Master's in Nursing Education
Help Meet the Urgent Need for Nurse Educators
In 2013, nearly 80,000 qualified nursing school applicants were turned away from programs due to faculty shortages. If you’re an experienced RN, you can develop the skills you need to meet demand for nursing educators with two years of study at Gwynedd Mercy University.
The GMercyU Difference
Our 40-credit Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator (MSN-NE) program equips you to teach student nurses in clinical college programs, thanks to its focus on:
- Advanced clinical knowledge
- In-depth exploration of evidence-based practice and research skill development
- Theories of teaching, learning, and curriculum design
- Practical clinical and teaching experience
This program is available on our Main Campus in Gwynedd Valley, Pennsylvania, with clinical practicum opportunities at a wide range of GMercyU’s health care affiliate organizations throughout the region. We keep classes small so that you can develop close working relationships with our faculty and your classmates.
After graduation, you should be prepared to pursue roles teaching in undergraduate nursing programs. The MSN-NE also provides the academic foundation you need to pursue a doctoral degree in nursing, such as our Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program.
What You Will Learn – Nurse Educator Master’s Degree Program
In the MSN-NE program, you’ll extend your own clinical practice capabilities and pursue advanced training in scientific research and professional writing. You’ll build on this foundation with additional training in teaching and curriculum design, ensuring you have the practical instructional skills and mastery of content you need to confidently train student nurses.
As a GMercyU Master of Science in Nursing graduate, you will be able to:
- Collaborate with colleagues and consumers to provide and improve nursing education
- Demonstrate expertise as a nurse educator by the assessment of the needs of learners, selection of content, and implementation of a curriculum to achieve specified learning outcomes
- Demonstrate professionalism as a nurse educator grounded in the Mercy tradition
- Demonstrate social responsibility for individuals, families, and communities within the context of a multicultural society
- Utilize knowledge to provide holistic care in a defined area of nursing education in accordance with standards of practice and codes of ethics
- Strategize to improve health for all by influencing policy
- Synthesize knowledge from nursing and related disciplines as a foundation for evidence based practice as a nurse educator
- Assume a leadership role in interpreting and promoting nursing education to members of the profession, to other disciplines, and to consumers
- Contribute to advanced nursing knowledge through scientific inquiry
A Leading Regional Nursing School for Over 50 Years
Gwynedd Mercy University’s Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing has been a regional leader in health practitioner education for more than two generations. Our nursing faculty members bring clinical expertise, academic rigor, and a passion for the nursing profession to the classroom.
The community of nursing experts, scholars, and regional health care leaders we have developed—not to mention our thousands of nursing alumni—is an invaluable resource for your professional development and personal enrichment. Inside and outside the classroom, the GMercyU community offers you the opportunity to discover the Next.
The Master of Science in Nursing – Nurse Educator program is a two-year advanced practice nursing program. You will take 12 courses and complete a practicum experience. This includes five foundation courses (a total of 18 credits), plus six Nurse Educator concentration courses (22 credits).
|NUR 500||Advanced Pharmacology|
|NUR 510||Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nursing|
|NUR 530||Theoretical Foundations of Nursing|
|NUR 570||Advanced Assessment and Clinical Decision Making for Advanced Practice Nursing Across the Lifespan|
|NUR 610||Research Methodology|
|NUR 615||Research Seminar|
|NUR 604||Learning Theories|
|NUR 605||Curriculum Design|
|NUR 606||Clinical Practicum - Teaching Role|
|NUR 609||Topics in American Higher Education|
|NUR 614||Teaching Strategies for Nurse Educators|
|NUR 650||Clinical Seminar|
To review course descriptions, please refer to the graduate catalog (PDF).
Become a Nurse Educator with GMercyU
In addition to the University’s accreditation by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral programs as well as the post-graduate APRN certificate program in Gwynedd Mercy University's Frances M. Maguire School of Nursing and Health Professions are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (www.ccneaccreditation.org).