Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) Nursing Education

Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education)

Offered By: College of Nursing and Health Care Professions

Educate the Next Generation of Nursing Professionals

Offered through the College of Nursing and Health Care Professions, the Bridge (Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education) program is designed for aspiring nurse educators who hold a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. By completing the MSN bridge program coursework, you gain the educational foundation needed to begin your MSN coursework and prepare for a career as a patient or nurse educator in clinical or academic settings.

What You Will Learn

The MSN bridge program curriculum includes six courses developed to bridge the gap from bachelor- to master's-level study. Topic areas include:

  • Nursing practice models and dynamics
  • Patient health assessment
  • Statistical analysis and methods in healthcare
  • Nursing research methods and tools
  • Community and public health practice
  • Pathophysiological processes of disease

Your Next Degree

The online Master of Science in Nursing with an Emphasis in Nursing Education degree prepares you to advocate for patients and nursing professionals at the highest level: a nurse educator. You will study domestic and global healthcare policy, ethics and research analysis from the perspective of a master's-prepared nurse. Courses in advanced pathophysiology, pharmacology and health assessment take into consideration your role as an educator, including effective communication and client teaching. MSN education courses develop your skills in curriculum design, theories of teaching and learning, as well as instructional strategies across cultural and generational backgrounds. A practicum experience provides you the opportunity to integrate the role of nurse educator into your selected practice setting.

Graduates of the MSN with an emphasis in nursing education degree program are well-positioned to become patient educators, nurse educators and healthcare advocates across diverse settings. Upon successful completion of the MSN nursing education coursework, you may sit for the Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam to become a Certified Nurse Educator.

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Total Program Credits: 18
Online: 5 weeks
Up to 90 credits, only 84 can be lower division
Online: $470 per credit [More Info]

Course List

18 credits
Total Degree Requirements:
18 credits

Program Core Courses

Course Description

This course is a bridge course for the RN who is returning to formal education for the baccalaureate degree in nursing. The course focuses on differentiated nursing practice competencies, nursing conceptual models, professional accountability, integrating spirituality into practice, group dynamics, and critical thinking. The course also emphasizes writing and oral presentation skills.

Course Description

This course focuses on methods of health history taking, physical examination skills, documentation, and health promotion strategies. The course emphasizes the individual as the client, health patterns across the lifespan, community resources, and the teaching learning process.

Course Description

This is an introductory course on concepts of statistics, emphasizing applications to health care professions. The course is designed to prepare students to understand concepts of statistics and the appropriateness of statistical methods used in published research papers and a variety of settings. Areas of emphasis include an introduction to the statistical analysis concepts of variable/reliability factors; P values; experimental design; descriptive statistics, including mean, median, and mode; sampling methods; and power analysis.

Course Description

This writing intensive course promotes the use of research findings as a basis for improving clinical practice. Quantitative and qualitative research methodologies are presented. Emphasis is on the critical review of research studies and their applications to clinical practice. An overview of evidence-based practice is provided. Prerequisite: HLT-362V.

Course Description

This course focuses on the community as a large system of people of varying cultures, spiritual values, geographic norms, and economic conditions, all influenced by social-legal-political variables that impact individual and community health. Particular attention is paid to vulnerable subgroups in the community. Emphasis is placed on critical analysis, using epidemiological data and functional health pattern assessments to plan and intervene in areas of health promotion and disease prevention.

Course Description

This course is designed to enhance the working RN’s existing understanding of the pathophysiological processes of disease as they affect clients across the lifespan. The interrelationship of structural and functional reactions of cells and tissues to genetic alterations and injurious agents provide the foundation for comprehending clinical manifestations and treatment protocols. Critical thinking and nursing management are enhanced through the use of case studies that integrate nutritional and pharmacological concepts. The understanding of environmental and biological risk factors provides the nurse with the knowledge to provide health promotion and prevention education.

Program Locations

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Pursue a next-generation education with an online degree from Grand Canyon University. Earn your degree with convenience and flexibility with online courses that let you study anytime, anywhere.

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Program Domains

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.

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