I have been looking at some MSN-Nurse Educator options and I am rather surprised at the differences between the programs...drastic differences.
One of the programs I am looking at does not have an Advanced Pharmacology and Advanced Physiology class, which I found very surprising and in contrast to other programs.
This program that does not have these two courses, however, seems to have more of an emphasis on nursing theory, class management, learning assessment, etc.
Could anyone explain or guess the sharp contrast?
Apr 29, '11
Graduate programs (in all disciplines, not just nursing) tend to vary greatly from one another. Different schools offer different specialties and design those specialties in accordance with the interests and expertise of the faculty and the needs of the school.
For example ... at one school, there may be a relatively small number of students. So, they can't offer a million different specialty tracks each with unique courses focusing on just that specialty. Such a small program would offer several "core courses" on general topics that all students would take and only a few specialty courses. On the opposite end of the spectrum, a huge program has plenty of students to fill many different classes. So they don't need to save money by requiring lots of generalized core courses. They can have more specialty courses because they will have enough students to fill those courses.
A lot of factors (such as size) influence such decisions.
Also ... philosophically, faculty differ on what they think is most important. The faculty at one school might think it is more important for an education specialist to learn a lot about education -- and figures that the nurse can learn whatever physiology, etc. she will need when she needs it. Not every nurse NEEDS advanced physiology, pharmocology, etc. (I haven't needed that kind of information for years.)
Apr 30, '11
llg...thank you so much for your detailed response!