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Nursing Education Program

Program Director: Dolores S Aguilar, MS, APRN, CNS, CHN

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The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing can prepare you for a career as a nurse educator in Associate and Baccalaureate nursing programs, as well as education positions in healthcare delivery systems. The Online MSN Nursing Education program concentrates on the core knowledge needed to develop curricula, advance teaching skills and evaluate and develop active strategies in the classroom.

The online nursing education program prepares nurses with the knowledge and skills needed to promote student engagement, student retention and active learning. Simulation and other relevant teaching strategies are also part of the online MSN Nursing Education program. This accredited program provides preparation for career options that include roles such as Clinical Nurse Educator, Adjunct Professor and Patient Education Coordinator, to name a few.

For more information about this online program, see: Master of Science in Nursing in Education Online.  To speak to an enrollment specialist about this online program, click here to request information.

Nursing Education Course List

MSN in Nursing Education
Course List
Course Number Title Description Length Prerequisites? Credit Hours Clinical Hours
Total Semester Credit Hours: 39
Total Clinical Hours: 225
NURS 5327 Exploration of Science and Theories for Nursing A critical examination of philosophical and theoretical bases for nursing. 5 Weeks - 3 -
NURS 5366 Principles of Research in Nursing Integration of theoretical and empirical principles of nursing research to generate evidence for nursing practice.
Previously NURS 5301.
5 Weeks - 3 -
NURS 5367 Evidence-Based Practice Preparation to lead evidence-based practice teams, to interpret best evidence, to plan for change, to evaluate outcomes, and to disseminate the project. 5 Weeks Yes:
NURS 5366
NURS 5327
3 -
NURS 5329 Role of the Nurse Educator Investigation of the roles and functions of the nurse educator. 5 Weeks Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 -
NURS 5312 Assessment/Evaluation Strategies for Nurse Educators Integration of concepts of assessment and evaluation into a nursing evaluation framework. 5 Weeks Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 -
NURS 5318 Advanced Pathophysiology for Nurse Educators This course focuses on developing an advanced knowledge base of pathophysiology. Principles of advanced physiology and pathophysiology and are applied to disease processes. 5 Week Yes:
NURS 5367, 5310, 5302,
5329, 5312
3 -
NURS 5319 Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Educators Study of clinical pharmacological therapeutics for nurse educators, systems in health care. 5 Weeks Yes:
NURS 5318
3 -
NURS 5326 Advanced Assessment for Nurse Educators Apply theoretical foundations and clinical skills in comprehensive health assessment across the lifespan as applies to the nurse educator role. 5 Weeks Yes:
NURS 5319
3 45 Lab
NURS 5310 Teaching/Learning Strategies for Nurse Educators Teaching/learning theories, strategies, and evaluations for educators. 5 Weeks Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 -
NURS 5302 Curriculum Development Explore the nature of nursing education. Focus on the curriculum process and its application to nursing education programs. 5 Weeks Yes:
Graduate Standing
3 -
NURS 5308 Nursing Informatics Focus on application of computer technology that supports the dissemination of health care data, information and knowledge. Selected software packages/applications are presented and used. 5 Weeks Yes:
NURS 5367
3 -
NURS 5360 Simulation Application in Nursing Application of simulation and active learning strategies in nursing education. 5 Weeks Yes:
NURS 5367
3 45 Lab
NURS 5362 Nursing Education Practicum Nursing education preceptorship in selected health care sites with opportunities to apply clinical and educational knowledge, skills, and concepts in a guided, progressive context of nursing education. 10 Weeks Yes:
* See Note
3 135
* Prerequisites for NURS 5362: All Nurse Education MSN courses and Good Standing/3.0 GPA

Nursing Education Certificate Plan

The UTA College of Nursing offers a Nursing Education Certificate program.
Click or tap here to find out more about this program.

Workloads and Time Commitments

We strongly recommend that all students consider their work schedules and commitments in light of the demands of a graduate program, and to be prepared to adjust workloads accordingly. In general, for every one graduate nursing credit hour of enrollment a student should budget five hours for work outside of class. So, for example, a 3-credit-hour class could reasonably be expected to require a 15-hour time commitment per week plus the time needed for class/clinical sessions.

Clinical Requirements

Please be aware of expectations concerning clinical requirements, as described in the section labeled "clinical requirements" on this page (click or tap here).

Job Opportunities

Acute and Community Health Care Systems – Staff Development and Education
Community Colleges – ADN, LVN Faculty
Universities – Undergraduate Faculty