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Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus (MS), 2-Year (Online, On Campus)

A nursing instructor teaches a class.

Leverage your experience in healthcare and passion for teaching to become a nurse educator with the MS in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus.

Overview & Distinctions


Nurse educators work inside and outside of the classroom to train healthcare professionals, build community health education programs, and lead policy initiatives in industry and government agencies. In this program, you'll develop the communication, teaching, and technology skills needed to transform your clinical knowledge into rewarding, educational experiences.

As a graduate of this program, you'll be uniquely qualified to implement education programs in hospitals, educate a new generation of healthcare students in academic settings, or lead the continuing development of a healthcare staff.

Online, On Campus

D'Youville's MS in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus program is designed to accommodate working nurses through program platforms that meet their needs. When you apply, you'll be able to choose either a program that is 90% online or an on-campus format requiring you to visit campus one day per week and complete the rest of your program in a hybrid format.

What You'll Learn

As a student in D’Youville’s Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus MS program, you will:

  • Develop the skills needed to teach students to think critically and communicate accurately while helping them foster a desire for life-long learning.
  • Become an expert in developing educational programs for patients, groups, communities, industries, insurance providers, and government agencies.
  • Learn to better collaborate across healthcare disciplines and to work with information systems to assure your patients and their families have access to information and can understand it.
  • Learn to apply your experiences and impart your healthcare knowledge to professionals working in hospitals, rehab facilities, and long-term care, outpatient, and home care settings.

Why Choose D'Youville?

A Tradition of Educating Nursing Leaders

As the oldest continuously enrolling nursing school in Western New York, D'Youville's Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing has a tradition for student-centered education and with faculty involved in private practice, research, and patient-advocacy the D'Youville nursing faculty is committed to keeping students current, relevant, and prepared for changing career environments. 

An Accredited Nursing School and a Respected Credential

A degree from D'Youville's CCNE-accredited Patricia H. Garman School of Nursing is a sign to employers that you've received instruction under rigorous standards. Graduates of this program will be prepared to take the NLN Nurse Educator Certification Exam to further demonstrate their knowledge and experience to employers.

Learning Beyond the Classroom

The unique clinical focus of the MS in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus program ensures you'll be given the opportunity to explore a healthcare subject through real-world, hands-on learning. You'll identify a subject, create a project, and put your skills to work to the benefit of a community.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements for graduate programs at D’Youville, applicants for the program must present the following:

  • Official transcripts from all college/universities attended.
  • Applicants to the MS program: a baccalaureate degree in nursing or an entry-level master's degree or entry-level doctoral degree from a program accredited by an organization recognized by the U. S Department of Education. Ontario-based programs must be recognized by CNO.
  • An overall GPA of at least 3.0. Applicants with a baccalaureate degree in nursing earned more than five years ago, with an overall GPA less than 3.0 but more than or equal to 2.7 and who have achieved significant professional success as documented on curricula vitae, may submit an application for consideration. Preferential admissions will be given to applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Active unencumbered licensure as a registered nurse in New York for students completing their practicum in NYS and licensure in Ontario for students completing their practicum in Ontario.
  • Students enrolling in the online program option must have an unencumbered license as a registered nurse in the state where the clinical practicum will take place.
  • One year of practice as a registered nurse is recommended.
  • An undergraduate course in statistics and computer science or its equivalent.
  • Two references on clinical performance (supervisor, professor, or colleague with an advanced degree).
  • Curriculum vitae for the last 5 years.
  • A student who meets the entry requirements and is currently enrolled in a master of nursing program at another college or university must obtain a letter from that School of Nursing stating the student is in good standing, not on probation, and able to register for classes. Students who were dismissed from a graduate nursing program will not be considered for admission.
  • Favorable interview with program director.

Canadian RN students must submit two licensure items:

  • A copy of original Certificate of Registration (issued upon passing of initial examination)
  • A copy of Annual Registration Renewal (showing current unencumbered license)

Transfer Credit Policy

Students may transfer up to nine graduate credits with grades of B or better into their program at the discretion of the program director. Credits must be earned from an accredited institution in courses required by the program being pursued.

