Alvernia University

School of Graduate & Adult Education

Master of Science in Nursing


400 Saint Bernardine Street

Reading, PA 19607

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Science in Nursing

Format: Campus

Program Description:

To answer the need for nurse educators in an expanding field, Alvernia University created the MSN program. Our Master of Science in Nursing program with a Nursing Education Focus is designed for professional nurses who seek a career in nursing education. This forward-looking program teaches nurse educators skills they need for a variety of nursing education roles. Our students learn about instructing pre-license nursing students in classroom and clinical settings, teaching experienced RNs new skills in staff development positions, or planning totally new distance education offerings. Graduates from this program will be able to function as competent nurse educators and have the academic preparation to enter doctoral studies. With courses running over three semesters across the calendar year, our MSN program 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 five-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. Our engaging, dynamic faculty members are the heart of Alvernia University. The program's faculty is comprised of gifted 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 MSN 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. Courses are thoughtfully designed to incorporate a wide variety of educational strategies, modeling techniques that students will use as nurse educators. Our outstanding simulation laboratories and experience with technology integration will prepare you for cutting-edge, evidenced-based, teaching-learning strategies. We understand that today’s nurse educators are required to manifest a versatile set of skills including understanding diversity, coping with constant scientific advances, and adapting to social and market changes. You will also get a chance to apply what you have learned in an educational setting with a practicum experience, and a scholarly project at the end of your course of study.


Alvernia University’s Nursing Department is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). For information explaining all of the benefits of earning a degree from an CCNE accredited program, please visit their website. Gain hands-on cutting-edge strategies.

Facts & Figures

# of Credits Required: 36-credits

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): $600 USD

Classification: Master's Colleges & Universities: Small Programs

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 1,000-2,999

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