Master of Science in Nursing – Education
Take your nursing experience into the classroom and learn how to prepare the next generation of nurses with a master’s degree in nursing education.
In the Master of Science in Nursing – Education program, you’ll learn cutting-edge clinical education theory, curriculum design, teaching strategy and assessment techniques to be applied in a focused area of Nursing Practice. As with all our online master’s degrees, our Master of Science in Nursing Education includes three face-to-face sessions on our campus.
The MSN – Education program develops the student in both the art and science of nursing as well as the skills and competencies required of the Nurse Educator.
Students will spend clinical time gaining a deeper level of knowledge in a focused clinical area. In addition, they will also have practical experience in the academic setting. At the completion of the program, students will produce a portfolio that will demonstrate the knowledge, skills and competencies required of a Nurse Educator.
A Post-Master’s Certificate option is available for those students who enter the program with an existing MSN degree and a current RN license.
At the completion of the program, the graduate will:
- Integrate knowledge from nursing and other disciplines to plan patient-centered care that promotes health and improves healthcare outcomes.
- Apply leadership skills that foster ethical decision making, fiscal responsibility, and advocacy, interprofessional collaborative relationships and a systems perspective.
- Use technology to enhance communication and support quality of care and strategic decision making processes in practice.
- Apply patient-centered and culturally appropriate concepts to improve quality and safety, reduce health disparities, and improve health outcomes for diverse populations.
- Model behaviors that demonstrate professionalism and community engagement of self and others, through clinical scholarship and application of evidence-based recommendations in practice.
- Use evidence-based knowledge and appropriate professional standards to analyze, evaluate and influence outcomes and health care policy for individuals, populations or systems.
Master of Science in Nursing-Education Total Credits: 39
|Nursing Education Courses||Credits|
|IPC 500||Introduction to Graduate Studies||NC|
|IPC 501*||Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in a Diverse Society||3|
|IPC 504*||Communication & Technology||3|
|IPC 511*||Graduate Research||3|
|IPC 512*||Health Care Policy and Finance||3|
|IPC 550 *||Integrating Experience I||NC|
|IPC 601*||Leadership in Healthcare||3|
|IPC 655*||Integrating Experience II||1|
|NHE 531||Curriculum Design||3|
|NHE 532||Teaching Strategies||3|
|NHE 611||Educational Assessment||3|
|NUR 631||The Nurse Educator in Clinical Practice||2|
|NUR 632||The Nursing Educator in the Academic Setting||3|
|NUR 640||Advanced Pathophysiology||3|
|NUR 641||Advanced Pharmacology||3|
|NUR 642||Advanced Assessment and Clinical Reasoning||3|
|Total Combined Credits||39|
|*Interprofessional collaborative core course|
|NC = Non-Credit Bearing|
NHE= Combined Nursing and Health Care Education Course
The master’s degree program in nursing and post-graduate APRN certificate program at Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791. See more accreditation information.
The Pennsylvania College of Health Sciences’ Department of Nursing will host a Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accreditation site visit from March 2-4, 2022. The 2022 accreditation visit will be a virtual site visit. In accordance with CCNE’s Procedures for Accreditation, the Department of Nursing invites you, as a Community of Interest, to submit in writing Third-Party comments related to the baccalaureate, master’s, and post-graduate certificate programs. Should you wish to refer to the CCNE Standards for Accreditation, they can be located on the CCNE website. Please note that any Third-Party comments are only shared with members of the CCNE evaluation team. These comments are not shared with the PA College Department of Nursing, the Accreditation Review Committee, or the CCNE Board. If you would like to submit a Third-party comment for a program currently under review, please submit to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments will be accepted by CCNE through February 9, 2022. If you prefer to mail comments, please use the following address: Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Attn: Third-Party Comments 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750 Washington, DC 20001. If you have any questions about this process, please contact CCNE staff at 202-887-6791 x268.
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Cynthia Castaldi, DNP, MSN, RN
Assistant ProfessorView Bio
Jenna Davis, PhD(c), MSN, RNC-NIC
Adjunct InstructorView Bio
Kari E. Cellini, PhD, MS, RN
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Kristen Zulkosky, PhD, RN, CNE
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Rita Wise, DEd, MSN, RN
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