May. 20, 2019
Biola University’s School of Science, Technology, and Health will launch a new online master’s program — Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) — for graduate students in Fall 2019. With an emphasis in nursing education, the online master’s program allows Biola to expand the school’s reach and influence to the next generation of nursing professionals, according to Biola's Director of Nursing, Rachel Van Niekerk.
“We are excited to build on our solid foundation of preparing nursing professionals for the next level of preparation — that of graduate education,” said Van Niekerk. “There is a great need for nurse educators, and Biola will now be able to provide excellent, well-prepared Christian nurse educators.”
Through the fully online program, students have the flexibility to complete the program in as little as 16 months. All classes coordinate with individual schedules and allow for students to earn their degree in their preferred timing.
The online master’s program is designed to equip students to enter the education and health care industries for career opportunities, including positions such as clinical nurse educators, patient care coordinators, and corporate health educators.
Students can expect to gain hands-on research and practical teaching experiences through a required master’s thesis and an advanced practitioner-focused coursework in pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment. Coursework materials prepare students to take the National League for Nursing’s Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) exam and to earn credits that can later be applied toward further graduate programs.
“Our program provides the skills and techniques that [graduates] will need in order to work in a variety of settings,” said Van Niekerk. “This program could also serve as a launching point for those desiring further education, including a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and/or a PhD in Nursing.”
As part of the program, students will learn how to integrate values of the Christian faith into their conduct and teaching methods.
“We are excited to work with MSN students who will bring their own nursing expertise and experiences with them into the classroom, and help these students develop the skills and ability to integrate their faith as future educators,” said Van Niekerk.
Written by Irene Pan, media relations intern. For more information, contact Jenna Loumagne, manager of media relations, at (562) 777-4061 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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