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Nurse Educators and Nurse Leaders Online Master's Degrees

30-credit Online Nurse Leadership and 36-credit Nurse Educator Master of Science Programs for RNs

Preparing the Next Generation of
Innovative Nurse Leaders and Nurse Educators

 
More and more practicing nurses these days are eager to explore career options outside of the more traditional “bedside” roles. UConn’s new Nurse Educator and Nurse Leader online master’s degree programs will prepare RNs for career advancement in the increasingly important nursing education or leadership and administration.

These non-clinical specialty areas of concentration serve to advance the career of nurses who want to stay in clinical education or academic education without becoming an advanced practice nurse (APN) who serves a specific population.

The Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator online master’s degree programs, will prepare you to:

  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to lead and/or educate in the appropriate healthcare setting.
  • Collaborate interprofessionally to improve healthcare systems and client healthcare outcomes.
  • Evaluate healthcare or educational outcomes to improve quality in strategic organizational goals.
  • Develop/implement an explicit framework for teaching and/or leading in healthcare organizations.
  • Develop personal goal-setting for professional development and life-long learning.
  • Become nationally certified as either a Clinical Nurse Educator or 
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Nurse Educator Concentration

The University of Connecticut’s 36-credit Nursing Education Master of Science program is taught by UConn School of Nursing faculty who are dedicated to your future in advanced practice. The purpose of the master’s program is to prepare nurses for advanced nursing practice with specialized knowledge, skills, and values. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the program.

The Master of Science in Nursing Education complements your clinical practice with the current evidence-based theories and cutting-edge strategic skills for teaching and learning in nursing. Explore career opportunities as a clinical instructor in nursing schools or as a staff development educator in a hospital or other health care organizations. By the end of the program, you will have a full understanding on the issues surrounding the evaluation, planning, and implementation of nursing education.

Clinical instructors are increasingly in demand to educate the growing number of undergraduate nursing students. Clinical educators in clinical environments are also needed to educate current nurses and support their continuing education for clinical knowledge and advancement. Individuals pursuing this degree concentration may be interested in teaching in a school of nursing, working in professional development, or focusing on the education of a specific patient or community population.

This online master’s program concentration prepares you to assume advanced roles as an instructor in academic and clinical settings. Graduates take on leadership roles in clinical nursing education, accept academic faculty appointments, and manage staff development. This program will prepare you for national certification through the National League for Nursing (NLN) as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).

Certificate in Health Professions Education

As an added benefit, graduates of the master’s program are also awarded the Certificate in Health Professions Education, which requires nine credits from courses taken as part of the MS in Nurse Education. These courses focus on the essentials of evaluation, planning, and implementation.

Nurse Leader Concentration

The University of Connecticut’s 30-credit online Nursing Leadership Master of Science program is taught by UConn School of Nursing faculty who are dedicated to your future in advanced practice. The purpose of the master’s program is to prepare nurses for advanced nursing practice with specialized knowledge, skills, and values. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the program.

Graduates of the Nursing Leadership master’s program concentration assume leadership roles in the health care system. By applying their existing knowledge and spirit of inquiry they are able to advance the discipline of nursing. Nurse leaders, nurse executives, and nurse administrators focus on key areas including staff development, labor relations, healthcare financing, staffing and scheduling, patient classification systems, healthcare innovations, quality improvement management, performance, outcomes, and program evaluation and human resources management. The foundations of the program are built on theories of leadership, motivation, organizational design, and problem solving. This program will prepare you for national certification through American Organization for Nursing Leadership (AONL), either as a Certified Nurse Manager & Leader (CNML) or Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP). For those who may want to pursue a DNP degree in the future, two courses in the concentration can be applied toward UConn’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree.

UConn Nursing Online Master's Degree in Nurse Leadership and Educators

About the Online Nurse Leadership & Nurse Educator Master's Degrees


The University of Connecticut’s 30-credit
online Nurse Leadership and Nurse Educator Master of Science programs are both taught by UConn School of Nursing faculty who are dedicated to your future in advanced practice. The purpose of the Master’s program is to prepare nurses for advanced practice with specialized knowledge, skills, and values. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredits the program. 

Each student completes a core curriculum in theory, research, statistics, legal, regulatory and policy aspects of advanced nursing practice. Additional courses in the areas of concentration are also required. Areas of Concentration include the following: Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Neonatal Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Leader, and Nurse Educator.

