Master of Science in Nursing – NSG5000, NSG 5002, 5003, NSG6002, 6003, 6005, NSG6101, 6102, 6103, NSG6020, NSG 6203 6204, 6999

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a Focus on Nurse Educator Courses Master of Science in Nursing (Nurse Educator Specialization)

Available through South University’s Online Programs.

Nurse educators seamlessly blend clinical expertise with a fervor for teaching, cultivating fulfilling and impactful careers. Operating in both academic and practical environments, these professionals bear the responsibility of preparing and guiding current and future generations of nurses. Nurse educators assume a crucial role in fortifying the nursing workforce, acting as exemplary figures, and furnishing the leadership essential for implementing evidence-based practices.

Master of Science in Nursing – NSG5000, NSG 5002, 5003, NSG6002, 6003, 6005, NSG6101, 6102, 6103, NSG6020, NSG 6203 6204, 6999.

The role of nurse educators encompasses the design, implementation, evaluation, and revision of academic and continuing education programs for nurses. These programs may include formal academic pathways leading to degrees or certificates, as well as more informal continuing education initiatives tailored to individual learning needs. Throughout the program, students will complete 176 practicum hours to enhance their practical experience.

Specialization Outcomes Upon completion of the program, graduates should be able to:

  1. Develop diverse and effective instructional methods catering to the needs of specific learner populations.
  2. Formulate nursing education plans grounded in relevant curricular principles, pedagogical strategies, and learning assessment methods.
  3. Seamlessly integrate clinical expertise with appropriate instructional strategies during educational engagements.

Master of Science in Nursing (Specialization in Nurse Educator)

MSN Core 20 Credits

NSG5000 Role of the Advanced Practice Nurse: Transformational Leadership in Advanced Practice, 4 Credit Hours

NSG5002 Advanced Theoretical Perspectives for Nursing, 4 Credit Hours

NSG5003 Advanced Pathophysiology, 4 Credit Hours

NSG6002 Health Policy and Health Promotion in Advanced Nursing Practice, 4 Credit Hours

NSG6101 Nursing Research Methods, 4 Credit Hours

Specialization in Nurse Educator: 34 Credits

NSG6003 Teaching and Learning Strategies in Nursing, 4 Credit Hours

NSG6005 Advanced Pharmacology, 4 Credit Hours

NSG6020 Advanced Health and Physical Assessment, 6 Credit Hours

NSG6102 Evaluation of Educational Outcomes in Nursing, 4 Credit Hours

NSG6103 Curriculum Design and Evaluation in Nursing Education, 4 Credit Hours

NSG6203 Practicum in Nursing Education I, 4 Credit Hours

NSG6204 Practicum in Nursing Education II, 4 Credit Hours

NSG6999 Graduate Project in Nursing

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is crafted to enrich the knowledge and skills of registered nurses, catering to those aspiring to assume advanced roles in the dynamic healthcare landscape. Aligned with the Master’s Essentials outlined by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, this program seamlessly integrates nursing theory with advanced practice concepts, equipping students for impactful roles in healthcare organizations or educational settings.

Admission to the MSN program mandates possession of a current and unencumbered license in the relevant state, along with successful completion of a criminal background check and drug screening. Certain clinical affiliation agencies may necessitate additional personal testing.

The curriculum encompasses five core courses and specialized tracks in education, administration, informatics, and various nurse practitioner programs. Practical experiences in specialized areas are integral to the program.

Master of Science in Nursing – NSG5000, NSG 5002, 5003, NSG6002, 6003, 6005, NSG6101, 6102, 6103, NSG6020, NSG 6203 6204, 6999.

Course waivers are possible based on an individual’s master’s transcript, indicating successful completion of required courses or their equivalents. Waivers and exceptions are subject to approval through a transcript analysis at the discretion of the Program Director, Chair, or College Dean.

Program Student Learning Outcomes Upon graduation, students should demonstrate the ability to:

  1. Integrate theories and concepts from nursing and other disciplines into advanced nursing roles.
  2. Analyze current scientific research to apply findings, initiating change and enhancing practice.
  3. Develop comprehensive action plans addressing health promotion and disease prevention across various populations.
  4. Formulate plans for continual contributions to healthcare improvement and policy development in a cost-effective manner.
  5. Apply an ethical decision-making process in professional practice and analyze healthcare systems.
  6. Exemplify a professional leadership role, fostering healthcare improvement and advocating for scholarly activities.
  7. Utilize informatics and technology in the advanced nursing leadership role.
  8. Practice within ethical-legal guidelines, professional policies, regulations, and standards associated with advanced nursing practice specialties.

Clinical APEA Policy

Clinical (NP and NE) APEA Policy

This policy sets forth guidelines and grading criteria for the utilization of Advanced Practice Education Associates (APEA) products in the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner (AGPCNP) programs. It ensures consistent usage and application of APEA products within the framework of the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs.

APEA Testing

APEA assessments are integral to formative and summative academic evaluations in MSN/PGC/FNP, AGPCNP, and NE programs. The online APEA testing center documents completion of proctored/non-proctored APEA exams. Specific courses in the program include NSG5000, NSG 5002, 5003, NSG6002, 6003, 6005, NSG6101, 6102, 6103, NSG6020, NSG 6203 6204, 6999.

The APEA 3P exam assesses competency in advanced health assessment, pathophysiology, and pharmacology. Administered during week eight/nine of NSG6020, a minimum score of ≥67 (subject to change based on exam psychometrics) is required. Failure results in enrollment in NSG6022 for remediation. Unsuccessful after two attempts leads to program dismissal. Grading Rubric in Table 1.1.

