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.
Beck, M., Bradley, H.B., Cook, L., Leasca, J.B., Lampley, T.M., & Gatti-Petito, J. (2017). A paradigm shift from brick and mortar: Full-time nursing faculty off campus. Nursing Education Perspectives 39(2), 107-109. doi: 10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000211