Enhance your own professional values and be ready to assume a leadership role as a nurse educator, nurse administrator, or informatics nurse.
We prepare professional nurses who are poised to promote the highest level of quality healthcare delivery and nursing education from a values-based perspective--and with flexible course scheduling, you can develop the skills to provide quality patient care, navigate health policy, learn health promotion strategies and evidence-based nursing practices, and gain crucial organizational and systems leadership skills on your terms.
In addition to the MSN options, we also offer a post-master’s certification, in which you can bolster your professional expertise and learn to operate clinical information systems, protect patient information, and stay up-to-date on the rapid technological changes of the industry.
The baccalaureate degree program in nursing, the master's degree program in nursing, and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at Waynesburg University are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001, 202-887-6791.
Program Quick Facts
|Next start date
|March 11, 2024
|Estimated program length
|2 years part-time
|8 weeks (7 in summer)
Available 100% Online
|Cost per credit
Coursework & Requirements
View the Academic Catalog to further explore the curriculum.
Prepare to supervise a medical facility’s faculty, programs, and procedures. In addition to the MSN core courses, study management and leadership issues in nursing administration, budgeting and financial management, and statistical methods in healthcare, and participate in nursing administration and capstone practicums. Completion of this degree may enable students to take the ANCC Executive Exam (additional clinical experience and practice hours that are not part of the Waynesburg MSN curriculum may also be required).
Gain the skills needed to teach nursing and lead nursing education programs. In addition to the MSN core courses, study curriculum, instruction, and evaluation methods, and participate in nursing education and capstone practicums. Completion of this degree may enable students to take the NLN Certified Nurse Educator and the ANCC Nursing Professional Development Certification exams (additional clinical experience and practice hours that are not part of the Waynesburg MSN curriculum may also be required).
Dual Administration and Education
This path requires 12 additional credits to the individual administration and education concentrations and prepares students for leadership roles in both areas of healthcare facility management. In addition to the MSN core courses, study administrative, educational, and direct care theories and methodologies, and participate in nursing education, nursing administration, and capstone practicums. Completion of this dual degree option may enable students to take the ANCC Executive, NLN Certified Nurse Educator, and ANCC Nursing Professional Development Certification exams (additional clinical experience and practice hours that are not part of the Waynesburg MSN curriculum may also be required).
Be on the cutting edge of the healthcare industry’s future processes and innovations, while maintaining the ethics of patient privacy. In addition to the MSN core courses, study system development cycles, clinical information technology and health data management, decision support, implementation, management, leadership, electronic healthcare information, and participate in nursing informatics and capstone practicums. Completion of this program will result in 200 hours of practicum experience that are transferable to ANCC Informatics Nursing Certification.
Dual Degree MSN/MBA
Graduate with both a Master of Science in Nursing and a Master of Business Administration. In addition to the MSN core courses, gain nursing administration competencies and participate in a nursing administration practicum, and gain a foundational business framework that can be applied across industries and healthcare platforms.
Post Master’s Certification in Nursing Informatics
This program is available to students who have already earned their master’s degree from an accredited college or university. Study system development cycles, clinical information technology and health data management, decision support, implementation, management, leadership, electronic healthcare information, and participate in nursing informatics and capstone practicums.
Nursing Mission, Goals, Objectives and Learning Outcomes
MSN Student Learning Outcomes
Our Student Projects
Through the MSN program, students are improving healthcare through their capstone projects.
MSN Student Testimonials
“While I was in school for my MSN, I was promoted from staff nurse to clinician. Shortly after graduating, I accepted a job as an Advanced Clinical Education Specialist, which was my goal and reason for going into the MSN program!”
Jamie Malone MSN '17
“I was promoted to a Unit Director at UPMC St Margaret in April 2018. Thank you so much!”
Meghan Jones MSN ’19
“A few months after completing my MSN, I got a promotion from PICU nurse at Children’s Hospital of UPMC to the Administrator on Duty.”
Brittney Nard MSN ‘17
“I’ve gotten a new position since starting the MSN class in Fall 2018. I was previously an inpatient nursing supervisor and now work as an Assistant Nurse Manager on the Complex Medical Care Unit.”
Kelly Gibb MSN ’21
“Upon completion of my MSN in 2017, I was promoted to the clinician position on the newly formed pre-liver transplant/hepatology unit at UPMC…I am now taking over as the unit director. Without my MSN, none of these opportunities would be possible.“
Megan Como MSN ‘17
“After my MSN/MBA, I was elected President of the North Central West Virginia Association of Critical Care Nurses—the local chapter out of WVU Medicine.”
Marian Longstreth MSN ‘18
"After graduation from the MSN program in 2018, I was promoted to Division Director of Nursing at Allegheny General Hospital."
Amy Snyder MSN '18
"I was promoted to nurse manager at Allegheny General Hospital on the 11th floor. 11A is a cardiac telemetry unit and 11C is the Cardiac ICU."
Kristie Bruner MSN '19
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