School of Nursing

Nursing Education (Online)

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Ranked #5 Best Online Master's in Nursing Education program
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Our MNE Program features:

  • Expert faculty innovating through customized curriculum development 
  • Quality practicum experiences   
  • Convenient and flexible curriculum delivered primarily online.
  • Diverse employment opportunities upon graduation in hospital, academic, and community organizations

Master of Nursing in Nursing Education- Online

This online program is designed for the bachelor's-prepared nurse who is interested in pursuing a career as either faculty in a school of nursing or staff educator in a health care organization. The core curriculum prepares students to apply best practices in teaching and learning with opportunities to explore state of the science technologies for high-fidelity simulation and online instruction. Coursework includes an individualized, focused teaching practicum guided by experienced faculty, allowing students to pursue their interests in a variety of teaching and learning environments. A major strength of this program is its linkage with the nationally known, innovative Oregon Consortium Nursing Education (OCNE) curriculum in the undergraduate program.

The program starts in fall and is available for full or part-time progression. Courses are primarily online with face-to-face intensives scheduled in some classes.

The curriculum is tailored to each student's specific learning interests and needs. Besides completing core education courses, students choose a clinical population focus from one of three areas: adult gerontological nursing, community health nursing, or psychiatric mental health nursing.

Our graduates are employed as faculty in schools of nursing, staff nurse educators, and professional practice leaders in acute and community care settings.

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The School of Nursing also offers a pathway from the RNBS completion program to the Nursing Education program. This option allows students to pre-identify their graduate area of interest when they enter the RNBS program and enroll seamlessly into the MNE program directly after completing the baccalaureate nursing degree to achieve the Master of Nursing degree. This option is offered online with some intensives.

Clinical population focus areas

The prevalence of psychiatric illnesses in the U.S. is increasing. There is great demand for educators to prepare nurses with the skills and background to care for these complicated and vulnerable patients. 

Health care is increasingly delivered in the community. There is a growing demand for educators to prepare nurses who can lead and provide care to populations outside the hospital.

In the next 50 years, the population of older adults in the U.S. will more than double in size from 31 million to 80 million. There is a critical need for nurse educators with in-depth knowledge of the complex health care and health system needs of older adults and their caregivers.

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Ranked #5 Best Online Master's in Nursing Education program
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Funding opportunities

The School of Nursing offers scholarships to nursing students who meet various academic, financial, diverse, regional and program criteria. On average, the School awards over $200,000 in scholarships to our graduate students each year.

MNE graduates are eligible to participate in Nurse Faculty Loan Repayment Program. This wonderful program allows students who complete their studies and accept full-time employment as a nurse educator to have 85% of their tuition remitted.

The Michaelson Gerontological Nursing Scholarship is available for students enrolled in the Master of Nursing Education program who are committed to teaching about the health and health care needs of older adults. Up to $3000 will be awarded to accepted students.

A list of current School of Nursing Scholarships, including scholarship application information can be found on the OHSU Scholarship web page.

All incoming and current students must submit a completed OHSU School of Nursing scholarship application to be considered for these awards.

The general competencies that must be met for the master of nursing for the AGACNP, FNP, HSOL, MNE, NA, NMW, PNP and PMHNP programs are:

  1. Apply advanced knowledge in the science of a specialty area of advanced nursing practice.
  2. Use emerging information and health technologies to access current research and health care data to improve patient care.
  3. Make sound, culturally appropriate and ethically grounded clinical judgments based on critical analysis of the best available evidence.
  4. Demonstrate the leadership skills that are essential for influencing policy and organizational systems for improving patient outcomes.

At the completion of the Nursing Education/Master's of  Nursing program the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate advanced knowledge in a  specialty area of nursing practice.
  2. Use emerging  information technologies to access  current research and health care data.
  3. Make sound and ethically grounded  clinical judgments, drawing on best available  evidence.
  4. Demonstrate the leadership skills that are essential  for influencing policy within organizations and for improving  patient care outcomes.
  5. Demonstrate beginning competence as a nurse educator as evidenced by the  ability to:
    1. Determine  competencies for selected learner groups, written at appropriate level of achievement  and relevant for the specialty;
    2. Design, implement and  evaluate competency- based learning activities for classroom, lab and clinical settings using sound pedagogical  and instructional design principles;
    3. Facilitate  learning related to central nursing competencies, including evidence-based practice, clinical judgment, cultural humility, ethical reasoning and quality improvement;
    4. Recognize  individual variations in learning styles  and cultural understanding and incorporate this assessment into instructional planning;
    5. Use written and observational methods to  assess student's learning;
    6. Incorporate emerging  technologies into educational practice;
    7. Participate in curriculum development, program evaluation and improvement  initiatives.
Course Catalog

For all program specifics, Student Learning Outcomes and detailed school information, check out the School of Nursing Catalog/Student Handbook.