Nurse Educator with Clinical Specialty Track (MSN)

Program Information

Degree Type: ,

Total Credit Hours: 39

Program Completion Time: 8 semesters if PT; 5 semesters if FT

About the Program

Description: All of the MSN majors/tracks are designed for Registered Nurses (RNs) with a baccalaureate degree in nursing who are seeking the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The MSN program is designed for the working RN with all nursing courses offered online.

Periodic visits to the Conway campus are required for each course.

The Nurse Educator Certificate is also available with any MSN major/track or can be obtained as a post-MSN certificate. UCA's MSN curriculum prepares the graduate to be an expert provider of care in acute, ambulatory and community care settings, as well as, a leader in institutional and professional settings.

Accreditations/Achievements: The UCA MSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and approved by the Arkansas State Board of Nursing.

Program Tracks: Student can select from (1) higher education, (2) staff education, or (3) patient education with a clinical specialty in: community family geriatrics, maternal newborn women's health, adult, pediatrics, psychiatric / mental health.

Program Benefits: (1) Gain the knowledge and experience to be a nurse educator in nursing education, patient education, or staff education. (2) Improve clinical expertise with your chosen patient population. (3) Be eligible for national certification after two years experience as an educator.

Plan of Study: Nurse Educator with Clinical Specialty Track (MSN)

Coordinators Name: Rose Schlosser
Coordinators Phone Number: 501-450-3119
Coordinators Email:

Program Faculty: Susan Gatto, PhD, RN, CNE, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director; Nelda New, PhD, APN, FNP-BC, ANP-BC, CNE, Assistant Professor, Graduate Program Director; Pamela Ashcraft, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor; Julie Carman, MSN, APN, Nursing Clinical Instructor I; Mary Garnica, DNP, APN, FNP-BC, MPH, Assistant Professor; Jackie Gray, EdD, RN, Assistant Professor; Stacy E. Harris, MSN, RN, Clinical Instructor I; Kerry Jordan, MSN, RN, CNL, Clinical Instructor I; Julie Meaux, PhD, RN, CNE, Associate Professor; Clinta Che' Reed, MSN, RN, CNL, Clinical Instructor I, Nursing Learning Resources Coordinator; Sheila Stroman, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor; Sarah Thornton, MSN, APN, GNP-BC, Clinical Instructor I

URL of Program Info on Department Site:

Distance Education Technology Requirements: Adobe Acrobat; Microsoft Office (or Open Office); Internet Browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, etc)

How to Apply

Requirements: BSN Degree, Unecumbered RN License, Statistics, Admission to UCA Graduate School, 2.7 GPA, Department Application, Criminal Background Check (Work References, Verification of BSN RN Work Experience), Mandatory Face-to-Face Orientation, Mandatory Campus Visits 1-3 times per semester.

Admissions Requirements:
1. A baccalaureate degree with an upper-division major in nursing from an NLNAC or CCNE accredited nursing program (graduates of non-accredited schools will be evaluated individually).
2. A minimum GPA of 2.70 (4.00 scale) overall or 3.00 on last 60 hours of earned credit.
3. Successful completion of a course in basic statistics, with a grade of C or above.
4. Current unencumbered license as a registered nurse in Arkansas (or state where clinical experiences will take place).
5. Submission of Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores.
6. At least one year of direct patient care clinical experience within the last three years as an RN prior to enrollment in the clinical courses. Based on the applicant's recent clinical experience, the applicant might be required to take an independent clinical practicum course prior to enrollment in the clinical courses.
7. A completed application packet which includes a resume/vita, written essay, three references, verification of clinical practice, and copy of RN license.
8. An interview with Program Coordinator or designee.
9. An acceptable (“clean”) criminal background check.
10. Applicants not born in the United States or in a country where English is the official language must document their English proficiency. An official score of 83 or higher on the iBT TOEFL exam is required. The exam must have been taken within the last two (2) calendar years. Only iBT TOEFL scores received directly from ETS or the UCA Testing Center will be accepted as valid.

Note: Admission is competitive. Applicants are ranked based on the above admission requirements.

Application: Nurse Educator with Clinical Specialty Track (MSN)

Deadlines: Fall Admission: February 15 - April 1; Spring Admission: June 15 - August 1

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