Table 1.1 APEA 3P Grading Rubric

APEA 3P Exam Grading CriteriaLetter GradePoints/Percent of Grade
Score on APEA Post-predictor Exam is ≥67%P100 pts/100%
Score on APEA Post-predictor Exam of <67%F0 pts/100%

The APEA Pre-Predictor exam evaluates patient management and identifies knowledge weaknesses. Administered in MSN AGNP and FNP courses, a minimum score of ≥70% is the goal. Grading Rubric in Table 1.2. Master of Science in Nursing – NSG5000, NSG 5002, 5003, NSG6002, 6003, 6005, NSG6101, 6102, 6103, NSG6020, NSG 6203 6204, 6999.

Table 1.2 APEA Pre-Predictor Grading Rubric

APEA Pre-Predictor Exam Grading CriteriaPoints/Percent of Grade
Score on APEA Pre-predictor Exam is > 70%100 pts/15%
Score on APEA Pre-predictor Exam of 65-69%75 pts/15%
Score on APEA Pre-predictor Exam of < 65%55 pts/15%

Note: Score ranges may change based on exam psychometrics

The APEA Post-Predictor exam assesses patient management competency and identifies areas for remediation. Administered in MSN AGNP and FNP courses, a minimum score of ≥70% is required. Grading Rubric in Table 1.3. Master of Science in Nursing – NSG5000, NSG 5002, 5003, NSG6002, 6003, 6005, NSG6101, 6102, 6103, NSG6020, NSG 6203 6204, 6999.

Table 1.3 APEA Post-Predictor Grading Rubric

APEA Post-Predictor Exam Grading CriteriaPoints/Percent of Grade
Score on APEA Post-predictor Exam is ≥70%40% of final grade
Score on APEA Post-predictor Exam of <70%0 pts/40% of final grade

Table 1.3: APEA Post-Predictor Grading Rubric

APEA Post-Predictor Exam Grading CriteriaPoints/Percent of Grade
Score on APEA Post-predictor Exam is > 70%100 pts/40%
Score on APEA Post-predictor Exam of 65-69%75 pts/40%
Score on APEA Post-predictor Exam of < 65%55 pts/40%

Note: Score ranges may change based on exam psychometrics

Remediation

Individualized remediation is mandatory for scores ≤ 66 on the 3P exam and ≤ 69% on the pre and post-predictor exams. Failure to comply may result in course failure.

Retesting is required for scores < 67% on the 3P exam or < 70% on the Pre-Predictor or Post-Predictor exams. Retesting for the 3P exam occurs during the final week of NSG6021. Failure after two attempts results in program dismissal.

Comprehensive APEA Program

Students are assigned APEA resources for specific courses as outlined in Table 3.1.

Table 3.1: Courses with Corresponding APEA Resources

CourseResource
NSG5003 – Advanced Pathophysiology (FNP and AGPCNP)Require Students Purchase APEA Resource: Clinical Guidelines in Primary Care. Students cite clinical guidelines in papers and presentations.
NSG6005 – Pharmacology (FNP and AGPCNP)APEA Resource: Begin QBank Pharmacology 6 months’ access. Students complete 50 Pharmacology QBank questions per week. Suggest Students Purchase APEA Resource: Pharm in Flash cards from APEA.
NSG6001 – Advanced Nursing Practice I (FNP & AGPCNP) and practicum courses.Suggest Students Purchase APEA Resource: APEA Guide to Coding. Students include codes in clinical documentation throughout the program.
NSG6020 – Advanced Health and Physical Assessment (FNP, AGNP & NE)APEA Resource: Begin QBank Patient Assessment Questions with 6 months’ access. Students complete 50 Assessment Q bank questions per week. Suggest Students Purchase APEA Resource: Dermatology DDx Deck/ Pediatric Dermatology DDx Deck.
NSG6021 Pre-Clinical Evaluation3P Exam: Administer Week 8/9 Content areas with a score ≤66% require remediation.
NSG6420 (FNP) or NSG6320 (AGNP) – Practicum I: Family or Adult Health: Adults and GerontologyAPEA Resource: Continue QBank Patient Assessment. Students complete 50 Assessment Q bank questions per week. APEA Resource: Begin FNP or AGNP Online Video Review Course 12 months; 2 views.
NSG6430 (FNP) or NSG6330 (AGNP) – Practicum II Family or Adult Health: Women’s HealthAPEA Resource: Begin QBank Patient Management 12 months’ access. Students complete 50 Management Q bank questions per week. APEA Resource: Continue FNP or AGNP Online Video Review Course 12 months; 2 views.
NSG6435 (FNP) – Practicum III: Family Health: PediatricsAPEA Resource: Continue QBank Patient Management. Students complete 50 Management Q bank questions per week. APEA Resource: Continue FNP Online Video Review Course 12 months; 2 views.
NSG6340 (AGNP) – Practicum III: Adult Health: Primary CareAPEA Resource: Continue QBank Patient Management. Students complete 50 Management Q bank questions per week. APEA Resource: Continue AGNP Online Video Review Course 12 months; 2 views.
NSG6440 (FNP) – Practicum IV (IV: Family Health: Primary CareAPEA Resource: Continue QBank Patient Management. Students complete 50 Management Q bank questions per week. APEA Resource: Continue FNP Online Video Review Course 12 months; 2 views.

Note: Additional details and instructions for each course are provided in the program.

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