Nurse Educator Courses

For students in the nurse practitioner concentrations, a minimum of 2,080 hours of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) providing direct patient care is required prior to enrolling in NURS 5062 or 5362. For candidates in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration, all 2,080 hours must be RN-level practice experience in a level three neonatal intensive care unit. No student may take more than 12 credits in the master’s degree as a non-matriculated student. No student may transfer in more than 25% of course credits required for the master’s degree plan of study.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The M.S. program requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above to earn the Master of Science degree in Nursing. Students must earn a “B” or better in all graduate courses with a NURS prefix in order to earn credit toward graduation. A student may only repeat one course with a NURS prefix throughout their graduate study. If a student does not earn a “C+” or better on the first try, a collaborative decision between the advisor and the student will determine if a repeat of the course is appropriate.

The plan of study includes nursing and related courses according to the requirements for each area of concentration. Part-time and/or full-time plans of study are available.

 

NURS 5012 – Nursing Science and Patterns of Knowing, 3-Credits

An historical, contemporary and futuristic exploration of the art and science of nursing praxis including patterns of knowing: empirical, ethical, aesthetic, existential and emancipatory. Theories and models derived from nursing and the social sciences are synthesized for their usefulness in advanced practice nursing care for individuals, families, and communities to promote health and manage a variety of problems such as health threats, acute and chronic illnesses, and transitions. Opportunities are provided for students to synthesize family health concepts for use in clinical practice, scholarship, and research.

NURS 5020 – Statistical Methods in Nursing, 3-Credits

Quantitative procedures including descriptive and inferential statistics, non-parametric approaches to data, and parametric analyses. Selected research designs are explored. Analytic techniques are applied for use in selected research designs in health sciences research. Cross listed with CLTR 5020.

NURS 5030 – Nursing Research in Advanced Practice, 3-Credits

Examination of qualitative and quantitative methods of primary research employed to answer questions in nursing practice. Concepts include patient safety and quality principles, quality/process improvement, and evidence-based practice processes. Emphasis is on problem identification; design principles; and accessing, analyzing, disseminating and applying research for evidence-based practice.

NURS 5060 – Advanced Pathophysiology across the Lifespan, 3-Credits

This course is designed for nurses preparing for advanced nursing practice roles across varying population foci. Concepts will include advanced human physiology, pathophysiology, and common clinical manifestations. A body-systems framework will be used.

NURS 5062: Advanced Health Assessment Across the Lifespan, 3-Credits

Principles and techniques of advanced health assessment across the life span are examined and practiced.

NURS 5070 – Advanced Pharmacodynamics and Implications for Nursing Actions, 3-Credits

Emphasis is placed on pharmacodynamics, on nursing measures that support desired drug responses or reduce side effects which must be tolerated, and on client teaching indicated by pharmacotherapy.

NURS 5700 - Health Professions Education: Evaluation, 3-Credits, Fall

This course will introduce students to important principles of evaluation science, with a particular emphasis on formative and summative evaluations. The course will help students apply these principles to the practice of evaluating educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

NURS 5710 - Health Professions Education: Planning, 3-Credits, Spring

This course will introduce students to important principles of educational planning, reflecting the literatures of adult learning, curriculum and instruction, diffusion of innovations research, and health professions education. The course will help students apply these principles to the practice of planning educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

NURS 5720 - Health Professions Education: Implementation, 3-Credits, Summer

This course will introduce students to important principles of implementation reflecting the literatures of adult learning, curriculum and instruction, and health professions education. The course will help students apply these principles to the practice of implementing educational activities for health care professionals in various stages of education and training.

5235 - Health care Quality Improvement, Outcomes Management, Assessment and Planning for the Nurse Leader, 3-Credits

An examination of unit and system based health care outcomes: their identification, measurement and purpose along with principles of quality improvement processes and assessment and planning principles and concepts.

5249 - MS in Nursing Capstone Experience, 3-Credit

Integration of concepts, theories, and principles pertinent to the student’s specialty track, in an experiential learning setting, demonstrating integration of new knowledge and attainment of program outcomes.

