Nursing


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Graduate Program in Nursing

Advance your career—and the next generation of nursing professionals. In the rapidly changing world of healthcare, there is increasing demand for highly skilled nurses—and even greater demand for the nurse educators who will mentor and prepare them. Messiah College’s Master of Science in Nursing will prepare you to be a nurse educator who is uniquely equipped to lead and teach in a variety of educational and clinical settings.

Master of Science in Nursing degree tracks

MSN nurse educator track
Messiah College’s graduate program in nursing offers the degree option of a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) with a nurse educator track. This degree program is designed for nursing graduates who hold a BSN and are seeking to earn an MSN degree that will help to prepare them for a career as a nurse educator. Our master’s in nursing program will help prepare you to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator examination after meeting the practice requirement for eligibility. Messiah’s MSN degree program additionally provides a strong foundation should you choose to pursue doctoral study.

R.N.-MSN nurse educator track
This customized degree program is designed for registered nurses who have earned an associate degree or nursing diploma and wish to streamline their education to earn a Master of Science in Nursing that will advance their career in nursing education.

Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Nursing Education

If you are a registered nurse who already holds an advanced degree in nursing (MSN, DNP or Ph.D.) without a focus in nurse education but would like to advance your career as a nurse educator, Messiah offers a CAGS in Nursing Education. Graduates of the certificate program will be prepared to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator examination after meeting the appropriate practice requirement for eligibility.

Messiah’s graduate program in nursing offers:

  • Central Pennsylvania’s only online MSN nurse educator degree program—The majority of coursework is conducted online with some on-campus sessions throughout the year, designed to fit the schedules of busy working professionals.
  • Messiah College’s academic distinction as a nationally ranked, accredited Christian college
  • The proven success and reputation of our nursing program—Messiah’s nursing graduates are well respected and in demand by regional employers.
  • Nursing faculty who are experienced Christian educators, nursing professionals and accomplished scholars who will take time to mentor you in your education, faith and career.
  • A 39-credit master’s program that can be completed in three to six years, depending on whether you study full or part time; choose the timeframe that’s right for you.
  • Deferred payment options are available if your employer is reimbursing your tuition.
  • A cohort learning model that helps you to develop meaningful relationships with other students as you progress through the program together.

Now enrolling for fall 2014

The master’s in nursing program is now accepting applications for fall 2014.

Messiah nursing professor interviewed by The Patriot-News

Messiah College associate professor of nursing Wanda Thuma-McDermond was interviewed for an article about nurses who work in non-traditional roles. Thuma-McDermond prepares nurse educators. “I like to see students understand and have those ‘aha’ moments when something clicks,” she said. Read the article.