The Department of Nursing offers a 39-credit Master of Science (M.S.) in Nursing Education. Graduates are prepared to function in teaching and leadership positions either as faculty in schools of nursing or as clinical educators in diverse healthcare settings. The curriculum consists of three parts: the graduate core, advanced clinical practice, and a concentration in Nursing education. The core courses satisfy the content areas of ethics, human diversity and social issues, health care delivery, and research. The advanced clinical practice concentration includes Advanced Health Assessment, Pathophysiology, and Pharmacology. The centerpiece for the curriculum consists of five specialty role courses that focus exclusively on Nursing education, and include a 180 hour teaching practicum. A graduate elective is included in the program to further develop the student's research interest or field of study. The curriculum culminates in the development of a scholarly portfolio. The Nursing Education curriculum is designed as a two year program of study for full-time students and a 3 year program of study for part-time students. Some courses are offered in a hybrid, online or condensed format.