Nursing Education




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Program at a Glance

  • MSN Admit Terms: Summer (preferred option) and Fall
  • Post-Master's Admit Terms: Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Credit Requirement: 39 for the MSN; 12 for the Post-Master's
  • Enrollment Mode: The MSN includes both online and on-campus courses. The Post-master's program is 100% online.

The MSN in Nursing Education Program is designed to provide an opportunity for the student to become a leader in nursing education. This program prepares the graduate to enter the dynamic and challenging arena of educating future nurses, nursing staff and patients. Core courses are designed to develop knowledge and skills in a specialized clinical area. Teaching-learning theories, behavioral theories, and nursing theories comprise the foundation of the education program. The curriculum focuses on assessment of student learning, curriculum design and instruction, teaching strategies, and evaluation. A special emphasis is placed on electronic communication and technology in education. The education practicum enhances nursing skills in a clinical specialty area.

For information on clinical preceptorships, please see our Preceptor Guidelines (pdf).

Prospective students should be aware that all School of Nursing students are required to have a computer and must have basic computer skills. For more information on computer requirements see computer requirements and recommendations.

The Curriculum

The core nursing education courses are designed to develop knowledge and skills in a specialized clinical area. This distinction separates UTHealth from most nursing education program in that is provides the students opportunity to teach undergraduate clinical nursing courses after graduation. 

Teaching-learning theories, behavioral theories, and nursing theories comprise the foundation of the education program. The curriculum focuses on assessment of student learning, curriculum design and instruction, teaching strategies, and evaluation. A special emphasis is placed on electronic communication and technology in education. 

Curriculum Plans

Course # Course Title Hours
Semester 1 - Fall
N5529 Advanced Pharmacology   3
N6152 W Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis 2
N6152 B Physical Exam and Differential Diagnosis Lab 1
N6136 W Curriculum Planning and Development 3
Semester 2 - Spring
N5506 Statistics 2
N6151 Advanced Pathophysiology Systems 3
N6190 Family Health I 3
N6190 E Nursing Education Clinical I 2
N6137 W Curriculum Evaluation 3
Semester 3 - Summer
N6101 Clinical and Epi Research for Advanced Nursing Practice 3
N6191 Family Health II 3
N6191 E Nursing Education Clinical II 2
N6131 W Electronic Communication and Technology in Education 3
Semester 4 - Fall
N6730 Advanced Clinical Practice: Education Role Preceptorship 3
N6105 Evaluation and Application of Research 3
Course # Course Title Hours
Semester 1 - Fall
N6136 Curriculum Planning and Development 3
Semester 2 - Spring
N6137 Curriculum Evaluation 3
Semester 3 - Summer
N6730 Advanced Clinical Practice: Education Role Preceptorship 3
N6131 W Electronic Communication and Technology in Education 3

Career Opportunities for Nurse Educators

There are a variety of career trajectories for nurse educators such as:

  • Staff Development
  • Clinical Educator/Preceptor
  • Undergraduate Nursing faculty
  • Patient Educator

Track Director

Melanie M McEwen, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Track Director, Nursing Education (Email)