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Kathleen M. Burke PhD, RN

Assistant Dean

Nursing Programs at Ramapo

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Welcome to the MSN program at Ramapo College located in the new Adler Center for Nursing Excellence. We take great pride in our programs and students. Our program attracts Nurses from the tri-state area who strive to be Nursing Educators. We have clinical partnerships in the region that are unique in Nursing Education.

Graduates of the M.S.N. (Nursing Education) Program offered Ramapo College of New Jersey (RCNJ), are prepared to serve in institutions of higher education as faculty on tenure-track or non tenure-track lines. Graduates are prepared to serve as faculty at both health care institutions and undergraduate levels. The program is delivered in a hybrid format.

The masters program is accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) 3343 Peachtree Road NE, Suite 850 Atlanta, Georgia 30326.

M.S.N. Program Outcomes

The M.S.N. Program is also organized around the seven nursing program constructs.  These outcomes reflect the NLN Core Competencies for Educators.

  • Knowledge – Draws on extant literature and knowledge to design and implement evidence based teaching/learning and evaluation practices to support global nursing education.
  • Evidence Based Research and Practice – Contributes to the development of the science of nursing education through the critique, utilization, dissemination of current evidence and the conduct of research.
  • Information Management –  Develop and use information and communication technologies to enter, retrieve, and evaluate data appropriate for the delivery and evaluation of nursing education.
  • Professionalism – Models professional behavior for learners and fellow faculty.
    Engage in lifelong learning activities, dissemination of information through scholarship and advocacy.
    Develops networks, collaborations and partnerships to enhance nursing’s influence within the academic community.
  • Social Advocacy – Utilize knowledge about the educational environment within which they practice and recognize how the political, institutional, social and economic forces impact the global nurse educator role.
  • Leadership – Provides leadership in the parent institution as well as in the nursing program to enhance visibility of nursing and its contribution to the global academic community.
  • Role Function – Participates in interdisciplinary efforts to address health care and educational needs locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

Ramapo College of New Jersey offers courses leading to a Master of Science in Nursing with a nursing education track. The 33/34 credit degree focuses on the preparation of nurses to work as nursing faculty in higher education or as nurse educators in health agencies.

An MSN – Transition Program  is offered to RN certified nurses with non-nursing baccalaureate degrees. After review of their undergraduate degree, students will be required to complete undergraduate courses in Nursing Research and Evidence Based Practice, and an Independent Study in Leadership (an undergraduate Statistics course is a pre-requisite). Upon satisfactory completion of these 6 credits, students are eligible to for full admission consideration for the Master of Science in Nursing.

In addition, a post-master’s certificate program is offered, designed for those nurses holding a master’s degree in nursing who are interested in pursuing nursing education.

The nursing program has 2 designated, state of the art computer laboratories. These labs serve the educational and research needs of the students. The nursing classroom is a 40-seat computer lab.

The Nursing Learning Center on the Ramapo campus contains four fully functioning patient stations. Each of the four patient stations is connected via a VPN tunnel to the Valley Hospital dummy electronic medical record. This electronic medical record is used for clinical simulations. Students spend a part of each clinical course in the Learning Center where they practice psychomotor skills and learn how to integrate theory into practice. This has been greatly enhanced with the introduction of a patient simulator. The simulated patient is programmed with specific signs, symptoms and responses which require specific student interventions.

In addition to the Ramapo Nursing Learning Center, there is a Nursing Learning Center at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center. This Nursing Learning Center contains 10 fully functioning patient stations and one patient simulator. There are 20 wireless laptops for use in the Center or classroom. The laptops can be used to access EHMC’s clinical information system. In addition, EHMC has a 10 stations computer lab as well as the medical library computer resources station.

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