Immaculata University’s MSN Program Receives Five-Year Accreditation

The College of Graduate Studies at Immaculata University announces that the Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program recently earned its five-year accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The first students of the three-year old program completed their degrees in December 2006.
The MSN program is designed to develop in BSN-prepared nurses the necessary skills to fill leadership, practice, or education roles in a variety of organizations at an advanced level. Students can complete this 42-credit MSN program in as few as 24 months of intensive part-time studies. Responding to the needs of non-traditional students, the graduate nursing program has designed a flexible delivery model for this program which involves class format, course scheduling, web-enhanced content, and online experiences. Also, students in this MSN program participate in individually structured clinical experiences that will increase their knowledge of health care, as it relates to their specialization track.
The MSN program provides education in areas of specialization: Nursing Education and Nursing Administration in conjunction with studies in the nursing core concentration and general core curriculum. This unique format emphasizes studies within the nursing field while responding to the need for an interdisciplinary perceptive.
The nursing concentration presents a foundation in nursing role, theory and research, health care policy, and health promotion in the light of contemporary challenges and potential solutions to current issues. An essential aspect of this component is the
application of a holistic philosophy to the care of diverse populations. Coursework builds upon the student´s existing background in nursing while
developing a theoretical and research orientation consistent with advanced nursing practice. The specialization tracks empower students to build on the solid foundation of the nursing concentration to focus on one of the following: nursing education or nursing
administration. The graduate nursing students will identify the area for professional
growth based upon their educational and career goals.
Jean Klein, D.N.Sc., APRN, BC, coordinator of the MSN program, comments that "the Nursing Department is excited to offer the MSN program which responds to the critical shortage of nurse educators, and is built upon Immaculata University´s strong tradition of assisting practicing nurses to achieve their educational goals. The Department of Nursing is very pleased that six new nurse educators will be available to help college students attain their goals of becoming a nurse."
In addition to this master´s degree in nursing, the College of Graduate Studies also offers other majors including organization leadership, music therapy, counseling psychology, educational leadership, cultural and linguistic diversity, and nutrition education. Doctoral degrees include Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology (APA accredited) and school psychology and a Doctor of Education in educational leadership and administration. A RN to BSN program is offered at the undergraduate level in the ACCEL® program.
For more information on the MSN, please contact the College of Graduate Studies at 610-647-4400, ext. 3211.
Immaculata University, a Catholic coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.
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