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Master of Science in Nursing Education

The faculty of the Division of Nursing is committed to the mission of Notre Dame College and believe that all students begin graduate study with a fundamental understanding of the concepts of Person, Environment, Health, and Nursing. The faculty respect the uniqueness of each student’s baccalaureate preparation and strives to provide a challenging and supportive learning environment.

The program extends the College mission by preparing students for personal, professional, and global responsibility. The curriculum builds upon each student’s professional knowledge, skills and abilities; to enhance awareness of the globalization of health care and the impact of nursing education to prepare professional practice nurses for 21st century healthcare. The program prepares students to deepen their knowledge of nursing as they become role models for their students. Finally, the curriculum emphasizes leadership and the analysis of ethical issues that builds upon the theme of personal responsibility.

The nurse educator curriculum includes courses designed to prepare the graduate to teach in an academic or hospital/clinical setting. The goals of the program are operationalized through coursework beginning with nursing educational theory, instructional methods, curriculum development, assessment and evaluation and health policy/ethics. The program includes a clinical practicum experience to support development of practice competencies at the graduate level. Students complete the program with a capstone project that provides opportunity for the application of teaching/learning concepts in the nurse educator role.

Graduates of the program will have the essential knowledge, skills and attributes necessary for further graduate education. Graduates of the MSN program will:

  1. Embody the role of educator within the nursing profession, the community, and the health care system.
  2. Communicate effectively with the health care professionals to develop and nurture collaborative relationships.
  3. Demonstrate clinical reasoning in the application of nursing and multidisciplinary theoretical frameworks to foster optimal client health outcomes.
  4. Analyze personal and organizational decision making utilizing an understanding of how ethics and values influence health care delivery.
  5. Demonstrate cultural competence that reflects sensitivity to human diversity in a dynamic academic and health care environment.
  6. Demonstrate competence in leadership roles and a commitment to ongoing professional development for the provision of quality, cost-effective health care, and the advancement of nursing practice.
  7. Utilize nursing research for the promotion of high quality nursing education, health care, and evidence based practice.

Admission Requirements

Master of Science in Nursing Education
The Nursing Graduate Admissions Committee is looking for well-rounded students who demonstrate a sincere interest and desire to make a positive impact in the profession of nursing education. Students who meet or exceed the minimum requirements below will be considered for admission:

  • A current unencumbered registered nursing license
  • A minimum of a 3.0 cumulative GPA from all undergraduate level course work
  • One year of experience as a registered nurse
  • Official transcripts from an accredited baccalaureate program in nursing
  • Three professional letters of recommendation completed by persons who are familiar with the applicant’s work experience, clinical skills and educational goals
  • A  two page essay that describes the applicants’ reasons for pursuing graduate study and goals in the nursing profession
  • Submission of a resume or curriculum vitae (CV)

Application Process

  1. Complete the free graduate online application
  2. Send official transcripts of all college coursework toOffice of Graduate Admissions, Notre Dame College, 4545 College Road South Euclid, OH 4412
  3. Complete an interview with the Graduate Admissions Committee (face-to-face or phone interviews are acceptable). To schedule your interview, call the Office of Graduate Admissions at 216-373-5173 or toll free at 877-NDC-OHIO extension 5173. Please feel free to e-mail as well at

For More Information on Application Process or Admission Requirements for Graduate Programs

Adult and Graduate Admissions
Toll-free at 877-NDC-OHIO extension 5173 or 216-373-5173

This Program is Offered Online

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