The Nursing Education Concentration is designed to prepare students to meet established nurse educator competencies in one of five advanced clinical focus areas:  Adult Health Nursing; Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing; Critical Care Nursing; Women’s Health & Perinatal Nursing; and Pediatric Nursing (not currently offered). Students acquire knowledge, develop skills, and internalize values needed for success as a nurse educator in areas such as:

  • Teaching as a faculty member in a pre-licensure program
  • Continuing education for clinical staff
  • Patient education

A firm foundation in teaching/learning principles, curriculum/program development and evaluation, methods to evaluate learning, and implementation of the educator role prepares graduates to assume these responsibilities with competence and confidence.

Please Note:  Until further notice, we will not be offering the Pediatric Nursing concentration in Nursing Education. Please continue to check this website for future updates. We will continue to offer concentrations in Adult Health Nursing, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Critical Care Nursing, and Women's Health & Perinatal Nursing.

On-Campus Meeting Requirements
Institution On-campus Meeting Requirements
Austin Peay State University NO
East Tennessee State University NO
Middle Tennessee State University NO
Tennessee State University NO
Tennessee Technological University NO
University of Memphis YES*

*All University of Memphis Nursing Education students are required to attend an orientation program on campus prior to the beginning of their first semester in the program.

Admission Requirements

  1. An unencumbered license to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which the clinical assignments are completed*.
  2. An earned Master's degree in Nursing with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale*.
  3. Successful completion of individual graduate-level courses in Advanced Health Assessment; Advanced Pathophysiology; and Advanced Pharmacology. 
  4. Graduate school TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score as required by your TBR university. Consult the graduate admission requirements at each campus for further details.


    TOEFL Score Requirements
    School TOEFL Paper-based score Internet-based score Computer-based score
    APSU > 500 or 61 or 173
    ETSU > 550 or 79 or 231
    MTSU > 525 or 71 or 195
    TSU > 500 or 61 or 173
    TTU > 500 n/a n/a
    UOM > 550 or n/a 210

*Applications will not be accepted prior to completion of the MSN degree. 

Post-Master's Certificate in Nursing Education Course Requirements (all required)

Course Number Course Title Pre- and/or Co-Requisites Semesters Credit
Hrs.
Nursing Education Concentration Core Requirements (6 Required Credit Hours)
NURS 5204 Curriculum Design & Education Theory NURS 5000 Theoretical Foundations Fall, Spring, Summer 3
NURS 5205 Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education NURS 5002 Advanced Nursing Research Fall, Spring, Summer 3
 

Specialty Electives Clinical Focus Courses ( 3 Required Credit Hours)

NURS 5505 Advanced Adult Health Nursing NURS 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104   Fall, Spring 3
NURS 5515 Advanced Psych/Mental Health Nursing NURS 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104   Fall Only 3
NURS 5525 Advanced Critical Care Nursing NURS 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104   Summer Only 3
NURS 5545 Advanced Women's Health & Perinatal Nursing NURS 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104   Summer Only 3
NURS 5535 Advanced Pediatric Nursing NURS 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104   Currently Not Offered 3
 

Nursing Education Practicum/Clinical Courses (6 Required Credit Hours)

NURS 5207 Clinical Focus Practicum NURS 5101, 5102, 5103, 5104  
Pre- or co-requisite from selected clinical focus courses: NURS 5505, 5515, 5525, 5545
Fall, Spring, Summer 2
NURS 5209 Nursing Education Practicum NURS 5000, 5001, 5002, 5003, 5101, 5102, 5103, 5204, 5205,
Pre- or co-requisite from selected clinical focus courses: 5207, 5505, 5515, 5525, 5545, or 5635
Fall, Spring* 4
Nursing Education Concentration Post-Master’s Certificate Program Hours 15

* May be offered in Summer at the discretion of the Concentration Coordinator. 

Total Practice Contact Hours: 360 (1 credit hour = 60 contact hours)
          NURS 5207 Clinical Focus Practicum: 120 contact hours (2 credit hours)
          NURS 5209 Nursing Education Practicum: 240 contact hours (4 credit hours)

 

NOTE: The 5000 level numbering of courses for APSU, ETSU, and TSU are cross-listed with the 6000 level course numbers at MTSU and 7000 level courses at TTU and the UOM respectively.

Link to Guidelines for Clinical Preceptorships

Special Instructions Regarding Clinical Preceptorships for Nursing Education Students

Nursing Education students may not use their place of employment as a clinical site for either NURS 5207 or NURS 5209. A preceptor for the NURS 5207 course must be at least a Master's-prepared clinician working in an acute care setting. The preceptor for the NURS 5209 course must be, at a minimum, a Master's-prepared educator working either in higher education or staff development/education setting. All sites and preceptors must be approved by the Nursing Education Concentration Coordinator and faculty.

Nursing Education Concentration Coordinators

For questions and assistance regarding practicum and clinical placement, please contact:

Dr. Doris Davenport (NURS 5207 and NURS 5209)            

Email: davenportd@apsu.edu     

Sample Sequence of Study

Post Master’s Certificate Sample Part-time Course Sequence of Study (Fall/Spring/Summer) in Nursing Education Adult or Psych/Mental Health Nursing

Fall (Year 1) CHrs Spring (Year 1) CHrs Summer (Year 1) CHrs

5204 Curriculum Design & Education Theory

3 5207 Clinical Focus Practicum 2 5209 Nursing Education Practicum 4
5205 Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education 3 5505 Advanced Adult Health Nursing
OR
5515 Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing
3    
Total Semester Hours 6   5   4

Post Master’s Certificate Sample Part-time Course Sequence of Study (Fall/Spring/Summer) in Women’s Health and Perinatal or Critical Care Nursing

Spring (Year 1) CHrs Summer (Year 1) CHrs Fall (Year 1) CHrs
5204 Curriculum Design & Education Theory 3 5207 Clinical Focus Practicum 2 5209 Nursing Education Practicum 4
5205 Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education 3 5545 Advanced Women’s Health & Perinatal Nursing
OR
5525 Advanced Critical Care Nursing
3    
Total Semester Hours 6   5   4

 

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