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Nursing Education Academics & Curriculum

The Nursing Education program follows a cognitive apprenticeship model, in which students learn by observing, practicing, reflecting, and participating within a community of nurse educators.

The 37-credit program includes coursework and in-depth teaching experiences in a hybrid-online format. Coursework is typically offered in the evening with in-person or online classes to help accomodate work schedules. 

Students in the Nursing Education program participate in interprofessional coursework through the Warner School of Education and the School of Medicine and Dentistry. Teaching experiences are offered throughout the School of Nursing, Strong Memorial Hospital and our URMC affiliates, as well as other local colleges and departments of nursing. Students gain valuable clinical teaching experiences within health care teams and learn to apply best practices.

During the last semester, students complete a capstone student teaching immersion. This capstone pairs students with an experienced clinical or academic educator to provide additional hands-on experience in teaching. For capstones, the School of Nursing pairs students with a preceptor based on career and clinical interests.

Clinical Specialty Options

Nursing education students may pursue the following areas of clinical interest:

  • Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Critical Care Nursing
  • Emergency Nursing
  • OR/Perioperative Services
  • Pediatrics
  • Women's Health
  • Ambulatory Nursing
  • Oncology


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