Nurse Educator III: Curriculum Development – NURS 619

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 11/10/2020

Course Description

This course provides students with the fundamental knowledge and requisite skill set needed to effectively design, develop, implement, and evaluate nursing education focused curricula. Current trends in nursing education and accreditation are discussed; philosophies, conceptual frameworks, development of learning goals and objectives are examined and applied. Practicum hours continue.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


This course will provide the student with knowledge and skill that will enable him/her to effectively teach nursing content and to provide the student with modes of evaluation to determine student academic and clinical practice success.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Examine professional, social, and educational issues as they relate to the development of nursing education curriculum designed to meet the complex needs of the traditional online learner.
  2. Identify the role of educational standards and accreditation in curriculum development and core competencies of nurse educators.
  3. Develop course curricula as it relates to nursing education.
  4. Incorporate appropriate teaching strategies and evaluation methods into curriculum development that fosters positive learning outcomes.
  5. Integrate the mission, philosophy, and conceptual framework into curriculum development.
  6. Incorporate the Christian worldview and biblical principles into curriculum design.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the prompts provided. Each thread must be must be at least 500 words, incorporate biblical principles, and be supported by at least 2 peer-reviewed references in current APA format. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 250 words, incorporate biblical principles, and include at least 1 peer-reviewed reference in current APA format.

Reflection Papers (3)

The student will write 3 papers on a topics posed by the instructor as it relates to the role of the nurse educator. Personal reflection from the student will be included. Each paper must be at least 5 pages (exclusive of the title and reference page), include 4–6 peerreviewed references published within the last 5 years, and must follow current APA format and use appropriate APA level headings.

Curriculum Plan

The student will prepare the foundations of a Curriculum Plan for a course in an undergraduate, pre-licensure nursing program. The Curriculum Plan will be broken down into 4 parts. Each part will build on the other, so that when Part IV is submitted, it will be a complete document. The Curriculum Plan must be 7–10 pages, include 7–10 peer-reviewed references published within the last 5 years, and be in current APA format.

Part I

The student will develop a mission statement, vision statement, and a philosophy for his/her identified school of nursing.

Part II

The student will develop 5, end-of-program, Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs) and 5 competency statements for his/her identified school of nursing.

Part III

The student will create the curriculum design for his/her identified school of nursing.

Part IV

The student will select 1 course from his/her identified school of nursing and develop 1 course syllabus.

Practicum/Clinical Logs (3)

The Practicum/Clinical Log is the documentation of the 200-hour practicum experience of which 50 hours will be completed in this course. The documentation is to be completed in Typhon. Instructions for setting up Typhon are found in the MSN Handbook. The log must be comprehensive in details related to the experiences in the field and reflective of the National League for Nursing (NLN) competencies. The discussion must be in-depth and analytical. It must also include examples of how the student has applied the NLN competencies and readings from the textbooks and professional literature in the practicum setting. Any citations must be provided in current APA format. Upon final approval of the practicum goals and objectives, the student will work on practicum hours weekly. Log submissions will be entered in Typhon.

NOTE: In addition to accruing the required number of practicum hours, there must be a passing grade for the practicum experience which includes the following: progression with the student’s established goals and objectives, an in-depth documentation of the practicum experiences as evidenced in the clinical log, and satisfactory preceptor evaluations. Failure to pass the practicum requirements will result in failure of the course; see the MSN Handbook for practicum expectations related to performance and professionalism.

Curriculum Plan Evaluation

The student will complete a Curriculum Plan Evaluation on a curriculum of choice using the National League for Nursing (NLN) Report Card according to the NLN Hallmarks of Excellence for Curriculum. The student will report his/her findings in a 3–5-page paper in current APA format and incorporate 3 peer-reviewed references published within the last 5 years.