About Our MSN Programs

Masters in Nursing (MSN)

Our advanced nursing education program runs fall, spring and summer semesters, and offers a 24-month full-time/48-month part-time, 37-38 credit hour, online Masters Program in Nursing. While this is an online program, there are two short mandatory residency requirements – one involving orientation to the program and the other during the NURS 503 Conflict course (see FAQs for details).

Choose one of two tracks: Leadership and Management or Leadership and School Nursing. Both tracks prepare graduates to lead and collaborate within complex health care systems.

Nursing Certifications

Faith Community Nursing – designed to prepare RN’s to serve effectively within their faith communities. This certification is offered either in a traditional classroom setting or online.

School Nurse – this post-baccalaureate program consists of 12 credits of coursework, including a practicum, leading to a certificate. Courses are offered online and in a blended format. There is a mandatory one day residency orientation in mid-May at the Lancaster campus, before starting course work. For students wishing to pursue an MSN, the certification program provides an easy transition into the MSN Leadership & School Nurse track.

Our Unique Approach

An online community of learners

You will be part of a group of fellow graduate students forming a community of adult learners as you together collaborate and find strategic ways to improve the healthcare system as you progress through the program. You can continue working and earn many of the required 250 clinical hours in your own work setting!

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A focus on mindful leadership

Our framework includes approaches that are especially useful for nurse leaders and managers who can bring about change within the systems in which they work. These approaches include empowerment, reconciliation, partnership, presence, justice, service, and advocacy.

Your professors will draw on EMU’s extensive experience in cross-cultural learning and the nursing department’s established reputation for educating nurses with high moral values, a broader view towards others, above average communication skills and cultural competence.

You will gain from the expertise of entrepreneurial faculty in EMU’s other graduate programs in business and conflict transformation as we cultivate leadership skills and remain mindful of what is just, culturally competent, respectful and sacred.

Developing an effective “voice”

EMU’s Department of Nursing traces its roots to the Anabaptist-Mennonite faith tradition that embraces the gift of reconciliation. We believe nursing is a service ministry devoted to the care of others. Through our service to others, we function in roles that assist individuals, families, complex systems and communities to achieve and maintain the highest level of health.

To serve effectively in this ministry many nurses require additional knowledge and skills to develop a “voice” that is both authentic and effective in improving relationships, patient safety, and system and patient outcomes. Relational and system healing within the dilemmas facing the health care system require nurses with clear, reasoned, credible and persistent voices who believe systems can create healing environments.

Graduate programs at EMU are supervised by the offices of the provost and the graduate dean. All programs adhere to the university-wide policies.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools approved this new program in Fall 2010.

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) has recognized the substantive change proposal for the MSN program.