Master's of Science, Nurse Educator Specialization
As a Nurse Educator, it becomes humbling and apparent how valuable the resource of knowledge and education is. During an acute pandemic or crisis, others look to you for support and guidance. This is an honorable profession. -Miranda M. Schmidt MSN, RN, CCRN
The Valley Foundation School of Nursing offers a Master of Science degree in two Nursing specialty areas: Nurse Educator and Family Nurse Practitioner. Please see the Family Nurse Practitioner website for more information about the FNP program.
The Nurse Educator program prepares nursing professionals to be socially and ethically responsible clinicians and scholars who are able to meet the changing healthcare needs of a diverse global community. This program equips its graduates to prepare the nursing workforce to effectively navigate the diverse and ever-changing health care and academic environments. Many of our graduates are working in Nurse Educator and Staff Development positions across Northern California. The program also prepares its graduates to serve as faculty members in nursing schools training the next generation of nurses.
Overview of the Program
- Four semester/2-year Program: 36 units
- Fall admission
- Small cohort size
- Personalized faculty attention
- Hybrid class format: Synchronous* and asynchronous instruction
*Synchronous sessions are held on Wednesday evenings from 4-9 p.m.
- Face to face attendance moved to remote learning due to COVID-19
- Students are required to complete both a direct care and an academic clinical experience (225 total hours)
The Masters Degree in Nursing programs at San José State University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.ccneaccreditation.org). Please see the Professional Licensure and Disclosure information for further details.
The MS Nurse Educator program accepts students who have completed a bachelor’s degree in nursing, or an associate degree in nursing. Applicants who have a California RN license and who have been awarded a non-nursing baccalaureate degree may be admitted conditionally on an individual basis, and may be required to take conditional coursework, pending transcript evaluation (see Degree Requirements).
The nurse educator program will be accepting applications for Fall 2021 from October 1, 2020 through June 1, 2021.
A grade point average of 3.0 (B) is required in the last 60 units of the undergraduate program coursework. Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 will be evaluated on an individual basis and may be admitted with a conditional status.
Potential applicants need to demonstrate knowledge and skills in the following areas:
- Competency in the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Nursing Essentials for Baccalaureate Nursing.
- Introductory research course, or the equivalent, that has prepared the applicant to critique the usefulness of specific research with regard to nursing practice.
- Advanced writing skills.
- It is strongly encouraged that you attend an information session before applying.
- Please read through the advising slides (see Resources) before beginning your application
- Complete the Office of Graduate Studies application in Cal State Apply, which includes the school of nursing application
For applicant support during the application process, contact Cal State Apply directly at 857-304-2087.
There is a non-refundable application processing fee
- Applications will be accepted October 1, 2020 - March 1, 2021
- Select the Nurse Educator option when you are applying
- Submit transcripts as directed (see Have Applied and Next Steps for more information)
The following information will be requested as part of the application:
- Current resume
- Statement of professional goals: Include why you want to be a nurse educator and your goals after obtaining your degree
- Contact information for two professional or academic references
- Copy or documentation of your current, unrestricted California Registered Nursing license
Foreign educated students:
- Submit TOEFL score
550 paper based
213 computer based
80 internet based
NOTE: If you have a master’s or doctoral degree from the U.S. and a bachelor’s degree from another country, we require a WES (World Education Services) transcript evaluation of the bachelor’s degree.
Once students are formally accepted into the Master’s program, additional health documentation will be required (evidence of immunization, background check, drug testing, etc) all administered through a third-party document tracker. Please note that CalState Apply and third-party document trackers have separate fees.
Timeline of Admissions Notification
Students will be notified of an admission decision four to six weeks after the March 1st deadline.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition for full-time graduate students in the Nurse Educator program can be found on the Bursar’s website.
Please Note: Tuition does not include books, supplies, and parking fees.
Degree requirements can be found in the university’s catalog.
Applicants who do not possess a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree must complete the following conditional courses in order to be :
- Evidence-Based Practice Research Methods (NURS 128) 3 units
- Community Health Theory (NURS 164A) 3 units
- Community Health Practicum (NURS 164B) 2 units
- Leadership II (NURS 161) 2 units
Program Learning Outcomes
The Nurse Educator program prepares nursing professionals to be socially and ethically responsible clinicians and scholars who are able to meet the changing healthcare needs of a diverse global community. The expected Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) were developed based on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing's The Essentials of Master's Education in Nursing (2011) [pdf].
Current students should contact their program advisor for academic advising. For more information, please email Dr. Dorothy Moore.
Dorothy Moore, DNP, FNP-C, CCRN-K
MS Nursing, Nurse Educator Program Coordinator
Advising is offered for students interested in applying to the program. Sessions are offered monthly during the fall and spring semesters.
- The Valley Foundation School of Nursing
- Nurse Educator Advising Slides
- Graduate Admissions
- Financial Aid Resources
- Masters Student Nursing Handbook [pdf]
- NE Program Roadmap [pdf]
- Spring 2021 Master Tracks (Course Schedule)
- Health Requirement Information & Forms
- Canvas, online learning platform
- Library Guide for Nursing Students
- SJSU Writing Center (Writing support and tutoring)
- Zoom Meetings download
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