 Healthcare Informatics 3cr
    NURS 744 Advanced Nursing Roles 3cr
    Nursing Education Track Courses (12cr)
    Course No. Course Title Credits
    NURS 721 Advanced Clinical Practice for the Nurse Educator 3cr
    NURS 722 Measurement and Evaluation in Nursing Education
    (Meets first and third weeks)
    3cr
    NURS 723 Program Development in Nursing Education 3cr
    NURS 725 Teaching Strategies for Nursing Curricula 3cr

    You can choose electives from IUP courses that are appropriate for your needs and interests and approved by your advisor as you work toward meeting the program objectives. You can substitute three credits of NURS 795 (Thesis) for an elective. Students who choose the thesis option may graduate with more than the required 36 credits.