Nursing Education

Master of Nursing in Nursing Education

The School of Nursing offers a Master of Nursing (MN) degree in nursing education, with a clinical focus in one of 3 areas: mental health nursing, community health nursing and adult-gerontological nursing. This program is designed for the bachelor's-prepared nurse who is interested in pursuing a career in teaching nursing, either as a faculty member in a school of nursing or in staff development positions.

Oregon Health & Science University is a national leader in innovations in nursing education. The widely acclaimed Oregon Consortium for Nursing Education partnership among OHSU and 8 community colleges is a model of an innovative competency-based curriculum incorporating best practices in teaching and learning, and provides one laboratory for graduate students in nursing education.

Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing

The prevalence of psychiatric illnesses in the US is increasing, along with the need for well-prepared nurses to practice in this specialty.  For this reason, the demand for educators is currently booming with professional opportunities in schools of nursing, hospitals and care centers. Teaching in undergraduate psychiatric-mental health nursing requires in-depth knowledge of psychiatric disorders and psychopharmacology. Students enrolling in this specialty will complete coursework in the diagnosis of and therapeutic approaches to psychiatric illnesses psychopharmachologic treatment of psychiatric illness. Nursing Education courses and a teaching practicum will prepare graduates to work in a variety of educational settings.

Community Health Nursing

Increased numbers of nurse educators who are able to provide leadership and high-quality education with a population focus are urgently needed. Health disparities threaten efforts to improve health in the US and abroad. The presence of these disparities pose moral and ethical dilemmas that will be among the most important challenges to today's rapidly changing healthcare systems. Persistent racial and ethnic inequality creates a rift in the social fabric. As long as disparities are present, the quality of healthcare will be affected and patient services will suffer. Students who chose to specialize in community health nursing will learn to incorporate these issues into their role as a future nurse educator. Coursework will include the review of current issues in public health, ethics and professionalism, as well as practicum hours in teaching.

Adult Gerontological Nursing

The OHSU School of Nursing currently offers a specialty track in Adult Gerontological Nursing for students enrolled in the Nursing Education program. In the next half century, the elderly population in the United States is projected to more than double in size—from 31 million to 80 million. Today, Oregon ranks 17th among the 50 states in the percentage of its population over age 65, but in less than 25 years the U.S. Bureau of the Census projects that Oregon will rank 4th. Older adults have very complex healthcare needs and this track will allow students to gain the advanced knowledge needed to address the needs of this population. Coursework will include studies of symptom management for older adults, physical diagnosis, as well as practicum hours in teaching.

Program Delivery

The MN in nursing education program is offered through of variety of approaches, enabling the completion of the program at a distance. Approaches include online and video synchronous and asynchronous discussions, one-three day intensive face-to-face meetings on the Portland campus, and a teaching practicum which, in most circumstances, can be arranged in the students' home locale.

What you will study and learn

This program involves 50 to 51 credits of coursework, including masters of nursing core courses, coursework related to your specialty focus, and coursework and practica in nursing education. A full-time program of study can be completed in two years; part-time study is also an option.

Students who complete the MN in Nursing Education should be well-poised to continue their studies in the doctoral program.