School of Nursing

Nursing Education (Online)

Achieve your dream with our online program. Features of the School of Nursing's MNE program include:

  • 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 fullor part-timeprogression. 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.

See the MNE Career Paths infographic

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.

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.

Note:  SLOs 1-4 are for both MNE and HSOL. SLO 5 is for MNE.

At the completion of the master of nursing for the HSOL and MNE programs, the graduate will be able to:

  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 and health equity.
  3. Make sound, culturally appropriate and ethically grounded 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 and health equity.

In addition, following completion of the Master’s in Nursing Education program, the graduate will be able to demonstrate beginning competence as a nurse educator:

  1. Determine learning outcomes for selected learner groups, written at the appropriate level of achievement and relevant for the educational needs and level of the learner;
  2. Design, implement and evaluate competency-based learning activities for face-to-face and online modalities, simulation, lab and clinical settings focused on central nursing competencies of evidence-based practice, clinical judgment, ethical reasoning, and quality improvement using sound pedagogical and instructional design principles;
  3. Facilitate a collaborative learning environment, including inclusive educational practices, recognition of individual variations in learning styles and cultural understanding, and incorporate these into instructional planning, accessibility, and assessment;
  4. Integrate concepts of social determinants of health and health equity into educational design to improve health outcomes through nursing education.
  5. Create equitable methods to assess achievement of learning outcomes;
  6. Incorporate emerging technologies into educational practice;
  7. Participate in curriculum development, program evaluation and improvement initiatives.
  8. Formulate a sustainable professional nurse educator identity that reflects the ethics of the profession and that fosters personal health and well-being.
Course Catalog

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

Quality Matters Certified

Four MNE courses are certified by Quality Matters, a national organization for hybrid and fully remote courses to meet rigorous standards for teaching and learning. Certified courses ensure alignment between objectives, assignments, and instructional materials as well as quality design in navigation and accessibility. QM certification serves as a commitment to creating and maintaining an environment of excellence and quality.  Learn more

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Scholarships available

OHSU offers a variety of scholarships that can help fund your education.