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43 Credits
2+ Years to Complete
Online
Two 1-Week On-Campus Visits
In-State Tuition Regardless of Residency

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Master of Science - Nurse Educator Track

Master's Degree
Begins every Fall (August)

Degree Requirements

Below is a list of the required courses for the Master of Science - Nurse Educator Track. Your advisor will assist you with developing a specific program of study that meets UND's degree requirements. Refer to the UND College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines for sample full-time and part-time programs of study.

The following curriculum is required for all students admitted for fall 2014 and later.  Students admitted prior to fall 2014 may complete the program of study under which they were admitted.

Required Core Courses = 32 Credits

NURS 500 - Theories & Concepts in Nursing

3 Credits

Online

Fall

The focus of this core course is on analysis of current nursing and related theories and concepts which guide clinical practice, curriculum development, research, and nursing administration.

NURS 502 - Evidence for Practice

3 Credits

Online

Spring

Pre- or corequisite(s): NURS 500 and statistics.

This course emphasizes the application of basic research concepts to the building of evidence-based practice in nursing. Advanced competencies are developed in searching and evaluating the literature, examining the merit of different types and levels of evidence, and analyzing the generalizability and implications for clinical practice.

NURS 509 - Foundations for Nurse Education

3 Credits

Online

TBD

Pre- or corequisite(s): NURS 500.

This course begins to compare and contrast multiple roles and responsibilities of nurse educators in various settings in academic and health service. It will build the conceptual foundation for educational processes with emphasis on ethics, learning theories, taxonomies of learning and current evidence necessary for development of competencies necessary for the practice of educating. Students will begin to formulate their individual philosophy of teaching and learning.

NURS 510 - Advanced Physiology / Pathophysiology I

3 Credits

Online

Fall

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the School of Graduate Studies.

Normal physiologic functions associated with cellular structure and environment. Physiologic and pathophysiologic functions of the human body and its organ systems, both separately and integrated in whole activities.

NURS 511 - Advanced Physiology / Pathophysiology II

3 Credits

Online

Spring

Prerequisite(s): NURS 510 or consent of instructor.

Continuation of NURS 510. Physiologic and pathophysiologic functions of the human body and its organ systems, both separately and integrated in whole activities.

NURS 526 - Ethical, Legal, & Health Policy Issues

3 Credits

Online

Spring

The focus of this core course is on analysis of current nursing and related theories and concepts which guide clinical practice, curriculum development, research, and nursing administration.

NURS 535 - Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care I

2 Credits

Online

Fall

Pharmacological agents utilized to treat common acute and chronic health problems are explored in depth. The course focus is on advanced nurse practice roles related to prescription, pharmacological, and therapeutic applications of the drugs.

NURS 539 - Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care II

2 Credits

Online

Spring

Pharmacological agents utilized to treat common acute and chronic health problems are explored in depth. The course focus is on advanced nurse practice roles related to prescription, pharmacological, and therapeutic applications of the drugs.

NURS 566 - Curriculum Development

3 Credits

Online

Summer

This course focuses on the curriculum development process. Societal, professional, and institutional factors as well as current research findings influencing the curriculum development process are analyzed. Consideration of the impact of adult learning principles, workforce issues, legal-ethical concerns, and diverse student populations in regard to the curriculum development process is given.

NURS 567 - Teaching Methodologies

3 Credits

Online

Summer

Prerequisite(s): NURS 566 or consent of instructor.

The course explores theory-based teaching strategies designed to develop cognitive abilities, psychomotor skills, and affective qualities in learners from diverse backgrounds. Strategies and methods for the teaching of nursing content in a variety of settings are utilized. The use of technological tools in nursing education is evaluated.

NURS 568 - Teaching Practicum

2 Credits

Near Local Community

Spring

Prerequisite(s): NURS 566, 567, 569, or consent of instructor.

Students assume the role of the nurse educator in selected learning settings under the guidance of a preceptor.

NURS 569 - Assessment & Evaluation

3 Credits

Online

Fall

Prerequisite(s): NURS 566, 567, or consent of instructor.

Principles of assessment, measurement, and evaluation are analyzed in this course as they relate to nursing education. The processes of assessing student learning, teaching and program outcomes are explored. Topics relevant to the evaluation of individual student learning such as test development, evaluation of critical thinking, and clinical evaluation are included. The processes of faculty and program evaluation are examined.

NURS 585 - Advanced Health Assessment

3 Credits

Online with on-campus lab component at UND

Fall

Pre- or corequisite(s): Completion of an undergraduate course in health assessment techniques and NURS 510 or its equivalent or consent of instructor.

A theory and research-based approach will be used to present methodologies for graduate student performance of health histories, developmental assessments, and physical/psychological assessments of individuals across the lifespan. Communication and interviewing techniques for advanced nursing practice are applied. A clinical/laboratory component is required, and is conducted on the UND campus.

Completion of Thesis or Non-Thesis Option = 2 Credits

NURS 997 - Non-Thesis Option: Independent Study

2 Credits

Online

Fall

Prerequisite(s): Prior approval of instructor required before enrollment.

NURS 998 - Thesis

2 Credits

Online

Fall & Spring

Prerequisite(s): Prior approval of instructor required before enrollment.

Nursing Support Elective Courses = 4-6 Credits

Additional electives may be available through on-campus courses and must be pre-approved.

NURS 501 - Complementary Therapies

3 Credits

Online

TBD

The focus of this interdisciplinary elective course is the analysis of theory, research, and practice of complementary health therapies. The goal of this course is not to provide skills training in any specific technique. Instead, the course is intended to augment the health care professional’s education by providing a broad overview of selected complementary therapies commonly used in the United States. Legal and ethical implications will be analyzed.

NURS 514 - Essentials of Epidemiology

3 Credits

Online

Fall

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the School of Graduate Studies, MPH Program, or consent of instructor.

This course will emphasize the application of the principles of epidemiology as applied to the investigation and prevention of individual and population health problems. Students will evaluate care delivery models and analyze epidemiological data to develop and apply strategies for health promotion and disease prevention for individuals, aggregates, and populations. The core competencies will focus not only on the practice of public health, but also enhance practice for the clinician.

NURS 523 - Health Promotion

3 Credits

Online

TBD

Prerequisite(s): NURS 510, 585, or consent of instructor.

Paradigms in health promotion, health detection and disease prevention across the lifespan are used in the synthesis of theory and research-driven primary care interventions. A clinical/laboratory component is included.

NURS 550 - Global Public Health Issues

2 Credits

Online

TBD

This course focuses on population health issues at a global level. Differences in population health status between developing and developed countries are explored. Special emphasis is placed on war as a public health issue and the global impact of AIDS.

NURS 572 - Diverse Vulnerable Populations

3 Credits

Online

TBD

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the Nursing Graduate program or consent of instructor.

Students will explore a wide range of concepts as they apply to diverse and vulnerable populations. The focus of the course is on understanding concepts and principles important to nursing when doing research, planning health care, developing health policy, and teaching in this area.

Subject to change without notice.

A maximum of ¼ of the total credits required for the graduate program may be transferred to UND from another regionally accredited program. These credits must be approved by your academic advisor and the UND School of Graduate Studies.

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Application Deadline:

  • May 1