2016-2017 Catalog

Nurse Educator

Mission Statement

The mission of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines (CNPD) is to prepare future leaders, to advance human well-being and improve quality of life for diverse populations, with an emphasis on rural communities in North Dakota, the region and beyond, through the provision of high-quality innovative inter-professional education, research and service.

The purpose of master's education in nursing is to build upon undergraduate nursing education to prepare nurses with expanded theoretical and evidence-based knowledge for advanced roles in practice and education.

Program Goals

  1. Integrate knowledge from science, humanities, theory, and research into evidence-based advanced nursing practice.
  2. Utilize knowledge of organizational and systems leadership, quality improvement, health care technologies, and policy to ensure high quality patient care.
  3. Participate as members and leaders of interprofessional health care teams.
  4. Apply advanced nursing skills in order to plan, manage, and coordinate culturally appropriate health care for patient populations.

Master of Science (M.S.)

Admission Requirements

The applicant must meet the School of Graduate Studies’ current minimum general admission requirements as published in the graduate catalog. Admission requirements for the Master of Science in Nursing include:

  1. A bachelor’s degree in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited program. (Foreign schools will be evaluated on an individual basis.)
  2. A minimum GPA of 3.00 is based on all years of study at the undergraduate level and includes a GPA of 3.00 in undergraduate science coursework.
  3. An undergraduate or graduate course in statistics.
  4. Current R.N. licensure (Photocopy must be attached to application.).
  5. One year of experience as a registered nurse (preferred).
  6. Additional requirements for Nurse Anesthesia are an undergraduate course in biochemistry ( or equivalent), an undergraduate college algebra course (equivalent or higher), one year of critical care nursing experience (two years are preferred), and a successful interview.
  7. Meet current health and immunization requirements of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines.
  8. Submit to and satisfactorily complete a background check prior to admission.
  9. Satisfy the School of Graduate Studies’ English Language Proficiency requirements as published in the graduate catalog.
  10. Applications must be received by May 1 of the calendar year.

Degree Requirements

Students seeking the Master of Science in Nursing degree at the University of North Dakota must satisfy all general requirements set forth by the School of Graduate Studies' as well as particular requirements set forth by the College of Nursing.

Thesis or the non-thesis options are available for all tracks. 

  1. A minimum of 30 semester credits in a major field, including the credits granted for the thesis and the research leading to the thesis.
  2. At least one-half of the credits must be at or above the 500-level.
  3. A maximum of one-fourth of the credit hours required for the degree may be transferred from another institution.
  4. A thesis or non thesis option is available. 
  5. Required Courses:

Nurse Educator (on-line courses)

Course List

NURS 500 Theories/Concepts Nursing 3
NURS 502 Evidence for Practice 3
NURS 509 Foundations for Nurse Education 3
NURS 510 Adv Physiology/Pathophysiology I 3
NURS 511 Adv Physiology/Pathophys II 3
NURS 526 Ethical, Legal and Health Policy Issues 3
NURS 566 Curriculum Development 3
NURS 567 Teaching Methodologies 3
NURS 568 Teaching Practicum 2
NURS 569 Assessment and Evaluation 3

NURS 585

Nurs 535

Nurs 539

Advanced Health Assessment

Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care I

Advanced Pharmacology for Primary Care II




NURS 997 Independent Study 2-4
or NURS 998 Thesis

NURS 514Essentials of Epidemiology


Total Credits 41-43

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