The Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing's online nurse educator option specifically prepares nurses to work as educators and faculty for nursing programs. The degree focuses on preparing students with the required competencies to seek eligibility for the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam.
There is a significant shortage of nursing faculty across the United States, and this program is designed for those nurses called to teach. Students who complete the program will be ready to fill one of the more than 1,000 vacant faculty positions available nationwide.
There are funds available to graduate students pursuing a career in health care education through the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP). On graduating, up to 85% of the total amount borrowed can be forgiven if you teach four years full time in a school of nursing. Since the program is a federal program, you are not limited to any one state for employment. These funds are available on a first come, first serve basis. Contact the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing for NFLP details, or download the fact sheet.
Students who begin the graduate program in August will be on track to complete the nurse educator program in five semesters. Classes are offered online, however, students must attend scheduled on-campus class times approximately 2-3 times during their program of study. Students are required to attend a mandatory three-day on-campus orientation at the beginning of the program.
Entry Month: August 2015NursingCAS Deadline: June 15
The steps below outline the application process for the nurse educator program. To apply, you are required to submit both an application through the nursing centralized application process (NursingCAS) as well as a supplemental application form. Before starting these applications, we recommend that you complete the following checklist:
As stated on the NursingCAS site, the Nursing Centralized Application Service (NursingCAS) simplifies the process of applying to nursing programs. Compete one application and send it along with other information to our centralized service. NursingCAS will verify your application for accuracy, calculate your GPA and send your materials to the nursing programs you designate. These sections detail critical components of the centralized application process.
Complete the form, submit it to the registrar's office of each institution attended and instruct them to enclose the form with your official sealed transcript. Transcripts must be sent to the NursingCAS Transcript Department. NursingCAS accepts official transcripts sent directly from the registrar's office only. Please send transcripts as early as possible and no less than four to six weeks before the application deadline due to the time needed by NursingCAS to verify your application.
Include state of issuance, number and expiration date.
These letters of recommendation will be submitted through NursingCAS. The references should attest to the applicant's academic ability and potential.
Should any of the above conditions not be met, the applicant may be considered on an individual basis for conditional admission. In the event of conditional admission, the applicant must complete the first nine credits of the required graduate nursing curriculum at Samford University with a B or better in each course attempted. Failure to meet the requirement as stated will prevent progression in the graduate program.
The nurse educator curriculum requires 38 credit hours.
Fall I semester includes: Statistics for Advanced Practice Nursing (3 credits), Advanced Physiology and Pathophysiology (3 credits) and Educational Theory and Curriculum Development (3 credits).
Spring II semester includes: Research, Theory and Quality Improvement (3 credits),Advanced Health Assessment for Nurse Educators (3 credits), Principles of Teaching-Learning and Student Evaluation (3 credits).
Summer III semester includes: Advanced Pharmacology for Nurse Educators (3 credits) and Clinical Practicum I (2 credits; 60 practicum hours).
Fall IV semester includes: Ethical Leadership and Collaboration (3 credits), Clinical Practicum II (2 credits; 60 practicum hours) and Clinical Education (3 credits; 60 practicum hours).
Spring V semester includes: Population Health & Policy (3 credits) and Nurse Educator Role Transition and Teaching Practicum (4 credits; 120 practicum hours).
Download the plan of study.
A 2008 graduate of the Ida V. Moffett School of Nursing, was called to help provide needed care to vulnerable children around the world.