2011 - 2012 Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSNED)

Mission | Program Goals | Admission | Progression in the Program | Probation | Graduation Requirements | Certificate Requirements | MSNED Requirements | MSN Course Descriptions | MED Course Descriptions

Dean: Sheryl Steadman
Program Director: Robert Nicholes
Program Coordinator: Carol Jeffers

Westminster College School of Nursing and Health Sciences offers a master's degree in Nursing Education for nurses interested in a faculty appointment in higher education. The program also offers the opportunity for a joint faculty appointment between a school of nursing and a nursing service organization, or a staff development position in a health care facility.

A Nurse Educator Certificate is awarded at the completion of the first three semesters. Students will complete fifteen of the seventeen credits, excluding MSN 570, Research in the Practice Setting. The MSNEd may be completed in two additional semesters, and those students wishing to pursue the MSNEd must complete MSN 570 during the first year. Upon admission to the graduate nursing program, the first seventeen credits may be applied towards the MSNEd.

The NLN's Competency Model and Patricia Benner's Novice to Expert Nursing Model are the frameworks used for this two-phase program. These models provide the basic competency parameters for nurse educators to be prepared at a level 1 (novice nurse educator) or level 2 (experienced nurse educator). This approach enables the School of Nursing and Health Sciences to provide a two-track program which levels the curriculum and credentials of its graduates. A student may focus on either staff development or teaching nursing students in a collegiate setting.

Mission

The Master of Science in Nursing Education (MSNEd) at Westminster College educates practicing nurses to teach professional nursing. This curriculum-based program prepares nurses to be effective nurse educators in a clinical, college or university setting within the teaching-coaching domains of practice. Nurse educators are expected to be content experts as well as competent to provide staff education to groups, including nursing students (graduate and undergraduates), peers, and interdisciplinary members of the health care team. The MSNEd program builds on the philosophy that excellent nursing educators think critically, communicate effectively, understand personal values, are sensitive to the values of others, and incorporate ethical principles into practice. The program enhances nursing educators' understanding of theoretical, empirical, and practical knowledge related to the burgeoning amount of health care information and offers methods to navigate the information in a thoughtful, comprehensive and supportive manner within their educational pedagogy.

Program Goals

The goals of the program are accomplished through courses, seminars and research opportunities evolving within the School of Nursing and Health Sciences and the School of Education programs.

The graduate of the Master of Science in Nursing Education will be prepared to:

  1. Assume leadership in curriculum, instruction and evaluation by:
    a. acquiring, updating and enhancing integration of theory and practice of instructional methodologies, adult learning theories, cognitive abilities, learning styles and motivation; and
    b. exploring the influence of diversity within assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of nursing education.
  2. Apply scholarly inquiry skills in the context of nursing education by participating in practice-based research.
  3. Apply the knowledge and skills associated with collaboration to implement and enhance best practices in the teacher and the scholar roles by:
    a. contributing significantly to the development of the faculty-scholars who will assume leadership roles in teaching-coaching domain of practice and contribute to the ongoing development of the science of nursing education.

Admission to the Program

See the Admission to the College section for admission requirements.

Progression in the Program

The student must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
  2. Receive a grade of B or higher in all courses.
  3. Complete the certificate option in 2 years from time of admission.
  4. Complete the master's program in 4 years from time of admission.
  5. Maintain current Utah RN license in good standing.
  6. Complete all scholarly paper requirements according to identified time schedules.
  7. Maintain no history of arrest and a negative drug screen.

Academic Probation and Suspension Policy

See the Grading and Academic Standards section for graduate academic probation and suspension policies.

Program Probation and Dismissal Policy

A student may receive a practicum/classroom warning of probationary status at any time during a field or classroom experience if the faculty determines that the student's performance is unsatisfactory. The written warning will outline what the student must do to meet the course requirements. Students who have been placed on program probation will be formally evaluated at the end of that course. Program probation will be removed if the student is able to successfully meet the objectives by the end of the course. Students must be removed from program probation to progress to the next course. However, any program probationary status will be documented in the student record.

A student will be dismissed from the nursing program for any of the following reasons:

  1. Violations of the academic honesty policies.
  2. Violation of the American Nurses Association "Code for Nurses" guidelines for ethical practice, or the National Student Nurses' Association "Code of Academic and Clinical Conduct."
  3. Failure to maintain a grade point average (GPA) of B or higher.
  4. A documented pattern of unprofessional behavior in the classroom or clinical setting.
  5. Unsafe practice during the field experience.
  6. A grade of B- or below in a second nursing course OR a repeated nursing course during the entire program.
  7. Failure to notify the School of Nursing and Health Sciences of changes in a criminal arrest history.

Appeals for Readmission

See the Grading and Academic Standards section for information on appeals for readmission.

Graduation Requirements

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar’s Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements. Applications for December graduation are due in September and applications for May and August graduation are due in October. Please see the Academic Calendar for more specific dates. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements within four weeks after applying for graduation.

To be eligible for a master’s degree or graduate certificate, students must satisfy the following conditions:

Note: Only graduate-level coursework may be applied toward degree or certificate requirements.

The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the individual. Continued communication with the faculty advisor is advised.

Nurse Educator Certificate Program Requirements

The program is offered for academic credit. A Nurse Educator's Certificate is awarded at the completion of all six courses over the three semesters. If the student desires to pursue an MSN, upon admission to the graduate nursing program, these credits may be applied toward the MSNEd degree. An MSN in Nursing Education may be completed in two (2) more semesters.

Nurse Educator Certificate Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 15
  MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development
MED 634 Teaching Adults
MED 635 Adult Education Program Planning and Evaluation
MSN 611 The Influence of Diversity on Assessment in Nursing Education
MSN 673 Practicum/Seminar for the Nurse Educator
3
3
3
3
3
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR THE CERTIFICATE 15

Nurse Educator Certificate Plan of Study

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1 MED 634 (3)
MSN 611 (3)
MED 635 (3)
MSN 570 (2)
(for Master’s degree track only)
MED 613 (3)
MSN 673 (1/2)

Master of Science in Nursing Education Program Requirements

A minimum of 30 credit hours is required for graduation. Although a minimum of 30 credit hours is required, students may desire, or need to complete, additional hours to enhance their graduate degree. Planning this graduate degree program is the responsibility of the student in collaboration with his/her advisor.

Master of Science in Nursing Education Credit Hours
I. Required Courses 30
  MED 613 Theories of Adult Learning and Development
MED 634 Teaching Adults
MED 635 Adult Education Program Planning and Evaluation
MSN 570 Research in the Practice Setting
MSN 590 Evidence-Based Teaching
MSN 610 Masters Project
MSN 611 The Influence of Diversity on Assessment in Nursing Education
MSN 640 Teaching in Healthcare Learning Environments
MSN 673 Practicum/Seminar for the Nurse Educator
3
3
3
2
2
3
3
8
3
TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED FOR THE PROGRAM 30

Master of Science in Nursing Education Plan of Study

  Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Semester
Year 1 MED 634 (3)
MSN 611 (3)
MED 635 (3)
MSN 570 (2)
MED 613 (3)
MSN 673 (1/2)
Year 2 MSN 590 (2)
MSN 610 (3)
MSN 640 (2/6)