Nursing - GRAD

Degrees: D.N.P., M.S.N.

The graduate-level Nursing programs at Millersville University prepare health professionals with ranging experiences and degrees to further their experience and influence positive change in healthcare systems.

Why Study This Program?

Millersville University builds upon its robust RN to BSN programs with several graduate-level offerings to help health professionals continue their education through a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) degree and multiple certifications.

The Nursing department has offered a highly-regarded MSN degree program since 1992 for those who wish to pursue an advanced practice role. Master's students have the option between the Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner program or the Nurse Educator program.

The DNP program is designed for busy registered nurses who already have a master's degree in a related area, such as MSN, MPH and others to build upon previous graduate education and healthcare experience. Developed in line with the goals and objectives of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN), the program prepares individuals to lead healthcare change and translate evidence into practice, collaborate intra-professionally to improve patient care outcomes, as well as advocate and provide leadership for health policy.

The Nursing department also offers a post-master's Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner certificate, a School Nurse certificate and a School Health Services supervisory certificate. The post-master's certification is designed to provide individuals who already hold a MSN degree with the core courses and clinical experience necessary for eligibility for family nurse practitioner certification. The school nurse certification is a post-baccalaureate program designed for the BSN wishing to gain certification through Pennsylvania Department of Education for school nursing. The school health services supervisory certification is for the nurse holding a Specialist II Certification, a master's degree and five years of supervision experience.

What Will You Learn?

The coursework associated with the graduate-level Nursing programs work toward Millersville University's overall goal of developing the next generation of nursing practice leaders who will have a positive impact on healthcare.

The Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) program explores the theoretical and practical foundations of advanced nursing through courses like Research Methodology, Advanced Practice Professional Issues and Health Policy, Nursing Informatics and Healthcare Technology, Pathophysiology for Advanced Practice, Health Assessment & Diagnostic Evaluation for Advanced Practice and more depending on the student's specialization.

The Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program incorporates coursework and experiences that prepare advanced nurse leaders to improve the health of our communities. Coursework includes topics such as Transformational Leadership, Health Policy & Healthcare Economics, Evidence-based Practice: Models and Applied Research in Healthcare, Epidemiology and Health Promotion, Complex Health Care Systems, Evidence-Based Practice Process, Informatics and Data Management and Transforming Healthcare.

The certification programs within Nursing department combine advanced coursework with practical clinical experiences to best prepare graduate students for their respective fields of interest.