Nurse Educator Concentration
Now, more than ever, nurse educators are in demand. St. Kate's Nurse Educator Concentration is for baccalaureate-prepared registered nurses who combine their nursing experience with:
- a passion for teaching and learning,
- a desire to shape the future of the nursing profession, and
- an interest in taking their clinical nursing careers in a rewarding new direction.
Nurse educators practice in positions such as nursing faculty, professional/staff development educators, patient educators, and school nurses.
St. Kate's Master of Arts in Nursing: Nurse Educator Concentration meets the standards for the Certified Nurse Educator credential offered by the National League for Nursing.
With recent research in mind — by the Institute of Medicine, the Carnegie Foundation for Advancement of Teaching, the Interprofessional Education Collaborative — St. Kate's has revised our program for a rapidly changing healthcare landscape. The program offers opportunities for:
- Hands–on application of learning — starting in the first semester.
- Mentoring relationships with seasoned nurse educators, from the first semester through the final practicum and capstone project.
- Educating nurses to deliver compassionate, patient-centered care in the context of interprofessional teams, complex systems, and diverse practice settings.
- Integrating new technologies and informatics into teaching and learning, and into the nursing profession, to improve problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
- Incorporating advanced practice courses in pharmacology, pathophysiology, and health assessment.
- Learning about emerging trends in nursing, healthcare and society — including complementary therapies.
- Preparing for doctoral study. Some credits earned in the Nurse Educator Concentration may be applied toward St. Kate's Doctor of Nursing Practice degree.
Courses meet late afternoons or evenings on our Saint Paul campus, as well as online — blending in the convenience of online learning, while preserving the value of face-to-face learning relationships.
Practicum and capstone
Hands-on practicum experiences are a key feature of our program, beginning in the first semester and culminating in a final capstone course and practicum. The 36 credits are divided between 28 classroom credits and 8 practicum credits; a total of 480 practicum hours are required. Practicum experiences are integrated into the courses, and provide opportunities for you to apply course content in a variety of practice settings, including your own work setting when applicable.
If you're considering advancing into the Doctor of Nursing (DNP) Program, our advisors can help seamlessly guide you through the master's and DNP programs.
Course requirements for the Master of Arts in Nursing: Nurse Educator are listed below. See our course descriptions page for complete descriptions.
NURS 6003: the Context, Content, and Conduct of Nurse Educator Practice (3 credits)
NURS 6693: Nurse as Educator (3 credits)
NURS 6140: Advanced Health Assessment (2 credits)
NURS 7991: Topics: Introduction to Epidemiology (1 credit) — credit transfers to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree
NURS 7992: Topics: Basic Graduate Nursing Informatics (2 credits) — credit transfers to Doctor of Nursing Practice degree
NURS 6063: Research in the Discipline of Nursing (3 credits)
INDI 6991: Topics: Complementary Therapies (1 credit) - interdisciplinary course
NURS 7453: Instructional Technology (3 credits)
NURS 7553: Curriculum Design in the Discipline of Nursing (3 credits)
NURS 7603: Evaluation and Educational Measurement (3 credits)
NURS 6160: Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3 credits)
NURS 6260: Advanced Pharmacology (2 credits)
NURS 7653: Leadership in Designing Systems to Support Change in Education (3 credits)
NURS 8992: Topics: Nurse Educator as Leader (2 credits)
NURS 8000: Scholarly Project (2 credits)
St. Kate's Henrietta Schmoll School of Health is a catalyst for innovation and leading-edge practices, while maintaining a focus on social justice, inclusiveness, community and relationships. Our graduates are caring, with the clinical expertise and passion for learning and growth needed to guide the nursing profession into the future.