Nurse Leadership Courses

For students in the nurse practitioner concentrations, a minimum of 2,080 hours of clinical experience as a Registered Nurse (RN) providing direct patient care is required prior to enrolling in NURS 5062 or 5362. For candidates in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner concentration, all 2,080 hours must be RN-level practice experience in a level three neonatal intensive care unit. No student may take more than 12 credits in the master’s degree as a non-matriculated student. No student may transfer in more than 25% of course credits required for the master’s degree plan of study.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
The M.S. program requires a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above to earn the Master of Science degree in Nursing. Students must earn a “B” or better in all graduate courses with a NURS prefix in order to earn credit toward graduation. A student may only repeat one course with a NURS prefix throughout their graduate study. If a student does not earn a “C+” or better on the first try, a collaborative decision between the advisor and the student will determine if a repeat of the course is appropriate.

The plan of study includes nursing and related courses according to the requirements for each area of concentration. Part-time and/or full-time plans of study are available.

 

NURS 5012 – Nursing Science and Patterns of Knowing, 3-Credits

An historical, contemporary and futuristic exploration of the art and science of nursing praxis including patterns of knowing: empirical, ethical, aesthetic, existential and emancipatory. Theories and models derived from nursing and the social sciences are synthesized for their usefulness in advanced practice nursing care for individuals, families, and communities to promote health and manage a variety of problems such as health threats, acute and chronic illnesses, and transitions. Opportunities are provided for students to synthesize family health concepts for use in clinical practice, scholarship, and research.

NURS 5020 – Statistical Methods in Nursing, 3-Credits

Quantitative procedures including descriptive and inferential statistics, non-parametric approaches to data, and parametric analyses. Selected research designs are explored. Analytic techniques are applied for use in selected research designs in health sciences research. Cross listed with CLTR 5020.

NURS 5030 – Nursing Research in Advanced Practice, 3-Credits

Examination of qualitative and quantitative methods of primary research employed to answer questions in nursing practice. Concepts include patient safety and quality principles, quality/process improvement, and evidence-based practice processes. Emphasis is on problem identification; design principles; and accessing, analyzing, disseminating and applying research for evidence-based practice.

NURS 5235 - Health care Quality Improvement, Outcomes Management, Assessment and Planning for the Nurse Leader, 3-Credits

An examination of unit and system based health care outcomes: their identification, measurement and purpose along with principles of quality improvement processes and assessment and planning principles and concepts.

NURS 5249 - MS in Nursing Capstone Experience, 3-Credit

Integration of concepts, theories, and principles pertinent to the student’s specialty track, in an experiential learning setting, demonstrating integration of new knowledge and attainment of program outcomes.

NURS 5230 - Healthcare Finance for Nurse Leaders

Analysis of the financing of health care from the macro, meso and micro system perspectives; a focus on governmental and private payers; an examination of systems, department and unit level budgets

NURS 5240 - Nursing Leadership Foundations

Introduction to the process of nursing leadership. Emphasis placed on theories of leadership, motivation, organizational design and problem solving

NURS 5245 - Nursing Leadership Application

Application of management theories to nursing leadership focusing on staff development, labor relations, staffing and scheduling, patient classification systems, healthcare innovation, quality improvement management, performance and program evaluation and human resources management

NURS 5865 – Information Systems for the Scholarship of Application, 3-Credits

Evaluation and use of information systems/technology and patient care technology supportive of clinical and administrative decision-making relevant to patient care, care systems, and quality improvement.

Program Fees

Per a Board of Trustees decision (2019), online students in the Nurse Educator and Leadership Programs pay a comprehensive fee of $925 per credit or $2,775 for a 3-credit course.

The cost is the same for Connecticut residents, non-Connecticut residents, and international students.


Financial Aid
Some Nurse Educator and Leadership students may be eligible for financial aid or may wish to utilize unsubsidized loans. You can learn more by contacting the UConn Financial Aid Office at 860-486-2819.


Scholarships
To learn about available scholarships, please visit the UConn School of Nursing’s Scholarship Page.

How to Apply

Applicants to UConn's FNP online degree program must have completed a baccalaureate degree in nursing or higher from a regionally accredited college or university. The Nurse Educator and Leadership online master’s and DNP degrees are not approved for students residing outside of the United States.

To apply for admission to the Nurse Educator and Leadership Master's of Science (MS), complete the online application process using the link below.

 

Begin your Application

Application Process

Applications will be evaluated upon receipt of all required documentation (rolling admission):

    • A written response to the following:
      1. Why have you decided to pursue this degree?
      2. Why have you selected this track?
      3. What are your career interests and goals?
      4. Why are you applying to UConn?