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The 40-credit Master of Science in Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus curriculum is designed to provide students with the opportunity to combine their nursing experience with the teaching and leadership skills needed to become successful nurse educators.

Course requirements for the program include: 

Course Requirements

Nursing Education with a Clinical Focus

Degree: M.S.

Course Number Course Name Credits
NUR 600

Theory Development in Nursing Research

This course will present a critique of theories used in nursing practice and in nursing research. Students will develop an understanding of the philosophical and historical trends that shape theories that are applied to the discipline of nursing and impact the delivery of health care services. Emphasis is placed on the process of concept analysis and the application of theory to nursing practice. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: undergraduate statistics course and student must be enrolled in a graduate program or have the permission of the instructor.

Prerequisites: None

NUR 601

Research Methods in Nursing

This course will provide the foundational knowledge needed by masters' prepared nurses in order to design and evaluate research methodologies used for investigating clinical problems. The components of research design including settings, sampling frames, instrumentation, subject selection, and validity threats will be presented. Computer programs used for statistical analyses in nursing and health-related research will be reviewed. Emphasis is placed on the masters prepared nurse as a producer and consumer of research. Prerequisite/Co-requisite: undergraduate statistics course and student must be enrolled in a graduate program or have the permission of the instructor.

Prerequisites: None

NUR 610

Project Seminar Design & Proposal

Critical discussion of current nursing practice,nursing education or nursing administration challenges or other needs of the profession,as related to gaps representing project opportunities. Students will identify and delineate a project concept,with subsequent development of the project.

Prerequisites: NUR-600 NUR-601

NUR 613

Nursing Leadership and Communication

Today's climate demands nursing leaders to be flexible, creative, and able to empower others. Strategies are drawn from both leadership and management theories. Nurses lead and manage nursing care for a variety of populations. Internal and external communication continues to be one of the most important challenges for healthcare leaders. This course will discuss the changed role of a nurse leader, general administration and management, decision-making, entrepreneurship, cost-effective, communication and committed care.
Offered in: Fall and Spring
Prerequisites: None

NUR 616

Curriculum Development and Evaluation

This course is an overview of past and present curricular trends and development processes. Principles and techniques of curriculum design, development, implementation, and evaluation in educational programs are explored.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

NUR 617

Teaching Strategies & Instructional Tech

Synthesis of learning acquired in clinical, field experience, education, and research courses. The art, principles and strategies of teaching in higher education and other healthcare organizations are explored.Emphasis is placed on class, clinical, and other learning experiences and evaluation of students, course outcomes, and program outcomes.
Offered in: Fall and Spring
Prerequisites: NUR-616

NUR 618

Nurse Educator Role Practicum

This course involves observation, participation, and practice in teaching. Nursing students and other healthcare students will be placed in appropriate teaching situations. Weekly discussions enable students to synthesize previous learning and discuss teaching strategies, clinical/field evaluation, and problems associated with college/healthcare teaching. The teaching practicum requires 180 hours with a qualified preceptor.

Prerequisites: NUR-616 NUR-617

NUR 619

Nurse Educator Capstone

The Clinical capstone project will focus on the didactic specialty chosen by the student (Adult,Women's health,pediatrics,psych-mental health, or population/community health). Application of education nursing theory,core competencies,and educaion outcomes are emphasized.

Prerequisites: None

NUR 627

Assessment and Evaluation

The ultimate goal of nursing education is to prepare the student to think critically,communicate accurately,and prepare the student for life-long learning. This course looks at student assessment,test blue prints,student outcomes,and student evaluations in relation to critical thinking of a student.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: NUR-616

NUR 629

Project Advisement: Implement and Evaluation

This course provides continuing systematic development of a clinically-based project that addresses a problem important to nursing. The problem may be related to health policy,health education,health administration,community-based initiatives or patient-population problems. During this course,the student will meet with their project director to complete the design,and implement and evaluate his or her project according to School of Nursing guidelines.

