Nurse Educator Track FAQs

Why should I consider the Nurse Educator track at UAMS College of Nursing?

This track provides you with the knowledge and skills to work as a nurse educator in academic and clinical settings.  Students in the education courses engage in learning activities that prepare them to function in an educator role.

Does the UAMS College of Nursing offer a MNSc degree in Nursing Education?

No, the Nurse Educator track at UAMS College of Nursing is limited to 12 hours so co-acceptance in one of the advanced nursing practice specialties is required.  What does this mean?  You would have to be accepted into one of our MNSc specialty tracks as well.

What courses are offered in the Nurse Educator Specialty?

We offer four, 3-credit hour courses:  NUSC 5063 Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Education; NUSC 5073 Nursing Education Practicum; NUSC 5083 Technology in Adult Education; NUSC 5093 Technology Practicum. NUSC 5063 is a pre-requisite for NUSC 5073 and NUSC 5083 is a pre-requisite for 5093.

When do I take the Nurse Educator courses?

Once admitted, you and the Specialty Coordinator of your “major” track will develop a Plan of Study.  The education courses will be integrated into your Plan sometime during the duration of your program.

I have a Master’s degree in nursing but am interested in taking the educator courses.  Is this possible?

Yes.  You can apply for the Post-Master’s Completion Program in the Nursing Education specialty and will achieve Post-Master’s Certification as a Nurse Educator.

Can I sit for certification upon completion of this specialty?  

Yes.

Certification as a Nurse Educator (CNE) is available through the National League For Nursing.  Details related to eligibility, registration, and examination preparation are available on their website at www.nln.org.  Please see Eligibility criteria for Option A and Option B.  Our program will help you meet eligibility criteria for Option A.

Option A:  You can sit for certification if you 1) have a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing; 2) complete our post-master’s nurse educator track at UAMS College of Nursing;  and 3) are a currently active registered nurse licensed in the United States or the territories.

OR

Option B: You can sit for certification if you 1) have a master’s or doctoral degree in nursing; 2) have completed at least nine hours of graduate-level education courses. We offer 12 hours of graduate-level nurse educator courses.  You must be a currently active registered nurse licensed in the United States or the territories.