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If you have a master’s degree in nursing, this certificate program this certificate program offers you the opportunity to study the theory and practice of nursing education as well as advanced nursing concepts. The Nurse Educator Graduate Certificate program consists of 45 quarter credit hours. Upon successful completion of this program, you will be awarded a certificate.
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This course examines theories and
teaching/learning strategies relating to the development of
effective educational experiences. Factors affecting the learning
environment are explored in relation to staff development,
patient education, and nursing education. Strategies for
developing the educator role are included.
MN 551, MN 552, and MN 553; completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing
Total Program Credits: 45
This course emphasizes the foundations of
curriculum design and the application of these foundations to the
development of courses, groups of courses, and programs.
Integration of nursing philosophy, conceptual framework,
objectives for programs, and competencies/standards is also
included. This course provides content and learning experiences
that enable students to understand all phases of the curriculum
This course investigates and defines the role of the nurse educator as a leader, mentor, and change agent. The topics examined include professionalism, past and current issues, trends, and the use of technology in clinical and nursing education. You will also explore the role of the nurse educator within diverse communities and institutions.
This course explores the principles and
practices involving evaluation methods integral to nursing
education. Concepts related to assessment, measurement, and
evaluation in nursing are developed and analyzed. The process of
analysis and modification of educational programs is emphasized
to promote compliance with relevant standards, criteria for
evaluation, and accountability.
This practicum (90 hours), which will take place between this course and MN 600: Evidence-Based Project Proposal, provides the student with a mentored learning experience in the content area and site selected by the student and approved by the Practicum Coordinator.
Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing, and completion of all specialization courses
This course integrates knowledge of advanced physiology and pathophysiology across the lifespan and the clinical implications for the advanced practice nurse. Function and dysfunction of organ systems are analyzed from the cellular level through the integrated organ level. Students will examine the pathophysiological factors that influence the incidence and manifestations of acute, episodic, and chronic diseases in populations across the lifespan. Disease processes and symptom management approaches are investigated utilizing an evidence-based approach. Influences of gender, genetic, ethnic, cultural, and temporal variables of human disease are analyzed.
Completion of all MSN core courses
This course addresses the theoretical principles and practical application of advanced physical assessment and history-taking throughout the lifespan. Relationships between assessment findings and underlying physiology and pathophysiology to the healthy and unhealthy client are investigated. Emphasis is on developing critical diagnostic thinking through interpretation of subjective and objective data, identification of normal and abnormal conditions, and the systematic reporting of summative findings. Clinical judgment and clinical reasoning skills are used in establishing differential diagnoses. Students will learn to address variables such as age, culture, ethnicity, and developmental stages into their differential diagnosis and evaluation and management plans.
MN 551 and MN 553
This course integrates advanced knowledge of pharmacology, pharmacokinetics, pharmacodynamics, and genomics across the lifespan and prepares the advanced practice nurse to prescribe pharmacotherapeutics safely and effectively. You will examine ethical, legal, regulatory, and cost-effective prescribing practices of the advanced practice nurse. Communication plans for the interdisciplinary team, clients, and/or families for both prescriptive and nonprescriptive drug therapies will be explored.
Prerequisite: MN 551; can be taken as a corequisite.
As a culmination of the theories in nursing, evidence-based decision making, health policy, finance, health care delivery systems, practice issues, ethics, health promotion, disease prevention, and biostatistics, you will develop a manuscript eligible for publication in a professional nursing journal. The content of this manuscript will reflect your clinical project paper and its outcomes from your prior nursing courses.
Completion of all core courses in the Master of Science in Nursing or prior completion of a master’s degree with an upper-level major in nursing, and completion of all specialization courses; students may not concurrently register for MN 519, MN 520, MN 534, or MN 599
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* Although certain programs at Kaplan University are designed to prepare students to take various certification or licensing exams, the University cannot guarantee the student will pass those exams. In some cases, field experience, additional coursework, and/or background checks may be necessary to take or to successfully pass the exams. Students should research the requirements in the state in which they intend to seek employment.
† Kaplan University cannot guarantee employment or career advancement.
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