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Certificate of Advanced Studies in Nursing Education: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The online post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education’s curriculum is designed by practitioners and educators with extensive experience in both nursing and teaching. The productive courses of the program cover topics that combine nursing and teaching, meaning you’ll be prepared to adopt new trends in the field to best inform your teaching style.

You may transfer in up to 9 credits for previously completed coursework equivalent to NUR 604 Advanced Pathophysiology, NUR 615 Advanced Pharmacology I, and NUR 611 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning I.

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The curriculum course abstracts on this page are meant to provide a high-level course overview and subject to change based on term, faculty, and/or institutional requirements. View the official course descriptions as written in the Utica University Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance. Select the appropriate Graduate Catalog from the dropdown.



This course will explore pathophysiology theory and evidence-based research across body systems within the human lifespan to provide you with a foundation for developing advanced diagnostic reasoning and clinical management skills in clinical settings.

You’ll examine foundational principles of safe pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, vaccines, and toxicology across the lifespan in diverse healthcare settings.

Prerequisites: NUR 604

This course will introduce the essential competencies to provide a foundation for you to develop advanced health assessment skills: communication, history and physical examinations (focused and complete); diagnostic reasoning; and written and oral presentation of findings.

Prerequisites: NUR 604

This course focuses on curriculum design, content organization, and planning related to curriculum development. Discussion topics include the issues and procedures involved in designing and implementing curricula. In addition to developing and implementing a learning project with a target population.
This course prepares you to apply theoretical concepts of education and learning to teaching in nursing. You’ll explore fundamentals of instructional design, theories of teaching and learning, instructional design models, technology use in education, and learner diversity. Design considerations for technology-based instruction will also be addressed.
This course introduces you to assessment as it relates to item writing, exam formulation, and evaluation of exam reliability and validity in nursing education. There will be an emphasis on concepts related to learning, psychometrics, and student evaluation.

This course provides you with an overview of classroom and clinical student appraisal mechanisms and explores assessment and evaluation of learning through the application of technology. You’ll also address evaluation at the program and course levels in conjunction with national and regional accreditation standards. Clinical performance appraisal will be a central focus of this course.

Prerequisites: NUR 607 and NUR 617

This course will examine and implement the nurse educator role in relation to academia, health care organizations, and the profession of nursing. You’ll also participate in 90 clock hours of practicum.

Prerequisites: NUR 617, NUR 618, NUR 607, and NUR 623.

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