Important Deadline

The Nurse Educator and Nurse Leadership programs only accept students within the fall semester. Please submit materials no later than January 15 to begin the following fall semester.

Applications submitted after the designated deadline will be considered on a space available basis until enrollment caps are reached, or, considered for admission to the following semester. Upon acceptance, a $1000 non-refundable deposit toward your tuition will be required prior to course registration, as well as, electronic or hard copy submission of official transcripts.

If you have any questions on how to use the online application system, please contact The Graduate School at 860-486-3617.

International Students: This program is a part-time or full-time and online program. Pursuant to U.S. immigration regulations, the University of Connecticut may not sponsor F-1 and J-1 visas for the purpose of coming to the U.S. for enrollment in this program. International students may enroll in this program if they are currently in the U.S. in another visa status that permits foreign nationals to engage in school enrollment while meeting their primary visa objective.

  • Three letters of reference.
    • Academic (1 letter): A professor, faculty member, or academic advisor (who can provide meaningful input regarding your academic record and aptitude for demanding graduate course work)
    • Professional (2 letters): to address abilities, character and accomplishments in nursing as well as potential for leadership and advancing practice, service, research or teaching in the chosen field.
      • One Each:
        1. A clinical supervisor or nurse manager (who directly supervised you in a clinical setting.
        2. A practicing advanced practice nurse (APRN) or physician who has served as a mentor or whom you have shadowed (preferably in the APRN specialty to which you are applying).
        • Current resume (uploaded).
        • Unofficial transcript(s) for all undergraduate and graduate coursework (uploaded). 
        • An uploaded verification of RN direct patient care hours form for 2080 hours completed prior to application.
        • A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is required.
        • If you use the results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), you must have a minimum overall score of 550 for the paper-based test or 79 for the internet-based test.
        • The GRE and Residence Affidavit are not required.
        • Fields marked with a red asterisk (*) on the application are required fields.

        Applications are evaluated as soon as the student’s file is complete. 

    Faculty

    UConn Nursing Online Graduate Certificate in Nurse Leardership and Educator, Denise_Bourassa

    Denise Bourassa, DNP, RNC, CNL, CNE

    Assistant Clinical Professor Director,
    Nursing Leader and Nursing Educator tracks

    Denise Bourassa, DNP, RNC-ob, CNL, CNE is an Assistant Professor and Director of the MS Nurse Leader and Nurse Educator Tracks at the UConn School of Nursing. Dr. Bourassa is an experienced, nationally certified Clinical Nurse Leader and specializes in healthcare quality improvement, implementing and sustaining evidence-based practice at the bedside, and leading healthcare interdisciplinary teams during quality improvement projects. Dr. Bourassa is a certified nurse educator with ten years’ experience in nursing education at both the graduate and pre-licensure level.


    UConn Nursing Online Master's Degree in Nurse Leaders and Educators, Carol_Polifroni

    E. Carol Polifroni, EdD, NEA-BC, CNE RN, ACEF

    Professor
    UConn School of Nursing

    Faculty Bio

     

     

     


    UConn Nursing Online Master's Degree in Nurse Leaders and Educators, Thomas_VanHoofThomas J. Van Hoof, MD, EdD, FACMQ

    Associate Professor
    UConn School of Nursing
    Faculty Bio

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    Online Individual Graduate Courses in the Nurse Educator and Nurse Leadership Programs

    Students with a Bachelor’s degree or higher can take UConn’s online Nurse Educator and Leadership courses as “non-degree” students. The “non-degree” designation allows students to take courses for credit without being formally admitted to the University. A maximum of 6 credits (two courses) can be taken as a “non-degree” student. If you decide to matriculate into the master's program in the future, course credits are transferable if you receive a “B-” or better.

    If you are interested in registering for a non-degree online graduate course in Nurse Education or Leadership, contact Denise Bourassa at denise.bourassa@uconn.edu or by phone at 860-450-2603.

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    UConn Nursing Online in Nurse Leardership and Educator Master's Degree, Denise_Bourassa

    Denise Bourassa, DNP, RNC, CNL, CNE

    Program Director, School of Nursing
    Online Nursing Master's Degree Programs in Nurse Educators and Leadership
    Denise.Bourassa@uconn.edu
    860-450-2603

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