The nursing education program offers nurses the opportunity to combine their clinical experience with preparation for teaching nursing practice. The 46 credit curriculum prepares nurses to assume leadership roles as dynamic educators in baccalaureate and associate degree programs, staff development, continuing education and community education programs. Nurses who progress from this MSN concentration to our PhD program find their course of study expedited.
The curriculum offers theoretical courses, advanced clinical and education practica. The nursing education theoretical courses are available online or on campus. Students select a population and area of clinical interest for the clinical practicum: adult-gerontology, parent-child health, community health or psychiatric/mental health. Students also select an academic or clinical setting for the final student teaching practicum. As you develop as a nursing educator, you will create curricula, plan programs and teach with master teacher clinicians. There is also opportunity to spend time with an expert nurse educator in a clinical and academic setting to begin to internalize the nurse educator role.
At the completion of this concentration, the graduate is able to:
- Integrate advanced knowledge and experience in a broadly-based clinical practice area into the educator role.
- Participate knowledgeably in the development, implementation, revision, and evaluation of nursing curricula and nursing programs.
- Apply theories of education and related sciences as a basis for education.
- Utilize a variety of teaching strategies and educational resources to facilitate learning in the classroom and clinical areas and to enhance student and staff development.
- Utilize various modalities in the educational process.
- Conceptualize one's individual role as educator and one's personal philosophy of teaching.
- Propose strategies to resolve conflicts and tensions among the multiple roles of an educator.
- Appreciate the need for nurse educators to be an integral part of the university/health agency or community, to continue their own development and to pursue doctoral education.
- Analyze the broad context or system in which the educator role is implemented.
- Analyze the issues and trends in higher education, and specifically in nursing education, and their impact on the development of nursing education.
About the post-master's
The post-master’s certificate program in Nursing Education prepares experienced master’s-prepared nurses to assume leadership roles and educational positions in academic and health care settings. Students can select to prepare for academic roles in baccalaureate and associate degree programs or with staff development positions in health care settings.
The five courses (15 credits) prepare students with the foundational knowledge essential for successful careers in nursing education. The courses build upon students’ existing knowledge and focus on curriculum/program development and classroom/clinical teaching. Students are placed with preceptors who serve as mentors and role models. Our graduates are employed in academic and clinical settings around the world.
The 15 credits are offered both on-site at Villanova University and as a synchronous online format. This offers students’ flexibility and at the same time enables them to engage with doctorally-prepared faculty and other students to explore issues within nursing education.