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Program Mission and Vision

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Congruent with the missions of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, Clarion University, and Edinboro University, the mission of the MSN Program is to provide an affordable, accessible, quality education in nursing which prepares graduates as advanced practice nurses.


The vision of the MSN Program is that students and faculty will be responsive to the needs of a dynamic healthcare system as they contribute to the welfare of the region, state, and global community through scholarly activities and advanced nursing practice. The MSN program will provide the foundation for a life-long process of professional growth as well as for post-graduate education.


Program Outcomes

The terminal learning outcomes of the joint Master in Science in Nursing Program reflect the ability of the graduate to:

  1. Synthesize established and evolving knowledge from nursing, the sciences, and humanities into advanced practice nursing.
  2. Incorporate professional/legal standards and moral/ethical values into a culturally sensitive practice.
  3. Provide advanced nursing practice that reflects critical thinking and effective interpersonal and communication skills.
  4. Appraise and assimilate theory and scientific evidence to investigate and evaluate practice based issues.
  5. Demonstrate awareness and responsiveness to systems-based practice through advocacy, collaboration, and effective use of resources.


The M.S.N. Program is designed for the working professional. With the exception of clinical experiences, internships, and select skill labs, course work is delivered in an online format that is available to students 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Part-time or full-time study is available in both concentrations. Students new to on-line learning may want to take the On-line Learning Readiness Survey.