MS in Nursing Education


Student Handbook RN-MSN and MS in Nursing 2021-2022
Accreditation Statement

The master’s degree program will demonstrate that students in the nurse educator track complete a sustained advanced direct patient care clinical experiences consistent with The Essentials of Master’s Education in Nursing (Master’s Essentials, 2011, p. 8). Thus, all graduates of nurse educator track will have supervised advanced “direct patient care experiences that are sufficient to demonstrate mastery of the Essentials” and are “designed to strengthen patient care delivery skills” at the master’s level (Master’s Essentials, 2011, p. 8).

The graduate nurse educator student will provide advanced “nursing care to individuals or families that is intended to achieve specific health goals or achieve selected health outcomes” (Master’s Essential, 2011, p. 33).  Advanced “direct care may be provided in a wide range of settings, including acute and critical care, long term care, home health, community-based settings….” (Master’s Essential, 2011, p. 33). The purpose of the advanced direct patient care experiences will prepare the graduate nursing student for advanced nursing practice care.


Admission to the Master of Science in Nursing Education program is based on:

  1. Completion of an accredited BSN degree program with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. 
  2. Required RN Nursing License in Good Standing.
  3. Professional résumé and two letters of recommendation.
  4. Written statement of career objectives and possible interview.

All applications and transcripts must be sent directly to the School of Graduate and Professional Studies.

Master of Science in Nursing Education

 45 credit hours

Core Curriculum

27 hours

NURS 501Fundamental and Writing Skills for MS in Nursing Programs3
NURS 504Advanced Health Assessment and Promotion3
NURS 506Advanced Pathophysiology3
NURS 507Advanced Pharmacology3
NURS 509Theoretical Foundations for Advanced Nursing Practice3
NURS 511Analysis of Evidence-Based Practice/Inquiry and Research3
NURS 515Organizational and Systems Leadership3
NURS 516Health Policy, Social Justice, and Ethics3
NURS 528Population Based Health3

Courses in Major

NURS 521The Nurse Educator: Facilitator of Learning3
NURS 525Curriculum/Prog. Dev., Assessment, and Evaluation3
NURS 527Scholarly Teaching Strategies and Technologies3
NURS 702Practicum: Teaching in an Academic Setting3
NURS 703Practicum: Direct Patient Care – Teaching and Learning 3
NURS 609Major Research Thesis or Project3



Goal of Master’s Program

The goal of the master’s program is to prepare skilled, competent nurses who will pursue excellence and professional growth through lifelong learning; lead change to improve quality outcomes and safety of healthcare delivery systems; design innovative, evidence-based nursing practices; and serve as collaborative partners of the health care team in an advanced specialty nursing practice.

Expected Student Outcomes

Upon completion of their program of study, graduates of Washington Adventist University’s MS in Nursing Education will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate organizational and systems leadership that will improve quality and safety outcomes in nursing education or health care organizations.
  2. Conduct and/or evaluate nursing research and evidence-based practices to improve the health of individuals, families, communities, and populations.
  3. Synthesize knowledge of ethical, safe, and legal practices in assessing, providing, evaluating, and improving the quality and safety of patient care.
  4. Evaluate current knowledge, skills, and attitudes of health promotion, disease and injury prevention and management in order to improve the health of individuals, groups, communities and populations.
  5. Apply principles of social justice and health policies that improve the health of the public.
  6. Analyze the political, social, organizational, cultural, and economic systems that impact health and health care.
  7. Demonstrate the ability to communicate, collaborate, lead, and consult with others in an advanced nursing practice specialty role.
  8. Design health care management systems and/or educational programs for patients, students, families, communities, and populations using evidence-based practice, informatics, and health care technologies.
  9. Demonstrate the ability to provide humanistic care in an advanced specialty nursing practice, respectful of a client’s cultural, spiritual, ethnic, and gender diversity, within an increasingly global, multicultural society.
  10. Synthesize knowledge from the organizational sciences, humanities, and informatics to improve the quality and delivery of advanced nursing care in complex educational or health care systems
  11. Design strategies for improved quality and safety outcomes in nursing education and health care systems that employ informatics and effective leadership and management principles.
  12. Demonstrate attributes supportive of spirituality within a multicultural multi-faith environment to facilitate self-awareness and meet spiritual needs of clients and self.

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