Nursing - Graduate Program
Degrees: D.N.P., M.S.N.
The graduate-level Nursing programs at the Millersville University Wehrheim School of Nursing prepare health professionals with ranging experiences and degrees to further their experience and influence positive change in healthcare systems.
Why Study This Program?
The Millersville University Wehrheim School of Nursing 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 MU Wehrheim School of Nursing has offered a highly regarded MSN degree program since 1992 for those who wish to pursue an advanced practice role. Master's students have several options, including the Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Education, Nursing Leadership, and School Nursing programs.
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. 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.
All the graduate programs offered at Millersville are fully accredited. Currently accreditation is through the Commission Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). However, with renewal planned for 2023, the faculty carefully determined in 2022 the core values of the Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation (CNEA) which are caring, diversity, integrity, and excellence align well with the core values of the MU Wehrheim School of Nursing -- exploration, professionalism, advocacy and action, diversity, and leadership. CNEA, affiliated with the National League for Nursing, already granted Pre-accreditation status through 2025 and we anticipate the MU Wehrheim School of Nursing will receive full accreditation status by CNEA following our review in 2023.
The MU Wehrheim School of Nursing also offers a post-master's Family/Individual Across the Lifespan Nurse Practitioner certificate and a School Nurse certificate. The post-master's certification is designed to provide individuals who already hold an 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.
What Will You Learn?
The coursework associated with the graduate-level Nursing programs work toward the Millersville University Wehrheim School of Nursing'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 and Evidence-Based Practice, 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 the Wehrheim School of Nursing combine advanced coursework with practical clinical experiences to best prepare graduate students for their respective fields of interest.