Fayette – Known since the 1850s for training school teachers, more recently for rapid gains in its nursing programs, and in the past couple of years for substantial growth of online courses, Central Methodist University can now bring those strengths together.
Starting this fall, CMU will offer its newest graduate program: the Master of Science in Nursing-Adult Nurse Educator (MSN-ANE). Formerly available only as a track within CMU’s MSN-Clinical Nurse Leader program, the new program has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association, President Roger Drake announced.
CMU’s training of nursing professionals to teach will help address a critical demand in health care. Despite a nursing shortage, tens of thousands of qualified prospects are turned away from nursing schools in the U.S. each year due to faculty shortages.
Hospitals and CMU’s Missouri community college partners, are the primary targets to provide students for the new program – and among the most likely groups to hire them upon completion, according to Dr. Rita Gulstad, CMU Provost.
Gulstad noted that several of CMU’s community college partners – Three Rivers College in Poplar Bluff, East Central College in Union, Mineral Area College in Park Hills, and State Fair Community College in Sedalia – expressed interest in a graduate level nurse educator program to help them address faculty shortages.
“We anticipate the majority of students will be adult, practicing nurses working full time while they pursue their MSN,” Gulstad said.
The degree will be in the “cohort” format, meaning enrollment will be limited and a group of students who begin at the same time can progress through the program together.
A shortage of certified nurse educators exists, not just in Missouri but across the nation, Gulstad said. She cited data from the America Association of Colleges of Nursing that indicates two-thirds of nursing schools point to faculty shortages as the reason they must turn away qualified candidates for nursing school, and the problem is expected to worsen.
The program will also be accessible through CMU partnerships with North Central Missouri College in Trenton, Crowder College in Neosho, Jefferson College in Hillsboro and Arnold, Linn State Technical College and through CMU off-campus centers in Clinton, Columbia, Osage Beach, Rolla and St. Louis.
CMU is now accepting applications for the program and expects to notify students within six weeks of application, Gulstad said. Dr. Angela Cornelius, CMU assistant professor of nursing, will administer the program.
The degree becomes CMU’s fifth graduate program, joining its Master of Education, Master of Music Education, Master of Science in Clinical Counseling, and Master of Science in Nursing-Clinical Nurse Leader degrees.
For more information, contact Stephanie Brink, CMU assistant dean for online programs and director of nursing for the College of Graduate and Extended Studies at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (660) 248-6639,