College of Nursing

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Master of Science Degree

Nursing Education


The Master of Science degree with a specialization in nursing education will prepare you to practice as an educator in a variety of settings. You could become an educator in academia, a community/client educator in health care agencies and community and school-based programs, or in staff development in various health care agencies and human resources departments. Your needs and career goals are considered in the selection of professional options in this concentration. Opportunity to diversify within the concentration is possible.


Nursing Education is a 42-credit specialty which includes 14 credits of nursing core courses (consisting of concepts and theories in nursing practice, research, leadership and role development), 25 credits specific to nursing education and 3 credits of electives. The program culminates with a written comprehensive examination and the submission of a substantial scholarly work involving significant independent study which is referred to as the major paper. This requirement is an extension of work completed from prior coursework in the master’s program.

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NOTE: All courses are 3 credits unless noted.


  • NUR 660 – Philosophical & Theoretical Foundations of Nursing Science (4 credits)
  • NUR 651 – Advanced Methods in Nursing Research I (Qualitative Methods)
  • NUR 652 – Advanced Methods in Nursing Research II (Quantitative Methods)
  • HDF 527 – Social and Health Care Policy
  • NUR 520 – Graduate Study Seminar (1 credit)


  • NUR 503 – Advanced Adult Physical Assessment (4 credits) – Expansion of nursing assessment skills, including health history taking and physical, psychological and social assessment skills.
  • NUR 535 – Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice Nurses – Clinical decision making based on synthesis of in-depth study of pathophysiological phenomena across the life span.
  • NUR 582 – Pharmacotherapeutics in Advanced Practice Nursing – Integration of pharmacotherapeutic and decision-making theories with human pathophysiology.
  • NUR 538 – Learning Theories and Educational Strategies for Health Professionals – The study of selected learning theories and strategies; their application in health professions. Emphasis will be on expanding the scope of teaching as professionals.
  • NUR 539 – Application of Learning Theories in Professional Practice – Field project in the application of learning theories and strategies in professional practice. Emphasis will be on gaining knowledge of application of strategies and outcome evaluation in practice and educational settings.
  • NUR 541 – Advanced Study of Teaching in Nursing Education and Practice – Advanced study of educational theories and strategies having application in nursing education and practice. Emphasis will be on role development, instructional design, methods and evaluation.
  • NUR 542 – Practicum in Nursing Education (6 credits) – A field experience designed to develop competence in teaching. Emphasis is placed on the instructional design component and the utilization of strategies based on theoretical knowledge.

ELECTIVES (3 Credits)
Selection should be based on prior knowledge, clinical experience, and career goals. Courses should have an education focus and/or clinical area of interest. Other College of Nursing concentration courses are also acceptable.


The post graduate certificate option consists of courses totaling a minimum of 12 credits including NUR 538, 541, 590, and an elective of 3 credits at 400 level or higher.

Comparable courses from other institutions may satisfy these requirements.


A car is necessary to reach the various clinical practice locations in the cities and rural areas. A local bus service connects the University to most major health service facilities, shopping, and service centers, but the bus routes and schedules may not always be convenient for the graduate student.

Part-time and full-time study

Students take 1 or 2, 3 credit courses per semester for part-time and 3 courses for full-time. Students may choose to move through courses in a two-and-one-half to a five-year time frame.


Additional information on tuition and a full breakdown of fees can be located on the Enrollment Services Tuition and Fees webpage.

Financial Aid

A variety of traineeships, graduate assistantships and loans are available to help finance graduate education. More information can be found on the Graduate School Financial Support webpage. If you are interested in requesting an assistantship please email after you have submitted your application.

Application Requirements

The following materials are required to complete the online graduate nursing application:

  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. NOTE: If you attended URI as an undergraduate or graduate you will still need to upload your transcripts. Directions to request URI transcripts can be found here.
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and professional) attesting to the applicant’s capability for graduate study, one of which must be by a doctorally prepared nurse.
  • Curriculum vita or resume.
  • Submission of MAT or GRE results with satisfactory score and taken within the past five years. Test scores are required for all masters applicants regardless of experience, GPA, or admission retirements from other post-secondary nursing programs.
  • 1-2 page statement of purpose which includes your goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing and planned progression through the program (i.e. part time or full time study)

Admission Requirements

Admission decisions will be based on a comprehensive review of applicant qualifications presented as a total package. The following criteria will be used as the guidelines for admission decisions:

  • Completed application with all materials.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Baccalaureate degree in nursing accredited by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing or the National League for Nursing with an upper-division major in nursing.
  • Eligibility for RN licensure in Rhode Island
  • Positive recommendations
  • Statement of purpose which reflects writing ability and goals for pursuing advanced study in nursing
  • Two years of clinical nursing experience, relevant to the specialization applied for, prior to enrollment in the advanced practice clinical courses.
  • A basic statistics course is a prerequisite for NUR 505 or NUR652.
  • Candidates with non-nursing degrees will be evaluated on an individual basis. Completion of challenge of upper-division nursing courses is required prior to acceptance into the master’s program.

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