The minimum degree to be permanent nursing faculty in Massachusetts is the masters in nursing (MSN). The master's degree in nursing builds upon the baccalaureate degree, expanding your knowledge base and skills. It prepares you for new roles and responsibilities including teaching, using or conducting research to improve patient care and nursing education, or advanced practice opportunities.
Several schools or colleges offer programs that are specifically designed to prepare nurse educators at the master's level. These programs are designed to produce nursing educators who will serve as nursing leaders in the academic or practice setting.
The following schools or colleges of nursing offer master's programs in a variety of nursing specialty areas. Program offerings include forensic nursing, advanced practice nursing in many clinical areas, community health and public health nursing, nursing administration and parish nursing. Masters programs expand your nursing career options; they develop your leadership potential. They prepare you to shape the future of nursing.
Doctoral programs in nursing serve to prepare nurses to assume the teacher-scholar-researcher role. Doctorally prepared nurses conduct original research, often teach and develop new theories and strategies to improve health care and enhance nursing education.
Several schools or colleges of nursing offer certificates in nursing education. The school determines the audience for each program. They are open to those who hold baccalaureate or masters' degrees in nursing. Certificate programs in nursing education are designed to prepare nurse educators to teach in the classroom or clinical setting. In some cases the course credits may be applied toward the MSN degree. Certificate courses often include nursing curriculum design, development and evaluation, theories of leaning and a practicum. The nursing schools or colleges in Massachusetts that offer Certificate Programs are listed below: