A pathway that prepares academic nurse educators and professional staff development educators.
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.”
The OUCN Education Pathway is based on the latest standards for nursing education set by professional organizations, including:
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.
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.
Upon successful completion of the program, the graduate will be prepared to: