The organizational structure for the Master of Science in Nursing’s online program at Sacred Heart University offers a remarkably different innovative faculty model. Full-time, doctorally prepared faculty reside in several different states and teach online but are fully integrated and immersed in all aspects of the college of nursing. This untraditional model, which has proven to be successful over time using best practices for online education, is replicable and offers an innovative option for online learning.
About the Authors The authors are College of Nursing online faculty at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut. Marlene Beck, DNP, RN, CNE, is associate dean, Graduate Program Online. Holly B. Bradley, DNP, ANP-BC, APRN, is a clinical assistant professor, Graduate Program Online. Linda L. Cook, DNP, NNP-BC, APRN, CNL, is program director, Clinical Nurse Leader Track, and clinical assistant professor of nursing. Joslin B. Leasca, DNP, FNP-BC, APRN, CNL, CNE, is a clinical assistant professor. Tammy Lampley, PhD, RN, CNE, is program director, Nursing Education Program, and assistant professor. JoAnne Gatti-Petito, DNP, RN, CNE, is an assistant professor. For more information, contact Dr. Bradley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The authors declare no conflict of interest.