Nurse Educator (MSN)

Online Nursing Degree



Become a critical player in preparing a new generation of nurses for the complex and evolving health-care industry when you choose the Master of Nursing – Educator track at Concordia University Online. From our supportive online classrooms filled with dedicated students to our Christian foundations, our holistic approach to blending health-care practices with spiritual guidance lends itself to a truly elevated collegiate experience.

The MSN degree with the Nurse Educator track is designed to prepare nursing educators with the competencies and knowledge necessary for positions in patient/staff education departments, and associate or baccalaureate degree nursing education programs. The focus of this program is to prepare you to use student-centered strategies and encourage and track positive student outcomes.  We emphasize critical thinking and student centered teaching in order to prepare you to create learning environments conducive to higher level thinking and analytical skills.

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We are not accepting new students from Alabama, Alaska, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, New York, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Tennessee, South Dakota or Maryland. Additionally: Washington D.C. students are required to do clinicals in Virginia.

Area of Study Nursing
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Goals / Objectives

  • Ability to apply major ethical theories to clinical practice and health-care dilemmas
  • Experience in designing a primary health care-related nursing research study
  • Confidence to make clinical decisions of significant gravity regarding client wellbeing
  • Deep understanding of socio-economic, political, and professional issues involved in the health-care delivery process

Career Outlook

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nurse Administrator
  • Health Care Manager

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Nurse Educator

Core Courses

Health Care Policy and Issues (MSN 830) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course will explore and engage in a variety of healthcare issues facing advanced nursing practice. Students become involved at a personal and collaborative level in healthcare policy. In addition, students will analyze national and local nursing organizations and advocacy initiatives. Students will evaluate the pros and cons of public and private reimbursement policies. Additionally, students analyze healthcare quality and the influence of emerging technologies on healthcare outcomes. Ethical aspects of the United States and global healthcare will be addressed.
Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration (MSN 834) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Roles and Interprofessional Collaboration assists students in making clinical decision of significant gravity regarding client well-being . Scholarly inquiry into the basis for nursing practice provides the framework for answering clinical questions. Research is important for developing a body of knowledge unique to nursing. Concepts and relationships validated in the empirical arena become the foundation for theory development. A Theoretical context guides the study process from the research questions through the design, analysis interpretation and conclusion. Theories serve as heuristic devices by which new knowledge can be discovered to revise previous ways of nursing care delivery. Improved client care is the ultimate goal of theoretically guided research. Major areas of concern regarding nursing theory development are: deficient theoretical base to guide practice; proliferation of isolated studies not placed in a theoretical context and undue or premature focus on experimental research. Nursing knowledge needs to arise from practice and fold into theory which will inform practice. These three, knowledge, theory and practice, need to fit naturally into the advanced practice nurses’ experience.
Evidence Based Nursing Practice (MSN 840) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Evidence Based Nursing Practice will analyze the research process at the master's prepared level. Critical analyses of current nursing research, including evaluation of appropriate theoretical bases and application of statistical methods, are addressed. Implementation of the research process, utilization, and communication of research findings are discussed. Research skills are developed utilizing computer searches of literature, critiquing published research and designing an appropriate primary health care-related nursing research study presented in proposal form.
Advanced Pathophysiology Across the Lifespan (MSN 836) - Credits: 3

Course Description

The student will gain increased understanding of various physiological systems and the pathophysiology of frequently encountered primary care conditions across the lifespan and in special populations. In-depth case analysis of risk factors, pathophysiological changes, and associated clusters of signs and symptoms are investigated. Pathophysiological theories and evidence-based research as a basis for advanced nursing practice are studied.
Pharmacotherapeutics (BIO 842) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Pharmacotherapeutics is a body systems approach to the study of the etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations of common disease processes throughout the life span.
Advanced Physical Assessment for Nurse Educators (MSN 839) - Credits: 2

