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. 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 BSN and attainment of RN licensure.

Concentration Requirements (all required)

Effective for all students admitted in Fall semester 2012*.

Course Number Course Title Credit
Hours
NURS 5204 Curriculum Design & Education Theory 3
NURS 5205 Evaluation Methods in Nursing Education 3
Concentration Requirements - Total Hours 6

Specialty Electives Clinical Focus (required effective Spring 2013)

(Complete 3 hours from one of the specialty areas listed below)

NURS 5505 Advanced Adult Health Nursing 3
NURS 5515 Advanced Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing 3
NURS 5525 Advanced Critical Care Nursing 3
NURS 5545 Advanced Women's Health & Perinatal Nursing 3
NURS 5635 Advanced Pediatric Nursing 3
Clinical Focus Specialty Electives - Total Hours 3

Nursing Education Practicum Requirements

NURS 5207 Clinical Focus Practicum 2
NURS 5209^ Nursing Education Practicum 4
Nursing Education Practicum - Total Hours 6
 
Total Nursing Education Post Master's Hours 15

Total Practice Contact Hours: 360 Hours                 Clinical Focus Practicum: 120 Hours                        
Nursing Education Practicum: 240 Hours               

*^NURS 5209 offered in the Fall and Spring semesters only, unless otherwise specified by the program Concentration Coordinator.

Concentration Requirements (all required) for students admitted prior to Fall Semester 2012 (12 credit hours)

Course Number Course Title Credit
Hours
NURS 5201 Theories in Nursing Education 3#
NURS 5202 Teaching Strategies & Evaluation Methods 3#
NURS 5203 Curriculum Design 3#
NURS 5103 Advanced Pathophysiology 3#
#Courses to be discontinued after Fall semester 2013

Specialty Electives Clinical Focus (required for students admitted prior to Spring 2013)

Complete 6 hours from one of the specialty areas listed below.

NURS 5501 Advanced Adult Health Nursing I 3#
NURS 5503 Advanced Adult Health Nursing II 3**#
NURS 5522 Critical Care I 3#
NURS 5523 Critical Care II 3**#
NURS 5631 Pediatric Nursing I 3#
NURS 5633 Pediatric Nursing II 3**#
#Courses to be discontinued after Fall semester 2013.
**Courses will be discontinued after Spring semester 2014.

Nursing Education Practicum Requirements (6 credit hours)

NURS 5207 Clinical Focus Practicum 2
NURS 5209^ Nursing Education Practicum 4
Total Nursing Education Post Master's Hours 24

*^NURS 5209 offered in the Fall and Spring semesters only unless otherwise specified by the program Concentration Coordinator.

**Students entering the Nursing Education Post Master's program prior to Fall 2012 may complete the curriculum above.

Admissions Requirements - Nursing Education Post Master's Program

Link to Guidelines for Clinical Preceptorships

  1. A Master's degree in Nursing from an accredited program (NLNAC or CCNE).
  2. Satisfactory completion of the following courses at the Master's level:

    • Advanced Health Assessment with didactic and practice component:  equivalent to 3 – 4 semester credit hours
    • Advanced Pathophysiology: equivalent to 3 semester credit hours
    • Advanced Pharmacology: equivalent  to 3 semester credit hours
  3. Eligibility to practice as a Registered Nurse in Tennessee or the state in which clinical assignments are completed. Appropriate licensure must be obtained during the first semester following admission to the program.  
  4. Master's degree in Nursing with an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of if native language is not English.
  6. Submission of all application documentation required by the Graduate School at the home campus to which the student is referred. Application requirements will vary slightly among the six TBR universities. Required documentation may include a resume or CV; a discussion of prior professional experience; future career goals; reasons for pursuing graduate study; and recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant's academic and professional background and experience in nursing practice, specifying in detail the applicant's capabilities for graduate study and for future practice as an advanced practice nurse.

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.

Link to Guidelines for Clinical Preceptorships

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

The links below provide students with a suggested sequence of study based upon semester of program entry and part-time or full-time status.


Post Master’s in Nursing Education
Sample Course Sequence of Study

Requiring core courses first with 5000 as pre or co-requisite to 5002

Part-time (Fall/Spring)

Fall (Year 1)   Spring (Year 1)  

5204 Curriculum Design & Ed Theory

3 Clinical Focus Course 3
5205 Evaluation Methods 3 5207 Clinical Focus Practicum 2
Fall (Year 2)      
5209 Nursing Education Practicum 4    

Part-time Continuous (all three semesters)

Summer Semester Start

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

5204 Curriculum Design & Ed Theory

3 Clinical Focus Course 3 5209 Nursing Education Practicum 4
5205 Evaluation Methods 3 5207 Clinical Focus Practicum 2    
Fall (Year 1)   Summer (Year 1)   Spring (Year 1)  
5204 Curriculum Design & Ed Theory 3 Clinical Focus Course 3 5209 Nursing Education Practicum 4
5205 Evaluation Methods 3 5207 Clinical Focus Practicum 2    
Spring (Year 1)   Summer (Year 1)   Fall (Year 1)  
5204 Curriculum Design & Ed Theory 3 Clinical Focus Course 3 5209 Nursing Education Practicum 4
5205 Evaluation Methods 3 5207 Clinical Focus Practicum 2    

 

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