The program leading to a Master of Science degree in nursing is fully accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It is designed to prepare the graduate for an advanced-practice nursing role as a nurse administrator or a nurse educator and serves as a foundation for doctoral study.
Upon completion of the degree the student is prepared to:
Course work builds on the knowledge and skills gained in a basic nursing education program. It provides the theoretical and practical knowledge required for advanced nursing practice in diverse settings within a rapidly changing health care system. Nurse administrators assume leadership roles in planning, organizing, and implementing care across the spectrum of health care settings. Nurse educators assume responsibility as nurse educators, patient educators, or nursing staff development in a variety of academic and health care settings.
Students may choose the 36-credit Nursing Administration track or Nursing Education track.
An applicant must have achieved a bachelor’s
degree and successful completion of a basic nursing program accredited by the
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education or the National League for Nursing
Accrediting Commission and have a current license as a registered nurse in any
state in the U.S. Pennsylvania licensure
is required before students begin clinical courses. Student should have a minimum QPA of 3.0 (4.0
scale) if they graduated with a BSN within five years of the application
date. If the bachelor’s degree is older
than five years, the minimum QPA is 2.6.
Evidence of course work in statistics and research methodology and
design is also required.
graduate students who do not meet the TOEFL requirements, consider the
Provisional Admission Program through the American Language Institute Intensive
English Program. Students who
successfully complete nine credits through the Bridge program are eligible to
waive the TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
transfer students who have successfully completed 6 graduate level transfer
credits at another US college or university may be eligible to waive the
TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Applicants must also meet the general
requirements for admission for the School of Graduate Studies and
Research. Additional admission
requirements for registered nurses licensed outside of the United States, its
territories, or Canada are available from the Department of Nursing.
Students in Administration may choose electives from IUP courses that are appropriate for their needs and interests as they work toward meeting the program objectives. Advisors will approve elective choices. Three credits of NURS 795 Thesis may be substituted for electives. Students who choose the thesis option may graduate with more than the required 36 credits.
As a program requirement, all students will develop a comprehensive portfolio project according to guidelines provided by the faculty.