Teaching/Learning Track

  • Will equip registered nurses with tools that will enable them to facilitate the education of nursing students, health care clients, and health care colleagues. 
  • Will qualify graduates to serve as a faculty member in an institution of higher learning and serve as an educator in the clinical environment.
  • Program allows students to select a clinical area of interest (adult health, women’s health, pediatrics, etc.)
  • Click here for information related to the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP)

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Unconditional Admission

  • Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing from a professionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Unencumbered license to practice nursing in the United States
  • Undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or greater
  • Completed College of Nursing admission application (see "How to Apply" below).
  • Written statement of professional goals and the role of graduate education in achieving those goals
  • For international students, a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL.
  • Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended

Conditional Admission
Conditional admission may be considered on a case-by-case basis for the applicant who does not fully meet admission requirements. The conditionally admitted student must have three years of full-time experience as a registered nurse. 

HOW TO APPLY

1. Apply online here.

2. Send to UNA Graduate Admissions (UNA Box 5011, Florence, AL 35632):

  • All official transcripts
  • Goals Statement (may also be uploaded to student's application after submitting payment)

The Teaching-Learning option seeks applicants who wish to assume teaching positions in both collegiate and non-collegiate academic settings, as well as in clinical settings.

Students will receive education with a theoretical basis in teaching methodologies, learning assessment, evaluation of learning, and other components of effective education. Additionally, students will learn to develop curricula and create other teaching projects.


Clinical practice will take place in both academic and health care settings with approved preceptors in the student’s geographical area. Clinical courses will focus on a particular area of nursing (adult health, pediatrics, psychiatric, etc.) chosen by the student.

  • NU 680 (Practicum I)- 90 clinical hours required with an MSN (or higher) prepared preceptor in an academic setting (Community College or University).
  • NU 681 (Practicum II)- 90 clinical hours required with an Nurse practitioner preceptor in a hospital or clinical setting to prepare the nurse educator student for the role of a direct care provider. 

All MSN and PMC students will be required to successfully complete a urine drug screen and background check prior to beginning any coursework in the program. 

The practicum experience must be independent of the student’s employment setting.  A clinical affiliation agreement with the facility MUST be on file prior to the student beginning clinicals. All clinical documentation must have been submitted and approved at least 8 weeks prior to beginning the clinical rotations.

Students may participate in the identification of individuals to serve as clinical preceptors, as they are familiar with their geographical area. All students entering the Teaching/Learning track must hold a current, unencumbered registered nurse license in the US state in which they plan to complete their clinical hours. Additionally, students must fulfill all other clinical documentation requirements, including:

  • physical examination (completed within the previous calendar year)
  • proof of required immunizations or titers
  • current tuberculosis screening
  • proof of BLS for Healthcare Providers
  • proof of health insurance
  • criminal background check (completed within the previous calendar year)
  • Negative urine drug screen 
  • OSHA/HIPPA training
  • Plagiarism training 
  • proof of liability insurance with student nurse practitioner student coverage
  • proof of COVID-19 vaccination OR vaccine declination form
  • COVID-19 Liability waiver
Detailed course descriptions
Fall semester- 1st 8 week term NU 508 (3 hours) & NU 509        (3 hours)
Fall semester- 2nd 8 week term NU 502 (3 hours)
Spring semester- 1st 8 week term NU 607 (3 hours) & NU 605        (3 hours)
Spring Semester- 2nd 8 week term NU 614 (3 hours)
Summer semester  NU 606 (3 hours) 
Fall semester- 1st 8 week term  NU 616 (3 hours) & NU 680        (4 hours)
Fall semester- 2nd 8 week term NU 681 (4 hours)

***NU 502 & 509 are pre-reqs to NU 605, 606, & 616

***NU 508, 607, & 614 are pre-reqs to NU 681

***NU 605, 606, & 616 are pre-reqs to NU 680

***COURSE SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE! Please be sure to speak with your academic advisor prior to registering for classes each semester. 

Detailed course descriptions
Fall semester- 1st 8 week term NU 508 (3 hours)
Fall semester- 2nd 8 week term NU 502 (3 hours)
Spring semester- 1st 8 week term NU 509 (3 hours)
Spring Semester- 2nd 8 week term NU 614 (3 hours)
Summer semester NU 606 (3 hours)
Fall semester- 1st 8 week term NU 607 (3 hours)
Fall semester- 2nd 8 week term NU 605 (3 hours)
Spring semester- 1st 8 week term no courses 
Spring Semester- 2nd 8 week term NU 616 (3 hours)
Summer semester NU 681 (4 hours)
Fall semester- 1st 8 week term NU 680 (4 hours)

***NU 502 & 509 are pre-reqs to NU 605, 606, & 616

***NU 508, 607, & 614 are pre-reqs to NU 681

***NU 605, 606, & 616 are pre-reqs to NU 680

***COURSE SCHEDULES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE! Please be sure to speak with your academic advisor prior to registering for classes each semester. 

For additional information:

Ms. Bretta Cagle 

Student Recruitment Specialist

nursingonline@una.edu

256-765-4667