Without the experience that I received from Robert Morris in the M.S.N. program I feel that I would not have been adequately prepared to perform in my job. Robert Morris was one of the best decisions I have ever made! — Ashlee Shields M.S.N. '10, RN, Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh
If you already hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing, RMU offers a Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) with a concentration in nursing education to prepare you for a career as an educator in health care and academic settings.
This CCNE-accredited program is now in completely online format in order to provide maximum flexibility and support for individuals with busy professional lives.
The M.S.N. in Nursing Education will provide you with knowledge of the educational process and practical experiences that will prepare you to be an effective educator and leader. The curriculum combines strong interdisciplinary support courses in education and information science with focused nursing courses to develop expertise in teaching and presentation methods that incorporate the use of technology.
The M.S.N degree program prepares students to:
1. Demonstrate mastery of advanced knowledge and skills in a specialized role.
2. Critically evaluate knowledge and theories from nursing and other disciplines for their contribution to nursing practice and education.
3. Demonstrate leadership activities to advance the profession of nursing.
4. Critically evaluate issues relative to nursing practice and health care in light of scientific knowledge and personal and societal values.
5. Analyze how health care delivery systems are organized and financed, and the effect on patient care.
6. Communicate clearly and succinctly in speech and writing.
The M.S.N. is a 36-credit, completely online degree program that can be completed in six semesters (two years) by taking two courses per semester.
First Year - Fall
Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care
Theories of Learning and Instruction
First Year - Spring
Research for Advanced Nursing Roles
Clinical Focus Seminar and Practicum I
First Year - Summer
Curriculum Design and Assessment
Clinical Focus Seminar and Practicum II
Second Year - Fall
Educational Statistics and either
Multimedia Design or
Internet/Basic Web Page Design
Second Year - Spring
Nursing Education Synthesis and Application
Nursing Education Seminar and Practicum III
Second Year - Summer
Advanced Health Care Informatics
Most of our graduate programs can be completed in 27 months or less. The M.S.N. degree program is now exclusively online for your convenience.
The career outlook for nurses has never been better. With a nationwide nursing shortage and an aging population, qualified nurses have their choice of well-paying jobs. There are currently over 100,000 vacant nursing positions in the U.S., and that number is predicted to grow. This program will give you the skills and hands-on experience you need to succeed in this exciting career field.
In addition to the nursing shortage, a national shortage of nursing faculty exists. In a recent survey of nursing programs, more than one-third of the schools cited faculty shortages as the reason for turning away qualified students. There is a tremendous need to develop strong nursing educators to resolve this faculty shortage and to provide educational programs in hospitals and communities. This rewarding and exciting career provides the opportunity to shape the future of nursing.
|Information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers:|
|By type of employer Average Salary||By job function Average Salary|
|Educational Services||$45,000||Medical Technology||$39,540|
|Healthcare Services (Nonprofit)||$53,861||Registered Nurse||$46,771|
|Healthcare Services (Profit)||$48,694||Other Health Related||$53,667|
|2009 RMU Survey Salary||BSN||Range $30,000 - $45,000||Mean $40,000|
|MSN||Range $45,000 - $70,000||Mean $59,500|
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