The University of Oklahomna College of Nursing

MS in Nursing: Education

A pathway that prepares academic nurse educators and professional staff development educators.

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Degree Information

  • Application Deadline:
    September 1 - Spring
    March 1 - Fall
  • Program Start:
    August - Fall
    January - Spring
  • Locations Available:
    OKC, Lawton, Tulsa
  • Length of Program:
    Full-time - 18-20 months
    Part-time - 2 years or more
  • Credit Hours:
    32 semester hours
  • Degree Awarded:
    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Part-Time Study Available?

About the Master of Science in Nursing: Education Pathway

The current critical shortage of nurse educators has resulted in an abundance of career opportunities nationwide. The MSN in education track is designed to prepare academic nurse educators and professional staff development educators. This program of study is 32 credit hours and the post-master’s certificate is 14 credit hours of study including content and practice in both academic nursing education and professional staff development. The programs also include 320 hours of required teaching practicum activities that are included in three of the nursing education specialty courses.*

Post-Masters tracks are available. For additional information, please contact the MSN Student Program Coordinator.

Residency requirements: Due to federal regulations from the Department of Education, the College of Nursing currently accepts applications for its online master’s and doctoral degree programs from residents of the following states: Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

* Oklahoma Board of Nursing requirement for faculty for nursing education programs: “All nurse faculty shall present evidence of current practice with a minimum of two (2) years full-time equivalent practice as a Registered Nurse in a clinical setting preceding the first date of first employment as a teacher.”

Educational Excellence

The OUCN Education Pathway is based on the latest standards for nursing education set by professional organizations, including:

  1. National League for Nursing (NLN)
  2. American Nurses’ Association
  3. Southern Region Education Board Council on Collegiate Education for Nursing Education

The education specialty courses will assist the student in preparation for the NLN’s Nurse Educator certification exam. The NLN requires two years of full-time experience in an academic faculty role as part of the eligibility for the certification examination. For a full list of eligibility requirements, visit the NLN site.

Educational Opportunity

Students in the Education Pathway have the opportunity to work with experienced OU College of Nursing faculty members at numerous sites. Our faculty are experienced in the latest technology-mediated educational methods. Education pathway students may work with experienced faculty teaching in the baccalaureate program on the development and delivery of innovative online teaching methods.

Terminal Program Objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to:

  • Synthesize theories from nursing and supporting sciences to guide practice and role development
  • Deliver a broad array of therapeutic nursing interventions to culturally diverse or at risk individuals and populations in a specialized area of clinical practice
  • Demonstrate expertise in a specialized area of clinical practice and/or initial competence in a specific functional role (Advanced practice nurse, educator, administrator)
  • Collaborate with other health care providers to improve nursing care and other health services
  • Influence health care policy as it relates to current and emerging health care needs in society and promote safe, ethical health care delivery
  • Contribute to nursing knowledge through planning, evaluating or conducting research and promoting research utilization
  • Demonstrate competency in oral and written communication
  • Demonstrate competency in resource and systems management
  • Demonstrate competency in information analysis and management consistent with role preparation
  • Demonstrate critical thinking as evidenced in intellectual attitudes and personal risk-taking and by consideration of complex issues with multiple alternatives for solution.