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NURS 5209/6209/7209 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

NURS 5209/6209/7209 - Nursing Education Practicum

4 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This practicum experience is designed to integrate theory in a reality context of the teaching role. Opportunities are provided to participate in all phases of the teaching role, including clinical instruction in an area of specialization, and to experiment with different teaching methods.   

Course Outcomes:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will

  1. Apply a variety of teaching modalities in the traditional and online classroom.
  2. Incorporate a variety of teaching modalities in the clinical setting
  3. Analyze didactic and clinical evaluation methods
  4. Synthesize theories of nursing education in practicum experience
  5. Implement the role of nurse educator in classroom and clinical instruction.
  6. Practice collaboratively with a faculty group to further nursing education. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

Admission to the TN eCampus MSN program; prerequisites: NURS 5000, 5001, 5002, 5003, 5101, 5102, 5103, 5204. Co-requisites:  NURS 5207, 5505, 5515, 5525, 5545 or 5635.

Course Topics:
Specific Course Requirements:

The Practicum Experience must be independent of student's employment setting. Practicum hours may not be started until the student has submitted all clinical and health requirements and has an approved proposal.


Clinical and Health Requirements:

  1. Immunizations or Titers for Varicella, Rubeola, Rubella, and Hepatitis
  2. Current liability insurance
  3. Current medical insurance
  4. Current CPR
  5. Current TB skin test or CXR
  6. Current Td
  7. Physical Exam


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:

Detail any supplementary materials needed for the course. Approximate costs and how to locate these materials should be included.

Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

There are no tests in this course.

Grading Procedures:

List the grading procedures for this course.

Grading Scale:
Point RangeAssigned Grade
Below 70F


Assignments and Projects:
  1. Proposal - Students will develop a proposal for a practicum experience. The proposal is to be highly detailed. Goals should be stated specifically and should relate to the course objectives and the NLN (2005) competencies for educators. Purpose and objectives should be measurable and achievable within the timeframe for the practicum; activities should reflect step-by-step actions necessary to meet the objectives.
  2. E-journal-The purpose of the e-journal is to identify the activities, issues, or problems that occurred during each week of the practicum. An interpretation of these occurrences is to be related to education theory and course/student practicum learning outcomes. Each student is to schedule three individual telephone/electronic conferences with the professor to discuss his/her practicum experience.  The scheduling of the conference (by student initiated email) should coincide with submission of the practicum experience journal.
  3. Evaluations- 

Midterm: Student submits the signed evaluation to the course dropbox. This non-graded assessment will be used for formative evaluation

Final: Preceptor submits to the course faculty by e-mail (student provides email address on the form prior to giving it to the preceptor).This is a graded assessment.

Graded Items

Practicum Proposal  50 points5 %
4 E-Journals @ 100 points each80 %
Preceptor Evaluation 100 points15 %
Total Points 600100 %


Class Participation:

There are two optional discussion boards in this class. One board is provided for introductions and conversation. The second board is reserved for experiences in your practicum that you would like to share with your classmates. Neither of these boards is graded.

Late Policy:

E-journals are due on the dates listed in the calendar and in the drop box. Each day the E-journal is late 2 points will be deducted from the 25 point value.

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on May 16, 2017