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Best online Masters in Nur Education?

Specializes in ICU, OR. Has 12 years experience.

Hi! I am wondering what are the best programs for a Masters in Nursing Education that are out there right now. If anyone has completed one recently or enrolled in one now? Thanks.

What do you consider best? Cheapest? Most prestegious? One that will prepare you the best for what you want to do?

At the masters level, there are a bunch of big name schools that offer degrees at a distance: Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt, Yale are just a few that come to mind right off the top of my head. Expect to pay dearly though.

MommyandRN

Specializes in ICU, OR. Has 12 years experience.

Well, I was hoping someone who has completed one would have some insights to their respective programs. I would need inexpensive, but respected... and that people have enjoyed etc.

Rose_Queen, BSN, MSN, RN

Specializes in OR, education. Has 15 years experience.

I just started my MSN in education this semester at Walden University. It's all online, so even though there are due dates, I can do class work when it fits my schedule. The instructor for both classes is very helpful- we had a recorded call to listen to before classes started to give us information, plus a Q&A call each of the first two weeks of classes. Haven't really gotten into the education classes yet. They have agreements with quite a few hospitals that gives students a discount. So far, I'm really liking it.

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 40 years experience.

I recently completed my MSN - Education Specialist through Western Governors University. 100% asynchronous, under $3500 / term, and the tuition is flat rate, meaning you work at your speed, and if you can complete more than the required number of credits per term you pay NO ADDITIONAL TUITION! Pretty sweet. I did my MSN in two terms - under $7K. Oh, and most textbooks are INCLUDED as ebooks with the tuition cost.

What do you consider best? Cheapest? Most prestegious? One that will prepare you the best for what you want to do?

At the masters level, there are a bunch of big name schools that offer degrees at a distance: Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill, Vanderbilt, Yale are just a few that come to mind right off the top of my head. Expect to pay dearly though.

AFAIK, Yale doesn't offer a degree in nursing education, distance or otherwise.

classicdame, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Hospital Education Coordinator.

I completed at University of Texas and thought it was fine. Their department has a ton of credenitals and do nursing research.

MommyandRN

Specializes in ICU, OR. Has 12 years experience.

Thanks, I really appreciate the responses.

I did mine through CSU Dominguez Hills. The GRE not required. There is no thesis. I only had to go to campus two times. I had a great relationship with faculty and fellow students online. I learned a lot. California state tuition--so it is a bargain compared to other online schools.

I am looking into the program at WGU. I am trying to get more information about the MSN -- education program. If you don't mind I would like to know if you researched other online programs and why you chose WGU. Any information and/or advice will be much appreciated. I hope to nail this down and plan to start classes either in the fall or early spring. Were you working while going to school?

meanmaryjean, DNP, RN

Specializes in NICU, ICU, PICU, Academia. Has 40 years experience.

I did investigate other online schools and chose WGU for the following reasons:

1) Affordable - $3k / six month term. Take all the courses you can in that time frame and pay no additional tuition.

2) Asynchronous- I work full time night shift and could NEVER have fit a traditional online program into my schedule ( as in, be online for discussion group at this time every week)

3) Rigorous - the academic quality is second to none

4) Accredited - regionally and with the important nursing organizations.

5) Mentors - my student and course mentors encouraged and supported me, and have become colleagues.

My MSN capstone has been presented at a research symposium and is being published in a peer-reviewed journal!

I did investigate other online schools and chose WGU for the following reasons:

1) Affordable - $3k / six month term. Take all the courses you can in that time frame and pay no additional tuition.

2) Asynchronous- I work full time night shift and could NEVER have fit a traditional online program into my schedule ( as in, be online for discussion group at this time every week)

3) Rigorous - the academic quality is second to none

4) Accredited - regionally and with the important nursing organizations.

5) Mentors - my student and course mentors encouraged and supported me, and have become colleagues.

My MSN capstone has been presented at a research symposium and is being published in a peer-reviewed journal!

Do you get a lot of help with the capstone? I am starting walden In a few moths. Rn-msn In nursing education I'm very excited to hear more about it.

suni, BSN, RN

Specializes in med surg. Has 15 years experience.

I did my MSN thru Walden, the program was well organized, hard copy of books and easily accessed all professors. cheaper then UOP but still somewhat costly, I have about 6000.00 in debt at this point and hope I can pay it off in one year.

KBICU

Specializes in Intensive Care Unit. Has 3+ years experience.

