Syllabus for NUR-720



The purpose of this course is for the learner to synthesize education and nursing theory, instructional strategies, and clinical competence into the role of nurse educator in a face-to-face setting. An individualized education practicum in a specific area of clinical emphasis is chosen by the learner and monitored by the mentor and the onground preceptor. In this experience learners are required to reflect on their prior learning as they transition into leadership roles in education and practice settings. This course requires completion of 120 practicum hours.


All other MSN degree and Nurse Educator Certificate requirements except NUR-730-NG Nursing Education Seminar and Online Practicum*. Submission of all documents and requirements outlined in the Practicum Packet including a criminal background check. * Learners may register for one elective course concurrent with this course.



Learners who do not have updated e-portfolios will not be able to register for this course. Learners should have access to a webcam.


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  1. Apply educational theory and strategies to an educational setting.
  2. Demonstrate the multifaceted role of the nurse educator.
  3. Apply ethical principles of learner supervision and evaluation.
  4. Participate in leadership activities within the role of nurse educator.
  5. Incorporate multi-cultural teaching strategies.


You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the College’s textbook supplier, MBS Direct.

Required Texts


Electronic portfolio

* Books already used in other courses

Require Software

Internet Access

Note: All website addresses (URLs) in this course were accurate and reflected the stated content at the

onset of the course. However URLs change and great resources may disappear. If you encounter

a problem accessing a web site, post a message in the HELP discussion area of this course.


Nursing Education Seminar and Onground Practicum is a three-credit online course, consisting of four (4) modules. Modules include learning objectives, study materials, and assignments. Module titles are listed below.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.


For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, work with a Preceptor, keep a preceptored analysis evaluation, and a Practicum Analysis Log. See below for more details.

Consult the course Calendar for assignment due dates.

Please note: (1) Rewriting or resubmitting assignments is not permitted; (2) no assignments may be submitted after the last day of the course without an approved extension; and (3) extension requests must be approved by the mentor and submitted by the student to the Registrar's Office prior to the last day of the course.

Discussion Forums

You are required to participate in eleven graded discussion forums. Discussion forums are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules. There is also an ungraded but required introduction forum in module 1 and an ungraded but required course reflection forum in week 12.

Located within the Evaluation Rubrics section of the course website is the online discussion forum rubric used to aid in the grading of all online discussion assignments.

Practicum Journals and Logs

You are required to submit four Practicum Journals and Logs.

The purpose of the practicum journal and log is twofold.

Each journal should include the student’s perception of the summative value of the experience and what progress is being made on the development of personal learning objectives and clinical competencies.  Overall, students will connect theory to practice. The practicum journal and log will be due four times during the term. Each assignment will contain a record of the education practicum events (the logs) and a reflection on the collective events listed in the log (the journal).  Four assignments will be handed in over the course of the term. Each assignment is worth 5% of the total grade, for a total of 20% of the total grade.

Written Assignments

You are required to complete two written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.

  1. The first written assignment is an instruction unit paper called Guidelines for Classroom Instruction and Lesson Plan, and is worth 30% of your final grade.
  2. The second written assignment is a paper called Ethics Paper, and is worth 20% of your final grade.

Turnitin Requirement for Written Assignment 2 (Module 4)

You are required to submit the written assignment in Module 4 to, an academic plagiarism prevention site, prior to submitting the assignment within your course space. You will receive immediate written feedback from Turnitin regarding writing style as well as a plagiarism gauge with tips for proper citations. You then have the opportunity to edit your assignment with this feedback in mind and resubmit it to Turnitin for additional checking. Once you are satisfied with the project, you are required to submit the Turnitin feedback (also known as the originality report)  for the final version along with the project itself within the course space.

Read carefully the documents at the following links, as they will give you instructions for this requirement:

Turnitin Student Manual

Turnitin FAQ

The course ID and password that you will need in order to create an account may be found at the following link. Look within Step 1, locating your course ID and password by term.

Course ID and Password by Term

This information can also be found within Using Turnitin for Assignments. You can locate this document in the topic list area of your course space.

Students please note: You have the option of submitting any of your assignments to Submit any additional assignments through the slots with the optional label. However, submitting other assignments is NOT a requirement and you should not submit originality reports for these assignments to your mentor


As a requirement for graduation, each student is required to prepare a portfolio of his or her student work that demonstrates the achievement of the MSN outcomes. Please update your e-Portfolio as you complete your course work.

The completed e-Portfolio demonstrating compliance with all MSN program outcomes will be graded Pass/Fail (P/F).


Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:

NOTE The student must receive a Pass (P) on each of the Practicum Evaluation Tool, the Practicum Tally Tool, and the Student Evaluation of Practicum Site and Preceptor in order to pass the course.

Learning Strategies and Evaluation Methods

During this practicum course, students will work with a preceptor in an educational setting. This may be in an academic or healthcare setting. The student will be required to prepare and teach at least two one hour classes. One class will be videotaped and evaluated by the student and mentor. Reflective journals recording experiences and critique of educational observations are also required. Students will also write a paper on an ethical issue in nursing education.

