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Executive Program for Nurses
Teachers College, Columbia University
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Executive Program for Nurses

In the Department of Organization & Leadership

M.A. Professorial Studies > Professorial: Academic Coursework

Professorial: Academic Coursework

The Program for the Master of Arts degree preparing for Professorial Studies emphasizes the development of teaching and learning skills for applications in classroom and clinical education settings, building on the advanced study of nursing education and practice. The program includes content in evaluation procedures and basic curriculum design.

Generally, the curriculum falls into the following categories

Required Core Courses (Foundational Courses) 15 points
Elective Core Courses (Professional Courses) 6 to 9 points
Required Context Courses (Role Concentration) 15 points
Elective Context Courses (Cognates) 9 to 12 points
Capstone Project 0 points
Total 48 points

Students are required to take a minimum of three Teachers College courses in which at least six points are earned outside of the Executive Program for Nurses. Out-of-department courses or any course with a prefix other that "ORLN" are applicable toward this minimum three-course requirement. In the Executive Program for Nurses, inquiry, research, and other cognates satisfy this College requirement.

Course Requirements

Required Core Courses (Foundational Courses) (15 points)
ORLN 4005 Theories of Nursing (3 Points)
ORLN 5000 Nursing Science (3 Points)
HUDM 4120 Basic Concepts in Statistics (3 Points)
ORLN 5013 Informatics in Nursing (3 Points)
ORLN 5040 Methods in Nursing Research (3 Points)

Elective Core Courses (Professional Courses) (6 to 9 Points)
ORLN 4001 Contemporary Issues in Nursing (3 Points)
ORLN 4004 Historical Trends in Nursing (3 Points)
ORLN 4050 Health Problems and Issues in Society (3 Points)
ORL 4003 Crisis Intervention (3 Points)
ORL 5551 Ethics for Healthcare Professionals (3 Points)

Required Context Courses (Role Concentration) (15 Points)
ORLN 5530 Seminar: Clinical Teaching and Evaluation (3 Points)
ORLD 4051 How Adults Learn (3 Points)
ORL 4054 Leadership and Management in Healthcare Organizations (3 Points)
ORLN 6501 Seminar in Professional Nursing (3 Points)
ORLN 5230 Fieldwork in Nursing Education (3 Points)

Elective Context Courses (Cognates) (9 to 12 Points)
These courses should be in a discipline relevant to preparation for the role. Such disciplines include organizational psychology, philosophy, higher education, human resource management, adult education, and others. Electives may be from the Department of Organization and Leadership, including, but not limited to:
ORLD 4053 Facilitating Adult Learning (3 Points)
ORLD 5055 Staff Development and Training (3 Points)
ORLD 4844 Helping Adults Learn (3 Points)
ORL 4014 Legal Issues in Healthcare Organizations (3 Points)

Capstone Project (0 Points)
Students should refer to "Degree Requirements."


Approved by Professor Elaine La Monica Rigolosi, Program Coordinator, Executive Program for Nurses, Department of Organization and Leadership. January 15, 2014