Stevenson announces new master’s in nursing education and leadership

A new accelerated online Master’s in Nursing for RNs with a bachelor’s degree who would like to earn a master’s with a focus on either leadership/management or nursing education.

Designed to be relevant, timely and applicable to the growing demand for nurse educators and managers, the online program will help students to acquire the advanced knowledge and skills needed to move ahead in their professions.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates nationally 1 million new and replacement nurses will be needed by 2016. Closer to home, during a fall 2009 market research focus group held at Stevenson, nurse participants confirmed their interest and need for quality continued nursing education online.

“Our program is perfect for working adults who want to expand their career horizons and complete their degrees at a flexible pace,” said Judith A. Feustle, RN, Sc.D., Associate Dean, School of Graduate and Professional Studies. “Stevenson’s RN to BS program already partners with eight community colleges across Maryland to deliver nursing education to the home communities of students. Now we can expand these partnerships to offer master’s degree nursing classes across the state through online learning.”

Stevenson’s Master’s in Nursing program provides students with the theoretical and analytical knowledge required to advance their nursing careers. Core courses build on previous learning to provide a strong foundation in nursing research and advanced knowledge in the legal, ethical, political, and social forces affecting healthcare globally. The program’s education focus includes courses in pedagogy, curriculum design, educational assessment, and a teaching practicum. The leadership/management focus includes courses on organizational behavior, healthcare finance, quality management, and a leadership practicum. Overall, the core courses plus focus courses provide a foundation for doctoral education as well.

For further information and admissions information, contact Angela Scagliola at (443) 352-4243.

Stevenson’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies was created in 2002 to serve the real-world needs of working adults. The School offers programs in business and technology management, forensic science, and forensic studies, as well as accelerated bachelor’s degree programs in business administration, business information systems, computer information systems, criminal justice, interdisciplinary studies, paralegal studies, and RN to BS nursing.

In order to help adult learners meet today’s work challenges and earn a degree at the same time, the School provides an adult-focused learning environment with onsite, online, and accelerated degree formats; multiple start times; and state-of-the-art technology.

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