Master of Science in Nursing

Admissions Staff
 
Image of Dr. Kathleen Wisser, a instructor at Alvernia University
 
Mary Arbogast CST, RN, BS, CNOR
Nursing and Healthcare Outreach Coordinator

   Upland Center
   610.796.8429
   mary.arbogast@alvernia.edu


MSN Advisor


Kathleen Wisser, Ph.D., RN, CPHQ
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Coordinator of MSN Program

   Nursing Resource Center, Rm 101
   610.790.2853
   kathleen.wisser@alvernia.edu

Alvernia’s MSN program ensures that you will emerge with the knowledge and skills in nursing education or nursing leadership. Both tracks prepare students to function in a rapidly changing and complex healthcare environment that demands innovative approaches. Learning experiences in both tracks emphasize inter-professional collaboration and cultural competence and additional skills, knowledge and abilities required for healthcare leaders in today’s workplaces.

Graduates are prepared for education-focused positions, such as Nurse Educators in collegiate settings, Staff Development Educators in healthcare settings, Product Educators for medical supply companies or Clinical Educators in patient care settings. Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration track graduates are prepared to practice as a unit and as department-level nurse managers and administrators in the healthcare system.

Nursing Education Track

This track is designed for professional nurses who are seeking a career in nursing education or leadership. In the Nursing Education track, students will learn about instructing pre-licensed nursing students in classroom, clinical and nursing simulation lab settings, teaching new and experienced RNs new skills in staff development positions and planning innovative strategies to facilitate the learning process. They also receive rigorous studies in curriculum development and implementation, instructional skills and strategies, use of educational technology, and educational assessment and evaluation. See MSN curriculum for courses and more details.

Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration Track

The primary purpose of this track is to develop qualities and skills to be effective nursing leaders within local, regional or national healthcare settings. Students in this track are prepared to be an integral member and leader of decision-making teams to improve patient outcomes and satisfaction. They also develop expertise in understanding the delivery of healthcare from a regional, national and global perspective, key concepts of business management, budgeting processes, management of human resources, and how to develop and implement a strategic plan to attain performance excellence. See MSN curriculum for courses and more details.