Concordia University, Irvine, Calif., is launching a new MSN program for nursing educators, with classes to begin Oct. 11.
With the national shortage of higher education for nurses, it was clear that Concordia University Irvine needed to establish a program that would foster and support the future generations of nurses, Mary Hobus, PhD, MS, RN, director of Concordias Department of Nursing, said in a news release. The Master of Science in Nursing program provides students with the opportunity to translate knowledge and skills into nursing education and practice.
The program will equip professionals interested in nursing education with the skills and knowledge to instruct undergraduate students and provide clinical teaching experiences in content such as mental health, med/surg, pediatric and maternal newborn, according to the release.
A 2012-2013 study by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing showed 8% of full-time nursing faculty positions and 7% of part-time positions were vacant at nursing programs nationwide. The percentage of vacant faculty positions is expected to increase due to the age of current faculty. With this shortage in mind, Concordia University Irvine is focused on providing a higher education for graduates to fill the nursing faculty gap, according to the release.
Students will be exposed to a challenging curriculum that teaches important critical thinking and clinical reasoning skills in the art and science of nursing, according to the release. To accommodate working nurses, the degree can be completed either full time or part time.
The application deadline is Sept. 24 for the term that runs Oct. 11-Dec. 13. The program is offered in a blended learning format. Classes will meet on campus during the first and last weeks of the course, and the remainder of the course will be delivered online.