Guidelines for Choosing a Clinical Site and Preceptor

Choosing the right clinical site and preceptor is an important aspect of this clinical experience. Interview your preceptor and make sure that you are comfortable with the preceptor and the setting. Choose a site that will enhance your learning and will meet your educational goals. As you consider the site and preceptor, keep the following in mind:



Guidelines for Meeting Educational Practicum Hours for NUR-720

One hundred and twenty (120) practicum hours are required for this course. There are 3 main areas in which these hours can be met; through observable interaction with the preceptor and students, preparation for classroom teaching and attending meetings, educational programs and forums. In order to pass the course, students must pass the practicum, and hand in all required documentation. The breakdown of documented hours is as follows:

Preceptor and student interaction: a minimum of 100 hours are expected.

Preparation for classroom teaching: the range of hours is 10 to 15 hours.

Guidelines for Meeting Clinical Hours

One hundred and twenty (120) clinical hours are required for this course. They can be met in the following ways:


There are no examinations for this course.

Note: As a requirement for graduation, each student is required to prepare a portfolio of

their student work that demonstrates the achievement of the MSN outcomes. Please

update your portfolio as you complete your coursework.

The completed portfolio demonstrating compliance with all MSN program outcomes will

be graded Pass/Fail.

All assignment will receive a numerical grade of 0–100. You will receive a score of 0 for any work not submitted. Your final grade in the course will be a letter grade. Letter grade equivalents for numerical grades are as follows:






























Below 60

Course Grade Requirements by Program of Study

For courses taken in  Accelerated 2nd Degree Program  

Students enrolled in the Accelerated 2nd Degree BSN program must earn a grade of B- (80) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in BSN programs (RN-BSN)

Students enrolled in the BSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in MSN programs

Students enrolled in the MSN degree program must earn a grade of C (73) or better in the nursing courses for the credit to be accepted toward the degree.

For courses taken in Graduate Nursing Certificate Programs

Students enrolled in the graduate nursing certificate programs must earn a grade of B (83) or better for the course to be applied to program requirements.


Written assignments should be submitted no later than the due date unless prior arrangements are made with the mentor and a new due date is established. If a student submits an assignment after the due date without having made arrangements with the mentor, a minimum of five points, (based on an assignment grading scale of 100 points), or 5% of the total points, will be deducted for each week, or part thereof, that the assignment is late. Discussion Board assignments must be done in the week they are due, or points will be forfeited.


First Steps to Success

To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:


Study Tips

Consider the following study tips for success.


Students at Thomas Edison State College are expected to exhibit the highest level of academic citizenship. In particular, students are expected to read and follow all policies, procedures, and program information guidelines contained in publications; pursue their learning goals with honesty and integrity; demonstrate that they are progressing satisfactorily and in a timely fashion by meeting course deadlines and following outlined procedures; observe a code of mutual respect in dealing with mentors, staff, and other students; behave in a manner consistent with the standards and codes of the profession in which they are practicing; keep official records updated regarding changes in name, address, telephone number, or e-mail address; and meet financial obligations in a timely manner. Students not practicing good academic citizenship may be subject to disciplinary action including suspension, dismissal, or financial holds on records.


Academic Dishonesty

Thomas Edison State College expects all of its students to approach their education with academic integrity—the pursuit of scholarly activity free from fraud and deception. All mentors and administrative staff members at the College insist on strict standards of academic honesty in all courses. Academic dishonesty undermines this objective. Academic dishonesty can take the following forms:

Please refer to the Academic Code of Conduct Policy in the College Catalog and online at




Using someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism. Thomas Edison State College takes a strong stance against plagiarism, and students found to be plagiarizing will be severely penalized. If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > “Citing Sources.”)

Accidentally copying the words and ideas of another writer does not excuse the charge of plagiarism. It is easy to jot down notes and ideas from many sources and then write your own paper without knowing which words are your own and which are someone else’s. It is more difficult to keep track of each and every source. However, the conscientious writer who wishes to avoid plagiarizing never fails to keep careful track of sources.

Always be aware that if you write without acknowledging the sources of your ideas, you run the risk of being charged with plagiarism.

Clearly, plagiarism, no matter the degree of intent to deceive, defeats the purpose of education. If you plagiarize deliberately, you are not educating yourself, and you are wasting your time on courses meant to improve your skills. If you plagiarize through carelessness, you are deceiving yourself.

For examples of unintentional plagiarism, advice on when to quote and when to paraphrase, and information about writing assistance and originality report checking, click the links provided below.

Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism 

When to Quote and When to Paraphrase

Writing Assistance at Smarthinking

Originality Report Checking at Turnitin


Disciplinary Process

First-time incidents of academic dishonesty concerning plagiarism may reflect ignorance of appropriate citation requirements. Mentors will make a good faith effort to address all first-time offenses that occur in courses. In these cases, the mentor may impose sanctions that serve as a learning exercise for the offender. These may include the completion of tutorials, assignment rewrites, or any other reasonable learning tool including a lower grade when appropriate. The mentor will notify the student by e-mail. Decisions about the sanctions applied for subsequent plagiarism offenses or other violations will be made by the appropriate dean’s office, with the advice of the mentor or staff person who reported the violation. The student will be notified via certified mail of the decision. Options for sanctions include:

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