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  • Messiah College Department of Nursing

    A Christ-centered institution, Messiah College offers the BSN, MSN, a post-graduate certificate in nursing education, and a DNP including the family nurse practitioner at the doctoral level.

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    • NCLEX Pass Rate 97
    • Accreditations CCNE Accredited
    • Location Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
    • Programs BSN, DNP, MSN, RN-to-MSN, NP, BSN-to-DNP, Post-grad Certificate, Other
    • Website URL Visit Website

    Messiah College, founded in 1909, embraces the Anabaptist, Pietist, and Wesleyan traditions of the Christian Church. At Messiah College, students are focused on learning their liberal arts criteria along with a focus on Christian views in the personal, professional life. Messiah College is a private, not-for-profit entity.

    Undergraduate


    Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)

    Frequently Asked Questions (BSN)

    Does Messiah College have evening classes?

    Unfortunately, no, there are a very few College classes offered in the evening hours. A few nursing clinical experiences are in the evening hours, but the associated classes for these clinical experiences are during the day time hours.

    Can you attend part time?

    Part-time program is available.

    Do you have a program for RNs to get their BSN?

    No, there is currently no RN-BSN program, only an RN-MSN is available.

    Nursing Abroad

    Messiah encourages students to study abroad. Students have the option to travel internationally by taking NURS 495 Senior Practicums in Thailand or Zambia.

    Graduate


    Graduate Program Highlights

    • A flexible online MSN nurse educator degree program
    • One of Pennsylvania’s only predominately online post-BSN to DNP-FNP
    • One of the state’s only DNP-FNP programs taught from a Christian faith perspective
    • The academic distinction of a nationally ranked, accredited Christian college
    • Messiah’s nursing graduates are well respected and in demand by regional employers
    • Nursing faculty who are experienced Christian educators
    • A master’s program that can be completed in as little as two years
    • A doctoral program that can be completed in as little as four years

    Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)

    MSN Nurse Educator

    Messiah College’s MSN nurse educator degree program is for those nurses who hold a BSN degree and would like to pursue a MSN in nursing education to help teach the next generation off nurses. The program will prepare the student to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator examination after meeting the practice requirement for eligibility. Messiah’s MSN degree program gives the student a solid foundation into their doctoral studies.

    RN-MSN Nurse Educator Tracks

    • Registered nurses who have earned an associate's degree or nursing diploma
    • Registered nurses who have earned an associate's degree or nursing diploma and hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-nursing field

    Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Nursing Education (CAGS)

    If you are a registered nurse who already holds an advanced degree in nursing (MSN, DNP or PhD), Messiah offers a 15-credit CAGS in nursing education. Graduates will be prepared to take the National League for Nursing (NLN) Certified Nurse Educator examination after meeting the appropriate practice requirement for eligibility.

    MSN – Nurse Educator Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    • Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program or its equivalent
    • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.0
    • Personal Statement of Purpose
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Resumé or Curriculum Vita
    • Minimum one year of recent professional nursing practice
    • Unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse

    RN to MSN – Nurse Educator Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    • Associate's degree in nursing or diploma in nursing from an ACEN accredited program
    • Undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    • Unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse
    • Personal Statement of Purpose
    • Resumé or Curriculum Vita
    • Currently working as a practicing nurse and completed 1000 hours of nursing practice

    Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)

    Family Nurse Practitioner (post-BSN to DNP-FNP)

    DNP FNP Admission Requirements (not all inclusive)

    • Bachelor’s degree in nursing from an ACEN or CCNE accredited program
    • Minimum cumulative GPA 3.25
    • Personal Statement of Purpose
    • Three letters of recommendation
    • Resumé or Curriculum Vita
    • A minimum of 500 hours as a registered nurse in direct patient care within one year prior to admission
    • Completion of a phone or face-to-face interview
    • Unencumbered licensure as a Registered Nurse

    Rankings

    US News & World Report (2019 - 2020)

    • #5 in Regional Colleges North
    • #4 in Best Value Schools
    • #132-#170 in Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs
    • #190 (tie) in Best Nursing Schools: Master's

    Forbes (2019)

    • #325 Top Colleges
    • #216 in Private Colleges
    • #110 in Liberal Arts Universities
    • #128 in the Northeast

    NICHE (2019)

    • Most Conservative Colleges in America #86 of 725
    • Best Christian Colleges in America #95 of 356
    • Best Small Colleges in America #227 of 997
    • Best Value Colleges in America #275 of 1,590
    • Top Private Universities in America #328 of 975
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in America #459 of 1,591
    • Best Colleges in America #526 of 1,647
    • Best College Campuses in America #641 of 1,408
    • Most Conservative Colleges in Pennsylvania #4 of 60
    • Best Christian Colleges in Pennsylvania #4 of 16
    • Best Small Colleges in Pennsylvania #19 of 79
    • Colleges with the Best Academics in Pennsylvania #27 of 111
    • Top Private Universities in Pennsylvania #29 of 73
    • Best College Campuses in Pennsylvania #30 of 104
    • Best Colleges in Pennsylvania #32 of 111
    • Best Value Colleges in Pennsylvania #32 of 110
    • Best College Dorms in Pennsylvania #32 of 103

    College Factual (2019)

    • #19 Best Colleges for the Money in Pennsylvania
    • #159 Best Colleges for the Money nationally

    MONEY Magazine ranked Messiah College #352 Best Colleges For Your Money (2018-2019).

    The Princeton Review listed Messiah College in their Best Northeastern category (2018-2019).

    Accreditation

    The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited the baccalaureate program and the MSN nurse educator program at Messiah College.

    Messiah College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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