The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is offered online and based on TROY campuses in Montgomery, Troy, and Phenix City. The MSN is designed to provide graduates of baccalaureate programs in nursing the opportunity to develop the advanced knowledge and clinical skills required for leadership positions in nursing. The MSN program prepares nurses for advanced practice roles in Healthcare Informatics, Nurse Leadership, and Family Nurse Practitioners. The Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate option, Healthcare Informatics and Nursing Leadership Certificate option, and Nurse Educator Certificate option are available for MSN-prepared nurses.
Master’s in Nursing graduates can advance their careers in healthcare or go on to earn their doctorate.
About the Nursing Education Certificate
The Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education from Troy University prepares nurses who want to develop excellent teaching practices and achieve certification to become nurse educators and transition to academia. You can take your love of caring for others and teaching and move your career to the next level with this certificate from TROY.
Filling a Need
Nursing schools across the nation are experiencing faculty shortages, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN). These shortages are limiting nursing programs from being able to enroll qualified nursing students.
According to the AACN, the reasons for the nurse faculty shortage is climbing faculty age, increasing faculty retirements across the U.S., higher compensation in clinical settings and education programs not producing a large enough pool of potential educators to meet the demand.
Furthermore, TROY’s School of Nursing is seeking to gain the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) through The Health Resources and Services Administration
(HRSA) for doctoral students wishing to enter into full-time education positions. As part of the NFLP grant, the School of Nursing must prepare doctoral graduates to be nurse educators.
What You Need to Know
The Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education from Troy University consists of five courses, offered at TROY’s School of Nursing, totaling 15 credit hours and 180 clinical clock hours. The program is offered online and is open to graduate students who have completed an MSN program and meet the requirements for admission.
Students interested in the nursing education certificate option can enroll at the master’s or doctoral level. Those who complete the certificate option earn a certificate of completion, not another master’s degree, and are eligible to apply for the appropriate specialty certification exam.
The courses you will take for the Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education will focus on curriculum design, teaching strategies and evaluation methods. Upon completion of the certificate, you will have the skills needed to be able to design and develop a nursing curriculum and assess and evaluate outcome methods.
The culminating practicum, 180 clinical clock hours, provides you with opportunities to put what you’ve learned into practice. You will complete role practicum experiences in teaching which provides ample opportunity to apply theory to practice.
Ask Dr. Wade Forehand, Ph.D., Director and Professor of the Troy University School of Nursing if nursing is a critical job, and he’ll give you a very direct answer. “Nursing is virtually the backbone of the medical profession,” he says. And when it comes to providing care, he believes nurses are front and center day in and day out.Read More