Master of Science in Nursing

To answer the need for nurse educators in an expanding field, Alvernia University created the MSN program. Our Masters degree in Nursing program is designed for professional nurses who seek to advance their career in nursing education or leadership/administration. Alvernia offers two tracks to choose from:


  • Nursing Education Track
  • Nursing Leadership and Healthcare Administration Track


Alvernia’s MSN program ensures that you will emerge with the knowledge and skills in nursing education and nursing leadership needed for a rapidly changing healthcare environment. Each track prepares students to function in a complex healthcare environment that demands innovative approaches. Learning experiences in each of the 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.

Alvernia also offers Graduate Certificates in Nursing Leadership and Nursing Education. These four course (12 credit) certificates are offered to bachelor’s-prepared nurses to provide foundational knowledge and essential skills to fulfill various leadership and management roles in healthcare settings or to teach within a nursing education program or staff development setting. These courses are part of the MSN program and can be applied toward the MSN degree.

Get your degree on time and on target.

With courses running over three semesters across the calendar year, our masters degree in nursing lets you earn your degree at a steady pace. We offer a flexible schedule so nurses can continue working in a clinical practice setting while obtaining their MSN degree. Each course combines a hybrid of web-based and live classroom work to meet our students’ needs.

Most students take two classes per semester, enabling completion of the MSN degree within three years. We have a two-year course rotation schedule with at least one “Gateway” course offered every summer. These courses are suitable for students “trying out” graduate study and obtaining advanced-practice content that serves all nursing specialties.

Teaching excellence - a hallmark of the MSN program.

Our engaging, dynamic faculty members are the heart of Alvernia University. The program's faculty is comprised of  accomplished full-time professors drawn from diverse nursing fields. MSN faculty members continually seek new ideas and resources to keep the program vibrant and relevant.

Professors are available to give personal support, both in and out of the classroom.  They are attuned to the real-world experiences of our graduate nursing students, encouraging them to use their clinical expertise and creativity throughout the program. Students receive technical and information literacy support with every course from a team of Information and Educational Technology professionals.

Graduate with an accredited Masters degree in Nursing.

The Master of Science in Nursing program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (

Gain hands-on cutting-edge strategies.

The Courses that make up our graduate program are thoughtfully designed to incorporate a wide variety of educational strategies to meet the needs of diverse learners.  Our outstanding simulation laboratories and experience with technology integration will prepare you for cutting-edge, evidenced-based practice.

The Master of Science in Nursing Program at Alvernia University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.


Contact Admissions:


Stephanie Christmann
Admissions Advisor, Graduate and Adult Education

Graduate Programs