Prerequisites: NUR-610

NUR 631

Advanced Health Assessment

This course is designed for graduate nursing students preparing for the role of a Nurse Practitioner and may be taken by other advanced practice nursing students preparing for direct practice roles such as nurse educators. Students learn how to obtain a complete health history, competently perform a complete physical examination and document critical elements necessary for developing differential diagnoses for persons across the lifespan. Practice/evaluation of skills are provided in on-campus lab (NUR-631L) which is a co-requisite.

Prerequisites: NUR-631L

NUR 631L

Advanced Health Assessment Lab

This course is designed for graduate nursing students preparing for the role of a Nurse Practitioner and may be taken by other advanced practice nursing students preparing for direct practice roles such as nurse educators. Students learn how to competently perform and document a complete history and physical examination for persons of all ages across the lifespan. Practice and evaluation of health assessment skills will be provided in the on-campus lab. There are 30 hours of practice lab under the guidance of skilled faculty.

Prerequisites: NUR-631

NUR 632

Advanced Pharmacology

This course is designed for graduate nursing students preparing for the role of a Nurse Practitioner and may be taken by other advanced practice nursing students preparing for direct practice roles. This course utilizes a systems approach to the study of normal human physiology and pathologic variations of normal physiology. Pathophysiologic changes and adaptations are examined across the lifespan (neonate to adult) for persons experiencing a wide range of health concerns.
Offered in: Spring Only
Prerequisites: None

NUR 633

Advanced Physiology & Pathophysiology

Designed for the graduate nursing student preparing for family nurse practitioner practice, or the community health nursing advanced clinical track, this course utilizes a systems approach to the study of normal human physiology. Variations of normal physiology are explored in relation to adults and children experiencing a wide range of health concerns.
Offered in: Fall Only
Prerequisites: None

NUR 706

Co-MGT for Medical Disorders for APN's

This course was developed for advanced practice nursing students preparing to work families, some of whom may be experiencing mental health crises. The course provides the theoretical background necessary to make sound treatment decisions when patients have comorbid acute or chronic health problems. Advanced practice nurses must be prepared to provide access to comprehensive care across the lifespan for persons with co-existing mental and medical illness. Health promotion strategies and evidence-based clinical guidelines will be stressed in order to improve outcomes for persons with dual diagnoses. The role of culture and the influence of socioeconomic status are explored in relation to patients' achieving optimum health outcomes.

Prerequisites: NUR-632 NUR-633, NUR-631 NUR-631L

NUR 714

Clin Practicum in Comm-Based Family Care

This course was developed to provide an opportunity for advanced practice nursing students to work in a primary health setting with patients across the lifespan. Students will complete 120 hours of guided clinical experience with specific focus on client assessment and management skills, Health promotion will be accomplished through patient education and collaboration with other health professionals.

Prerequisites: NUR-631 NUR-631L NUR-632 NUR-633 NUR-706

Total 40



Healthcare professionals are in demand and a new group of experienced and educated professionals is needed to educate and lead. An aging population, an increase in preventive care, and an increasing number of nurse educators reaching retirement age, add to the growing demand for nurse educators.

A Nursing Educator's Role

Nurse educators are leaders in academic, hospital, community, and organizational settings. They provide valuable education to communities and groups from all areas of the healthcare field. The demand for nurse educators provides them the flexibility to work in all parts of the world and in a wide array of healthcare positions.

Nurse educators perform a wide range of roles, including:

  • Work as nursing faculty in higher education.
  • Educate patients in hospitals or other healthcare fields.
  • Develop community health programs for non-profits or industries.
  • Work as a consult with healthcare or pharmaceutical companies.
  • Oversee the staff development of a healthcare team.

Career Outlook

Demand for nurse educators is expected to mirror a strong demand for registered nurses as an aging and active population, a rise in chronic conditions, and a new emphasis on preventive care increases healthcare needs.

The demand for nurse educators is further boosted by a projected increase in post-secondary teaching positions and their flexibility to work across the healthcare career fields.

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