The essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing provides an important framework for designing and assessing Master-level nursing education. The original purpose of the essentials is to “delineate the outcomes expected of all graduates of master’s nursing programs” (AACN, 2011). Because professional nursing practice in all settings requires consideration of the individual, family, community, and population as client, these outcomes are essential to Master’s nursing education offered.
- Essential I: Background for Practice from Sciences and Humanities
- Essential II: Organizational and Systems Leadership
- Essential III: Quality Improvement and Safety
- Essential IV: Translating and Integrating Scholarship into Practice
- Essential V: Informatics and Healthcare Technologies
- Essential VI: Health Policy and Advocacy
- Essential VII: Interprofessional Collaboration for Improving Patient and Population Health Outcomes
- Essential VIII: Clinical Prevention and Population Health for Improving Health
- Essential IX: Master’s-Level Nursing Practice
The MSNEd Program consists of fifteen (15) graduate-division nursing core courses delivered over five (5) academic semesters and eighty (80) academic weeks, for a total of forty (40) semester credits. There are 540 didactic and 180 integrative practicum contact hours total. The MSNEd Program does not have any experiential learning contact hours assigned. However, the Program requires the completion of educator- based learning project/practicum. The Curriculum Plan table presented below represents a sample curriculum plan for learners.
MSN Ed Course Descriptions
Master of Science in Nursing Education Core Course Descriptions
MSN Ed Program Outcomes
MSNEd Program Outcomes are aligned with the Institutional Effectiveness Plan and measure the degree to which the Program achieves its stated mission.
Program-Level Learner Outcomes
The MSNEd Program, in alignment with the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) 103
Standards for Accreditation of Baccalaureate and Graduate Nursing Programs, has identified Program outcomes, including Program-level learner outcomes and competencies, alumni outcomes, and faculty outcomes to evaluate the MSNEd Program effectiveness. The learner outcomes include program completion and employment rates, achievement of the College’s graduate general education goals, achievement of expected learner outcomes, satisfaction with courses and instruction, and satisfaction with overall program effectiveness.
At Program completion, as measured by evaluation activities throughout the Program, the graduate will
- Integrate the principles of patient-centered and culturally appropriate concepts of planning, delivering, and evaluating prevention and population care into nursing education and clinical practice care (Essential VIII).
- Integrate knowledge gained from nursing, bio-psychosocial fields, genetics/genomics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing education in diverse settings (Essential I).
- Analyze nursing research to facilitate the translation and integration of nursing scholarship into practice (Essential III and IV).
- Incorporate leadership, collaborative, and organizational skills into educational practice in order to emphasize ethical and critical decision-making, effective working relationships, and a system- perspective.
- Demonstrate role competency and leadership through the analysis, development and implementation of health policy. Advocate for policies that improve the health of the public and the profession of nursing (Essentials II and VI).
- Analyze nursing practice, legal, and ethical considerations of current communication and emerging healthcare technologies utilized in patient care and nursing education (Essential V).
- Integrate the principles of quality improvement and evaluation into the advanced nurse educator role (Essential III).
- Function as a member of inter/intra professional collaborative team for improving patient and population health outcomes (Essential VII).