May 18, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Nursing - Nurse Educator (NUED) - MS

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48 credits

3.0 GPA required.

A Plan of Study is available on the Master of Science in Nursing website.

Nursing Program Description

Grounded in an environment of scholarship, the mission of the WSU Department of Nursing is to educate knowledgeable caring, ethical, creative, and accountable nurse leaders who provide person- and relationship-centered care for individuals, families, groups, communities, and populations in a diverse society. This mission is based on the beliefs that:

  • a caring, diverse and respectful community provides the best environment for students to learn how to care for themselves and others
  • optimal learning to care for self and others occurs in a caring, diverse and respectful community
  • faculty and students are accountable for maintaining and modeling professional standards of moral, ethical, and legal conduct
  • recognizing and valuing human diversity is essential to person- and relationship-centered care
  • individuals have different ways of knowing and learning about the world
  • creativity and innovation contribute to continuous quality improvement and sustainability
  • an enriched learning environment is the responsibility of faculty, staff and students
  • effective nurse leaders engage in continuous professional development and lifelong learning

Graduates of the MS programs are prepared for a variety of advanced nursing roles (e.g. nurse educators, nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists). These graduates also have the foundation for continued graduate studies (i.e. DNP or PhD). Graduates of the DNP program are prepared for the highest level of clinical nursing practice.

Nursing science core courses, taken by all graduate students, build on students’ baccalaureate nursing knowledge to integrate scientific underpinnings for practice, understand nursing information management and decision making, and advocate for health promotion. Students develop evidence-based knowledge and skills to enhance the quality and safety of health care while demonstrating leadership and professionalism. Courses within the selected programs of Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, or Nursing Leadership provide specialized knowledge and practice opportunities in each advanced nursing role. A unique feature of this program is the targeted emphasis on the nurse’s use of advanced knowledge and skills of health promotion with individuals and families in diverse populations to address health care needs within complex environments.

Nurse Educator (48 credits)

Students who elect the Nurse Educator program are prepared to teach in an academic or health care setting. In addition to the nursing science core and direct core courses, content is offered in knowledge and skills related to the teaching/learning process in nursing, as well as curriculum and program design, instruction, assessment, and evaluation. Students practice teaching under the guidance of preceptors in academic and health care settings.

Clinical Hours: 300

 1 clinical credit = 60 hours of contact time