Im doing mine through University of Phoenix and I love it! Very dedicated staff always available for help, flexible class schedules, discounts for new students, and affordable courses all online. Since its such a big school, the classes start every week so I can take any amount of time off and pick right up where i left off. Im in the MSN nursing education focus and Id recommend it to anyone :)

kjo1127, PhD

Specializes in Nursing Research and Education. Has 3 years experience.

I am wary of the larger, for-profit colleges that have turned education into a business and there seem to be more and more of them offering master's degrees in nursing. In my opinion, you're essentially buying the degree while sacrificing the rigor and scholarship required for an advanced degree. Check out "College Inc" on PBS: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/collegeinc/view/

liebling5, MSN, RN

Specializes in Stroke Seizure/LTC/SNF/LTAC. Has 9 years experience.

I am looking into the program at WGU. I am trying to get more information about the MSN -- education program. If you don't mind I would like to know if you researched other online programs and why you chose WGU. Any information and/or advice will be much appreciated. I hope to nail this down and plan to start classes either in the fall or early spring. Were you working while going to school?

I am nearly complete with my MSN Education at WGU. Yes, I did research other schools. I made the decision to attend WGU because of its accelerated, affordable and accredited nursing education. It is self-paced, and like another poster said, you can complete a lot of courses in one term at no additional cost. It is roughly $3500 per 6-month term. It took me a bit longer to complete my MSN. I've gone past 2 1/2 years. I'm almost done, though. I am writing my Master's thesis right now, and expect to be finished in about 3 months. ;):bookworm:

You don't have to wait until Fall or Spring. Once I got my transcripts in, I received a call from an Admissions Counselor, and was able to start the following month. Another very important aspect for me is that WGU has Student Mentors. They will call you weekly and check on you. This gave me the sense of connectedness that I didn't have with my online BSN program.

I have been working full-time all the way through this program - another reason I love it so much! WGU also has its own Wellness Program. It's very much like an Employee Assistance Program. You can call them or e-mail them about ANYTHING and they can help you through whatever :cool:

Hope my real-world experience with WGU helps you make this very important decision!

liebling5, MSN, RN

Specializes in Stroke Seizure/LTC/SNF/LTAC. Has 9 years experience.

At WGU, I am getting a lot of help writing my Capstone. My Capstone mentor is awesome! This woman has 4 Masters & 2 Doctorates, yet she takes time to make sure I understand what is required and how to present it. She is very approachable! I would love it if WGU had a Doctorate program, because I would certainly do my Doctorate of Nursing Practice there.

goodstudentnowRN

Specializes in Telemetry. Has 10 years experience.

I just completed the Capstone for the MSN (Education) and I feel very elated. WGU is the best. My instructor/mentor takes time to explain everything and she is very dedicated. I am waiting on that Doctorate Program to start at WGU. I Love that school.

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HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience.

I am wary of the larger, for-profit colleges that have turned education into a business and there seem to be more and more of them offering master's degrees in nursing. In my opinion, you're essentially buying the degree while sacrificing the rigor and scholarship required for an advanced degree. Check out "College Inc" on PBS: Watch The Full Program Online | College, Inc. | FRONTLINE | PBS

It's undoubtedly hypocritical on my part since I have taught online classes, but I just can't get my head around the idea of online (only) education. In my case (and many others with whom I have discussed this issue), I benefited as much from the academic environment of graduate & post graduate education produced as the courses themselves.

The opportunity to interact, debate, discuss, inform, etc... with not only our professors but also with colleagues who were travelling the same paths - was invaluable and made a lasting impression. Attending other students' thesis & dissertation defense meetings provided me with insight about the practical aspects of research that I couldn't have obtained in any other way. Despite all the stats & research courses I completed, this knowledge/skill only became 'real' by virtue of my experiences in a true scholastic environment. Within the limitations of current technology, this cannot be replicated in any online course today. I'm not saying that purely didactic courses cannot be effectively delivered via e-methodologies, but some courses just require greater levels of inquiry/interaction than is supported in that environment. For instance, both my MSN (education & critical care) and doctoral programs required teaching practicums... it wasn't good enough just to recall the concepts - they had to be successfully applied in real-life situations.

Since I am older than dirt - back in my day there were 9 planets! -- I was professionally imprinted with the belief that the primary reason for obtaining graduate degree in nursing was to obtain specialty skills/knowledge that add value to the service of patient care... and the reason for a PhD was to add value to our profession by conducting research. Seems to me like this isn't the case any longer. These days, some MSNs are pretty much meaningless (entry level MSN?) and I have encountered many "PhDs" who can't even function at the most basic level within the realm of their doctorate. Maybe it's just me, huh?