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The MSN program will offer two options: Nursing Education and Adult-Gerontology CNS. Students can complete the MSN curriculum on a full-time or a part-time basis; however, all requirements for the degree must be completed in six years or less. The course format for both MSN programs offers a mixture of hybrid and online learning. On-campus courses are held in the late afternoon or evening hours. The online courses offer synchronous and asynchronous formats to enable working professionals the flexibility to pursue a graduate degree while still maintaining their full-time employment.

Graduates of this program may seek employment in educational settings, acute or long-term care settings, or community health care agencies. The MSN curriculum of West Chester University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) through 2019.

The M.S. in Nursing (M.S.N.) will offer a choice of instructional focus after completing the eight core component courses in the graduate program: adult-gerontology clinical nurse specialist (CNS) or nursing education. Graduates of the adult-gerontology CNS track will be eligible to take the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) certification exam in adult gerontology. Graduates of the nursing-education track will be eligible to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) certified nurse educator exam. The program will be offered in a combination of face-to-face, hybrid, and distance-education formats.

At the end of the M.S.N. program, the graduate will be able to:

1. Synthesize philosophy, theory, content, and methods of nursing science as a basis for advanced nursing practice
2. Demonstrate advanced clinical skills in society including culturally diverse and/or medically under-served individuals and aggregates
3. Assume beginning roles in education or administration
4. Design healthcare strategies in which nurses contribute to the health promotion and disease prevention of individuals and aggregates
5. Evaluate healthcare issues, trends, and policies
6. Pursue and evaluate professional development as a continuing professional learner
7. Collaborate with interdisciplinary groups in the community for the purpose of healthcare planning to achieve the objectives of Healthy People 2020
8. Acquire a foundation for doctoral study in nursing
9. Assume the role of advocate in healthcare settings to promote accessibility of health-care services and to enhance quality of care
10. Demonstrate a philosophy of nursing that reflects commitment to social justice and the advancement of nursing science
11. Participate in scientific inquiry directed to the healthcare needs of populations as well as individuals and families


For the Nursing - Education Track:

For the Adult - Gerontology CNS Track:

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Visit the M.S. Nursing page on the West Chester University website for more details!




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