Course Description

Development of advanced health history and physical assessment skills for Nurse Educators. This advanced assessment core course is designed utilizing online didactic/theory content and the Shadow Health Digital Clinical Experience (DCE) which provides the examination of digital standardized patients. Within a holistic framework, students learn how to systematically collect, analyze, synthesize and document subjective and objective findings. Emphasis is placed on interpretation of data for the purpose of differentiating normal findings, including aging, from variations from normal and recognizing actual and potential health problems.
Foundations of Healthcare Informatics (MSN 860) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is an introductory survey of fundamentals of health information technology. Topics center on how information technology enables patient care, how information technology is used by  healthcare providers and caregivers, and it’s use to fuel modern health care organizations. This course provides an overview of health informatics with emphasis on the factors that helped create and sustain this new field, the key players involved, and the impact health information technology is having on the delivery of care in a rapidly changing healthcare marketplace. We explore a range of critical health care informatics topics, including: electronic health records, health information exchange, how health information technology impacts quality of care and patient safety, big data and predictive analytics, clinical decision support and knowledge management, regulatory issues, consumerism and technology, systems integration, and virtual health. The course also explores emerging and new uses of technology.
Genetics, Immunology, & Microbiology For Advanced Nursing Roles (BIO 850) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is a review of the basic concepts in the structure and function of cells and how the breakdown of these functions lead to human disease. Students will learn how central genetics is to understanding human health and disease and will gain new insights into the role and interactions between microorganisms and the human immune system.

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Culturally Congruent Care for Advanced Nursing (MSN 835) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to prepare advanced nurses in education and practice with strategies for providing culturally congruent nursing care to a multi-cultural society posing diverse beliefs, values and practices that impact the health of individuals, families, and groups. The course integrates the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2011) cultural competencies for master's prepared nurses teaching in academia and working in practice. Theoretical models, cross-cultural communication, culturally competent education, research, resources, assessment tools, and experiences are examined to provide advanced nurses with a rich background for delivering effective culturally congruent information and practice.
Global Perspectives in Health Care (MSN 892) - Credits: 3

Course Description

This course is designed to provide students with an opportunity to examine their own cultural beliefs, biases, and practices while learning about a culture different from their own. Graduate students will explore the opportunities and challenges present in underdeveloped nations and the beliefs, customs, and practices of the people who reside there in order to develop a global perspective of culture. Students may also have an opportunity to provide nursing care in various clinical settings in these countries.

Specialization Courses

NEI – Role Transition for Nurse Educators (MSN 871) - Credits: 3

Course Description

In this course, the student is socialized into the nurse educator role. Theory includes background and current influences on the nurse educator role and the development of advanced nursing education knowledge as well as the factors that influence design, implementation, and evaluation of curriculum.  The focus of the practicum experience is advancing the specialty area of nursing practice beyond the baccalaureate level and within the role as a member of the interdisciplinary practice team.
NEII – Instructional Design in Nursing Education: Classroom Teaching (MSN 872) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Student-centered curriculum design development and related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education is the course focus.
NEIII – Instructional Design in Nursing Education: Clinical Teaching (MSN 874) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Student-centered curriculum design development and related learning outcomes, learning experiences, and evaluation of learning for classroom education is the course focus.
Nurse Educator Capstone (MSN 875) - Credits: 1

Course Description

The capstone course is a two-semester culminating experience that provides the student with an opportunity to synthesize and apply new knowledge gained from theoretical and practicum experiences in the MSN Nurse Educator program. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, students are expected to write a substantive scholarly literature review on a question or problem of their choice related to nursing education or practice.   During the final semester of the program, the student develops an e-Portfolio that demonstrates achievement of MSN program outcomes and NLN Nurse Educator competencies.
Evaluations and Testing in Nursing (MSN 877) - Credits: 3

Course Description

Evaluations and Testing in Nursing describes concepts of measurement, evaluation, and testing in nursing education. Issues in test planning, writing, and assembling of items, and analysis of results are discussed. The course includes topics in the evaluation of critical think and performance in the assessment of clinical competencies. Ethical and legal issues involved in the evaluation process are discussed. The course is useful for teachers in any setting who are involved in evaluating students, nurses, or other health care professionals.

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