Nurse Educator

Overview

The Nurse Educator program will prepare you to provide nursing education to nursing students, professional development or clinical education in health care agencies, or directly to clients. Nurse educators may hold a variety of positions such as adjunct (part-time) clinical instructor, professor, clinical educator, staff development director, continuing education consultant, community education specialist, and more.  This program will also prepare you to continue for doctoral study, since the preferred degree for academic educators at the baccalaureate level and higher is the doctorate.

Our graduate programs are designed for working nurses.  You will complete courses online in an asynchronous format.  There are periodic mandatory on-campus meetings for just a few courses.  Clinical hours in the program are focused on acquiring the nurse educator competencies congruent with the education setting of your choice.  You will gain experience in teaching by completing a minimum of 288 hours in a clinical setting under the supervision of a qualified master’s-prepared nurse educator preceptor.

If you are considering a teaching career in pre-licensure programs in CA you should know about the faculty qualifications in order to be approved by the Board of Registered Nursing.  Accordingly, you should plan to complete your teaching experience in an RN academic program (community college or BSN program).

  • One (1) year's continuous, full-time or its equivalent direct patient care experience within the previous five (5) years in the nursing area to which he or she is assigned.
  • Completion of at least one (1) years’ experience teaching courses related to registered nursing or completion of a post-baccalaureate course which includes practice in teaching registered nursing

Source:  CA Nurse Practice Act, Article 3, Section 1425

Program graduates are eligible to sit for the National League for Nursing certification exam for nurse educators without needing to demonstrate employment hours in the educator role.

Curriculum Plan (Click here for Plan)

Curriculum

Core MSN Courses (15 units):

MSN 502 Advanced Nursing Roles

MSN 513 Healthcare Policy and Economics

MSN 514 Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

MSN 530 Research Utilization in Advanced Nursing Practice

MSN 531 Nursing Ethics

Advanced Practice Core Courses (6 units):

MSN 521/522 Advanced Health Assessment and Lab

MSN 528 Advanced Pathophysiology

Note: MSN 522 requires two, 2-day sessions for teaching and testing of assessment skills in the on campus Skills Lab.  One session is at mid-term and the other at the end of class.

Nurse Educator Elective Courses (choose one 3 unit course):

MSN 523 Family Assessment: Theory and Practice

MSN 533 Theories of Aging

Note: Each course is only offered once per year.

 

Nurse Educator Courses (12 units):  

MSN 529 Curriculum and Teaching

MSN 539 Testing and Evaluation

MSN 559 Nurse Educator Role Performance I (144 clinical hours)

MSN 569 Nurse Educator Role Performance I (144 clinical hours)

Note: Periodic on-campus meetings may be required in the role performance courses

Full course descriptions are presented in the University Catalog available online. http://www4.csudh.edu/university-catalog/

Plan of Study

A part-time plan of study is presented because students are typically working full-time. It is possible to accelerate the plan for the MSN Core, Advanced Practice Core, and Elective courses; however, the Nurse Educator courses are sequenced and must progress over 2 semesters. 

Fall Admission

Year

Fall Term

Spring Term

1

MSN 502 & 531

MSN 528 & 513

2

MSN 530 & 533* or 514

MSN 521, 522, & 523** or 514

3

Nurse Ed Role:

MSN 529 & 559

Nurse Ed Role:

MSN 539 & 569

     *Ideal for nurses with expertise in adult populations

     **Ideal for nurses with expertise in pediatric or obstetric populations

Spring Admission

Year

Spring Term

Fall Term

1

MSN 502 & 531

MSN 528 & 513

2

MSN 530 & 523** or 514

MSN 521, 522, & 533* or 514

3

Nurse Ed Role:

MSN 529 & 559

Nurse Ed Role:

MSN 539 & 569

     *Ideal for nurses with expertise in adult populations

     **Ideal for nurses with expertise in pediatric or obstetric populations

Costs of Attendance

Graduate student fees vary based on 0-6 units or more than 6 units and there is an additional fee for out-of-state residents.  Summary information is provided here: www4.csudh.edu/admissions/costs/  and more detail is available on the Student Financial Services webpage

Admission Requirements

Registered Nurses with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  1. Completion of a baccalaureate degree program with a NLNAC- or CCNE- accredited upper division major in nursing (BSN) from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent as determined by the School of Nursing.  See below for information on foreign degrees.
  2. Overall grade point average of 3.0 (on a four-point scale) or higher in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units of upper division course work attempted. Students not meeting this grade point average requirement may be admitted to Conditionally Classified status on the recommendation of the faculty.
  3. Registered nurse licensure in the United States, unencumbered, unrestricted, with no disciplinary action pending or imposed.
  4. Completion of the following prerequisites:
    1. Statistics - including probability and inferential
    2. Research - introductory course or equivalent
    3. Pathophysiology
    4. Health Assessment - basic course, including a skills lab.
  5. Submission of a professional resume and a letter of intent describing how the role option you are applying for fits your career plans for the future and discuss your ability to learn online (maximum 350 words).
  6. Residence in a state in which the School of Nursing at California State University, Dominguez Hills is permitted to deliver online education.
As a result of the Department of Education regulations for higher education and state education laws, the School of Nursing cannot deliver online education in all states. If you are an out-of-state resident or anticipate a move during your academic program, please contact the School of Nursing prior to submitting an application to discuss your situation.

Application Information & Time Frame

1. Submit the University Online Application via Cal State Apply during the time frames provided below.

2. Submit transcripts to Admissions and Records before the document deadline.

3. Submit your resume and letter of intent in hard copy to the School of Nursing, 1000 E. Victoria St. Carson, CA  90747

SemesterApplication OpensApplication DeadlineDocument Deadline
Spring 2018August 1, 2017November 1, 2017November 15, 2017
    

Registered Nurses with a Non-Nursing Bachelor degree

Registered nurses who have earned a bachelor's or master's degree in another field may be eligible for our MSN Pathway Program upon completion of designated BSN courses. Prospective MSN Pathway students must participate in a workshop to have transcripts evaluated.

Foreign degrees

If the Baccalaureate degree was completed outside of the United States:

  • Official academic records and diploma/certificate must be sent from the institution attended.
  • If official records are not in English, certified English translations of all documents must also be submitted. Translations must be word-for-word (i.e. literal) translations
  • English Proficiency must be established by exam
    • TOEFL minimum scores: 550 paper, 80 internet, 213 computer
    • IELTS minimum score 6.5
    • Pearson Test of English Academic minimum score 53

A waiver may be requested if 3 years full-time equivalent instruction at the secondary level or higher was received at a school where English was the principal language of instruction.