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Changes Coming to MSN Curriculum and Course Offerings


As a currently enrolled Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree student within the Nurse Educator specialty, there are several important changes outlined below that may impact your course plan and degree progression.

Please contact the graduate program advisor to discuss progression planning or if you wish to change your MSN specialty. If you are planning to change your program, it is imperative that you reach out to the advisor for clarification prior to registration. Failure to do so will impede your successful progression through the program and you will be responsible for your course selection and plan. View instructions on making an academic advisement appointment. Questions may also be emailed to gradnursing@tesc.edu.

The new curriculum will commence in July 2013. Starting with the July 2015 term only courses in the new nursing curriculum will be offered. Students who have not completed their current curricular requirements by that time will be required to take courses in the new curriculum to complete their degree.

Effective July 1, 2013 there will be a number of curriculum changes affecting the graduate nursing programs. Changes are being made to update the curriculum and to comply with new national accreditation standards of the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

MSN Core Curriculum (for all areas of specialty) will contain four core courses (12 credits):
  1. NUR-529: Health Policy
  2. NUR-530: Evidence Based Nursing Practice
  3. NUR-531: Nursing Informatics Concepts and Issues
  4. NUR-600: Nursing Leadership in a Global Community

MSN Education Specialty Curriculum will contain five courses (15 credits):
  1. NUR-630: Theoretical Foundations and Instruction Strategies in Nursing Education
  2. NUR-700: Curriculum Theory and Development in Nursing Education
  3. NUR-710: Testing and Evaluation
  4. NUR-740: Nursing Education Practicum 1 (new)
  5. NUR-750: Nursing Education Practicum 2 (new)

MSN Education Direct Care Core Curriculum will contain three courses (9 credits)
  1. NUR-516: Advanced Physical Assessment
  2. NUR-640: Advanced Pathophysiology
  3. NUR-650: Advanced Pharmacology

MSN Nurse Educator Practicum Curriculum will contain two courses (6 credits)
  1. NUR-740: Nurse Educator Seminar and Practicum I (New)
  2. NUR-750: Nurse Educator Seminar and Practicum II (New)

Students who have taken NUR-500, but not yet taken electives may transfer to the new curriculum. Students who have taken NUR-500 and electives may remain in the old curriculum but will need to plan for degree completion by June 2015.

Regarding these changes, I would like to stress the importance of contacting your graduate program advisor and scheduling an appointment to ensure your continued success. Failure to do so may result in additional required courses and delayed graduation. If you have any questions about this e-mail or the changes to the MSN requirements, please contact your nursing advisor.

You can also send us any questions you have to gradnursing@tesc.edu.

Thank you,
Filomela A. Marshall
Filomela A. Marshall, EdD, RN, CNE
Dean, W. Cary Edwards School of Nursing

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