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McPherson Hall

Master of Science in Nursing Program with Education Emphasis

The philosophy for the MSN program with Education Emphasis builds upon the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing's philosophy of nursing which emphasizes the family.  Courses in this program will prepare the graduate for the MSN educator role with theory, clinical practice, and supervised experiences to promote innovative, critical thinking.  Through an immersion experience, students will focus on a specific population, disease process, or healthcare disparity.  Graduates of this program will be eligible to sit for the Nurse Educator Certification Examination, administered by the National League for Nursing's Academic Nurse Educator Certification Program.  By becoming credentialed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), you serve as a leader and a role model.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education acknowledged that the MSN program meets national standards in 2009 by granting reaccreditation through 2020. By adding the Education Emphasis in the MSN Program, the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing is striving to meet its goal of preparing MSN's for local and regional healthcare needs.

All current and prospective Master of Science in Nursing applicants will be considered for admission based on both admission requirements and resource availability.  Application deadline for first consideration for admission to the nursing program is March 15 to start in Summer or Fall programs of Study and on October 15 for Spring programs of Study.  Late applications will be considered on a space available basis. 

2018 MSN - Education Emphasis Application

MSN - Education Emphasis Program Booklet

2017-2018 MSN - Education Emphasis Student Handbook

Applying to Graduate School at PSU

  1. Click 'here' for the Graduate School website
  2. Once on the website, click the 'Apply Here' button
  3. Answer the Preliminary Questions
  4. For 'What will your status be as you enter PSU?', select 'Masters Degree' only
  5. Complete all following sections starting with 'About Me'
  6. For the page 'My Program of Study', select 'Nursing (Education), Master Sci in Nurs' in the Major/Emphasis/Degree drop-down list

Master of Science in Nursing Courses

Year One - Fall
NURS 803: Advanced Health Assessment 2
NURS 804: Advanced Health Assessment Practicum 2
NURS 855/854: Teaching Strategies & Practicum 3
Year One - Spring
NURS 850: Curriculum Development 3
NURS 888: Health Policy 2
TCHL 891: Methods of Research 3
Year Two - Summer
NURS 853: Evaluation for Nurse Educators 1
NURS 885: Informatics for Healthcare 2
EDTH 805: Design and Production of Instructional Materials 3
Year Two - Fall
NURS 809: Advanced Pathophysiology 3
NURS 817: Pharmacokinetics and Pharmacodynamics 1
NURS 891: Research Problem or Elective Course* 2
Year Two - Spring
NURS 818: Applied Drug Therapy 3
NURS 856: Education Practicum 2
NURS 891: Research Problem or Elective Course* 1
Total credit hours for Masters Program: 33 


Programs of studies will be adapted and individualized for each student, to the semester you start the program with your academic advisor.

Part time options (per course offerings). A part time program of study will be determined by the Academic Advisor and Student, for approval by the Director of the School of Nursing.

*Elective course in Nursing or Teaching and Leadership, approved by academic Advisor, Director of School of Nursing and/or Chair of Teaching and Leadership. 

Contact us for more information on the MSN, Education Emphasis

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Graduate Faculty

• Cheryl Giefer, PhD (contact)
Director, School of Nursing

• Kristi Frisbee, DNP (contact)

• Jennifer Harris, PhD (contact)

• Ashleigh Heter, DNP (contact)

• Amy Hite, DNP (contact)

• Karen Johnson, PhD (contact)

• Trina Larery, DNP (contact)

• Barbara R. McClaskey, PhD (contact)

• Mary Carol Pomatto, Ed.D., APRN-BC (contact)
Dean of College of Arts & Sciences / University Professor in the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing

• Janis Schiefelbein, PhD (contact)

Contact Information

Amy Hite (contact)
     MSN, Education Emphasis Advisor; Associate Professor
Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing
115 McPherson Hall
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS  66762-7514

Peggy Totman (contact)
     Senior Administrative Specialist
Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing
101 McPherson Hall
Pittsburg State University
Pittsburg, KS  66762-7514

Phone: 620-235-4431
Fax: 620-235-4449

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