The Catholic University of America

 Nurse Faculty Loan Program

Nurse Educator Requirements and Courses

 Master and doctoral students enrolled in the Nurse Faculty Loan Program (NFLP) must take a minimum of two, 3 credit courses specifically designed to help them assume the faculty role. The following provides a listing of two courses offered through the School of Nursing at The Catholic University of America:

NURS 835: Program Development and Evaluation (3) Seminar (3 credit hours) Master’s Level:This course is designed to support the ongoing development of the role of nurse as educator. The development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programs are analyzed. Standards for nursing education provide the context for analysis. Characteristics of the reflective teacher and the reflective learner are examined. While emphasis is placed on the role of the nurse faculty member in an educational institution, the role of the nurse as patient and staff educator also is explored.
NURS 836: Education Seminar and Practicum (3) Seminar/Practicum (Seminar: 1 credit: 2 hours of seminar (30 hours/semester) Practicum: 1 credit: 6 hours Practicum (2 credits or 180 hours/semester). Master’s Level: This course provides theoretical and field experiences for future nurse educators. Theoretical content focuses on exploring educational program accreditation standards: mission and governance, faculty, students, curriculum and instruction, resources, integrity, and educational effectiveness. Practicum experiences focus on implementing and evaluating the teaching-learning process. Students’ practica may be in an academic or clinical agency setting. Prerequisite or co requisite NURS 835 Program Development and Evaluation.
Alternatively, students who have taken equivalent courses previously or who have other pertinent coursework or experience may work with their academic advisor to identify coursework offered by the Department of Education or through The Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area (, which consists of The American University, The Catholic University of America, Corcoran College of Art and Design, Gallaudet University, George Mason University, The George Washington University, Georgetown University, Howard University, Marymount University, National Defense Intelligence College, National Defense University, Southeastern University, Trinity (Washington) University, University of the District of Columbia, and University of Maryland (College Park). On-line students may work with their academic advisor to identify other on-line courses or coursework offered by local universities. All courses outside of CUA must meet nurse educator core competencies of nurse educators identified by the National League for Nursing (NLN) ( corecompetencies.pdf) and emerging state educational preparation requirements for nursing faculty. To gain experiential knowledge, students will receive academic advisement to take a clinical practicum course and/or work as a teaching assistant.
For additional information regarding the nurse educator courses, contact Dr. Petra Goodman at