Western Carolina University’s graduate studies in nursing provide students with academic and field-based experiences that lead to a Master’s of Science Degree in Nursing (MS). The program prepares nurses for the role of nurse educator with competencies in three educational areas:
- academic educator
- staff educator
- patient educator
A Post-Graduate Certificate Program in Nursing Education also is available to students who have earned a MS or master’s degree in a related discipline. All academic courses are taught online. Practicum placements are available in a variety of settings in or near the students' communities.
MS(N) Nurse Educator Program Degree Requirements
The MS(N) Nurse Educator Program requires 38 to 39 semester hours of coursework, depending on whether the thesis or project option is selected. New students are admitted for the Fall or Spring semesters. The typical course load is six to nine credit hours per semester (part time).
MS(N) Nurse Educator Certificate Requirements
The Post-Graduate Certificate Program requires 18 semester hours of study and can be completed in five semesters. The number of nurse educator students admitted is based on available faculty and clinical resources.
Cost and Additional Expenses
Students accepted into the program are required to be computer literate and either own or have regular access to a computer with a CD writer and high-speed Internet access. NE students are required to purchase a microphone and webcam for their computers. Additional expenses include the purchase of textbooks at approximately $800.00 plus per year.
Want More Information?
If you have additional questions or would like more information about the program, please contact Dr. Jessica Shirley, Director of Student Services, at email@example.com or click on the MS(N) Nurse Educator Program link to submit your request.