Master of Science Degree in Nursing Education
Upon completion of the Master of Science in Nursing Degree or Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education, graduates will be prepared to:
- Use nursing theory and specialized knowledge in the functional roles of the Nurse Educator
- Synthesize concepts from nursing, education, and other disciplines to influence professional practice.
- Provide leadership within nursing, academic, and health care delivery system for the improvement of client care.
- Conduct and/or use research which contributes to the development of the discipline of nursing and nursing education
- Continue professional growth through continuing education, specialty certification, and /or doctoral study in nursing.
All Program applicants are required to be currently licensed as Registered Nurses in the State of Connecticut and hold a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree in nursing prior to the time of application.
The MSN Nurse Educator track is designed to prepare future nurse educators with the knowledge, skills, and experience needed to engage in evidence-based clinical and classroom teaching for associates, bachelor’s, and master’s level nursing programs. Two tracks are available at this time:
- Accelerated, 16-month program (click here for projected plan of study for fall and/or spring starts) – 37 credits
- Part time, 2-3 year program (click here for projected plan of study for fall and/or spring starts) – 37 credits
- Post-Master’s Nurse Educator Certificate program for candidates who already have a Master of Science in another area of nursing – 9 credits (click here for program details)
Applicants need to have completed a nursing program and hold an active, unrestricted RN license at the time of application. A BSN is also required, though applicants who hold a current RN license at the time of application who are currently in an RN to BSN program and will complete their BSN by the end of the application cycle (i.e. will graduate in May for a Fall admission, or will graduate in December for a Spring admission) are eligible to apply. If admission is offered, it will be contingent upon the applicant completing their BSN degree as stated. In addition to the RN license and BSN degree, applicants need to submit 2 letters of recommendation (one from a former faculty member/educator and one from aprofessional colleague or a supervisor are preferred), the application essay, all transcripts following high school, and a copy of their CT nursing license. All materials for admission are submitted via the application portal of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies, not the Nursing Department. Information on the application process can be accessed here. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed, so please be sure to check on the status of your application frequently to meet all deadlines and requirements.
The student must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average each semester to remain in the program. All other University policies with regard to retention and graduation are applicable to the Nursing program. A grade of "B" or above must be achieved in each nursing course or the course must be repeated. Only one course within the program of study may be repeated and a grade of "B" (3.0) or better must be achieved on the second attempt. A student cannot withdraw more than once from the same course. If a student withdraws from more than 2 courses in the program, the student must petition the MSN committee to request permission to continue in the program. All prerequisite requirements must be strictly adhered to for all courses. Each grade is included in the grade point average. Failure to receive a grade of "B" or 3.0 or higher when a course is repeated will result in dismissal from the program. If at any time the grade point average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation.