Master's in Nursing Education: Curriculum

Curriculum Details


The CCNE- accredited online Master's in Nursing Education requires the completion of 14 courses. Core courses for the program cover topics including organizational nursing leadership, public health, epidemiology, and health care quality improvement. Nursing education courses include instruction on curriculum development, instructional design, exam formulation, student appraisal methods, and teaching diverse learners.

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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 College Academic Catalog and in adherence to regional compliance.

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Required Courses

Credit Hours

Nursing Education Total Hours:

NUR 604 Advanced PathophysiologyCredit Hours: 3

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.

NUR 615 Advanced Pharmacology ICredit Hours: 3

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

Prerequisites: NUR 604

NUR 611 Advanced Health Assessment & Diagnostic Reasoning ICredit Hours: 3

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

NUR 607 Curriculum Development & ImplementationCredit Hours: 3

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.

NUR 617 Advanced Instructional Design & Teaching with TechnologyCredit Hours: 4

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.

NUR 618 Test Construction & AnalysisCredit Hours: 3

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.

NUR 623 Assessment & Evaluation in Nursing EducationCredit Hours: 3

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

NUR 624 Teaching Learning PracticumCredit Hours: 3

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.

Core Course Requirements Total Hours:

NUR 588 Organizational Leadership & Role Development of the Advanced Practice NurseCredit Hours: 3

This course focuses on the knowledge and skills essential to understanding the economies of care, business principles, and navigation to affect change in diverse health care systems. It will prepare you to conceptualize a new advanced practice role in the discipline of nursing. You'll also explore leadership theory, styles, contemporary approaches and strategies.

NUR 603 Quality Improvement & Safety in Health CareCredit Hours: 3

This course prepares you to analyze information and apply quality improvement methods to affect safety and quality of care and to improve patient outcomes. The use of current and emerging technologies to support safety, quality, and fiscally sound care across diverse settings will be emphasized.

NUR 608 Epidemiology & Population HealthCredit Hours: 3

In this course, you'll explore health promotion, community assessment, and disease prevention in diverse populations using epidemiological theories. You'll also investigate chronic and communicable disease incidence, at-risk populations, clinical interventions, genetics and genomics, and evidence-based practice as applied to advanced practice nursing.

NUR 613 Health Policy & AdvocacyCredit Hours: 2

You will examine the relationship of health outcomes and the impact of the advanced practice nurse as an advocate for vulnerable populations, the profession, and health-promoting policies at the organizational, local, state, and federal level.

NUR 609 Nursing Research & Evidence-Based PracticeCredit Hours: 3

This course will teach you how to generate and implement nursing research to improve healthcare outcomes, initiate change, and improve nursing practice.

NUR 614 Statistical Analysis & Scholarly InquiryCredit Hours: 3

This course will allow you to critically analyze the scientific foundation of nursing by means of evaluating statistical research for scientific quality and applicability to promote evidence-based practice.

Prerequisites: NUR 609

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