University General Course Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jun 09, 2023  
University General Course Catalog 2022-2023

Nurse Educator Specialization, M.S.N

The Nurse Educator program integrates scientific findings, nursing and learning theories, informatics, and technology into the development and evaluation of curricula and educational programs in diverse educational settings. Graduates provide ethical, evidence-based nursing education services for multi-cultural and ethnically diverse, students, staff, families, select populations, and communities.

Contact Information

Stephanie DeBoor, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, CCRN
Associate Dean for Graduate Programs
(775) 682-7156

Program Objectives/Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Integrates scientific findings from nursing, biopsychosocial fields, genetics, public health, quality improvement, and organizational sciences for the continual improvement of nursing care across diverse settings.
  2. Provide advanced, ethical, evidence-based nursing services for multi-cultural and ethnic individuals, families, aggregates, and select populations.
  3. Apply patient-care and communication technologies to deliver, enhance, integrate, and coordinate care.
  4. Collaborate with other professionals and members of the community to provide optimal coordinated health care to individuals, families, special populations, and communities with an emphasis on health promotion and disease prevention.
  5. Respect diversity to address complex health care needs of persons, including the un-served and under-served, populations, and communities, in the role of nurse leader, educator, and/or advanced practice nurse.
  6. Participate in the ethical organization, management, and policy negotiations of health care delivery systems to use advocacy strategies to influence health and healthcare.
  7. Participate in the application of safe patient care and quality health care practices.
  8. Participate in the development of nursing as a science, through the use of theory, research, and scientific processes, while acquiring a foundation for doctoral study.

Admission Requirements

This is a two-step process, wherein the applicant must first meet the university’s Graduate School requirements as well as the Orvis School of Nursing MSN requirements. Admission for the Nurse Educator occurs twice a year (Fall & Spring). Deadlines for Fall admission is March 1st and October 1st for Spring admission.

  • Have an overall undergraduate grade-point average of at least a 3.0
  • Complete a baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from and NLNAC-or CCNE accredited nursing school 
    completed an Associate’s degree in nursing and a Bachelor’s degree in another area of study (such as a BS or BA) and have 2 years of clinical experience.
  • Have verification of current, unencumbered license to practice as a registered nurse in the United States. Students must be eligible to practice as a registered nurse in Nevada.
  • Successful completion of a three credit graduate level applied statistics course (at UNR - EDRS 640).
  • A resume that includes educational, professional and community service experience.
  • A letter of intent should be single spaced, 12 point font, and no longer than 1,000 words.
  • Three professional letters of recommendation.

An interview may be required.

The total of required units for completing the degree varies according to the option the student selects. The minimum number of required units for completion of the MSN is 35. With graduate advisor approval, MSN students may apply more than 3 S/U units to the 35 units required.

Applicants who plan to apply graduate-level credit earned at another university to the University of Nevada, Reno may be able to satisfy specific course requirements in the nursing program. Applicants must provide specific course information for review to determine if the transferred courses are equivalent to university requirements. If approved, such courses may be included in the official program of study.

I. Program Requirements

Program of Study (full time)

Program of Study (part time)

II. Total Units (37-39 units)