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    Liberty University (LU), a private, non-profit, Evangelical Christian university, offers accredited BSN, online RN to BSN, online MSN, and DNP programs as well as Nurse Practitioner, Nurse Educator, Nursing Administration, MSN/MBA and MSN/MSHA dual degree programs.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 93
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
    • Location Lynchburg, Virginia
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, RN-to-BSN, MSN-to-DNP, NP, Other
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    Liberty University (LU), a private, non-profit, Evangelical Christian university located in Virginia, was founded in 1971 by Jerry Falwell. The Carnegie Classification labels LU as a doctoral research university.

    Liberty University has a School of Nursing that prepares nursing students to become excellent nurses with a foundation of commitment to their Christian ethical standards.

    Students in the nursing program receive a diverse educational background which is based on Biblical knowledge, liberal arts, and behavioral and social sciences, as well as nursing.

    Academic Nursing Programs

    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) - Residential and Global Studies

    RN to BSN - Online

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) - Online

    Nursing Administration

    Nurse Educator

    Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Business Administration (MSN / MBA) - Dual Degree

    Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSN / MSHA) - Dual Degree 

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) - Residential & Online

    Family Nurse Practitioner

    Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner 

    Nursing (BSN) – Residential and Global Studies

    The School of Nursing offers a four-year curriculum which is a traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree. The curriculum includes 131 credits, 54 of the credits are general education requirements, 16 are natural science support courses, and 61 credits are nursing courses.

    There is an option for Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree students to graduate with a Global Studies Cognate. Through this option, students will take courses such as Cultural Anthropology, Global Health Nursing Field, and Cross-Cultural Nursing to help prepare them for nursing in a mission-related field.

    RN to BSN – Online

    Liberty University’s RN to BSN is designed for nurses that hold an RN. The program takes 2 years to complete and is 100% online.

    RN to BSN to MSN Accelerated

    Liberty University added a new program that allows the Registered Nurse to complete the BSN and MSN degrees online in as little as 3.5 years.

    Three Pathways

    Nursing Administrator

    Nursing Educator

    Nursing Informatics

    Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Business Administration (MSN / MBA) - Dual Degree

    LU's Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Business Administration (MSN / MBA) - Dual Degree is a degree program that is 100% online. Students gain the business work skills to excel in business leadership, organization, and structure while integrating that information seamlessly into the nursing aspects of healthcare.

    Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSN / MSHA) - Dual Degree 

    Liberty University’s Master of Science in Nursing / Master of Science in Healthcare Administration (MSN / MSHA) - Dual Degree is also a 100% online program. This degree program prepares the nurse for placement in the healthcare field with knowledge and skills essential to identifying and addressing a variety of administrative and nursing situations as well as marketing strategies.

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    This program is mostly online but incorporates three intensive hands-on courses. There are two pathways available:  Post MSN DNP and Post BSN DNP/FNP.

    Post-MSN DNP

    The Post-Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) to DNP degree pathway only enrolls nurse leaders, nurse practitioners, and clinical nurse specialists. There is a residency program with practicums in this course pathway, with an online component. If approved through your state’s approval process, practicum hours may be available in the student's area.

    Post-BSN DNP/FNP

    The Post-Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) to DNP degree pathway adds additional training for students to become eligible to take a national certification examination as a Family Nurse Practitioner. The program is an online format with a residential component and practicums. This program is available only in residence at the campus in Lynchburg, Va.

    The Certification boards for Family Nurse Practitioners include: The American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) and The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).

    Program Format

    • Online with optional intensives
    • 41 total credit hours
    • A maximum of 6 credit hours can be transferred

    Doctor of Nursing Practice - Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner 

    LU's Doctor of Nursing Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Practitioner is arranged in order to allow graduates to sit for the American Nurse Credentialing Center Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner national exam.

    Program Format

    • Online with required intensives
    • 57 total credit hours
    • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred

    Nursing International Clinical Mission Trips

    Nursing students are given the opportunity to travel and experience hands-on clinical training and utilize nursing skills while providing needed services and health education in countries like, Haiti, Rwanda and Guatemala.

    Approval and Accreditation

    The Virginia State Board of Nursing approved the online RN to BSN program.

    The Virginia Board of Nursing approved Liberty's Registered Nurse program.

    The online RN to BSN program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE).

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the Bachelor's and Master’s degrees in Nursing as well as the Doctor of Nursing Practice programs.

    Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

    Rankings

    In 2017, America's Top Colleges on Forbes list ranked Liberty University 610 overall as a "Top College", 242 as a "Research University" and 157 "in the South".

    For 2018, US News and World Report ranked Liberty University #231-#300 in National Universities.

    In 2018, SR Education Group chose Liberty’s MSN program as the Top Online Colleges for Value and Most Affordable Online Colleges.

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