M.S. in Nursing Education

The Master of Science in Nursing Education program qualifies graduates to teach in nursing programs at the LPN, associate, bachelor’s and master’s levels and to serve as staff educators in health care facilities. The program is also open to nurses who need specific education courses to qualify for New York State certification as secondary school health education teachers.

The program is offered in a blended learning format (approximately half of the class sessions in this program are delivered online with the remaining class sessions delivered face-to-face), which combines the convenience of online learning with the benefits of live classroom discussion and interaction. Nearly half of each course in the M.S. in Nursing Education program is taught online, with the balance occurring in a traditional classroom setting. This provides you with the opportunity to meet personal and professional obligations, while fulfilling degree requirements.

The 33-credit program is designed to be completed in six semesters of part-time study.  The curriculum includes nine credits of coursework in nursing theory, issues in advanced practice nursing, and nursing research.  There are 24 credits of specialty courses including two semesters of teaching practice guided by a preceptor.

The program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

The baccalaureate degree programs in nursing and master's degree program in nursing at LIU Post are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington DC 20001, (202)887-6791.

Learning Environment

The faculty promotes a learning environment that encourages individual exploration and fosters critical thinking, decision making, and professional growth. Classes differ in their approach depending on course content. The information is presented in both lecture and seminar format. The faculty participate in the educational process as role models, facilitators and mentors.

Check out the LIU Post Graduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants to the M.S. in Nursing Education program must meet the following requirements for admission.

  • Application for admission.
  • Application fee: $50 (non-refundable).
  • Possess a New York State RN registration.
  • A baccalaureate degree in nursing is required with a minimum overall GPA of 3.0.
  • A minimum of one year of recent RN experience in a clinical area requiring acute care skills, e.g., hospital setting, home care, long term care facility.
  • Official copies of undergraduate and/or graduate transcripts from any college(s) or universities that you have attended.
  • Undergraduate statistics and research are required courses for admission to this program (minimum of 3 credits each).
  • The applicant is required to have a personal interview with the Director of the Nursing Education program or a designee; a current resume or CV needs to be submitted to the director prior to the interview.
  • Personal Statement that addresses the reason you are interested in pursuing graduate work in nursing education.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required either from the applicant's superiors (manager, supervisor, staff educator) in the health care setting, or one from a superior and one from a former faculty member where the baccalaureate degree in nursing was completed.  The letters should address the applicant's academic and clinical skills, and the ability to complete the program.
  • International students are also required to achieve a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 85 Internet-based (a minimum listening score of 22 is also required); 225 Computer-based; or 563 Paper-based. IELTS of 7.5 or above is also acceptable.

Send application materials to:

LIU Post
Graduate Admissions Processing Center
15 Dan Road, Ste. 102
Canton, MA 02021

Course Description

NUR 501 Issues in Professional Nursing for Advanced Practice Nurses and Nurse Educators

This course addresses the current professional and legal issues that influence nursing practice, nursing education and the health care delivery system. Health care policy, changes in the economics of health care, and their impact on nursing will be considered.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 601 Theories and Conceptual Models of Nursing

This course provides an in-depth exploration of theories and the utilization and application of theory to nursing. The relationships among philosophy, methods of inquiry and theory development are analyzed. The utilization of theoretical and conceptual models for nursing will be discussed.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 603 Principles in Advanced Practice Nursing

This course will utilize a case study approach to explore advanced practice principles underlying the pathophysiology, health assessment data, and pharmacological management of the most prevalent diseases in society.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 760 Evidence-Based and Translational Methods

The emphasis for this course is on the elements of evidence-based practice.  Focus is placed on the cyclical process of identifying clinical questions, searching and appraising the evidence for potential solutions/innovations, planning and implementing practice changes, evaluating the outcomes, and identifying additional gaps in knowledge.  Integration of existing evidence with clinical judgement, patient preferences, inter-professional perspectives, and other resources forms the basis for the clinical decision-making process that is inherent in improving patient, population, and organizational outcomes.  Processes for leading/managing practice changes are explored.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 607 Informatics for Nursing Education

This course focuses on foundational concepts and skills for computer-based nursing education such as the application of computerized student information systems and educational software used in diverse educational venues including interactive learning resources, clinical simulation, virtual instruction modalities, synchronous and asynchronous interactive communication, distance learning, research and collaboration.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 644 Curriculum Development in Nursing

This course includes a study of the principles and processes of curriculum development for educational programs in nursing. The student will learn the roles and responsibilities of educators in developing curricula for various educational programs. The forces and issues that influence curriculum development will be explored. Critical thinking will be discussed as a guiding principle in curriculum development.
Spring, 3 credits

NUR 648 Teaching Strategies for Educators

This course focuses on teaching and learning strategies. The role of the nurse educator utilizing various teaching strategies both in academia and in a variety of practice settings will be explored and analyzed.
Fall, 3 credits

NUR 650 Assessment and Evaluation in Nursing

This course focuses on assessment strategies and evaluation processes that are relevant to nursing programs in academe and in the practice setting. The student will learn how to plan for, construct and analyze classroom tests, and how to assess clinical performance in various learning environments. Strategies to assess learning and evaluate program outcomes will be explored.
Spring, 4 credits

NUR 652 Teaching Practicum I

This is one half of a two semester practicum that provides the student with the opportunity to apply teaching and evaluation methods in a variety of practice settings including academic programs and various other learning environments. Traditional and nontraditional methods of teaching will be utilized by students as they meet the demands of various settings. Students will complete 180 hours of preceptored learning experiences.
Co-requisite: NUR 652S required
Fall, 4 credits

NUR 652S Teaching Practicum I Seminar

The seminar provides an opportunity for discussion between students and faculty members. The discussion focuses on weekly clinical experiences with an emphasis on professional attributes and competencies inherent in the educator role. Problems and issues provide for an exchange of ideas relating to a variety of issues. The discussions will enable the students to gain additional information, insights, and approaches to teaching.
Co-requisite: NUR 652 required
Fall, 0 credits

NUR 654 Teaching Practicum II

This practicum provides the student with 180 hours of preceptored learning experience. The student applies teaching and evaluation methods in a variety of practice settings including academic programs and various other learning environments. Traditional and nontraditional methods of teaching will be utilized by students as they meet the demands of various settings.
Co-requisite: NUR 654S required
Spring, 4 credits

NUR 654S Teaching Seminar II

The seminar offers dialogue between students and faculty members. The discussion focuses on weekly clinical experiences with an emphasis on professional attributes and competencies inherent in the educator role. The discussions will enable the students to refine their approaches to teaching as they become competent educators.
Spring, 0 credits

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