Loyola’s MSN – Nurse Educator track consists of 39 credit hours in core courses, as well as an option to take additional electives to strengthen your skills.

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Core Courses

NURS 711: Informatics (3 crs.)

This course is designed to provide in-depth knowledge of the implementation and use of nursing informatics in healthcare, the collection and use of information in decision support systems designed to support evidence-based practice, and the use of informatics in healthcare management. Regulatory standards and ethical and legal issues related to informatics are also examined.

NURS 716: Healthcare Quality & Safety (3 crs.)

This course explores the quality of care and safety of patients in today’s healthcare environment. Tools, processes, and methods required to effectively manage quality and safety in healthcare are analyzed. National standards are reviewed and suggestions for improving quality care and safety of patient care are presented.

NURS 732: Population Health Management (3 crs.)

This course provides the student with knowledge of evidence-based approaches to achieving sustainable mitigation through population health management. Planning and preparedness practices that proactively affect the health of individuals, families, and communities are examined. Emphasis is placed on accessing, coordinating, monitoring, and evaluating available health options and services that promote optimum health and functional balance.

NURS 835: Advanced Research Methods (3 crs.)

This course is an in-depth study of research designs and methods related to quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research. The focus is on the interrelationship among research, theory, and advanced nursing practice. Emphasis will be placed on the critical analysis of research to determine its application to advanced nursing practice. Research which focuses on nursing interventions, evidence-based practice guidelines, cost effectiveness, and health outcomes will be examined.

NURS 805: Advanced Pathophysiology (3 crs.)

This course provides in-depth study of the pathophysiologic basis of disease as it affects individuals across the life cycle. Emphasis will be placed upon endogenous and exogenous factors that contribute to altered functional balance at the cellular, tissue, organ, and system levels. The course emphasizes mechanisms of disease, including cell injury, fluid and electrolyte imbalances, acid-base imbalances, and genetic defects that cause aberrations resulting inflammation and dysfunction of the immune, endocrine, and cardiovascular systems.

NURS 810: Advanced Health Assessment (3 crs.)

This course focuses on the integration of the health history, physical examination, and diagnostic evaluation to develop a model for advanced practice assessment. Emphasis is placed on a holistic view of the person focusing on the uniqueness of the individual across the life cycle, the development of assessment skills including data analysis, and the development of diagnostic skills.

NURS 817: Scientific Writing (3 crs.)

This course includes an introduction to writing philosophy, review of basic and advanced grammar, development of rhythm, voice, and purpose in writing, and understanding of appropriate attribution and structure of referencing. Develop and use of figures and tables will be included.

Note: This writing course was developed for students with a range of writing capabilities. This course teaches scientific writing. It is available to all students as an elective and is offered in Summer Session.

NURS 820: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics (3 crs.)

The purpose of this course is to assist nurse educator and nurse practitioner students in developing high-level clinical decision-making skills required to function in an advanced practice role. This course addresses theoretical and practical issues associated with pharmacotherapeutics. Topics discussed include mechanisms of drug action, physiologic effects, clinical pharmacokinetics, and therapeutic use of selected classes of drugs used in primary care.

NURS 970: Philosophy, Theory, & Role (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to the role of the nurse educator, educational philosophies and theories, teaching styles, and effectiveness in the context of nursing education.

NURS 975: Teaching Methods (3 crs.)

This course is an introduction to a variety of best-practice teaching methodologies.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 970

NURS 977: Assessment of Learning Outcomes (3 crs.)

The focus of this course is the presentation of the principles for developing a systematic evaluation plan.

NURS 979: Curriculum Design & Evaluation (3 crs.)

This course introduces students to information and content related to curriculum development, design, implementation, and evaluation in nursing education. Current trends in nursing, higher education policy, and accreditation are discussed. Best practices and guidelines for the integration of quality improvement and safety education are analyzed and applied to curriculum development.

NURS 980: Nurse Educator Practicum (3 crs.)

This course consists of 180 clock hours of practicum experience and class discussion in nursing education. A preceptor-mentorship model is used in which nurse educators in healthcare organizations or educational institutions play a substantial role in facilitating the practicum. Under the guidance of a nurse faculty preceptor, the student will develop and implement teaching plans for the classroom and clinical practice settings. Online class discussions provide an opportunity for further exploration of best teaching practices for classroom, clinical practice, self-evaluation, and nursing student evaluation. $500 practicum fee is required.
Prerequisite(s): NURS 970, NURS 975, NURS 977

Optional Electives to Assist in Program Coursework

A student’s success in the MSN – Nurse Educator specialization is partially based upon solid skills in statistics and data management. The following elective is offered to strengthen this knowledge and skill set.

NURS 802 Advanced Statistics and Data Management (3 crs.)

This course includes an introduction to measurement concepts and theory, data management, and statistical analysis ranging from descriptive to inferential statistics. The emphasis is on practical application, through understanding of descriptive and inferential statistics, and data management overall. Commonly used data management and analytic software will be utilized.

Note: Students entering the MSN-DNP program are required to have successfully completed an academic-based graduate statistics course within 5 years of entering the program or prior to the start of the Fall semester of Year 1 if not completed before entering program. Many students will have completed a statistics course in their master’s program, but for those who have not, this course is will satisfy the requirement for a prerequisite statistics course. This course is also available to all other students as an elective, with a recommendation to take prior to NURS 920 Biostatistics.

Sample Course Progression

Course progression plans may vary depending on start date. Your academic advisor will discuss your specific course plan with you.

Each course is 3 credit hours. Each practicum credit hour is worth 60 hours of practice.

Fall 1 (6 credits)
  • N805: Advanced Pathophysiology
  • 3 credits
  • N810: Advanced Health Assessment
  • 3 credits
Spring 1 (6 credits)
  • N970: Philosophy, Theory, & Role
  • 3 credits
  • N820: Advanced Pharmacotherapeutics
  • 3 credits
Summer 1 (6 credits)
  • N817: Scientific Writing
  • 3 credits
  • N977: Assessment of Learning Outcomes
  • 3 credits
Fall 2 (9 credits)
  • N975: Teaching Methods
  • 3 credits
  • N716: Health Care Quality & Safety
  • 3 credits
  • N835: Advanced Research Methods
  • 3 credits
Spring 2 (6 credits)
  • N979: Curriculum Design & Evaluation
  • 3 credits
  • N980: Nurse Educator Practicum
  • 3 credits
Summer 2 (6 credits)
  • N711: Informatics
  • 3 credits
  • N732: Population Health
  • 3 credits